|Chumash/Hummingbird - Simi Valley Trailhead - Thursday, December 05, 2013|
|Chumash/Hummingbird - Simi Valley - Ventura County|
Take the 118 freeway and get off at Kuehner. Just north of the freeway is a park type area where the bottom of the Hummingbird trail can be found. To reach the Chumash trailhead from here(on your bike)head south on Kuehner and in 1/2 mile go right on Los Angeles Ave. Take that 3/4 mile and go right on Yosemite. Take that over the freeway 3/4 mile and go right on Flanagan Dr. This will take you to Chumash park where you will find the bottom of the Chumash trail. Chumash to Rocky Peak fire road to Hummingbird is a very popular loop.
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Up Santa Su, Johnson to Rocky to - Started at C-ville, headed up the pass on that ST in the canyon, down to Iverson to Johnson, up to Rocky P to H-bird, down to Kuehner and back. Unreal weather, awesome trail conditions and shiny happy people everywhere. An absolute F-N Blast
Simi Mike a alot year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a 05 reign1 from simi westside
Posted on 12/31/11
Just Awesome!!! - Climbed Chumash(kick my a$$)and down Hummingbird. Hummingbird was absolutely awesome...it's been quite sometime and I forgot what a blast it was.
Yo Antonio! I saw the CROSS that you were talking about. It's infront of the little cave looking thing with graffiti on the top. What the hell!!! I heard that there was some crazy stuff happening back in the 60-70's...didn't Manson have a hangout in Simi???
a 35 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Specialized Stumpy from J.Woo from the Gabs.
Posted on 10/25/11
Rode down Hummingbird today. Trail conditions were awesome. Saw something interesting near the last section of singletrack past the big slick rock right before the parking area. There is a cross made from tree branches about 10 yards off to the left side of the trail. The cross is sticking out of some rocks in a "cave" looking area.
Does anyone know what happened here?
Antonio M. a Weekend Warrior
Posted on 10/16/11
Did some trail work by myself on lower 1/2 mile after rains...
Posted on 12/15/09
AWESOME trail.This trail is very well groomed.This trail is a nice trail to climb,not to difficult but can be challenging at times even right from the start.If your on a cross country bike it will be a piece of cake but if your riding a all mountain or downhill then it becomes more challenging but do-able.Once you hit the top then the real fun begins cause the trail could be very fast and fun with rocks, drops,and burms,if your with friends this is a good trail to try and pass one another.Great trail!!,if your in the area try this one out.
24hrdemolitionman a 43 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a 08,Specialized enduro expert from Castaic,CA E-mail:this user
Posted on 07/04/09
CHumash/Hummingbird - I have been on this trail twice in the past two weeks. It's easy to get to, not very crowded and has endless trails, quite a few technical spotss, extreme rock hopping and even some tough obstacles. It's fairly wide open in most parts - but there are some singletracks. In the early am, it's been overcast and perfect- great views of Simi Valley etc. Last Saturday there was a sign taped up claiming a mountain lion sighting. I took a few pics- will try to update.
S Rock a 33 year old Downhiller riding a Iron Horse from Simi
Posted on 07/25/08
Good Times... - Why doesn't anyone update this trail? I'll tell you why, the locals don't want it getting out what niiiice shape the Chewbird is in.
Rode it yesterday afternoon in the 200 degree heat with zero shade (welcome to socal) Had many heat induced out of body experiences but did notice that the Chumash/Rocky Peak trails were in GREAT condition. Many smooth FAST sections, very few loose or bumped out sections. Little techy here & there. And as for the Bird, it was SICK SICK SICK. Legendary, nut-quaking, moab sickness...best trail I've ridden in a while.
(Then I had ruin it all and torture myself watching the Lakers get SPANKED so badly by Beantown. So long 2008 NBA championship...)
Posted on 06/18/08
Chumash/Hummingbird update - Rode the loop, Up RP road to Hummingbird, down and over to Chumash and up and back out RP road. The bottom of the HB trail is a little rutted out. It could use a little work. Another big rain storm and these ruts will be massive. Chumash trail was in very good shape. No damage to report. Very breezy near the top but a great view.
Dirtshark99 a 44 year old Cross-Country Rider
Posted on 12/26/06
Chumash Update Part Deux - Did the Chumash again today and made the loop this time. Winds factored in for some tough climbs. Not a problem if you have good stamina. Look out for the Rocky switchbacks. Great down hills. Love this place!
HERE'S A GOODONE...My riding partner fell behind while I rode ahead. When I turned back to meet up with him. He had this spooked look on his face. I thought he saw a Mnt Lion or even a Grizzly Bear what have been something. The EF-er claims to have seen an apparition of what he described as a Native American in full garb. I think he's full of s..t,,, but watch out for the Native Amercian man walking around there.
Steve Austin a 215 year old Weekend Warrior
Posted on 11/18/06
Chumash Update - I Road up Chumash yesterday morning despite the high winds warning posted on the 118. I've been wanting to try this trail for a while,,,I was NOT disapointed at all. I struggled up the hill on a single track against what felt like 80 to 90 mile an hour winds. I should have taken the fire road up. A couple of very strong gusts of wind almost knocked me off my bike. I didn't make it to Hummingbird the wind began to blow with a steady fury and I found myself fighting too many elements at once. The road conditions are great! Watch out for hikers they sneak up on you without notice. I Will definately be coming back again.
Steve Austin a 215 year old Weekend Warrior
Posted on 11/13/06
RE: Help - Will be doing trail this week end!!! Will start at Las Jallas road and come down either chumash or humming bird... Let me know if you can make it.
Leo a 30 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Giant from Simi
Posted on 01/19/06
Hella Cool - Hit this trail, on 1/11/06, based on a recomendation. What a fun, hella cool, and challenging ride. The trail was good all the way up and down. A bit boney on Hummingbird though, it needs a little work, in my humble opinion. I'm doing Chumash, up and down, tomorrow, should be a fun ride before work. Wear a hawaiian shirt when you ride, its more fun!
TbC a 33 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Surly 1X1 1.78:1 from Santa Clarita CA
Posted on 01/12/06
Chumash/Hummingbird directions - Travel up Chumash to Rocky Peak Fire Road, turn right and travel on the fire road for about three miles to the Hummingbird connector. Turn right again at the Hummingbird trail marker post, there is also a parkbench near the post. Down Hummingbird to exit on the street at Kuehner.
Jerry Ventura BOMB a 52 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Gary Fisher Team Race from Simi Valley
Posted on 01/08/06
help - does chumash lead to rocky peak then hummingbird need help on a nice ride
a Cross-Country Rider from simi valley
Posted on 01/08/06
Weeds cleared and Rocks rule! - Wild mustard and other weeds are now generally cleared from the bottom of Chumash up to Rocky Peak fire road. At least they do not rip the handlebars out of your hands anymore. Single track in good shape, still a hoot on the ride down. The upper section has new rocks exposed from the winter rains.
Jerry BOMB a 51 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Sugar Team from Simi
Posted on 07/01/05
Rain and the Rain - At the top of the trail, the trail marker fell down, due to termites. If you have not taken a ride recently on this trail, then you should. Hella fun. Rocks are all exposed, rivers I have never seen before and green every where. Some new kickers too
OCTOMAN a Downhiller
Posted on 01/28/05
Hummingbird update - Some little 8 armed creature fixed the rut at said location on 1/27. Good ride for all.
trail has exposed more rock and has many bumps...very fun
OCTOMAN a Downhiller
Posted on 01/27/05
Hummingbird update - I finally got a chance to ride Hummingbird yesterday and conditions were great, just as you guys advised! My riding partner cancelled last week Sunday, so the trail had an additional week to dry out.
Yesterday the dirt was nice and tacky, offering awesome grip for the tires. The rain seems to have washed away a lot of loose dirt from between the rocks, especially in the upper switchbacks (on the way down to the big cave). These are now a little more technical, but still rideable and fun.
Everything else from the big cave to the bottom seems pretty much the same, with the exception of one straightaway below that narrow chicane, where you squeeze through the two boulders. Here, the running water created a deep rut (about a foot deep) that takes up about 3/4 the width of the singletrack. This straightaway occurs right after a turn, so it's possible that the rut may surprise someone coming around the turn. Just stick to the right side of the trail here.
Overall, just as the previous posts have said, the area is a lot greener than usual, very tacky, and just beautiful to ride! I did notice two small water crossings on the way down and the stream at the very bottom of the trail was percolating very nicely with crystal clear water. The Hummingbird trail held up nicely against the deluge. Ride on!
Posted on 01/24/05
chumash/hummingbird - I would agree with JP in the update below. The conditions were great. The very beginning of the Chumash trail was very muddy. Though a trail maintenance group dug a trough across it to let the stream run through it instead of pooling up there. The hills are extremely green. Great traction. The rocky sections up top had wonderful grip and made for fun, techinal climb.
As for Hummingbird, there is a constant stream of water flowing down the trail. The switchbacks on the trail are very soft, gooey mud pits. They are rideable, but do it with caution.
Overall, nice tacky conditions, with beautiful green hills for eye-candy.
Enjoy it while it's still nice. For those who know, these hills are usually dry and brown.
Posted on 01/16/05
Chumash update...Hummingbird? - Did Chumash this afternoon. The trail was perfect. It seems like the rocky terrain really kept the land from sliding. There were NO slides at all. We rode back down Chumash and didn't make it up to Hummingbird, but there isn't much that could go wrong with that trail. There is less of a chance for a slide than Chumash. Seriously, the single track was PERFECT! Don't hesitate to go.
JP a 37 year old riding a Banshee Scream
Posted on 01/15/05
Rain damage? - Sorry, this isn't an update, it's an inquiry. Has anyone been up/down Hummingbird since the recent deluge? If so, did the torrential rains alter the terrain at all? I'm planning a ride up Rocky Peak Fire Road then down Hummingbird on Sunday and I'd appreciate a head's up on any washed out sections, mudholes or landslides that may have occurred.
The B00giem0n a Weekend Warrior
Posted on 01/14/05
Good conditions! - Did a Rocky Peak area loop on Saturday 10/30. From my place in Chatsworth, I went up Santa Susanna to Rocky Peak Fireroad, down Hummingbird, over and up Las Llajas, and back down Johnsons Motorway. Hummingbird is in excellent shape after the past two rainstorms, and was a blast to descend, as always. The dirt is nice and tacky, of course, and there was only a very small amount of erosion to Hummingbird. The rain has only improved the conditions here. Also, I did a similar loop the week before on Saturday (10/23), where I climbed Chumash. It was after the first storm, but before the second. Anyway, Chumash looked great also. As far as the ruts on Chumash, they were only on the upper half, and were pretty small. No big deal, and I think overall the rain really helped Chumash. The ruts may be bigger after the second storm, but still probably an overall improvement. And as the other comments point out, regular use will smooth the ruts out anyway, and for now the give the trail some more character! As for Las Llajas and Johnsons, I will post my comments on their respective trailheads page. But I will say, yeah, Las Llajas and Johnsons Motorway are in great condition also. Let the trails dry out right after a storm, but otherwise get out there and ride!!!
Ride distance: 25 miles Elevation change: 4000
Pilot a 32 year old Racer riding a Spider SPV from Chatsworth
Posted on 11/01/04
nobody said they were going to - fill the ruts, it will happen naturally as people hike and ride over it. Chumash sees a ton of traffic and it won't be long before the handicapped access is restored
a Cross-Country Rider
Posted on 10/22/04
Don't fill the ruts! - The trail is finally regaining some character. I say let the blasted thing lick its own wounds and let's enjoy the trail.
Upchuck a 38 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a TurnIFreeMondONAdynaGT1x1
Posted on 10/22/04
Took a beating from the rains - Most of the trail is rutted right down the center from the rain. Many of the inside turns have a ton of washout sand in them some. The soft ash/sand sections are rutted but rideable now.
with the high traffic this trail receives it should be great in a couple weeks after all the ruts get filled/packed down.
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a Cross-Country Rider from Simi
Posted on 10/22/04