DH, singletrack, bumpy DH slickrock, boulders, obstacles, drops, rock gardens, a good bit of pedalling, and huge rocks to jump off at the bottom. Can be done as a linked DH run, but watch for hikers and horses. This is a multi-use trail, and was the old stagecoach route from the SF Valley to Simi around the turn of the century. This ride will work you and your bike, especially suspension and rear deraileur springs. Body armor required for DH. Chain device almost mandatory. Hot in summer, but cool and shady down in the park. Go fast and link it all together non-stop, for a good DH training run. See bottom review for trail direction specifics. This can be an alternate advanced descent back to the valley when doing loops on the Rocky Peak / Chumash / Hummingbird / Johnson Fire Rd XC rides, but it's extremely bumpy.
*PLEASE* BE COURTEOUS AND QUIET TO THE NEIGHBORS ON LILAC LANE, OR THIS PLACE WILL BE SHUT DOWN!! Please just drop cars / riders at the top and then go ride. Use the park at the bottom to hang out, etc. Thanks.
Recommended as Car Shuttle for DH bikes, but can be looped. Directions to bottom shuttle meeting spot: From 118 Simi Valley Fwy, exit Topanga and go South 3 miles to Devonshire St. and turn Right. Go 2 blocks to the West end of Devonshire and park on the street near the entrace to Chatsworth park. More parking in the park, but trail ends here in the rocks to the left. Directions to Trailhead FROM THE BOTTOM: Go East on Devonshire to Topanga, turn left, go 3 miles and left under 118 Fwy. Get on the 118 Fwy West. Exit 1 mile at Rocky Peak Rd., and turn left. Cross freeway to the stop sign (Santa Susana Pass Rd.) and turn right. Make the first left in 1/4 mi (Lilac Lane). Go 1/4 mi up the hill until the road flattens and park in the open area on the left with the sign board. Take the faint trail straight past the signboard and around the corner of the fence beyond. Take the right single track and descend Southeast to Chatsworth Park (generally to your right).
Summary: It is a steep bedrock downhill. Real men can hit it on a hardtail. I've been riding it since before shocks were around and it was alot less traveled back then. It gets mellower all the time.
Review Date April 27, 2003
Overall Rating 1 of 5
Ridden Trail: Every few months
Reviewed by: John Gambell
, from Thousand Oaks CA
Summary: Lots of hikers, horseback riders and blind corners, USE A BIKE BELL! Bumpy as heck (don't even think about it unless you have FS), too short to really be worth shuttling and too long of a climb up the pavement to really be worth looping.
Recommended Route: Same as above.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Long Canyon in Simi, makes a fun night run. Head up the Canyon and come down the steeper section by the parking lot. Wear a bell for the downhill section please, thanks.
Review Date March 15, 2001
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a month
Reviewed by: Stripe
Summary: Good trail that get's better with speed. Moderately steep, but super-bumpy, with mostly bedrock and sandy hardpack. Can be done with intermediate skills, but I recommend advanced rideres only. You get pummelled on the rocks if you fall. Several lines down the main run, with extra-burly options. Try jumping some of the gaps and kinks. Many alternate trails in the middle and bottom sections, but route above is one of the better long runs. Try not to skid the slickrock too much, it makes us unpopular with the hikers.
Recommended Route: At the top, turn right past the fence and do ST and a rock garden for 150 yards, before getting to Stagecoach (on the right). You then descend super-bumpy slickrock for 1.25 mi and T into a rocky road. Go right. 100 yards or so later, take the left single track over a rock, which turns into a wide streambed trail. Follow this bearing right and downhill until you reach the big water rut gap. If you dont jump the rut, stay to the left of the rut and take the ST 200' to the road, then right, followed by the first left in 50', and up the ST. If you jump the rut, take the twisty overgrown ST straight, then straight across the dirt road onto the slightly uphill ST. Climb the tiny hill and descend ST. When you get to the egg-shaped rock in the middle of the trail, look right. This is the world cup drop. Or go straight, and follow the right fork of the trail. Either way you end at pavement going downhill to your right - take it. Get speed, but watch the blind corner at the bottom. Road turns to dirt, continue for 100 yards, then take the left flat ST. This rolls around and slightly up, under some power lines, and ends at a 4-way ST intersection. Go straight. Left is a short DH and a long pedal through the park to the car. Straight is a short climb that connects to many fun ST's and big rock sections. The best stuff is to the far right at the top of the hill. When in doubt, look for the tire tracks. Once you get to the grass in the park, work to the right and take the main road out to your car. There are plenty of ST options and fun rocks in the bottom 1/2. Explore.
Other recommended trails in the same area: G-Spot, S&M, Dirty Bird, The Playground, Potato Rock, Khuener & Smith jumps (including the hidden set on the West side of the furniture factory). For XC, Rocky Peak, Chumash, Johnson Fire Rd, Hummingbird (too many hikers), and uphill ST connector from park at end of Smith Rd. in Simi, to Rocky Peak and 118 Fwy (exits on Santa Susana Rd. at Lilac Lane). Stay on the right (South) of the 118 Fwy to take this connector. It is new, and avoids the road climb out of simi on the dangerous Santa Susana pavement.