Summary: This hike takes you up a somewhat steep trail to the lovely China flat, an open area with clusters of oak trees. Perfect for a picnic lunch. Just a mile from China flat, you ascend to Simi Peak, with a commanding few of the surrounding communities. The hiking guide books suggest a variety of routes for this hike, with all of them being enjoyable.
Trailhead: From Highway 101/Ventura Freeway in Westlake, exit on Lindero Canyon Road. Drive 4 miles north and park on Lindero Canyon Road by the China Flat Trailhead on the left. It is located between King James Court and Wembly Avenue. (Lat:34.192759 Lon:-118.775986)
Trail Guides for China Flat and Simi Peak:
Day Hikes in Ventura County California
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
Afoot & Afield In Los Angeles
by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)
On The Trail - Malibu to Santa Barbara
by Cathy Philipp (Cathy Philipp Publishing)
Best Seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses
Ranger Contact: National Park Service - 818-597-9192
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted 104 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Sheila & Bruce on 10/24/2012
Dogs loved the hike, still looking for ticks but found none so far.
Reviewed by df on 6/1/2012
Reviewed by Scott on 5/2/2012
Really scenic hike. The first half of the trail is reminiscent of hiking in Sedona, and then once you reach China Flat and descent through the oak groves to the grassy meadows, it feels more like the La Jolla Valley grasslands, or something. Lots of unmarked junctions, but everything is connected.
Reviewed by Viewer on 1/29/2012
Beautiful views getting to China Peak - China Peak not so much. Took trail from Simi Valley side and it took 4 hours - very strenuous! Glad I did it but not again!!
Reviewed by AdSK on 1/16/2012
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Reviewed by Sm on 4/13/2011
*****Edit to my 03/08/2011***** On my first I didn't actually go to simi peak. I thought the sandstone on the way to simi peak from oak park was simi peak. After some research I went from that sandstone to the other side of the hill through china flat and hiked up simi peak. It's probably 200ft or so above the sandstone which i mistook for being simi peak. The whole hike at a brisk pace takes me about 2.5 hours from the china flat trail head.
Reviewed by sm on 3/8/2011
Pretty good hike. Very nice view of Oak Park, TO, Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands?? I went in March early in the day so the weather was great. I doubt it's 6 miles round trip as indicated. May be 4. I made it from trail head on Lindero to the peak and back down in about 1.5 Hours. I did also noticed there are many trails to this place. I actually ended up going down one of those for a bit so that I can stretch my hike to over 2 hours.
Reviewed by fw on 1/28/2011
Excellent, especial when little sprinkling weather. Love it so much......
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