Summary: This hikes takes you up and over some very interesting rock features including giant boulders, unusual caves, and various huge rock outcroppings. The views are quite nice, and on a clear day you can see to the ocean. After a rain, this hike can be quite breathtaking with little water falls caused by water weeping from the rocks. The only down side to the hike is that it is adjacent to a major freeway, so don't expect wilderness solitude.
Trailhead: From Highway 118/Simi Valley Freeway in Simi Valley, exit on Kuehner Drive. Drive 0.3 mikes north to the signed trailhead on the right. (Lat:34.280219 Lon:-118.660976)
Trail Guides for Hummingbird Trail:
Day Hikes in Ventura County California
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
On The Trail - Malibu to Santa Barbara
by Cathy Philipp (Cathy Philipp Publishing)
Best Seasons: Spring, Winter, Fall
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses
Ranger Contact: Rancho Simi Park District - 805-581-3823
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted 104 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Mountain Biker on 4/22/2010
The trail is beautiful right now with wild flowers. However, mountain bikes are creating braided trails everywhere which can always jeopardize access. DO NOT CUT SWITCHBACKS! It is eroding the trail at a very fast pace and mountain bikes are to blame. I'm a mountain biker so don't take it personally.
Reviewed by abp on 6/14/2009
Loves it. Not a beginner's hike, but not physically exhausting either. Amazing scenery and rock formations, you only notice the 118 a couple times that's all. Saw some Coyote, and for sure there are Mountain Lions and Rattlesnakes there, so be on the lookout, although the mountain bikers careening down the hill might be the bigger threat to your life. Trail narrows in some places which let's the bushes touch you, but it's nothing to cry about. Some spots can be slippery too so bring good shoes.
Reviewed by Zach on 5/11/2009
Hiked this today at midday - 75 degrees was a little warm, but still a nice hike. 2 hours total, although we didn't quite make it all the way to the end before the legs ran out....this was my first hike in quite a long time. Trail is in good shape with very little sandy areas.
Reviewed by A. Tiongco on 5/12/2008
Awesome hike. Lots of fun caves to explore. Around this season there are alot of wildflowers that you have to cut through but it makes the hike that much more pleasant. Also if you are into bouldering and traversing there are some boulders that are worth taking a shot at. We went early mothers day morning with a nice marine layer that eventually burned out.
Reviewed by AMC on 5/5/2008
This is a great hike with plenty of rocks to scramble around on and small caves to explore. The only cons are the freeway noise and view of the 118 and housing developments. That said, though, the views are nice, the trail is clearly marked, and the elevation gain is gradual. I definitely will go again.
Reviewed by JimZ on 4/24/2006
This is a great hike up the lovely sandstone mountain-side on the east side of Simi Valley. We normally go up this trail, the turn left and walk up Rock Peak Fireroad to the crest, adding about 3 miles to the overall hike and resulting in about 1800 foot of elevatin gain. Walk early in the morning to avoid noise from the adjacent freeway.
Reviewed by Barbara E. on 9/20/2005
This is a lovely hike, especially in Spring, when the wildflowers are better than in any botanic garden. I love the cave "house" with "window boxes" of flowers and a big rock blocking the "door". (If I'd been a Chumash, I would have chosen this place as my home.) It's a great place to take children to, but can be a hot climb in the midday sun, so go early or late.
Reviewed by Johnny the Kiwi on 8/18/2005
Great technical trail. Plenty of rock formations to check out, but be aware of rattlers. Also, be careful if hiking it late in the arvo, as we found plenty of cougar prints from the "Caves" down to the creek at the bottom. From what I could ascertain, there is a big cat that lives in the vicinity and regularly goes down. Maybe for water somewhere. We would walk it again.
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