Summary: This is one of my favorite hikes to take my 5 year old grandson on. It's a short easy hike, with lots of spectacular rock formations to either view or carefully climb around on. There are picnic tables amongst an oak grove, which makes for a nice picnic spot. Highly recommended.
Trailhead: From Highway 118/Simi Valley Freeway in the San Fernando Valley, exit on Topanga Canyon Blvd, drive south and turn right on Plummer Streer.Continue 2.4 miles to Woolsey Canyon Road and turn right. (Along the way, Plummer becomes Valley Circle, then Lake Manor Drive). Continue on Woolsey Canyon Road for 2.4 miles to Black Canyon Road and turn right. The Sage Ranch Parking lot is on the left 0.2 miles ahead. Note that Sage ranch can also be reached from Simi valley via Katharine Road and Blacks Canyon Road. (Lat:34.245258 Lon:-118.670078)
Trail Guides for Sage Ranch Loop:
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, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Santa Monica Mtn Recreation Area, 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 Brian on 4/28/2013
I hiked this place today, it was hot, bring water, $5 for parking, coyotes, rabbits, great views of the San Fernando valley and Simi Valley.
Reviewed by danny on 11/28/2012
My kids and I love to hike the loop trail in Sage Ranch. Awesome views of Simi Valley and the surrounding area. This is a perfect trail for young kids.
Reviewed by Rc on 6/23/2012
Love this place. I take my twin 7 year old girls here. Beautiful place
Reviewed by Michele on 1/28/2010
I love taking my dog and daughters on this hike. It's easy enough that we can fast walk and still get a nice workout, or meander if my youngest (3 1/2) is with us. Once you get past the funky toxic sludge factory (don't let this deter you!) the hike is lovely and there are plenty of offshoot paths to keep kids interested. It's also relatively quick - under 2 hours - so if you are pressed for time but still want some exercise this is a great choice and a regular for our family.
Reviewed by G&L on 11/10/2009
We did this hike on Sunday, 11/8. Didn't see another person! We would recommend parking in the lower lot and starting the hike from there, saving the prettier part of the hike for the end and not having to climb the steep road back up to the upper lot.
Reviewed by Jim on 3/30/2009
Great hike with the little guys!
Reviewed by MAL on 3/1/2009
We have hiked this trail many times and gone off trail many times. We like to refer to it as our TOXIC WASTE HIKE and just choose not to breath too deeply or every sample the flora/fauna. The rock formations always amaze us as we come up with new critters each time - not much shade and an awful lot of building going on at one end. Have to look at the wonderfully imaginative tin sculptures on the ride back down Woolsey Canyon Road. Give the guy a call (his number is listed on a sign. It is a dog friendly trail - be aware of coyotes, deer, rabbits (hopefully they aren't eating or drinking either).
Reviewed by MZ on 2/22/2009
This loop is beautiful. I hiked it with the Cub Scouts today. I will be back again with more time to do some rock climbing. Even with the drizzle the views were spectacular. I plan to reserve the group campsite and bring friends. My grandson loved the rocks.
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