Johnson Motorway – Rocky Peak Trail Loop

With temperatures forecast in the low 60’s this was the perfect day to go hiking in the Simi Valley/Chatsworth area. This place is simply amazing if you love sandstone formations, reddish rocks stacked and balanced on one another, worn down by time and the elements into weird shapes and caves.
Hiking Distance: about 8 1/2 miles

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Knapp’s Castle

A hike to the ruins of an old mansion high above Santa Barbara, built by industrialist George Knapp in 1916 and destroyed by wildfire in 1940. The trail is easy to follow and easy to hike, just a few short, steep hills along the way. With this trip I pass another milestone, this site’s 200th hike.
Distance: Around 7 miles

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Oxnard Beaches

Back to the beach again this week, but this trail has a much different feel than the one in Long Beach. There is no paved path, just very wide sandy beach. Although I crossed over several beaches sitting in front of large houses and condos, I encountered few people.  I began at Channel Islands Harbor and hiked up the coast over Hollywood Beach, Oxnard Beach, Oxnard Shores, Mandalay State Beach, finally coming to McGrath Lake which sits right next to the ocean.
Distance: About 8 miles

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