ROCKY PEAK

Hiking Trails

This area encompasses the ridge that separates San Fernando Valley from Simi Valley. It has a fine selection of trails from the very easy trails in Corriganville Park to long trails up the Rocky Peak Ridge.

 

BROWNS CREEK - Length: 2.7 km (1.7 mi)
There is a paved bicycle path along the east side of Browns Creek between Rinaldi Street and Lassen Street. A dirt equestrian path follows the west side of Browns Creek between Rinaldi Street and Devonshire Street. A small park is located along the dirt path just south of Chatsworth Street.
Trailhead: Entrances are located on the corner of Rinaldi Street and Independence Ave, Chatsworth Street, and Devonshire Street and Canoga Ave, and Lassen Street.

CHATSWORTH PARK
Chatsworth Park consists of a south section and a north section which are separate. There is no direct trail connection between them. However, they both have hiking trails up to Santa Susana Pass, so a long hiking loop can be made.

CHUMASH TRAIL - Length: 4 kilometers (2.5 mi). Elevation Change: 1,100 ft.
This is a trail going from Simi Valley to the Rocky Peak trail on the ridgeline between Simi and San Fernando Valleys. It climbs through chaparral and offers little shade. From the top, it offers views of both valleys. With little shade and a big elevation change in such a short distance, this can be a deceptively challenging trail. Bring some energy snacks and water. For good, cheap energy food, do a search for Medifast coupons and check out their line of high-nutrient foods.
Trailhead: The trailhead is located at the end of Flanagan Drive off of Yosemite Ave.

CORRIGANVILLE PARK
A park with a system of easy trails, including an wildlife and historical interpretation trail. It has several trails leading out of the park to another small park and up the hill towards Santa Susana Pass.
Trailhead: Corriganville Park is located on Smith Road in Simi Valley.

DEVIL CANYON TRAIL - Length: 9 kilometers (5.5 mi).
A trail following Devil Canyon. This is a quiet, shady trail that follows a small intermittent creek. The trail beginning is paved but this quickly ends and a small trail takes over by the time the trail reaches the Devil Canyon. With frequent creek crossings expect to get your feet wet unless it is late summer. The upper end of the trail reaches a dirt road which is gated preventing doing a loop with Rocky Peak.
Trailhead: This trail starts at the Topanga Canyon exit of the 118 freeway. The start is a paved road off of Poema Street just west of Topanga Canyon Blvd. The pavement quickly ends.

HIGHLAND TRAILS
This is a small system of foot and equestrian trails on a ridge between Devin Canyon and Browns Canyon. They connect up with a dirt road that does not provide paved road access. It is accessible from a spur trail off of both Devil Canyon Trail and Brown Canyon Trail. The entrance from Brown Canyon starts at a Santa Monica Conservancy sign. A section of the trail merges with a road for a short distance before splitting back off.
Trailhead: Start Devil Canyon Trail from the Topanga Canyon exit of the 118 and when you reach the creek, look for an obscure trail on the far side of the creek. Once through the initial brush, the trail is obvious and well established. Alternatively, start the Browns Creek trail system using any of the lower entrances. A trail leads up the western side where it has a three way junction adjacent to a road. Follow the trail parallel to the road.

HUMMINGBIRD TRAIL - Length: 3.7 kilometers (2.3 mi). Elevation Change 1,000 ft.
This is a trail going from Simi Valley to Rocky Peak Trail on the ridgeline between Simi and San Fernando Valleys. Halfway up to Rocky Peak Trail, the trail passes several small caves. The longest cave is over 100 feet long. Just down the Rocky Peak Trail from the junction is the Rock House, a small room built under a rock overhang.
Trailhead: The trail starts on the northern end of Kuehner Drive north of the 118 freeway in Simi Valley. A sign at a turn in the road marks the trailhead.

NEW STAGE COACH TRAIL - Elevation change: 150 ft.
This is a short single track trail connecting Santa Susana Pass Road just east of Rocky Peak Trailhead to a parking area/trailhead on Lilac Lane.
Trailhead: One trailhead is on Santa Susana Pass Road just east of the Rocky Peak Exit of 118. The other trailhead is on Lilac Lane a half mile south of Santa Susana Pass Road.

OLD STAGECOACH EQUESTRIAN TRAIL - Length: 3 kilometers (1.9 mi). Elevation change: 700 ft.
This is part of the old stage coach route that ran through the Santa Susana Pass in the 1800's. It is not completely obvious because there are several unmarked trail junctions and the stage coach route is not always the largest. The trail starts at the entrance to Chatsworth Park South and follows along the edge of the park. In 0.7 kilometers there is a dirt trail to the left, follow this up a short distance to a paved road and turn right. (alternatively you can start on Larwin Ave at the Santa Susana Park sign or at the end of Jeffrey Mark Court, both of these come in on the partially paved road) Quickly, a trail appears on the left, take this up. Starting in a half kilometer there are a series of unmarked trail junctions, generally you want to go up and toward the pass not the ridge. The upper portion of the trail is on rugged bedrock. There is an historical marker along this section. The trail ends up on Lilac Lane at the beginning of the New Stagecoach trail. Coming down from the pass you generally want to take the down trails at the junction. However, at 1.3 kilometers from the top, you hit a dirt road at a right angle, you want to go left here and straight through the next intersection.
Trailhead: The entrance of Chatsworth Park South on the western end of Devonshire Street. An alternative route starts on Larwin Ave at the Santa Susana Park sign or at the end of Feffrey Mark Court. The upper trailhead is on Lilac Lane where the road makes a sharp right turn.

RIM OF THE VALLEY TRAIL - Length: 6.7 kilometers (4.2 mi). Elevation change: 1,200 ft.
This is an old road that has degraded into a rocky trail. You can still see patches of asphalt in unexpected spots. The trail runs from a private development in Chatsworth to the Rocky Peak Trail. The trail is 5.2 kilometers one way to the Rocky Peak Trail on the valley rim. However, there is also 1.5 km of road through the private development. The development has a green line guiding you along the streets to the trail. There are two entrances for the development and both are open for trail use.
Trailhead: One lower trailhead starts on Iverson Road. The other lower trailhead is on the north side of the Topanga Canyon Blvd. exit of the 118 freeway. You walk or ride through a private development. There is an open gate left of the guardhouse.

ROCKY PEAK TRAIL - Length: 10.4 kilometers (6.5 mi). Elevation change: 1,050 ft.
This is a dirt road trail. It starts at a trail head at the Rocky Peak exit of the west bound 118 freeway. From the trailhead it is 0.8 miles to the Hummingbird trail with an elevation gain of 575 feet. From the Hummingbird trail it is an additional 1.7 miles to the Rocky Peak Cutoff with an elevation gain of 475 feet. From the Rocky Peak Cutoff to the Chumash trail it is an additional 1.3 miles with an elevation drop of 200 feet. This trail provides views of both Simi and San Fernando Valleys. It ends at a locked gate 3.5 kilometers beyond Chumash Trail.
Trailhead: The trail starts on the north side of the Rocky Peak exit from the 118 freeway in the Santa Susana Pass.

STAGE COACH ROUTE - Elevation change: 300 ft.
This is the mildly overgrown stage coach route that used to connect San Fernando and Simi Valleys. It runs from Corriganville Park to Santa Susana Pass Road at the Junction with Box Canyon Road. To reach the trail at Corriganville Park requires crossing the Metro Link Rail line. This is dangerous! A better access point is midway up Stage Coach Trail where the route and trail briefly join.
Trailhead: The upper trailhead is at the junction of Santa Susana Pass Road and Box Canyon Road.

STAGE COACH TRAIL - Elevation change: 250 ft.
This is a path that parallels the old stage coach route. It leads from the Wildlife Corridor Trail up to the Santa Susana Pass Road a short distance west of the Rocky Peak Trailhead.
Trailhead: The lower trailhead is located in Corriganville Park on Smith Road in Simi Valley. The upper trailhead is on Santa Susana Pass Road a quarter mile west of the Rocky Peak exit of the 118 Freeway.

WILDLIFE CORRIDOR TRAIL - Elevation change: 900 ft.
This is a path leading from Corriganville Park to Rocky Peak Trail. The trail passes under the 118 freeway through a wildlife tunnel. A short way up Rocky Peak Trail from the junction is the Rock House, a small room built under a rock overhang.
Trailhead: The trailhead is located in Corriganville Park on Smith Road in Simi Valley.