Here's another group of local hiking enthusiasts. The Thousand Oaks Hikers Meetup Group was formed in November 2006 and has nearly 5,000 members. Several hundred hikes have been organized throughout the area, not just Ventura County trails. Check them out at www.meetup.com/TOaks-Hikers/
Channel Islands Kayak Center has provided kayak rentals, lessons and tours at Channel Islands Harbor and Ventura Harbor since 1997. Visit www.cikayak.com for more information.
Channel Islands Kayak Center is located at the Channel Islands Harbor at 3600 S. Harbor Blvd., Suite 213, Oxnard (805.984.5995) and at the Ventura Harbor (by appointment only) at 1691 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura (805.644.9699).
Based in Thousand Oaks and established in 2010, The Moderate Hikers group caters to adults who love to hike and want to do anywhere from 2-6 miles at a moderate pace. Join this group if you enjoy planned, as well as impromptu gatherings, at varied times and varied locations, if you enjoy meeting people and making friends, love the outdoors and leaving your cares behind! No cost to join. Learn more at www.meetup.com/themoderatehikers.
The Rancho Simi Trail Blazers is a volunteer organization of outdoor enthusiasts consisting of bikers, equestrians, hikers, and naturalists. The group is committed to the care and protection of our natural environment for the enjoyment of all.
Regularly scheduled activities include:
- Tuesday evening beginners' hike
- Thursday evening hike
- Saturday morning hike
- Sunday evening hike
- Trail maintenance usually every 3rd Saturday of the month
- Monthly meeting every 3rd Wednesday of the month
- Monthly newsletter sent to all members, which includes scheduled activities
Visit www.simitrailblazers.com for more information.
The group invites the public to the following hikes this Fall 2015:
- Mt McCoy Trail Hike on Tuesdays at 6pm (meet at parking lot on north side of Royal Avenue, eat of Madera Road). 3.75 mile round trip with 600 foot elevation gain. Moderately difficult.
- Chumash Trail Hike on Thursdays at 6pm (meet at northern ed of Flanagan Drive). 5.2 miles, 1,300 foot elevation gain to the Rocky Peak Fire Road. Hike considered strenuous.
- Rocky Peak Trail Hike on Sundays at 5pm (4pm starting 11/1) (meet at northern side of Rocky Peak Interchange with the 118 freeway). 4.8 miles, 1,200 ft elevation gain. Strenuous.
Bring 2 small flashlights, water, clothing for all weather, and solid shoes with good tread.
Community Center Park in Camairllo has some really nice, new exercise equipment adjacent to the playground area on the west side of the park! I've tried (in late March 2013) the equipment and it is some of the nicest "free" outdoor equpment I've been on! Let's just hope they are able to keep the equipment in such nice shape!
Coyote Point Disc Golf Course is a beautiful, challenging course overlooking Lake Casitas. The course is set in rugged terrain with concrete tee pads and is maintained by the Ventura Disc Golf Club. There are plenty of tight shots and elevation changes so you will use every shot imaginable as well as a few different discs.
Hiking type shoes are a must for this course and be sure to bring water. Camping near the course is available. Reservations can be made through the Lake reservation staff at (805)-649-1122, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The course is free, but vehicle entry is $10/$15 for day use. Click here for Ventura Disc Golf’s website www.venturadiscgolf.com.
Marina Sailing is California's oldest and largest sailing club, offering a hundred affordable sail and powerboat rentals and charters including fishing boats and catamarans. Boats are available for bare boat charter, or rent a yacht with a captain! Marina also offers beginning, intermediate, and advanced sailing lessons. The Complete Sailing Course includes American Sailing Association (ASA) 101 and 103 certifications and membership in the Marina Sailing Club. Marina offers group and private instruction at all levels.
Members have access to daily sailing activities including sailboat lessons, racing, parties, flotillas, cruising, group day sails, sunset sails and advanced sailing courses from six different Southern California locations, including the local Channel Islands location.