Wander out into the hills
In January of 2005, I first persuaded Hester to let me pull over on Box Canyon Road and climb to the top of one of the hills. At the time, we quickly realized there was a large animal nearby and got out (the roaming tiger was located and shot a month and a half later). Since then, I discovered many trails that lead out into the hills, where you'll get great views of the valleys (Simi and San Fernando) as well as of flowers, hawks, rattlesnakes, jackrabbits, cottontails, coyotes, etc. A good start is Rocky Peak Fire Road; just take the Rocky Peak exit from 118 west (no exit going eastward). You should also try Corriganville, the set for some John Wayne action (take Smith Road from Kuehner Blvd) and the Chumash trail (take Flanagan Dr from Yosemite). As I continue exploring, I'll probably have many other trails to add.
- Hiking and Walking
Santa Susana Depot
If you're passing by on the train, you'll see the depot on the south side of the tracks. But it's worth it to actually come to this place and spend a while there. Even when it's closed, the depot is interesting from the outside, and the place is nice enough that I've seen one magazine doing a photo shoot on the deck. When it's open, you can go inside where there's a big model of the railroads going through Simi in the 1950s and all sorts of railroad memorabilia. Plus, open or closed, you can watch the trains passing by. The tracks are used by Union Pacific, Amtrak and Metrolink.
A bunch of western action movies were filmed around here. Now it's just a little park with some good walks. If you want a bit more of a hike, the Stagecoach Trail will take you up to places where you can hop out onto the pass road and across the overpass to the Rocky Peak Trail.
There's not really much to see...
There's not really much to see in my town. We're somewhat of a bedroom community but like I said we're about 40 minutes out of Hollywood so if you're really in the mood for serious clubs or city life you're not too far away.
Rated the safest city in the entire U.S.A. for almost 10 years in a row. We alternate between the town next door called Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. One year they get the Safest City rating and the next year we'll get it back. Almost every other person in this city is law enforcement, from what I understand there is the highest concentration of law enforcement that live in this city than enywhere else in the country. Although if you're into mountainbiking or hiking, there are lots of hills. We're not too far from the beach either and there's a great ride from Thousand Oaks to the beach. It's called Sycamore Canyon, a lot of fun.
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