Known more for the bright lights of Hollywood and the incredibly beautiful beaches, Southern California also offers our guests countless places to get away from it all. You just have to enjoy climbing hills, such as the picturesque hilly terrain that defines Rocky Peak Park.
Overview of Rocky Peak Park
Rocky Peak Park sits less than one mile from the mountain that bears the park’s name. The park includes Runkle Ranch, which legendary comedian Bob Hope owned. Spanning about five miles north of the Ronald Reagan Freeway to Las Llajas Canyon, the nearly 5,000-acre regional open space preserve includes 4,400-acre Rocky Peak Park. The park acts as refuge for wildlife that moves back and forth between nearby Simi Hills and Santa Susana Mountains
Miles of scenic trails and challenging layouts attract hikers of all skill levels from surrounding Southern California communities such as Burbank, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks, California. The trails for the Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor offer panoramic views of the wilderness and nearby snow-capped mountains. In addition to hiking and backpacking, the trails provide plenty of room for avid mountain bikers and equestrian aficionados. The Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park and trail system sit a few miles south of the park across the Ronald Reagan Freeway.
Considered easy to moderate, the Rocky Peak Trail covers five miles. You access the popular trail from the westbound side of the Ronald Reagan Freeway located at the Rocky Peak Overpass. Parking is limited because park visitors are not allowed to obstruct the fire gate. Overflow parking is available across from the freeway bridge. The trail ends just north of blind canyon, which means you must double back to return to the trailhead.
Leading up to the Rocky Peak Trail, the three-mile moderately difficult Chumash trail presents more physical challenges for hikers and backpackers. The trail makes a steady climb through spectacular rock formations, with numerous stunning vistas awaiting you along the way. Start your hike at the end of Flanagan Street, which runs through a subdivision of Simi Valley. During and shortly after the rainy season that typically runs from November to through March, excess water flows down the cliffs and sandstone boulders to create an astonishing reflection of colors.
As the third tallest point located within the Santa Susana Mountains, Rocky Peak reaches a little more than 2,700 feet high. Rocky Peak has earned the reputation for attracting some of the most skilled rock climbers from Southern California. When you reach the top of Rocky Peak, you will enjoy a clear view of Simi Hills and the San Fernando Valley, granted the Los Angeles basin is enjoying a smog-free day. Rocky Peak also represents the point where the county line changes from true north to a more northwesterly direction. A large railroad spike forced into the rocky terrain defines the exact spot where the county line changes direction.
Guests of Holiday Inn Burbank who want to spend a day communing with nature should consider a visit to Rocky Peak Park Take Interstate 5 north to California State Highway 118 (Ronald Reagan Freeway) and then head west for about eight miles. Drive north on Rocky Peak Road until you reach the entrance to the park.