Exploring the Arroyo Simi Bike Path

If you’re looking for a scenic and enjoyable bike ride in Simi Valley, the paved Arroyo Simi Bike Path is worth checking out. The nearly eight-mile bike path is part of the National Rails to Trail program. Here’s everything you need to know before hitting the trail.

History of the Trail

The Arroyo Simi Bike Path is part of the National Rails-to-Trails program, a national initiative in the United States that converts abandoned or unused railroad corridors into multi-use trails for biking, walking, and other recreational activities. The program began in the 1960s and has since transformed thousands of miles of former rail lines into public trails. The program has been successful in creating new opportunities for outdoor recreation and transportation, while also preserving important historic and cultural resources.

The City of Simi Valley is working on enhancements to its river parkways for recreational use. Called the Arroyo Simi Greenway, the project involves the construction of new hiking and biking trails along the Arroyo Simi, installation of exhibit signs, creation of sixteen new trail entries, and more. The aim is to provide a better experience for visitors and encourage more outdoor activity in the park.

What to Expect on the Arroyo Simi Bike Path

The Arroyo Simi Bike Path is a paved, relatively flat trail suitable for all skill levels. It’s a great choice for families with young children or casual riders. Along the way, you’ll pass through residential neighborhoods, parks, and open space areas, so you’ll get a mix of urban and natural scenery.

One of the highlights of the trail is the section that runs through the Arroyo Simi Greenway, a natural area with a creek and lots of trees. This part of the trail is especially scenic and provides a nice break from the sun on hot days.

A cool feature of the Arroyo Simi Bike Path is the bike repair station located near the Wood Ranch trailhead. The repair station was installed by local Eagle Scout William Torres as part of his Eagle Scout project! If you have a flat tire or need to make some other minor repair, you can use the tools and air pump provided at the station.

Except in cases of heavy rain or flooding, the Bike Path is accessible around the clock, all week long, 24/7.

Tips for Riding the Arroyo Simi Bike Path

  • Wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water: The trail can get pretty hot in the summer, so make sure you protect yourself from the sun and stay hydrated.
  • Watch out for pedestrians: The trail is popular with walkers, joggers, and dog walkers, so be sure to keep an eye out for them and give them plenty of space.
  • Use caution at road crossings: There are several road crossings along the trail, so be sure to stop and look both ways before crossing.
  • Bring a bike lock: If you want to stop and explore any of the parks or neighborhoods along the trail, be sure to bring a lock so you can secure your bike.
  • Be mindful of wildlife: The Arroyo Simi Bike Path runs through some natural areas, so keep an eye out for birds, rabbits, and other wildlife.

Getting to the Bike Path

There are several access points to the Bike Path, but one of the most convenient is the trailhead located at the corner of Madera Road and Country Club Drive in Simi Valley. There’s a small parking lot at this trailhead, as well as restrooms and water fountains.

Another option is to start at the Wood Ranch trailhead, which is located at the corner of Wood Ranch Parkway and Long Canyon Road in Simi Valley. There’s a larger parking lot at this trailhead, as well as picnic tables, restrooms, and a playground.

Download a Map of the Bike Path

The Arroyo Simi Bike Path is a great choice for anyone looking for a fun and easy bike ride in Ventura County. With its mix of urban and natural scenery, the trail offers a little something for everyone. So grab your bike, sunscreen, and plenty of water, and hit the trail!

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