In late 2003, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy completed the long-
awaited purchase of the 2,983-acre Ahmanson Ranch, a stunningly
beautiful property in the Simi Hills in Ventura County nestled at the western
edge of the San Fernando Valley. The new parkland is contiguous with and
accessed from the existing 2,650-acre Upper Las Virgenes Open Space
The huge parkland is part of a critical ecological linkage and wildlife corridor
between the Santa Monica Mountains and the ranges to the north. Rolling
hills studded with valley oaks, sycamore-lined canyon bottoms, miles of
potential trails, and vistas of unspoiled California landscapes are now part
of a parkland legacy.
This 12.7-mile lollipop is just one of several possible mountain biking routes
possible through this huge parkland area. The Victory Trailhead is only one
of several access points into this preserve.
The Ride: From the Victory TH parking, follow East Las Virgines Canyon Trail
to the Las Virgines Canyon drainage.
Turn right up the Virgines Canyon Trail and take the first connector trail to
the left that climbs up to the ridge.
At the top of the ridge, turn right onto Cheeseboro Ridge Trail. Be sure to
take time to look behind you at the long views.
Continue up Cheeseboro Ridge Trail until it crosses Sheep Corral Trail in the
bottom of a cross valley. Turn right onto Sheep Corral Trail and enjoy the
long descent you have earned.
Sheep Corral Trail will seamlessly merge onto the Upper Las Virgines
Take the trail to the left after Upper Las Virgines Canyon Road turns into a
double-track. This will bring you up and over another small ridge and will
lead you back to East Las Virgines Canyon Trail.
Turn left at the "tee" junction and return to the TH parking area.