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Mt. McCoy/Reagan Library
- Location: Simi Valley, near the Reagan Library. From route 118, take the Madera St. exit south to Royal (1.5 miles). Go right on Royal and almost immediately another right onto Acapulco, and a left onto Washburn. Park on the corner of Washburn and Los Amigos and pick up the trail across the street.
- Agency: Rancho Simi Recreation & Parks District
- Distance: 2.6 miles
- Elevation gain: 600 feet
- Suggested time: 1.25 hours
- Difficulty Rating: PG
- Best season: September – June
- USGS topo map: Simi Valley West
- Recommended gear: sun hat
- More information: here; trip reports here
- Rating: 4
Mt. McCoy is a great example of how one doesn’t need to travel hours into the wilderness for a hike. This moderate climb is perfect for residents of the Simi Valley area, and even those who travel from the San Fernando Valley or Ventura will find it a worthwhile trip, especially if combining it with a visit to the nearby Reagan Library.
From the corner of Washburn and Los Amigos, pick up the trail and head south. Several other trails branch off, including an older fire-break like trail that went straight up the side of the hill to the cross on top. This route is better graded, climbing quickly enough to take in some great views of Simi Valley, but still easy for anyone in decent physical shape.
Before long, the trail starts making its switchbacks up the hill. After just over a mile, it reaches a dirt road. Here, you head right and head up to the summit. From the top, you get nice views of Simi Valley, Moorpark and the other surrounding cities, as well as the Santa Monica Mountains and on clear days the taller peaks of the San Gabriels.