Bridle Path, Simi Valley, California

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Bridle Path is a community in the southwestern area of the City of Simi Valley, in Ventura County, Southern California.

The residential development is located in the north−central Simi Hills, east of the southern end of First Street as it turns into Long Canyon Road, and east of the Wood Ranch community.[1][2][3]

The area was developed in the mid-1970s, during one of Simi Valley's housing development booms. The equestrian community is one of few areas within the city that is zoned for residents to keep horses on their property,[4][5]

The Bridle Path Homeowners Association (HOA) includes owners of the 630 homes within the original community. Nearby neighborhoods along First Street to Fitzgerald Road are sometimes identified as part of the Bridle Path neighborhood.

In November 2018, most of the Bridle Path Mountain Park was burned during the Woolsey Fire. Areas of Bridle Path were placed under voluntary evacuation, while nearby neighborhoods of Wood Ranch and Long Canyon were placed under mandatory evacuation.

Recreation[edit]

The 1,700 acres (690 ha) Mountain Park, a private homeowners association open-space park [6] is accessible to paying members of the Bridle Path Homeowners Association.

There also are public parks and open-spaces in the area, including Coyote Hills Park, Chumash Park, and Wood Ranch Open Space.[7] The expansive Cheeseboro and Palo Comado Canyon open space park is to the south, via the Montgomery Fire Road.[8][9] Simi Peak is located within it.[3]

Ecology[edit]

The Bridle Path community is adjacent to notable Simi Hills wildlife corridors that have an abundance of wildlife species. They include bobcats, mountain lions, skunks, ducks, opossums, deer, raptors, rabbits, coyotes, grey foxes, barn owls, rattle snakes, American bull frogs, and other fauna of Simi Valley.[4][3]

The nearby natural habitats include chaparral, oak woodlands, and grasslands.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Council leaves final decision on Bridle Path bovines in hands of HOA - www.simivalleyacorn.com - Simi Valley Acorn". simivalleyacorn.com.
  2. ^ "Tractor driving gunman kills mom, set house on fire: cops". NY Daily News. 2013-08-25. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  3. ^ a b c United States National Park Service (1991). Cheeseboro Canyon: Environmental Impact Statement. Northwestern University. Pages 229 and 239.
  4. ^ a b "Above It All : Bridle Path: Residents cherish the hilly Simi Valley community's rural character, but an animal dispute threatens the tranquillity". latimes.
  5. ^ Mike Harris. "Simi Valley's Bridle Path community embroiled in animal controversy". VCS.
  6. ^ "Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Press Release" (PDF). Smmc.ca.gov. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  7. ^ Anna Bakalis. "Simi parks district opens 42 acres to the public". VCS.
  8. ^ NPS: Cheeseboro and Palo Comado Canyon park Homepage
  9. ^ NPS: Cheeseboro and Palo Comado Canyon park trails info + map