China Flat (Santa Monica Mountains)

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China Flat is a plateau in the north−central Simi Hills, in Ventura County, Southern California.[1][2]

The plateau sits at a 2,000 feet (610 m) elevation and is situated just below Simi Peak, which is the highest point in the Simi Hills.[3]


The plateau averages around 2,000 feet (610 m) in elevation. It features native oak woodlands and chaparral habitats, with large sandstone outcroppings.[4]

It is protected within Cheeseboro Canyon / Palo Comado Canyon Open Space park of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. [1] The area is located between the cities of Oak Park, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley.[1]

Trails reach China Flat from trailheads in the Conejo Valley, Simi Valley, and via Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve (Ahmanson Ranch) from Calabasas and the San Fernando Valley. [1][4] The trail to the summit of Simi Peak (2403 ft.) passes through China Flat. [4][4]

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