Mount McCoy (Simi Valley)

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Mount McCoy
Verde Hill


The cross on Mount McCoy with Simi Valley in distance.
Highest point
Elevation 1,330 ft (405 m)  NAVD 88 [1]
Prominence 35 ft (11 m) [2]
Coordinates 34°15′45″N118°48′16″W / 34.262531225°N 118.804389128°W / 34.262531225; -118.804389128 Coordinates: 34°15′45″N118°48′16″W / 34.262531225°N 118.804389128°W / 34.262531225; -118.804389128 [1]
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Mount McCoy
Location Ventura County, California, U.S.
Topo map USGS Simi Valley West

Mount McCoy (previously known as Verde Hill) [3] [4] is a 1,325-foot-high peak in Simi Valley, California known for its characteristic 12 foot white cross on the top. There are numerous trails leading to Mount McCoy, which sits in a 200 acres (81 ha) [3] nature area operated by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District (RSRPD), while the cross and its immediate surroundings are owned by the Simi Valley Historical Society. [5] By 1813, the cross on Mt. McCoy was a landmark for the Friars and others in the Simi Valley. [6]

Simi Valley, California City in California, United States

The city of Simi Valley, in the eponymous valley, is in the southeast corner of Ventura County, California, United States, 40 miles (64 km) from downtown Los Angeles, making it part of the Greater Los Angeles Area. The city sits next to Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, and Los Angeles. The city's 2014 population has been estimated at 126,871, up from 111,351 in 2000. The city of Simi Valley is surrounded by the Santa Susana Mountain range and the Simi Hills, west of the San Fernando Valley, and northeast of the Conejo Valley. It is largely a commuter bedroom community, feeding the cities in the Los Angeles area and the San Fernando Valley to the east, and cities in Ventura County to the west.

An 1858 map of the Simi Valley does show a cross on Mt. McCoy, but a newer cross was erected by Robert E. Harrington in 1921, and a concrete one later in 1941. [7] Mount McCoy has been a landmark for the area since before the town was founded. In 1986, Mount McCoy was designated Ventura County Landmark No. 106. [5] The main trailhead is located at 2 Washburn Street at the western end of Simi Valley. A trailhead to a shorter hiking trail is located around 56-58 Presidential Drive on the way to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. If you follow the off-road leading to the water tank on top of the hill, there is a side trail to the left leading you directly to the cross.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Library and museum for 40th President of the United States in Simi Valley, California

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is the presidential library and burial site of Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989), and his wife Nancy Reagan. Designed by Hugh Stubbins and Associates, the library is in Simi Valley, California, about 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Downtown Los Angeles and 15 miles (24 km) west of Chatsworth.

From the top of Mount McCoy there are views of the Simi Hills and Simi Valley, as well as Simi Peak, open-space areas and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. There are also views of the Santa Monica Mountains, Mount Baldy, the San Gabriel Mountains and the Topatopa Mountains, and on clear days, even the Ojai backcountry, the Channel Islands and the Pacific Ocean. It is one of two crosses overlooking the Simi Valley, the other one being situated by the Santa Susana Pass and Rocky Peak by the Santa Susana portion of eastern Simi Valley. [8]

Simi Hills mountain range in Southern California, United States

The Simi Hills are a low rocky mountain range of the Transverse Ranges in eastern Ventura County and western Los Angeles County, of southern California, United States.

Simi Peak mountain in United States of America

Simi Peak is a peak in the Simi Hills in Southern California. It is the highest peak in the Simi Hills, at 2,405 feet.

Santa Monica Mountains mountain range in Southern California, United States

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