Stunning views and steady uphill climb (which means return trip is great!). I went 4.5 miles out and turned around... later on I will have to go back and do the whole trail! Nice, wide road, and alternate views of Lake Casitas and the neighboring hills of Ojai, as well as (I think, unless it was just haze) a distant view of the ocean.
Was able to hike it from the bottom and get picked up on the top past the last gate. Every bit of 11 miles. Good workout at a pace (about 3.2 MPH). A good (basically) all uphill hike. 3.5 hours starting before 6:am. Didn't see a soul - and great views of the ocean, islands then in certain spots Ojai to the left. Perfect marine layer day for cool but could still see the islands.
I've hiked about 3 miles in and back twice now and I love this hike. The views are awesome, it's quiet, and it's nice and wide so I can spot snakes a ways off (I'm paranoid) and strenuous enough without feeling like I'm going to die. Bring water. It gets hot.
Wide open ranch road makes for good mountain biking or hiking. Get dropped off at the top for almost 12 miles of (almost) all downhill fun or start at the bottom and power your way up for as long as you can stand before hitting the downhill. Makes for a great hike as well. The first few switchbacks are fairly steep but have a nice natural oil seep that makes for a great lesson on oil production in ventura county. You'll often see cows wandering around on the trail...just give them space and a little time and they'll usually move along.
Hiked the first 2.5 miles of this trail from the west side (closer to Ventura). It is a wide trail, a fire road with a fairly consistent grade. In 2.5 miles the elevation gain was over 700 feet. In early spring the hills were still fairly green, lots of wildflowers blooming away and the birds were out in full force. The trail is easily accessible and can be hiked or run or biked, your choice.
Nice uphill trail,decent surface for mountain biking and pets allowed on a leash.
Pleasant hike with plenty of off trail action.....
Nice views from the top and will give you good uphill work out if you push it...
Bring some water if in the summer months as it get pretty hot.
With some off trail hiking you can get to some active sulfur/tar flows....pretty crazy stuff.
Lots of nature to be seen in the area.......I have personally seen several bobcats in the area on the trail.
If you are in the area and looking enjoy the day with a nice walk or wanting exercise some...give it a go!