dogs on leash
off road driving
I'm normally a moderate hiker (my ideal hike is about 6 miles with up to 1500 of elevation) so this was a stretch for me. Note that the directions took us to the end of the trail, not the beginning, so that made it more difficult and confusing.
Pros: great views, remote location makes for a great wilderness experience
Cons: trail is very rugged, did not seem to be super well maintained. It's a very steep incline either way.
Jope W. on N. Fork Matilija Trail 23W07
Moderate amount of poison oak. Avoidable but barely. Some nice small pools but not deep enough for swimming. The waterfall was a bit of a mystery but found it but using a topo map it's off-trail up a creek bed on the left. At the time the falls were dry. Should be running this year!
Jope W. on Howard Creek Trail
Steady climb, some shade, amazing views.
Jope W. on Cozy Dell Trail
Some poison oak but nice short climb for a view of Ojai Valley.