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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.
This is a fun, generally easy hike that can take a few different routes. We took the kids (15, 5, 2) out to east fork lions camp (about 5 miles round trip) and had a great time. The terrain is varied around the hill and in and out of the sun. You get to cross a little creek at the beginning and fro there the views of the canyon below are gorgeous! It's kind of narrow in some spots but overall a great hike.
Cerro Alto Trail is starts at the Cerro Alto Campground in the Los Padres National Forest about in between Morro Bay and Atascadero on CA-41. The trail is between 4.5 to 6 miles long depending on the starting point. It is a very steep trail, with an elevation gain of about 1650ft. However, the view from the summit, especially on a clear day is absolutely worth it. You can see the California Central Coast from stretching from at least Cayucos to San Louis Obispo with rolling hills in the backdrop. This is one of the few trails in the area which is dog friendly.
Incredible hike! About 10 miles round trip to go up to the ridge and back. You go thru several different types of ecosystems. The last mile had about 3 inches of snow on the trail. Nothing too bad but it made for a very fun hike. If you go in the winter, take warm clothes.
This is a super fun trail. The beginning is mostly shaded through a rocky path then cuts up to a fire road. From there you can continue to Pratt or head towards foothill/cozy dell. We took Pratt towards nordhoff ridge. The beginning portion of the trail was fun and manageable for my 2 year old. From there it's a pretty steady incline up and around the hill so I wore her in a carrier on my back. From the trailhead, it's about 6 miles to nordhoff ridge. We would've liked to get to the top but time wouldn't allow for it today. The views are outstanding. At one point we could see clear to the ocean. Winding up the last portion towards the Ridge is fairly narrow and some parts are kind of gravely but it's mostly just a nice steady incline around the hill. Can't wait to go back!
This is a great, and difficult trail. But the views at the top are worth it. On a clear day you get a perfect view of Morro Bay all the way to San Luis Obispo. This trail is in between Atascadero and Morro Bay on highway 41 (also known as Morro road). It's far away from Goleta, CA.