Chorro Grande Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ojai, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Ojai: Take Highway 33 north 25.6 miles to Chorro Grande Trail sign.
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.
Kick butt trail as I hadn't hiked in several weeks. 10 mi R/T to ridge road. Beautiful though had rained a few days ago so as the temp rose, got muddy in spots. Quiet up top - went with my beautiful wife.
I have Submitted a detailed new trail using this trail head going to Pine Mt. should be up soon
there was a fire recently the Trail is open and well marked by a group. the last part of this trail with the hook has been taken away, if you use your GPS its eay to find but they made it very clear NOT to use it....my guess is the rocks and all after the fire its quite dangerous. go 1.7 miles in tere isa spring and a campground under Huge majestic oak canopy that is a great picnic, resting area with a running spring.
Hiking in the recent burn is quite exciting watching the renewal is fascinating. but it only the 1st part of the hike then its like someone hit a switch, again quite fascinating
Photso tracks and more in other trail info.
A 3000 foot elevation gain in 5 miles is the Headline, but springs, majestic oaks, Pines that touch the clouds and huge slabs of granite that steals your heart,.
The 1st one mile has been recently burned as of 4/8/16, but the trail has been well marked by a group. even that mile was fascinating to watch the very beginnings of the Sespe's rebound and renewal from a fire.
At 1.7 miles is Oak camp and a Spring they tell me water is there most times of the year and was flowing good today. Its a Great place to rest and snack and is HEAVILY shaded so if its hot, its the place to really cool down.
The trail over all goes back and forth between fully exposed to shady and you are never in either very long.
And if you are continuing NOW is the time to regroup as now the climb REALLY begins, you will go another 2.6 Miles and come to Chorro Springs Camp, which is a VERY pretty place. They say there is water there year round but this day there was none, or i did not look hard enough as time was short to explore, but THIS is a great place to explore and spend time. Its .8 Miles to the end of the trail and is a Steep climb, but you have come this far and that last mile is TRULY spectacular.... and its all under the cover of pines and oaks and at 6000+ feet its all good.
Chorro means Gush in Spanish as when it rains and snows it really made the springs gush. it can get cold and windy up near the top and of course watch the weather at 7200 feet snow is frequent in the winter and weather can change fast so ALWAYS be prepared
I saw NO people or even trace of Humans, and i saw lots of animal tracks, but never saw any animals, although near the top the Blue jays give you quite the welcome.
Overall its a Great Hike, LOTS of different flora and fauna, spectacular views, nice weather, and a strong workout.
I will be back.
This one's a buttkicker when your backpacking in from the 33. Beautiful views and quiet nooks near the top to spend the night. Make sure you bring your own water in the summer!
I've hiked this trail two times, the most recent being 2/2/14. We had a lot of snow on the most recent trip, but on a clear day the views are stunning, and you can see the Channel Islands. Both times we hiked up from 33, which Is strenuous but makes you feel like a boss when you're done. I'd like to camp at the second campground which has a year round natural spring, with delicious water flowing from it.
Trail in good condition at this time. Very little water in the area so pack your own in this year.
This trail connects Pine Mountain Road with highway 33 far below. I hiked it from the top to the spring, something under 2 miles round trip. That trailhead is just past Reyes Peak Campground at a gated road on the right. The road quickly dissolves into a sometimes faint trail.