Horn Canyon Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews
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Horn Canyon Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ojai, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.0 miles 1972 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

Directions from Ojai: Travel on Thacher Road to the locked gate. The trail begins at Thacher School and ends along the ridge top, just east of Chief Peak and west of the Topa Topa Bluffs.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Nice to see water! Variety of trail to ride and try to but some hike a bike but still great little ride or longer if you ride from Ventura like I do it makes it a lot longer ride!

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

Nice hike, very few people, no graffiti, nicely marked, all uphill on the way out, not much water running.

5 months ago

Great hike! I went this morning in the Ojai heat so it was a bit of a challenge during the incline! Def a great hike though with lots of beautiful flowers and sage as well as lizards, birds and butterflies! I went up past the Pines camp and up to the look out where the Sisar Rd meets. The flys really get to you after the Pines so bringing a bandana and sunglasses was perfect! Def will do it again :)

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike with an abundant variety of colors and foilage

hiking
6 months ago

Went here on a Wednesday afternoon and I only saw one other person. I really enjoyed the trail, it's not too far to get up to the pines but the elevation is tough! At first I couldn't find the trailhead and didn't realize you had to drive onto school grounds to find it. Overall a beautiful hike and my dog loved it as well. A friend of mine told me this trail is also notorious for rattlesnakes too, so be careful with dogs/kids.

hiking
6 months ago

Did this Mothers Day. Went almost up to Nordhoff Ridge Road but was getting socked in with visibility down to 25 yards. Didn't know if trail behind was also fogged in. Wasn't - great tough hike about 8.5 miles RT. First one I have done in a while. Loved it. Not a sole til I was halfway back down from Pines Campground. Overcast was a plus.

trail running
7 months ago

Great trail, lots of sun, a few water crossings, and nice view from the pine tree campground. Easy/moderate trail, not too many people during the week. My dog loves this trail.

hiking
7 months ago

It was great! Beautiful! The view, the wildflowers, the trees, and flowing creek along the way were all lush this time of year. A real treat. But man its up the entire hike. Climbing 1900+ feet in elevation is no joke.

10 months ago

Hiked with a couple friends over summer. Weather was warm, bring water if it's hot outside. Difficult to find trail head, so don't be afraid to drive onto the school grounds to find it. Hike itself was nice and relaxing, some shady spots, but we had to turn back about 45 min in, because a particularly feisty rattlesnake was blocking the path. Nice views down valley when coming back down, especially on a clear day.

10 months ago

Awesome and cold I hiked in the rain.

11 months ago

Steep. Great views as you exit past the creek and into the Mtn. But is steep. Half the pines have been cut down. Bushes surrounding the camp also block the view. Would be a great place to camp though.

walking
11 months ago

All incline not for novice hikers
Parking instructions : go thru the school on Thatcher st and it'll lead you thru to the trail head.
Had a awesome time,lots of incline but there is a small creek,some switch backs and a cool forestry spot.

hiking
1 year ago

Very beautiful moderate hike, steady elevation. Wonderful views of Ojai Valley.

hiking
1 year ago

This is not really an "easy" hike once you leave the creek and start climbing. The trail is well maintained and provides dramatic views of the Ojai Valley down the steep slopes of Horn Canyon.

1 year ago

More of a moderate hike than an easy one but lots of shade areas on the way up.

hiking
1 year ago

Very well-maintained trail. Be prepared for a day of steady increases in elevation throughout entire trail. Especially if you continue on upward to the Pines campsite. The trail for the Pines is at the fourth Creek Crossing. I am a bit of a novice hiker and was challenged by the section leading steeply to the Pines site. The Pines afforded stellar views of the surrounding landscape with a pipe trickling water (hot water at noon) but sadly many of the pines atop this trail are dead or dying fast. Hammock campers will enjoy the options here along with the breeze. Enjoy.

hiking
1 year ago

Still some water in the creek in places, even in this drought. Especially nice is the grove just where the trail leaves the creek to head up the side of the mountain. Unfortunately many of the pines at the campground are dying. For now, they still provide nice cool shade, but maybe not for long.
Note: the upper half of the trail is rather exposed, and a continuous grade. Gets rather hot on a warm day.

hiking
1 year ago

camping
2 years ago

Popular trail for day hikers. I hiked it with my Scouts. We planned to spend the night at Pine Trees, and not knowing the water situation, we were packed pretty heavy. The good news is a little spring piped into the rear of the camp. The bad news is we carried in a lot of water. But the reward of the beauty at camp was worth all the effort. Great fire pits, benches and plenty of piney shade. Almost paradise for a boy like me.
A good chunk of the hike up is steep and shadeless. So be prepared. Its not an easy hike, but it is a great hike. I will definitely pack lighter...legs were sore for a couple days.