Howard Creek Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ojai, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Ventura: Travel north on Highway 33 for about 25 miles, the highway is under restrictive use once it enters the forest. Go down Rose Valley Road, approximately a half mile east of Highway 33 and you'll see the trail on the right, going south.
Finding the trail is simple enough. It's the first road on the right side after making a right from hwy 33. There's a metal gate that you'll see immediately so park anywhere outside this without blocking it. Once you walk past the gate, the trail begins up the road on the left marked by a skinny sign. This is a beautiful trail that has some shade along the way, depending on where the sun is relatively. If it's not too hot out, this trail is cool. Once you get to the top the views are amazing!
A pleasant trail through wildflowers and California oak forest. The trail is moderate up and down for the first 2 miles, then a little more steep for the next 3/4. The parts of the trail on north facing slopes are nicely shaded, the ones on south facing are pretty exposed.The top has a nice panoramic view, both north and south, including down into the Ojai valley
Trailhead is up the first gated road on the right, after making a right on rose valley rd from hwy 33. If you pass the ranch you've gone too far. Easy for first 2 miles than a bit more steep. Great views along the way of the valley and a wonderful view of the ocean at the top. About 6.2 miles round trip.
Shortest route I've found to get up to the Nordhoff Ridge at just under 3 miles one way. Great shaded hike up the north side of the mountain with some neat pines and rock formations along the way. Makes for a great afternoon hike...I've done the first few miles of this with my kids several times and plan to take them all the way when they get just a little bigger. 6mi RT, ~1500' elevation gain with fantastic views of ojai, channel islands, sulfur mountain range etc.
How silly to rate a trail badly because you can't find the trail!!! Geez.
The trail head is indeed marked. The second driveway on the right after you turn onto Rose Valley Rd. Wide road - well-maintained - metal gate. Park, walk past the gate and the trail head is up about 1/8 mile on the left. The views at the top are spectacular!
We searched a long time and never did find the trailhead, whic is unmarked. Very disappointing!