Lion Canyon Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews
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Lion Canyon Trail is a 20.6 mile out and back trail located near Ojai, CA that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

20.6 miles 4576 feet Out & Back





Directions from Ventura: Travel north on Highway 33 for about 25 miles. The highway is under restrictive use once it enters the forest. Located 6 miles off Highway 33 off Forest Road 6N31.3. The trail starts at the back of Middle Lion Campground, across the stream.

1 year ago

This hike is in the journey, with amazing views along the way and a satisfying but less impressive summit. Note that the mileage is 5.5 miles one way, and the hike is not a loop. You start out on the right of a creek and need to cross over using rock stepping stones fairly quickly. There are tons of bugs and little to see at the beginning. Keep going! There are not a ton of markers but once you pass the campground area signage, the hike starts getting more interesting. There is a ton of variety in terms of the terrain and the views. There is an interlude of a part that is flat, then the hike gets to be more strenuous, again with amazing views for the majority of the hike.

This is not a switchback hike. You wind around and cover quite a lot of lateral terrain, and we never guessed (correctly!) where we would end up. The end point is an ATV road, and we walked up it to the right for a better view while we rested. There was sufficent variety that returning along the same path wasn't at all boring.

The bug density in mid-April varied based on where we were. Bring buy spray! The hike took us around 5 hours with few breaks. There is no drinking water along the path, and at times, intense sun. The path is fairly narrow, with single file hiking most of the way.

2 years ago

Starts off with a small creek and has many canyon views as the hike progresses; rises about 1K feet and there is a nice picnic/camping area you can use as a turn around spot. My wife, 20 mo. Old daughter and 10 yr old dog completed this in about 4 hours.