Ortega Trail is a 22.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ojai, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
off road driving
Directions from Ventura: Travel north on Highway 33 for about 20 miles, the trailhead is located on the left (east) side of the highway. The highway is under restrictive use once it enters the forest.
Oh dear lord sweet baby Jesus. This bad boy goes up...forever. You hit a switch back and pray for the sweet relief of flat ground if only for 10 feet, but no. Unless you're Thor or forest Gump and one day just felt like hiking don't do it. That being said we will definite try to summit this mammoth of a hike the next time we are in ojai. 5/7 would suffer on this trail again.
Also some super awesome views of the falls on your way up.
Trail was gated off. Could not get in.
Trail is difficult, like the sign says. 1300 elevation gain in about 2 miles. Very overgrown with ticks, needs maintenance. Singletrack and mainly for motorcycles.