Rose Valley Falls

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Rose Valley Falls is a 1.1 mile out and back trail located near Ojai, CA that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.1 miles 279 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

hiking
19 days ago

The waterfall was more of a trickle, but it was still nice. Short hike passing some fall colors on the way. If you feel adventurous, find a way to climb up to the top of the falls at the end of the trail to see the higher waterfall.

3 months ago

The drive to get here was pretty rough for how short of a jaunt it is. If you're going to do it, be sure to check out behind the falls (small caves) and bug spray. Mosquitos were pretty bad right at the falls.

5 months ago

Short hike and was easy but really enjoyed the cave behind the waterfall.

hiking
6 months ago

The drive was a bit intimidating, but a beautiful view. There was a lake to the left before you get on the road towards the trail. It was a weekday and they didn't request any passes to get in. There was tho an infestation of mosquitos and bugs, bring spray because it can get overwhelming. No water in waterfall.

7 months ago

8 months ago

03/23/16
La caminata es corta de 1 milla el lugar presioso la cascada trae agua.
El camino esta bueno pueden caminar niños es el lugar bonito para los niños.
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Hay otros senderos muy bonitos.

hiking
9 months ago

Super cute and easy.

hiking
9 months ago

Went here for Valentines Day. Was a very simple hike but it was pretty. Had lunch with my BF at the waterfall, which did have little of water. It was somewhat crowded, I'm guessing because it was Valentines. Overall great simple hike for beginners.

hiking
10 months ago

walking
10 months ago

Drove up to check out the trail and waterfall. Arrived to find the campground closed for the season but the trail open. Campground seemed nice and open, and it was absolutely out in the middle of nowhere; I'm sure camping there would offer quiet and a great view of the stars.
The trailhead was easy to find, and the trail well kept. If rose steadily until reaching the falls. i remember two small stream crossings - barely rock hoppers. The falls themselves were impressive. Your first view, from the topi of the trail, is good, but walk down and take a look up at them from the other side of the gulley. Beautiful.
The trail should be easy for all who can climb the gradual 300 feet. At the base of the falls there are opportunities to scrabble, which might be difficult for some.

geocaching
11 months ago

It is a short and easy trail. Parking permit for the Los Padres National Forests is required.

hiking
11 months ago

Rose Valley Falls was an amazing hike. It is very short but the waterfall was stunning and unique!

cross country skiing
1 year ago

2 years ago

I completed this hike this week while camping in Ojai. As I began the trail we noticed butterflies everywhere. They flew all around through the trees and bushes that shade this hike. The entire hike is shaded and very easy. Upon arriving at the falls we actually expected to be dry, found it was still showering small streams of water. It its very green and breathtakingly beautiful. We saw very small children playing on the rocks and in the water. It is a very nice family friendly hike for all. A small tip, if camping do not stay at their campground. Head back down the 33 for 5 miles and stay at wheeler campground. A beautiful campground that is very well maintained and have some incredibly nice camp hosts, Lenny and Darhla. They cleaned the campground up nicely and made it a beautiful friendly family place to go.

hiking
2 years ago

This hike requires an Adventure Pass from the Ranger Station. Great hike for families. Kids and dogs like it. It's short and sweet. Didn't see much water coming down but then again, we are in a drought right now.

hiking
3 years ago

Went on a hike to this waterfall April 27, 2013. Prefect weather. Not many people Water was look but awesome views. Came across a small waterfall just before the larger one. Easy hike. Had a cross a few rock creeks.

hiking
3 years ago

Trail is in shape

hiking
4 years ago

This is a well maintained trail, its isolated. I saw one other hiker that morning. Unfortunately there was very little water, it was a pleasant view nonetheless. I like the fact that the campground had bathrooms and grills. I saw quail, and deer most of my hike. Its a magnificent place to visit its quiet and peaceful.

4 years ago

Rose Valley is one of my favorite car-camping adventures in Los Padres National Forest, though it has an element of hit-or-miss to it. The massive, shaded, and mossy Rose Valley Falls are the reward at the end of a very short, moderately paced hike behind Rose Valley Campground. The only things on my mind when I go up here are 1) Is there enough water flow to make the creeks/falls worthwhile? They still totally are even if there isn't but photos come out nicer if so, and 2) Will my favorite campsite be available? I believe July gave me the best sights I've ever seen there.
After setting up camp at the campground, we will usually venture down the dirt trail, hop over a tiny creek, and follow it to the end! Before arriving at the falls there are usually two little offshoots from the trail at different locations that go down short, steep hills and end in beautiful little ponds fed by five or six foot waterfalls, that are themselves fed by Rose Valley Falls. Great for taking a dip!
The trail itself is well-packed dirt and rocky bits; to the sides of the falls falls are some little shale-y scree hills. Keep an eye out for poison oak, though I have never gotten hit here. Occasional downed trees will be near or on the trail and unfortunately there is graffiti on many of the boulders by the falls. However, upon arrival, you are immediately whisked away to a world of zenfulness. Yes, zenfulness. All is quiet, save the falls, and the overhead sun is blocked by tall cliffside trees atop the valley. Find a rock to perch on and meditate for a while. I have hiked this trail at least six times and have only once seen more than four people there. Venture into the cave within the falls if you dare! Or hike up behind the falls for a more exquisite view, though it can be strenuous and dangerous. Don't forget to check out the geo & earthcaching adventures around Rose Valley too!

4/5 stars for variability of water levels & graffiti. Definitely a favorite and a must-do considering its ease of access and hikeability.

Adventure on & tread lightly!

hiking
4 years ago

Best when the falls are falling, generally from November thru May. Watch out for poison oak. Gated trail to Nordhoff Ridge terminates nearby.