Sisar Canyon/Red Reef Trail is a 12.9 mile out and back trail located near Ojai, CA and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Ojai: Travel east on Highway 150 for about eight miles to Forest Road 4N15 and park near the locked gate.
Turned this into an almost 20 mile marathon. Got to the top gate and took a left on Sisar instead of the trail up figuring I'd make it a loop. Didn't realize how far around that took to get up to where it meets Nordhoff Ridge Road - then a good distance more to get to the top of the trail just under Topa Topa. Was initially going to summit the bluffs but had burned through most of my water. Headed back down the trail (top part great for trail running). Did tear up a heel though which kept me home the next couple of weekends.
It was a nice beautiful day. Not too hot and a nice cool breeze.
not recommended if it hasn't rained for a bit or for a trail ride, but it's great for outtings with family and rock hopping when there's water.
First time on this trail, been meaning to get into more trail running. Road leading up to the trailhead has a small sign, and is next to a little market called Stagecoach Station. The road is a narrow one, goes through a neighborhood so go slow and is barely wide enough for one vehicle. Trailhead is about a half mile up from Hwy 150. Trail is mostly a fire road and isn't very technical as a trail running path but it does go up at over 400 foot/mile climb. We crossed over a couple places where water can flow over although only one had barely enough water while the other was dry - we are in a drought condition in CA. First couple miles was under some tree cover but the next two was in sunlight. We made it to a little over 4 miles from the trailhead to a vista point overlooking the Santa Paula / southern part of Ojai areas, while to the north you look up to the Topa Topa mountains. Pretty incredible, look one way and you're on top of things and the other way you look up from the bottom. Rating it 4 stars for the ease of entry to trail, easy to stay on trail and not get lost, and wide enough for people to hike side by side - running you can do it a little further apart so as not to miss any rock on which to possibly trip over. Less
My first time hiking this trail after living in Ojai for seven years and hiking extensively the past few years. Parked at the trailhead, continued on the single track about 3 miles up and then finished at the Topa Topa summit at 7.2 miles. It was a beautiful, cool day. Perfect weather for hiking. There was a lot of snow (maybe 2 inches) the last 3/4 mile up to the Topas. The clouds had moved in, so my friend and I were unable to see the spectacular views at the top. Got really chilly up there. In the way down, saw two bears ahead of us on the trail (about 2.5 miles from our car). Made a lot of noise & they ran off. I've hiked to the top of the Topas only once before, two years ago, from Horn Canyon. That was 15 miles round trip and somewhat tougher than this. 14.4 miles round trip. Did it in just a little less than 6 hours. Tough but worth it!