Best Hiking Trails near Ojai, California

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on Rose Valley Falls
2 days 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.

on Ventura River Preserve Tr...
3 days ago

hiking

@Mike Sluyter
Are these the other trails that you were refering to?
http://www.venturacountytrails.org/TrailMaps/OjaiRanchoElNido/AreaTrails.htm#Map

on Sespe River Trail to Will...
4 days ago

backpacking

I've done this hike twice before and it's been a fun experience when there's been water. This isn't a review so much as a warning to any hikers that would want to do this trail at this time of year: THERE IS NO WATER (except for a small pond at bear creek).

on Ventura River Preserve Tr...
5 days ago

walking

Such nice soft sand / dirt for those with weak or healing knees and ankles. Fast, change of scenery for the dogs. Might see some majestic horses. Not busy, feel the quiet breeze of the Ojai Valley. Loved. Lots of sun exposure so bring your hat.

on N. Fork Matilija Trail 23W07
10 days ago

on Horn Canyon Trail
18 days ago

hiking

on N. Fork Matilija Trail 23...
18 days ago

backpacking

Went in summer, we prepared with extra water which was good since the creek was dry by the first mile and a half. We went up to middle matilaja campground and spent the night. It was great, not much traffic, enough shade to break as needed in the midday sun hiking. And the site had plenty of room for our two tents.

on Sisar Canyon/Red Reef Tra...
18 days ago

hiking

Tackled this one again. Not sure why record tracked 16.1 when it showed 20 as I saved it. Ah well. About 21 because the recorder shut off at the top for a bit.
My first "boo-boo" hike meaning biting off more than I could chew. Powered up 7.4 miles to Nordhoff Ridge Road in 2.5 hours. Then went around back of TopaBluffs to come back over them to the down trail. Instead, got to the fork in the road and headed towards Hines thinking I could conquer both . As I was getting to the saddle to get up to Hines about 10.5 miles up, I gassed out. Had the food, water and cooling mechanisms but I think the heat and 6K altitude got to me. That's as high as I've been as I ramp up for higher hikes. Anyway, felt really stupid and mad at myself pushing beyond my plan. Had to take it real easy with lots of stops to get back around behind the bluffs to the picnic table. Sat down in the shade several times and almost cramped up. Finally got back onto the down trail and was ok. But lesson learned. Not invincible. However, neither peak summited. Idiot.

on Gridley Trail
25 days ago

great trail! some loose gravel in an area close to a drop off, otherwise it was well maintained with gorgeous views!!

on Howard Creek Trail
1 month ago

hiking

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!

on Piedra Blanca National Re...
1 month ago

hiking

As of 7/25/2016 This is Closed due to The Pine fire about half of this route Burned, Very sad

on Reyes Peak Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Great hike went almost to Haddock not hard to follow but very overgrown. The Views are fantastic, the trees and boulders refreshing BUT as of 7/24/2016 this is closed due to a Large fire starting at Haddock.

on Horn Canyon Trail
1 month ago

Nice hike, very few people, no graffiti, nicely marked, all uphill on the way out, not much water running.

on N. Fork Matilija Trail 23...
1 month ago

backpacking

This has become one of my favorite hikes over the years. Never ceases to amaze me with the many adventures one can go on. The giant rock pools make a great destination for a cool off. Just sad to see the 3-4 creek crossings on the way to go bone dry. Still makes for fun rock scrambling for kids of all ages.

on Cozy Dell Trail
1 month ago

hiking

S'good

on Cozy Dell Trail
1 month ago

hiking

straight up and back, didn't do the loop. quick rest at the top for water and a photo or two, but there's very minimal shade, so don't forget your sunscreen.

on Gridley Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Excellent. AllTrails app showed 13.8 miles to Nordhoff Fire road and back. Great workout - up and down in just under 4 hours.

on Shelf Road Trail
1 month ago

trail running

Easy but with a nice view of Ojai Valley all along.

on N. Fork Matilija Trail 23...
1 month ago

backpacking

Saw creeks and lizards and a huge (non-rattle) snake and some great views and not many people considering it was 4th of July weekend. About 60% shaded, limited incline. Don't miss the upper portion (just keep going past middle camp - trail is obvious.) Upper camp is nothing spectacular (look for hidden site behind the first one you come across) but the way there is maybe the best part of the whole hike. All told, maybe 3.5 hours up. 1.5 hours down.