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Gridley Trail

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Gridley Trail is a 11.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ojai, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,647 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

over grown

rocky

washed out

no shade

Directions from Ojai: This trail starts at the north end of Gridley Road and ends on top of Nordhoff Ridge.

hiking
no shade
over grown
private property
9 days ago

Great for training very exposed.

running
no shade
1 month ago

I’ve been on this trail many times. It is one of my favorites for getting in a long run. I always start at the Pratt Trailhead and go up to Nordhoff Peak then come down Gridley and cut across Shelf Road. It makes for a very nice loop that is approximately 15 miles. There is very little shade on any of these trails but you get amazing views of the surrounding Ojai valley and when it’s clear you can see Lake Casitas and the ocean. Gridley generally has more traffic as it seems to be a favorite for mountain bikers but it’s great for trail running as well. I would consider this trail to be moderate and I highly recommend if in the Ojai area.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

I didn’t finish this trail so it’s kinda hard to write a review... I hiked for about two hours. No shade. Good views. Plenty of space on the trail.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Beautiful hike. I would rate this moderate not hard. There are a few spots where the trail is narrow and you have to step carefully. It was foggy on the way up and then sunny on the way down . Bring a hat etc since there is no shade.

hiking
4 months ago

Nordhoff Peak loop!

hiking
5 months ago

April 2019 the trail has two water sources. Exceptional flora and fauna. Everything blooming. Absolutely fantastic.

5 months ago

Great hike

hiking
no shade
rocky
5 months ago

Stream, avocado trees, amazing views. Didn’t hike the entire trail, was incredibly warm, but looking forward to going back to finish it.

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

Beautiful trail. Was warm but the views were worth it. Only saw a few hikers and few mountain bikers. We got there around 8:30am and had no problem getting a parking spot at the end of the road in the cul-de-sac.

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

If you’re in fairly good shape, this is the trail for you! I saw a couple mountain bikers, trail runners, hikers, and backpackers going up and down. It’s rated hard due to the long distance, but the trail is at a mild to moderate incline the whole way. Parking is at the “end” of Gridley Rd - there’s a circle where private driveways begin. You can park there or along the street by the entrance of the trail. It starts off rocky and parallels a stream and up to a large sign - go right. The trail continues through someone’s avocado trees and then onwards. I crossed several established and new streams due to the heavy rain 2 days before. Currently is exploding in growth with all the rain, making the hills green and peppered with wildflowers. If you have the energy, head to Nordhoff Peak to the fire tower. Phenomenal views. Bring plenty of water, snacks, and layer up - it is cool at the top. Minimal shade and few nooks to toilet as you go up. I started at 9:00 am and finished at 3:00 pm with an hour at the top and a few photo stops. Good luck!!

hiking
7 months ago

My favorite so far!! Green, hard, and very rewarding!!

hiking
7 months ago

beautiful views of Ojai and the mountains. There was a lot of water running down all of the mini creeks and you could see poppys starting to bloom. Trail was in good condition. parking is limited but I have been able to find a spot the past couple times.

mountain biking
9 months ago

For an novice XC oriented rider like myself, I found Gridley to be quite challenging. While the elevation gain itself on the smooth sections was moderate at best, the frequent technical sections of the loose gravel and rocks combine with steep/short punchy climbing sections made the trail quite difficul overall. I completed this with a 120mm bike with a dropper but with XC geometry. The scenery around the immediate trail was fairly boring as it was all recently burned, the distant view was satisfying. On a side note, from an avid hikers perspective, this would be a nice "moderate" level hike, not unlike other trails in the area like Sisar Canyon or Chorro Grande Trail. Once you top out on the ridge, hang a left and head to Nordoff Peak to make the hike really worth your time.

hiking
10 months ago

Started at the end of Gridley rd and headed up the trail. Made a right at the road and continued the steady climb to the springs at 2.8 miles. Rested we continued up the steady climb, 9 switchbacks to the top at 6 miles. Decided to go bag nordoff peak while we were there. The views were amazing! Well worth the pain of 7.2 miles of downhill pounding.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

SO MANY FLIES that I couldn't enjoy the hike. Decent climb. Well marked. At about 1.25 miles the trail turned behind the mountain and it was very hot and dry with no breeze. I consider myself pretty outdoorsy, but I must have been bitten 50 times by the flys. It was enough to make us turn around two miles in.

mountain biking
Friday, June 09, 2017

Not really suitable for Mountain Bike. There is a Large rock slide. That said you can carry your bike up a 10ft Rock Wall?

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Great views. Can run a lot of the trail.

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This trail gets hot in the summer since there is very little shade. Goes for about 8 miles before you reach the peak. Watch for mountain bikes. The last few miles of the trail has loose gravel and trail shows signs of rock slides.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Well marked trail, moderate, occasional shade, great views of the ojai valley. Took 3 hours to get to nordhoff peak (another 1.5ish miles past gridley trail) and then 2 hours to get down.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

good workout.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Beautiful! We hiked Sunday of the President s day weekend, between the storms, so everything was lush, green and growing. I was glad we hiked it in cooler weather because while the first appropriately 3 miles has cover, the remaining 8 are fairly exposed, so hiking in the summer could even more challenging due to exposure to heat. Beautiful hike with an exceptional view of the Ojai Valley.

hiking
Thursday, February 09, 2017

Great trail, highly recommend.

hiking
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Having been on a monthlong hiatus from hiking (predominately due to my father leaving for Nepal), I was incredibly eager to head down to Ventura and hike in the mountains surrounding Ojai. We begun the hike minutes before sunrise on the morning of Thanksgiving. The weather was seasonably cool, dipping into the low 40s as we set out on the beginning stretch of the trail. The first mile of the Gridley Trail passes through patches of avocado trees. The trail is roughly the width of a fire road, albeit it's littered with protruding rocks. It eventually narrows into a singletrack as the trail traverses over various ridges. The majority of the Gridley Trail is following streams that have carved through the mountains. Therefore, there's always a steep drop off or incline to either side of you; additionally, loose rocks and sandy gravel makes you pay attention to your footing. There are also various creek crossings throughout the length of the trail. I hiked the Gridley Trail after an unseasonably dry November, so all creeks contained no running water. Make sure to bring enough water! Due to time constraints, we were unable to make it to the summit of Nordhoff Peak. While the firetower atop the peak supposedly offers unrivaled scenery, the views at the junction of the Gridley/Gamino Cielo Trail were astonishing. To the West, the farms of Ojai were visible through an opening between the creek-carved mountains. To the South, Hines Peak peeked (pun definitely intended) over the skyline. I would certainly recommend this trail after a considerable rainfall. Additionally, I'd guess that it is more than worth it to traverse over to Nordhoff Peak, granted that you have the time. Have fun hiking!

Monday, August 01, 2016

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

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