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Howard Creek Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ojai, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 1,217 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Mountain biking

Running

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Wild flowers

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California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Directions from Ventura: Travel north on Highway 33 for about 25 miles, the highway is under restrictive use once it enters the forest. Go down Rose Valley Road, approximately a half mile east of Highway 33 and you'll see the trail on the right, going south.

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Ruby Ryder
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HikingOver grown

Overgrown in the Scottish Broom area, but that doesn't last long. Otherwise a bit of poison oak here and there. This time of year best to go early or overcast day, otherwise too hot. Encountered 4' rattler on trail. WARNING! PLEASE be careful of the Poodle Dog Bush in bloom right now! It's just as bad as Poison Oak! https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/angeles/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5318308#:~:text=Poodle%20Dog%20Brush,or%20brush%20up%20against%20it.

Jenny Thompson
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Over grown

This hike was very beautiful with nice views and plenty of wildflowers. The creek still had a trickle of water. Not much shade. Unfortunately, we didn't make it to the top. We wore shorts, and were worried about getting poison ivy with the trail being so narrow and overgrown. I'll definitely come back at some point, and will wear long pants!

Trevor Cooper
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HikingOver grown

Trail is looking great right now in spring, the hillsides are green and there’s a variety of flowers blooming alongside the trail. Slightly overgrown in a few small sections but the brush is very light with no issue getting through. Doing it when it was almost 90° was a little rough. Maybe try to go before it gets too hot in summer, you won’t really have shade until the top.

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Nita Navarro
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Hiking

Howard Creek is a nice shirt hike with a small stream mid way. Gets rough towards the end but when you get to the top there is a nice pick table and fire pit. We spent the night, then headed down Hordhoff Ridge->Pratt->Fotthill. Total about 10 miles Pratt had no shade! very beautiful though, lots of flowers and we'll kept.

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janice T
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Hiking

Overgrown, some parts are wash out and narrow trail. Need a little maintenance. Rattle snakes are out and ticks. Nordhoff ridge at the top has spectacular view! It’s worth the hike.

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RJ Rußell
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HikingNo shadeScrambleWashed out

Good workout, not super exciting- views are top were great - only saw two other people which was nice

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Andrew Johnson
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HikingWashed out
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Dani K
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Hiking

Great hike, trail is eroding pretty bad in places but still okay to hike. Had a good amount of mountain bikers going down.

Chris Inabnit
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Hiking

Don’t miss the start of the trail! It is a small path off of the road you start on probably a few hundred meters up from the parking area. I walked right passed it the first time. The trail is narrow but mostly clear trail with a short overgrown part towards the beginning and some washed out parts where you have to hop over the crumbled trail a bit. There are some narrow loose parts on a steep drop, but it is brief and mostly just a few steps here or there. Probably would not bring small kids or small dogs, but someone who is aware of their surroundings and footing should not have any problem. It was very cloudy/foggy when I did it, but there were still nice views when the sun was able to break through. There is a camp site at the end of the trail.

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Gabrielle Otis
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Hiking

Great trail, it was cloudy so I didn’t get the views at the top. There are parts where the trail is eroded but manageable. Beautiful hike

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Lincoln Ferrell
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow

It was very eroded and at the edge of a cliff it had lots of crib walling and poodle dog bush. it had a beautiful payoff at the top. there is also a backpacking spot at the top and you can see the islands from the top. also a few ankle-deep river crossing places. and also there can be a tiny piece of snow or mud in the summer/winter.

Jet Kauffman
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HikingMuddy

A bit washed out and rocky/slippery in some areas, but beautiful and worth going to the top.

Christine Espinoza
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HikingRocky
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Melanie Crandall
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OHV/Off Road DrivingBugs

Nice trail started at 9am on a Saturday morning back at noon did not see a single person. Doesn’t seem to be “hard”, rather it is moderate. Incline most of the way up. At some points the trail got a bit narrow but still in good shape. Took my Doberman with me he loved it.

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Katie Guernsey
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Hiking

The trail is well groomed for this area of Los Padres. Lots of the track is north facing so I don't advise going on this hike right after rains or snowfall; can be slick with mud and ice. I walked through just a bit of snow! Hike ends at a nice campsite. Who knew?

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Kathryn Burns
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HikingSnow
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Phil Forsman
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Hiking

Awesome hike! I would suggest wearing pants. I didn’t but there were sometimes it would have been nice. The view from up top is fantastic

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Ryan Agosto
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HikingOver grown
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Brian Godlewski
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grown

Nice scenery overall, but be aware that there are some precarious parts with steep drop-offs that have been washed away from runoff. After about 2 miles in, the trail is so narrow along the edge that I didn't want to risk falling off the side especially since nobody knew I was there so I turned around at that point. I passed a bow hunter on the trail that was hunting for deer. Is that allowed??? He was nice enough though. Lots of flowers means lots of bees and biting insects. Overgrown areas with picker weeds everywhere. I was constantly stopping to remove thorns and pickers from my socks. I started out about 7am and there was some shade due to the hills, but later in the day it would be very hot with no shade so bring water and be careful of the drop offs.

Danielle Ferraro
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

Awesome hike! This was pretty easy with no really steep sections. There was indeed poodle dog bush everywhere, mostly off the path but some we had to take care to avoid. The path was narrow and overgrown in places, so next time I would wear long pants. Overall the hike was great with beautiful wildflowers and views the whole way up. At the top, gorgeous views of nearby ridges. No shade, so start early.

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Jim Logan
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Hiking

This is a good hike with spectacular views at the top. It's not difficult, but there are some caveats: If it's gonna be hot, go up early because it's totally exposed. Also, there's poodle-dog bush everywhere, so be careful. Finally, DON'T TAKE YOUR DOGS. The entire trail is full of foxtails, and you'll spend a ton of money at the vet's getting them removed from places you can't reach.

Veronica Espinoza
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HikingRocky

definitely wear pants! view was okay... park outside the gate like everyone said, trail is up a little and too the left, dont keep following the road... overall it w as a decent hike and not difficult :) saw a black rattle snake when we parked so be on the lookout!

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Claudia Espinosa
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Hiking

Despite not being able to see anything beyond 20 ft because of the cloud that came in while hiking, I thought this hike was beautiful. Since we have had so much rain up here, there is water everywhere. Lots of tinny mini waterfalls and a “long” one. You can see two lagoons while going up and Ojai and surroundings from the top. I am sure I would have loved the view, but despite not seeing, it I still think it’s a lovely 2- 3 hours hike. (You can also sleep in the top. There’s a cute campground with a view). It is 100% exposed, no shade anywhere. So, if you can, avoid doing in with high temperatures.

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