Howard Creek Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews
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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.

5.6 miles
1,217 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


mountain biking

trail running


wild flowers

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.

1 month ago

Hiked this on 8/19/18. Devastated by the Thomas Fire. There is Poodle Dog Weed all over the trail, so it is best to wear full length clothing and wash all your equipment when you get back. I will have to go back in 10 years when the forest grows back. Some the trail is washed out at the top section due to land slides. Still manageable though.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike. I’d recommend gators or long pants as there are lots of prickly plants that will stick to your socks and get in your shoes. There are a couple spots where the path is covered by rock slides. Not too hard to navigate.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hiked on a Sunday and didn't see anyone else the whole time. Worth doing.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Pretty easy hike but I was the only person on the trail for the majority of the hike. On my way back I came across two couples, but that was it. View at the ridge was great and there was a picnic table and fire pit there. As someone else mentioned, once you go through the metal road closed sign the trail starts just a little way up on the left, there is a trail sign.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Steady climb, some shade, amazing views.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

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!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A pleasant trail through wildflowers and California oak forest. The trail is moderate up and down for the first 2 miles, then a little more steep for the next 3/4. The parts of the trail on north facing slopes are nicely shaded, the ones on south facing are pretty exposed.The top has a nice panoramic view, both north and south, including down into the Ojai valley

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Trailhead is up the first gated road on the right, after making a right on rose valley rd from hwy 33. If you pass the ranch you've gone too far. Easy for first 2 miles than a bit more steep. Great views along the way of the valley and a wonderful view of the ocean at the top. About 6.2 miles round trip.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Shortest route I've found to get up to the Nordhoff Ridge at just under 3 miles one way. Great shaded hike up the north side of the mountain with some neat pines and rock formations along the way. Makes for a great afternoon hike...I've done the first few miles of this with my kids several times and plan to take them all the way when they get just a little bigger. 6mi RT, ~1500' elevation gain with fantastic views of ojai, channel islands, sulfur mountain range etc.

Monday, February 10, 2014

How silly to rate a trail badly because you can't find the trail!!! Geez.
The trail head is indeed marked. The second driveway on the right after you turn onto Rose Valley Rd. Wide road - well-maintained - metal gate. Park, walk past the gate and the trail head is up about 1/8 mile on the left. The views at the top are spectacular!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

We searched a long time and never did find the trailhead, whic is unmarked. Very disappointing!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Monday, April 04, 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016