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Kennedy Ridge Trail is a 17.6 mile moderately trafficked loop 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.

Length 17.6 mi Elevation gain 3,540 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No shade

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Getting There

The trail climbs up to a low ridge in front of the Santa Ynez Mountains, then along the ridge. Picnic tables are at the beginning and end of the ridge segment. Hiking can continue on the connector to Camino Cielo, then upward along Camino Cielo where there are more tables. Downward along Camino Cielo has not been cleared. The mileage includes the hike from the Oso Trailhead in Ventura River Preserve to the actual trailhead on Rice Canyon Road (closed to public use).

A lot is provided at the Oso Trailhead in Ventura River Preserve. It opens at 7 AM and is locked at 5 PM in the winter and 8 PM in the summer. If camping in the forest and leaving your car in the lot, let the preserve manager know beforehand. Camping is not allowed in the preserve. There are no facilities.

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy Phone: 805-649-6852 / Fax: 805-649-8913 Email: info@ovlc.org Physical Address: 370 W. Baldwin Road (the old Honor Farm) Bldg. A4 Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1092 Ojai, CA 93024

Start at Oso Trailhead in the Ventura River Preserve, then follow the signs for Rice Canyon. Eventually there are signs for Kennedy Ridge as well.

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Jennifer Christner
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Kennedy closed, went on Willis and Oso instead.

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Peter Willsrud
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Hats off to the Get it Done trail crew!!!

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Trevor Cooper
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Hiking

Trail is open. Nice views of Ojai and surrounding areas, and it’s cool that quickly from the start you enter Los Padres NF.

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Micha Boxer
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An alternate route to Kennedy Ridge is open via the Wills Canyon Trailhead and then down to Rice Canyon. You simply return the way you came.

S MT
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Hiking

Crazy hot and dusty, and I didn't bring enough water!

Channing Hate'Em
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Hiking

i sure never made a loop. wasn't comparing with the map bc the trail was super clear. hit 5 miles and was nowhere near where i started, so i looked at my location on the all trails map and was way off the path. i retraced my steps and found myself synced back with the AT map, but truly can't figure out where i could have gone wrong.

scott silver
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Bring a lot of water in summer! It was hot.

Christie Meier Livingston
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Hiking

Beautiful! Super steep. Kicked out butts. Will be back for more.

Jim Little
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Mountain biking

Steep, as are so many of the trails around Ojai. No, I take that back: Kennedy Ridge is really steep. But it's mostly ridable, depending on your fitness and comfort level. Connects now with Camino Cielo and the Ocean View Trail, thanks to a lot of hard work by some really dedicated volunteers. (You guys rock!) This is not a fun and flowy on the way out. More so on the way back. But you'll pay for your downhill pleasure.

Jope W.
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Steep trail but rewarding views.

Kelly Quintia
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Really incredible views of the Ojai Valley, fragrant, and gorgeous. Lots of wildflowers when I went in February. The ascent was kinda grueling but flattens out once you reach the ridge.

Philip Clarke
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Hiking

Great views and nice trail, but there always seem to be plenty of biting bugs that really make this a not so pleasant area to visit.

Nicole Rae
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Aanjelae Rhoads
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J D
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Antonio Calderon
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Jost Diederichs
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Nicole Rae
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James Kenney
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Rick Carney
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Rachelle Gray
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Christoph Bohland
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S MT
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Edward Johnson
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scott silver
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Angelina Ballerina
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Ben Blau
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