Lion Canyon Trail to Hines Peak

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Lion Canyon Trail to Hines Peak is a 19.6 mile out and back trail located near Ojai, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
19.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4924 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

forest

views

bugs

no dogs

Directions from Ventura: Travel north on Highway 33 for about 25 miles. The highway is under restrictive use once it enters the forest. Located 6 miles off Highway 33 off Forest Road 6N31.3. The trail starts at the back of Middle Lion Campground, across the stream.

hiking
4 months ago

Camped in Middle Lion this weekend and went exploring up this trail about 3 miles or so. Look for the trail camp on the right of the creek, then start looking for the trail on the other side. You have to cross the creek very early to find the trail or it dead ends about 0.5 mi in. The trail moves away from the water and was very hot, but you can detour down to the water a few times.

hiking
7 months ago

2-12-2017 We tried lions this morning with my wife and kids . The first water crossing was in passable . Walked up and down stream but no luck . May want to wait to hit this one till it dries up a little! Or be ready to get wet !! We will try this one again cause it looks like a great trail

3-18-2017. We came back to lions and was able to get across the first crossing. Hiked to the fork and came back nice hike with the wife and kids weather was perfect trail is in good shape still a lot of water

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8 months ago

This is a fun, generally easy hike that can take a few different routes. We took the kids (15, 5, 2) out to east fork lions camp (about 5 miles round trip) and had a great time. The terrain is varied around the hill and in and out of the sun. You get to cross a little creek at the beginning and fro there the views of the canyon below are gorgeous! It's kind of narrow in some spots but overall a great hike.

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Friday, July 08, 2016

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

This hike is in the journey, with amazing views along the way and a satisfying but less impressive summit. Note that the mileage is 5.5 miles one way, and the hike is not a loop. You start out on the right of a creek and need to cross over using rock stepping stones fairly quickly. There are tons of bugs and little to see at the beginning. Keep going! There are not a ton of markers but once you pass the campground area signage, the hike starts getting more interesting. There is a ton of variety in terms of the terrain and the views. There is an interlude of a part that is flat, then the hike gets to be more strenuous, again with amazing views for the majority of the hike.

This is not a switchback hike. You wind around and cover quite a lot of lateral terrain, and we never guessed (correctly!) where we would end up. The end point is an ATV road, and we walked up it to the right for a better view while we rested. There was sufficent variety that returning along the same path wasn't at all boring.

The bug density in mid-April varied based on where we were. Bring buy spray! The hike took us around 5 hours with few breaks. There is no drinking water along the path, and at times, intense sun. The path is fairly narrow, with single file hiking most of the way.

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Thursday, March 06, 2014

Starts off with a small creek and has many canyon views as the hike progresses; rises about 1K feet and there is a nice picnic/camping area you can use as a turn around spot. My wife, 20 mo. Old daughter and 10 yr old dog completed this in about 4 hours.