Murietta Canyon to Ocean View Trail

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Murietta Canyon to Ocean View Trail is a 16.7 mile lightly 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.

DISTANCE
16.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,370 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

backpacking
Thursday, November 03, 2016

The portion of the Ocean View Trail shown here in red goes out of Matilija Canyon behind Ojai. Four and a half miles up to Murietta Divide and then one mile up the very steep Monte Arido Connector Trail to the Monte Arido Road and then to the beginning of the unsigned trail. From here head 2.5 miles eastward to White Ledge Camp and the end of the cut. From the Ojai side however, out of Oso Trailhead on the Ventura River Preserve you can hike up and out Kennedy Ridge Trail, cross up to the Camino Cielo Trail via the connector and head westward to the end of the Camino to Camp 8, where there is a well signed intersection of the Ocean View headed up. From this point it is 3.5 miles to White Ledge Camp. Travelling up the trail from the Ojai side, you get about one mile before hitting a wall of brush. If you passed math in school, you will figure that there remains 2.5 miles uncut between camps.
As of 2016 the trail is not through, and is too thick to get through. You will need excellent conditioning and experience to make distance on this trip and one gallon of water per day. Worth the view and the adventure and remoteness though.