N. Fork Matilija Trail 23W07 is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ojai, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Ventura: Travel north on Highway 33 to Matilija Canyon Road and turn left (west). Drive up Matilija Canyon Road to a locked gate.
Love this place!
Good trail but way too many bugs/mosquitoes. GPX tracks wont lead you to the falls from what I can find and we never made it there.Tons of poison oak along the majority of the trail. We got to a sign stating .5 miles from middle campground but was so overgrown and covered with poison oak we turned around and so did the hikers we came across earlier. Didn't have machete to cut a trail and the higher we got the more RATTLESNAKES we came across on very narrow trail paths with overgrown bush. Swimming through a sea of bugs and poison oak was still fun. At least there are thousands of lizards to kill the GAZILLION swarms of bugs out there right now. I've lived in the desert for 22 years and I have never seen that many lizards/snakes/bugs on one trail. How is this the #1 trail for LPNF?
March 18, 2017. Lots of water crossings. a challenge to keep dry. Nice weather, plenty of shade, a great time of year to hike this trail if you don't mind some boulder crossings.
Giving it 4 stars because we got a little lost, off trail. Which was sketch, and i'm an avid hiker so I feel that shouldn't have happened. Look for carins and pay close attention in the beginning. Once we found our way again the trail was AWESOME and so was the ending :)
For an epic experience after winter rains, head west ~5 miles up Matilija canyon to the waterfalls. Look on a topo map for the falls and old road. The owners of the private property allow you to pass through even though the sign says no hiking. It is not an official trail and you have to walk in the water the last mile. The waterfalls this year are the best you will ever see.
Moderate amount of poison oak. Avoidable but barely. Some nice small pools but not deep enough for swimming. The waterfall was a bit of a mystery but found it but using a topo map it's off-trail up a creek bed on the left. At the time the falls were dry. Should be running this year!
This trail is closed. it's private property now. we got behind the fence but we then saw security cameras around the bend, as we were leaving someone pulled up to kick us out.