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Nordhoff Ridge to Chief and Nordhoff Peaks

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Los Padres National Forest

Nordhoff Ridge to Chief and Nordhoff Peaks is a 17.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ojai, California that offers scenic views 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.

Length 17.9 mi Elevation gain 4,878 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

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Micaela Locacciato
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A little bit of a scramble to the top but it looks worse than it actually is. From rose valley to chief peak and straight back down is 9 miles.

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David Ramirez
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trail not always marked cellphone service not good either until you get to the ridge. also don't carry a lot of gear just what you need. parking fee only if you park in the campgrounds $10 for day.

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Jeff Loper
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Off roading from Rose Valley to Chief peak to Topas. 4x4 vehicles with some lift would not have any issues. Great 24hr overnighter was awesome with the pack. You will need a code from US forest service and permit to access Nordoff road.

Lynae Steinhagen
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Gorgeous, breezy day which made this challenging hike possible. From the Rose Valley Campground, the road, open to vehicles with a permit from the Forest Service, is a 2 mile climb of 2000 feet. We were rewarded with spectacular views toward Ojai - although we couldn’t see anything because of the thick marine layer. Wildflowers, birds and lizards are abundant as the forest is recovering from the fire. At the junction up top, we trekked another two miles up Chief Peak Road. 3 mountain bikers passed us after hauling themselves up from the Ojai Ranger Station and heading over to the Gridley Trail to complete their loop. We had lunch on the ridge before returning to our car just outside the Rose Valley Campground. The hike down is hard on the knees and there is a lot of scree. I used poles but my companions did not. Make sure to take plenty of water - it was warm and I went through 1.5 liters and had another .75 waiting for me in the car.

John Adams
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2000' climb in the first two miles. Well worth the work.

Ricky Pizano
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Hiking

Awesome trail! Bring a lunch and plenty of water or stop into downtown Ojai and grab Ojai pizza and a beer topa topa Tao house

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You need to get the access code from the ranger and it’s a pretty rough drive up. There’s a steep trail to the ridge with multiple 200 yard cut backs. Beautiful views and lots of slate rock like tiles. It’s been a few years since I’ve been up there.

Ricky Holzer
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I only hiked to Chief Peak (approximately 9 miles roundtrip), but the views made the trek worthwhile. I watched the sunset while hiking the Nordhoff Ridge with views of the Ojai Valley, ocean, and Channel Islands. Almost the entirety of the trail was on a fire road, and most of the elevation gain occurred in the first 2 miles. The final portion to the summit of Chief Peak is unmaintained but wasn't terribly difficult to follow. Be sure to stop by Rose Valley Falls before doing this hike -- it's a nice warmup before the climb.

Yuliya Martsynkevich
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Micaela Locacciato
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Kourtney Short
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Eric Eldridge
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Gilbert Dominguez
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Antonio Calderon
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Tom Forde
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Andrew Schwartz
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Yuliya Martsynkevich
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Dylan Taylor
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