DISTANCE
17.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,878 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

views

closed

hiking
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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.