Piedra Blanca Formations Trail

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Piedra Blanca Formations Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ojai, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 383 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no shade

Beautiful sights. No signage

Great trail and pretty scenery! I was really surprised to not see too many people at all on Saturday of Labor Day weekend. It’s gets hot though!!! Go early and leave by noon in Summer. We also could not find the second watering hole and turned around a bit after the rock formations.

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1 month ago

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

Don’t let the coastal fog trick you. It was 60 at the beach but in the 80s and blazing hot at the trail! Mind the potholes on rose valley rd on your way in, there are some real tire poppers! Plenty of parking, (if you don’t have parks pass just park outside the gate on the side of the road) restroom available at trail head. I crossed the creek three times at the start. It is possible to get across dry with good balance and careful steps (and plenty big rocks around to build a path if you don’t like your choices.) Although, the cool water was welcome for me because it was blazing hot. The trail is very exposed- wear sunscreen and bug spray. Starts off with a bit of an incline but then levels out. The hike to the formations is probably less than 30 minutes and it seems there are plenty trails beyond the AllTrails map to extend the outing. I saw lots of lizards but luckily no snakes! Lots of cars but I only saw 5 people on the trail, which I suspect were people hiking out further than just to the formations. Had my dog with me so the cool creek was a refreshing swimming opportunity for her old paws on the way back to the car. Beautiful place, a hidden treasure of Ventura county.

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5 months ago

I came 4/13. I had no idea there was a secret water hole back in this area towards the beginning of the trailhead. I would have planned ahead. If you come soon to this trail wear shoes that are fully submergible. You will cross the creek a few times and the span gets wider and wider and more river-like by the 3rd crossing. I wasn’t wearing submergible shoes and decided to cut it short and check out the watering hole instead. Fully intend to revisit properly prepared for the creek/river. Lots of lizards!! Very little shade.

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5 months ago

A very nice hike.

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6 months ago

This trail is beautiful, very pretty and it’s a very unique landscape worth visiting. After all the rains there is lots of water, therefore, you have to cross 2 creeks and the Sespe River 1 time. If you don’t like getting your shoes wet, maybe consider waiting a little bit. We crossed with our shoes on and got our clothes and shoes wet. No problem at all! The route that is described on the map is great, easy and short. At the end, you can play in the rocks and also you can keep going down the valley and walk next to the Piedra Blanca Creek. If you keep going, the trail is also easy with almost no incline except for the one to come down to the creek. Wet, beautiful and easy hike. I hope you enjoy getting those feet wet! :) FYI, got a tick on this hike, so be careful if you go during humid and cloudy days, and walk in woodsy areas. Check yourself after the hike. If you remove them fast, you have a lot less chances to get diseases.

9 months ago

very easy good one for beginners

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9 months ago

Awesome views and a nice day hike! You won’t be disappointed!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

This is not closed! Hiked yesterday. Beautiful and easy.

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Monday, May 07, 2018

Just hiked here yesterday. It’s starting to get HOT but it was still an awe inspiring experience to turn the corner and be at the base of these majestic rock formations! Definitely will be back, hope to backpack into Sespe.

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Sunday, April 08, 2018

Beautiful trail, especially this time of year as the ceanothus will be fully in bloom. It goes without saying that you should be aware of rattlesnakes. We saw a beauty on this trail, also at this time of year.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Perfect short easy trail that is gorgeous- breathtaking! Do it!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

love it

Saturday, June 03, 2017

short trail. theres a ton of bees and wasps. we were chased for a good while as they wouldn't leave us alone

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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Awesome get away from city life. Great valley view and nature walk. Definitely worth every second but there are decent rivers to cross.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Be ready for water crossings !

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

great trail. easy family friendly

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Easy with fantastic views

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Easy hike, chances for some bouldering and bird watching. Does anyone know where the native rock art is to be found?

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Beautiful landscape,easy trail be aware of rattle snakes

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

It was beautiful! The sun was out and kept us warn and walking!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Nice family hike, wide trail, very easy. not much shade. Rock formations are absolutely beautiful!

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