Piedra Blanca National Recreation Trail

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Piedra Blanca National Recreation Trail is a 15.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ojai, California that features a river 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: 15.3 miles Elevation Gain: 3,681 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from Taft, CA: Travel 8 miles south on Highway 33. Continue south for 13 miles after Highway 33 joins Highway 166. Turn south to stay on Highway 33 and travel about 20 miles, turn left (east) onto Lockwood Valley Road and travel 5 miles. Then turn south onto Forest Road 7N11 and onto Reyes Creek Campground.

Good parking lot at trailhead and clearly defined, mostly tight single track, trail. Steep start to get the heart pumping. I prefer more open trails, this one felt closed in too much of the time, having to push your way through dense oak scrub. When you came to openings and vistas they were beautiful, however, and having the stream nearby most all the time is another plus. At mile 3, before and after the stream crossing are two beautiful ancient oaks that provide great camp spots. This is where I stopped for the night since I started to late I’m the afternoon. This is definitely an oak & scrub Forrest typical to Southern California.

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1 month ago

backpacker magazine may/june 2020 give 2 pages to the reyes creek trailhead to the piedra blanca trailhead 18.5 mile hike/backpack; good review, no surprises; gps coordinates 34.6778, -119.3091 to 34.5604, -119.1653; beartrap trail campsite at mile 4.8, to over 6,260' saddle at mile 7.6, reyes peak trail at mile 8.4, southeast to cedar creek trail then south, to piedra blanca trail camp at mile 15.6, then at mile 17.7 east at middle sespe trail, and at mile 18.1 sespe river trail across the river to piedra blanca trailhead at mile 18.5

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9 months ago

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10 months ago

Fun hike, crossed the creek 3 times each way, lots of wet shoes and biting flies.

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Sat Mar 09 2019

Just checked the "Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca Reyes Creek Trail (22W03)" USDA Forest Service (FS) website and it states it open. I know a few of the previous comments were from 2 years ago (2017) so they are probably out of date. I'm probably going to be doing this trail this weekend!

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Wed Aug 02 2017

Still closed :( The previous poster, Cas Barbier, must have illegally hiked the trail. When I was there though, I saw Rangers at the trailhead.

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Sun Jul 24 2016

As of 7/25/2016 This is Closed due to The Pine fire about half of this route Burned, Very sad

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Mon Apr 25 2016

This is an awesome hike that takes you to 3 primitive and beautiful campsites the 1st is Upper Reyes 3 miles from the trail head, big shady trees and lots of room, 1.7 miles later it gets even better as you arrive to Bear trap, right along the creek or in wide open spaces a couple of HUGE trees here, then after a long 8 miles from the trail head you find Haddock, which is just an incredible peaceful place. I did this hike in one day and it was tough but rewarding some nice climbs and lots of shade, I would say you are in a shade trail 75% of the time and when out exposed its not for very long. The trail is easy to follow especially as far as Bear trap, after that it is not used very often , its easy to follow but has some bushes over grown but you will never lose the trail, It’s a tough trail but truly worth every bit of it.

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Sat Mar 26 2016

03/23/16 Está presioso para los amantes a la naturaleza. ME ENCANTO EL LUGAR!

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2 months ago

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Sat Jun 09 2018

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Sat Oct 07 2017