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Pratt Trail is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ojai, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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 9.6 mi Elevation gain 3,011 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Directions from Ojai: Begin at the trailhead/parking area located left of Signal Street north of downtown Ojai.

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Reviews (124)
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Recordings (111)
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Jessy Dover
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HikingRocky

I would recommend! It was hot and steep but beautiful views and not too easy. Went with a girlfriend and we were able to chat the whole time. Partially in a washed out river bed which was cool and shaded. The second half was super sunny with no shade though. Overall loved it and would do again!

Jeff Bowen
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Hiking

The beginning of the trail in the foothills was heavily shaded. Then it became open as you progress up Pratt trail. I continued on to Nordhoff overlook. Lots of ground bees on that part of the trail as well as flies on the overlook tower. Great view though; you can see all the way out to the ocean.

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Chandra Collins
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Hiking

Beautiful rocky but moderate trail, tons of plants and wildflower. The weather was foggy today, and misty. We made it up about 1/2 mile above the trail turnoff to Nordhoff Peak, but will be going back on an sunnier, clearer day. My 11 year old loved it! FYI, there is a parking lot, but the road up to it says locals only.

Jarrod Brown
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Private propertyRocky

it was a cool hike. not many reptiles being that's what we were looking for. b all in all a good hike

Patrick Buggy
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HikingNo shade

Very exposed trail starts beautifully then gets somewhat boring for a while, before finishing in a more satisfyingly beautiful area. The trail covers some fire roads, some single track 1-ish person wide sections, and some slightly wider than that areas. Don’t expect to find many shady spots. I clocked in at a little under 4 hours round trip, for a regular hiker moving at a quick pace. I took one break on the way up for sunscreen application and didn’t spend a ton of time at the top of the trail. Start as early as you can to minimize getting baked by the mid day sun like I did. If you want to extend it further, the summit is another mile or so up from the end of this trail. There’s a fire tower up there. (I didn’t do this, so have nothing to say about it. )

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Wil Devine
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Hiking

Great trail with beautiful views. There are a few spots that are a bit dicey, probably due to some wash-out/erosion. If you have a reasonable level of confidence in your sure-footedness, you’ll be fine. Gave it 4 stars just because of the homogeneity of the trail - I find that my more seasoned trail-hiking self reserves the 5th star for trails that are not only beautiful in imagery and exercise value but ALSO have some considerable diversity in terrain. Not sure if that makes me a trail snob or that I’ve just determined what I really like in a hike.

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Patrick Leibach
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Hiking

Awesome beautiful hike up to fire tower. Trail in v good shape (thank you OVLC); steep but not too difficult.

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Mike Price
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Hiking

Nice views, especially at sunset. Well maintained trail with gradual Incline through switch backs.

Gabrielle Otis
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HikingNo shade

A beautiful hike, completely appreciated my hiking pole on this one. Nice steady elevation gain. The first part is through private land and the trail is very very clearly marked, then it’s a fire road to the actual trail.

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Kendra Tafurt
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HikingMuddyRocky

Loved this hike! Took my 7 year old and we hit Pratt to Foothill to Fox Canyon. Perfect for older kids and medium level hikers. The ascent is rocky but there are so many terrain changes it’s a fun hike! Snow capped mountains in the background were amazing too! There were a lot of people with dogs and some off leash (shame!) but overall pretty quiet and not heavily trafficked. Bring layers.

Griffin Elbert
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HikingRocky

Had my two pups & my 25 week pregnant wife and we finished the Pratt Trail in a little over 5 hours! Rocky at first but then not too bad. Views were definitely worth it

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Micaela Locacciato
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Hiking

The first part is pretty lame, you’re pretty much in people’s backyards. But once you pass the water tower and start getting into the hill it’s nice. It’s a steady incline the whole way up but never bad enough that I had to stop to catch my breath, but I did it in the early morning so maybe with the sun beating down on me, it would’ve been a different story. I kept going to nordhoff tower which is just another mile of the same incline. I took a rest there for about 20 minutes, had a snack and then headed back down. I forgot to start recording again for a little bit after I started down again but my total mileage was about 12.2. I saw some deer and heard running water about 3/4 of the way up. The was path down off to the right but I didn’t investigate.

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Brooks Hargreaves
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RunningRocky
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Theresa M.
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HikingNo shade

Great workout! beautiful views at the top!

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Stan Wilson
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Hiking

Very pretty views once you get up into the Nat’l forest. Good workout. Well marked. Definitely nice.

Vic Vohland
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HikingNo shadeOver grownPrivate property

This is a moderate to hard trial. Some over growth where appropriate clothes for ticks and critters. Bring 2-3L of water and layers to shed and put back on. Super pretty views.

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Eric DePhillips
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Hiking

first half mile or so is relatively shaded, the rest is pretty open. Went all the way to Nordoff peak, well worth!

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Linda Yang
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Hiking

Would definitely recommend on a clear day! It was very foggy near the top, which brings its own charm but unfortunately not much of a view. Fantastic views of the valley on the lower part of trail as well, and so many beautiful flowers!

Nastasya P
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HikingNo shade

It's a beautiful trail. I would not say its hard., mostly moderate. There are no rocks or climbing. All the way up and then down. Views are gorgeous. You even could see a waterfall, maybe because of ice was melting... I'm not sure if the water here all year around. Also, millions of flowers and an amazing view on a top. Take water with you the train is open no a shade

Christian Ramirez
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Running

Extremely difficult to run but the view really empowers you to run up those steep inclines and want to go further and further up the trail. Going back down is fun, albeit dangerous, but nevertheless, fun. Its views are spectacular and could never have imagined seeing such a beautiful view on a trail like this. This trail has definitely taken my number one spot as favorite trail, that is until I run on other trails here in ojai, but i doubt any will surmount this one. I do recommend the use of trekking poles as some parts of this trail can get so steep to the point where I felt as if running and walking were no use. DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS TRAIL TO ANYONE!

Johnna Weary
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Hiking

This was a great trail! You can see the impact of what I believe is the Thomas Fire, which keeps this trail pretty sunny. With all the rain though, the regrowth has been fast. Possibly also due to the increased rain, I had to do a handful of stream crossings. The trail gets pretty steep about 2 miles in and then gets narrow after you hit the landing area at around 2.25 miles. The views from that landing are stunning. And the stillness was quite impactful.

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Daniel Smith
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Hiking

great hike beautiful view. just a couple wash outs along the switchbacks nothing that would turn someone around.

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Jacqueline McIntosh
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All Trails is the best. This is a very sweet and charming hike— seems like someone opened up their back yard with a statue garden.

Brandon Cox
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The trail has a has a sign saying it’s closed. The trail is fine until it turns to single track heading up to the ridge, the trail becomes slidey and quite sketchy in parts, very narrow and lots of sliding shale. Parts of the trail are gone due to the fire and it’s difficult to follow.

Krys Bojanowski
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Hiking

Pratt trail to Nordhoff peak is a pleasant & rewarding trail with some history behind it. Made it in about 4h back and forth.

Keith J.
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This trail is open

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