Reyes Peak Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Reyes Peak Trail is a 1.8 mile out and back trail located near Ojai, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.8 miles
541 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



mountain biking

rock climbing

trail running



Directions from Ventura: Travel about 40 miles north on Highway 33 to Pine Mountain Road. Drive to Reyes Peak Campground (near the end of Pine Mountain Road) and continue along a rough road to a parking area.

7 days ago

Completed the hike today with my dog. The first portion of the hike is very easy, almost flat. Once the trail splits, stay to the right. If you go to the left, you'll end up at Haddock Peak.
After the trail split, it leads you up several switchbacks that are relatively steep. The soft ground coupled with fallen pine needles could make it easy to slip. Next time I will bring a hiking stick for extra footing.
Once you get to the peak, you'll see large boulders that you can climb on and get an amazing 360* view. It is absolutely worth the hike. You can see the US Geology markings, and there is a red can with lots of paper in it where people sign and date when they completed the hike, as well as share thoughts, poetry, etc. Make sure you plan this hike with some time to relax on the rocks and soak in the scenic views.
The only other thing I would mention is that there's several paths. If you're a novice, pay attention and make sure you go back the way you came up.

1 month ago

wonderful views

Sunday, September 10, 2017

I missed this trail. The topo map here is correct but I didn't have it in hand at the time. Five minutes in there is a fork in the trail and the signage is confusing. I took the left and ended up heading toward Haddock Peak which looks fantastic but I was jonesing for the Reyes Peak Summit. I doubled back to the fork and went right along an old road. Pretty views and easy hiking in the sun but turns into a dead end. Next time I will look harder to find 3rd trail which must head up the ridge. Not sure what happened there. Could have been the elevation playing tricks on me;)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Great hike went almost to Haddock not hard to follow but very overgrown. The Views are fantastic, the trees and boulders refreshing BUT as of 7/24/2016 this is closed due to a Large fire starting at Haddock.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Visited this trail with my family today for an #OptOutside celebration of the season. The exciting one-lane ridge road to the trailhead dominated our attention. While I navigated the many turns, my family enjoyed the spectacular views. It was clear enough for us to see the Channel Islands. We could even see Santa Rosa!

We made it to the trailhead, not quite prepared for the elevation or the cold. So we 'dipped our toes' into the trails, but didn't make an honest effort to get to the peak. At the trail's first fork, the right branch is marked and the left isn't, though it is well worn. The right descends around the mountain a bit. We didn't walk too far before we turned around and decided to take the left trail at the fork. There we found two trains, one that appeared to descend around the opposite side of the mountain and another that went straight up.

We took the latter for a bit but soon decided that we'd attempt it another day when we came back to camp.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Great trail! We did an 8 mile in and back from Pine Mountain campground. Drive to the Reyes Peak trail head unless your looking for the major leg workout! The views are awesome! The campground was spacious and perfect, and plenty of local firewood to burn!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It was a wonderful hike, trail is kept up pretty nicely and has some wonderful little views. campsite as the base is simple and has nice landings for tents. The trail runs near a creek but at this time of the year the water was very little so bring lots of water. I only went to Upper Reyes trailhead since I ran out of time. I am planning on going back for a weekend and hike a bit more.

Before coming into the campsite itself is Camp Scheideck Bar. I've heard it's a great little spot and has live bands every so often. They were closed when I was there.

Monday, April 23, 2012

The views from Reyes Peak are exquisite. The rugged face of Haddock to the east looks as if something has been torn from the land leaving this ragged, vertical edge. Off to the northwest, there's something about Lockwood Valley and the tiny mountains beyond it that is just hypnotic. However, Reyes Peak Trail does not actually go up Reyes Peak. The trail officially starts from the road a short way after it is blocked and continues around the north side of the peak, over Haddock, then drops like a stone down to Piedra Blanca National Scenic Trail. The trail is fairly good to Haddock Peak and becomes little more than a game trail after it. Cairns help to keep one to the trail until it starts down between bushes with terrible thorns that leave little doubt as to where the trail is, being the only passable route. It is easier to follow in the lower elevations after the hillside of thorns.

To go up the peak, take the use trail that starts up the mountain to the right a few steps after the trail breaks off the road to the left. A second, much smaller, use trail travels down the east side of the mountain to rejoin the real trail. There are a number of false peaks along the way before the real peak, which has some debris from a lookout destroyed in 1932.

Pine Mountain Ridge Road is closed "winters", which includes the spring day I went. I went up Chorro Grande for access. Snow was still on the trail, with some drifts quite deep, to make route finding a little more challenging, but, well, what a view.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

This place is simply amazing...a must see, plus the road getting there is a great drive!!!!!

Bring lots of water in the times are late fall early spring and winter gets pretty hot during the summer.

It is certainly worth the drive and you can hike in any direction for miles.....from mountain climbing to scenic trail walks in the trees and boulders.......very impressive place to hike or camp......definatly out in the sticks and the night sky is unbelievable...far far from light polution......

From many scenic drives to camping and hiking...this is a off the beaten path eden!

I cant recomend this place enuff.....

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