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Rose Valley Falls

EASY 152 reviews
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Rose Valley Falls is a 1.1 mile out and back trail located near Ojai, California that features a waterfall 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: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 213 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

hiking
11 days ago

Very easy, not even a mile. The waterfall is beautiful and it’s nicely shaded at the end.

hiking
16 days ago

Very easy hike but absolutely beautiful area!!! The fall is awesome and I can only imagine how it looks when the water is in full flow. We were here at the end of the summer and it was quite lovely with moss and vegetation everywhere on the fall. Recommend it for a nice and easy hike!

hiking
29 days ago

Visited this site during our camp trip. Light waterfall but incredibly cold & refreshing. Great little hike.

super easy hike, took like 10 minutes, water was cold and amazing. waterfall was beautiful and worth it :)

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

An easy and quick hike. Well worth the beautiful falls. Most of the shade is gone from the beginning of the trail due to the Thomas Fire. But it will heal.

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked this August 8, 2019. I drove quite a ways, through very windy roads to get to Rose Valley Campground. The campground itself is just ok. Nothing exciting at all except the short hike to the waterfall. The trail head was hard to spot, but I expected that so I was looking for it. The hike is very easy, so if you're looking for a good workout, this isn't it. However, obviously the waterfall at the end is excellent, beautiful & I recommend it if you're already in the area. You do cross water in a couple areas at the beginning but you can get across with logs and rocks and don't need to worry about getting wet. Kids could do this hike, just be careful of critters and snakes since the trail isn't too wide and there are lots of little shady areas that rattlers like to hide in if it's hot outside (which it was) but luckily I didn't run into anything harmful. It's overgrown in a few areas at the beginning but clears up very shortly after you start.

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

A little out of the ways way in the Los Padres National Park. The start of the trail is not immediately obvious because of all the campers and tents pitched everywhere. There is a lone post, not exactly a sign, that marks the start of the trail. It’s about mid summer, end of July, as I am writing this, and the beginning part of the trail is slightly overgrown, just enough of an inconvenience but not enough to hide the trail. You can actually see the falls from the campgrounds, but it’s obviously much better up close. The trees midway through that arch over the path are kinda creepy/awesome looking so it’s a cool photo op I guess. They only look creepy because it’s kind of like those in snow white and beauty and the beast creepy forest path looking. I recommend going early morning, because it’s not hot at all and there is enough covering that mid morning return from the falls doesnt burn your skin. There was a few creeks that cross the trail so be careful (they’re not deep, just dont get your toes wet). My kids loved the hike. Super quick and water is clean. Not exactly a pond or lake at the base, but they loved posing around for pics at the base of the falls.

hiking
3 months ago

Short, fun hike up the side of a hill. Nice views along a creek and waterfall.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was short and beautiful! We brought 4 kids, and it was easy and the waterfall is fun to explore! So many wildflowers still!

hiking
3 months ago

I would recommend this trail for anyone looking for a short hike/almost walk with a huge reward waiting at the end. There are beautiful flowers along the path among the fire ravaged areas. The trail itself is well carved out. There are a few small water points to cross, very easy. Once you are at the waterfall, go through the cave...it's fun!

walking
bugs
3 months ago

beautiful waterfalls, scenic drive on windy mountain road.

rock climbing
4 months ago

great and beautiful hike short but nice

hiking
4 months ago

Very easy, quick and clear. Went on a Wednesday and there was no one there. Multiple creek stops up to the waterfall if you’re interested

4 months ago

Very nice easy trail. We stayed at the campground for a couple of days 5/24. The trail is very green right now with lots of water in the river, flowers, and critters running and flying about. The lakes nearby and the flats east of the campground are worth checking out as well.

4 months ago

Beautiful!! Took us an hour to get there from Ventura, but well worth it!! It was an easy trail, and was absolutely beautiful.

rocky
5 months ago

Take the kids. Easy trail, spring is a great time. Beautiful waterfall. visited 5/12/2019.

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

My fiancé and I did this trail today after a 6 mile hike. It was absolutely beautiful. The butterflies, birds and the waterfall was breathtaking. My fiancé even asked if he could propose again it was so beautiful hahaha

hiking
5 months ago

Note: this is not a hike. Definitely more of a walk with a waterfall at the end. The waterfall is so beautiful, a little crowded but beautiful. Water is crystal clear, pretty much covered. After you park, walk up towards the circle and stay left. It’s the first path towards the mountains.

hiking
scramble
5 months ago

Hiked 4/13. This was a beautiful trail despite the burn out. everything is growing back nicely. The trail was short and easy. Little winding trek up to the falls. Really amazingly tall Falls and nook where the falls are located. There’s a little path just before the falls that treks down to the creek with a little dammed up pool and mini falls into it. My toddler enjoyed playing and splashing around safely in that pool. Great creek for kids to play.

hiking
5 months ago

Very short, easy hike, with no technical sections. The scenery is gorgeous - it's currently green and everything is blooming. Half the fun of this hike is the beautiful, twisty drive out to it.

hiking
6 months ago

Great easy hike to the lower falls with very pretty views of the wildflowers and the creek. We didn’t take the trail to the upper falls instead we went left and climbed up to like Ben Winkler suggested. If you’re looking for a way to make an easy hike more interesting and challenging I highly recommend the climb to the upper falls.

6 months ago

Very short and mostly shaded trail. The waterfall is breathtaking.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice easy hike with gentle climb. Evident burn damage but nice amount of Re growth. Plenty of water in creek and falls.

hiking
bugs
washed out
6 months ago

Thomas Fire destroyed lots of the trees. However the Waterfall speaks for its self. It is a very short hike. You cross about 3 water crossing that are small. If you do not like to get your socks wet than you hiking sandals. One part of the trail that is some what washed out. The trail path is easy and clear. Lots of burnt trees around the area. The trail is mostly shaded. Parking is free before the gate plenty of parking during the week, on the weekends I'm sure it is full with campers and hikers.

hiking
6 months ago

Love this beautiful hike! Although the Thomas fire did cause some damage, there are signs of regrowth everywhere. With the recebt rains the creek and waterfall have a good flow of water. Parking can be scarce since you have to park outside the camp area, unless you want to pay the $10 day use fee and that's if there are spaces available. Overall, this is an awesome hike that the whole family can easily enjoy!

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous day, both lower and upper falls were pretty full of water for local conditions. After hitting the base of the first fall you can back track some 50 yards then climb up on your right (when looking towards falls), and get to the base of the next fall up, the taller one, takes you about 15 min from the first fall) see photos I posted on here! No regrets! Gorgeous there with water now!!! The top fall refunded me of the last of the mohicans fall in the movie in North Carolina that I visited 3 yrs ago... Www.BenWinkler.com

hiking
7 months ago

This was perfect for a group with kids! We had 7 adults and 8 kids ages 5 to high school and they all had a great time. None of them got too tired on the walk. It was shaded the whole way and we loved crossing through all the creeks. Water shoes made it easier. It was a bit crowded on Saturday, so I’d recommend a weekday if possible. Overall, it was a perfect opportunity to expose Southern California kids to flowing creeks and a waterfall, which they haven’t had the pleasure of seeing before due to the drought. No cell reception on most of the drive once you get out of Ojai and head up the mountain. And no reception on the trail either.

hiking
7 months ago

This area was torched in the Thomas Fire. A lot of the trees in this area are being cut down as a result. There is an awesome amount of new growth with beautiful shades of color. The falls are going good. I use this little jaunt to show people after doing a hike and try to go during the least busy times as it can get quite crowded. All in all it’s a beautiful zone with access to get up close to a beautiful waterfall (the lower one). This is actually a double waterfall. You can see the upper portion from the parking area. Enjoy!

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