Shelf Road Trail

EASY 51 reviews
#11 of 134 trails in

Shelf Road Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ojai, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.5 miles
413 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



28 days ago

This trail is open, as are the majority of trails in the area

3 months ago

Once you get to the top, the views are gorgeous. Please be aware that I would NOT consider this an easy hike!!! Good luck and bring water!

mountain biking
5 months ago

Nice ride with gorgeous views of the valley. Easily completed in about 30-45 minutes on bike.

8 months ago

great walking trail with view of the valley

Monday, January 30, 2017

This trail is very suitable for all ages. It is a nice trail if you are just looking for a leisurely walk or run. Also, there are some more difficult trails branching off of the main trail if you are looking for a challenge.

trail running
Saturday, July 09, 2016

Easy but with a nice view of Ojai Valley all along.

trail running
Sunday, May 01, 2016

The parking is very limited, but I think that's part of what makes it more enjoyable. Definitely crossed paths with a handful of people but it never felt over saturated.

I enjoy that you can walk or run this trail and still have a great experience. As mentioned with other trails I've reviewed, I enjoyed that you can either knock the trail out and head home, or you can use this trail as a warm up and head to one of the other trails. We used this one to head for Foothill trail and ended up hiking way longer than expected.

There are adequate amounts of signage, so just go with the flow and hit whatever you have the time and endurance for.


Monday, April 04, 2016

Easy and beautiful. Nice for a quick walk.

Friday, March 25, 2016

beautiful views... love the off trail path.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Great easy hike with amazing views of the valley!! Fun to do with family and dogs.

Monday, February 15, 2016

This is definitely an easier hike with gradual inclines and declines. It is all pretty well graded so the path is clear and easy to navigate. Parking is limited to about 10 cars at most at the trailhead--not sure where you would park if that was full.

There are some great loop trails that you can take from this hike. I think it was called Fox Canyon Trail loop (near the end of this and one after Luci's Trail) has a information board that shows the different paths you can take off of Shelf. There is even a paper map you can take with you. We took Fox Canyon Trail which was a steep switchback that connected to Luci's Trail. This adventure was more strenuous but offered great views and a great workout--would rate it as moderate to hard due to incline--and added about an hour onto the hike.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Nice view, fun, easy, and great for families. However, don't go on Monday mornings around 9 because you will hear trash trucks and it kills the mood

Monday, December 28, 2015

Great trail for families! Our two boys (ages 8 and 5) had no problem keeping up...makes for a fun family

Friday, November 20, 2015

Cool beans
Go when the suns starting to set.. Nice views of the vista.. Cool rock formations one around the bin..

Monday, February 24, 2014

This is a nice hike. It gives you a beautiful overview of Ojai valley. The path is a dirt road about 1.5 miles ( 3 miles round trip). I saw multiple couples that seem near by residents going on a walk.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Easy hike. Not shaded but thankfully it wasn't painfully hot. Amazing beautiful views of the valley. Saw an Eastern Kingsnake halfway down! It was harmless and was merely crossing the path. It does look like a fun trail to bike on as well.

Friday, March 29, 2013

awesome easy hike with amazing views of Ojai valley. would be really pretty at sunset.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

This is a beautiful, easy walking or running trail that overlooks the Ojai Valley. It's easily accessible: just drive to the top of Signal and you're there! It's especially nice early in the morning or towards dusk. The trail is wide and great for dog-walking as well. It meanders up and down the mountain at a gradual pace and passes along orange and avocado groves. There are a few benches along the way where you can sit back and relax and take in the view.

2 months ago

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