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Shelf Road Trail

EASY 91 reviews
#18 of 175 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.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
410 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

views

hiking
29 days ago

Very easy and fun for anyone

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

It has decent views, not the best but excellent considering how easy the trail is to run or hike. The trail has hardly any shade making this trail less than desirable in the hot ojai summer days. This road also branches off into many beautiful trails and I would recommend taking any of those as to opposed to this one. The view of this trail is spectacular, that is until you experience the views of the trails nearby it. I’m going to go out and say, it’s a mediocre, at best, trail that I would only recommend going on if you aren’t to experienced or have hardly any condition to do any harder trails. It’s an ok trail for those wanting to get a sip of the beautiful trails in ojai, I would somewhat recommend this trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice easy hike. Full pack- training time!

4 months ago

Love that you get a great sense of the valley layout and have views for most of the hike. Bonus: options to pickup other trails if you want more exertion.

4 months ago

Nice views and trail. Good for fast paced hike or running.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Lots of ups and downs. End to end about 25 minutes at a easy pace. Watch out for hikers.

5 months ago

Easy trail to hike. Very fine road. However very crowded

hiking
6 months ago

Fun stuff for the boys, parents and dogs. Took our Trail Life Troop 281 out on an adventure

6 months ago

Nice views, can be hot and dry, good idea to take water and a hat.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Nice leisure walk

Thursday, March 15, 2018

This hike was perfect for my family. The views are amazing and start almost immediately. Parking is limited and fencing is thin barbwire which was fine for everyone except my 3 year old.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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

walking
Sunday, November 12, 2017

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
Saturday, September 16, 2017

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

walking
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

great walking trail with view of the valley

hiking
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. -Raymond

walking
Monday, April 04, 2016

Easy and beautiful. Nice for a quick walk.

Friday, March 25, 2016

beautiful views... love the off trail path.

hiking
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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 Outing.

bird watching
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..

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Friday, March 29, 2013

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

walking
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.

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