Sisar Canyon/Red Reef Trail is a 12.9 mile out and back trail located near Ojai, California and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

12.9 miles
3,815 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running


Directions from Ojai: Travel east on Highway 150 for about eight miles to Forest Road 4N15 and park near the locked gate.

1 month ago

Second time on on this trail - really like being able to heat water while hiking. Shady (if you go early enough) for much of the out trip along the creek to a little grotto at 2.5 mi from the trail head (3 mi if you park at the store in Summit). About .24 mi up to the overlook with great view (we went another 1/2 mi but the overlook provides the best view). Trail - actually a fire road - is easy (or maybe low moderate because of the steady incline). Total elevation gain about 1100 ft.

2 months ago

Great views. Trail should show hike to top of topa Topa ridge.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

This is an awesome hike. Beautiful scenery. I think this hike is best on an overcast day, not a lot of shade on a hot day. This hike will not disappoint.

trail running
Sunday, October 15, 2017

This trail gave me a workout! I read reviews before coming and they were pretty spot on except how to identify the entrance because I didn't see any. As previously mentioned parking is limited. I thankfully found a spot when I got there today. As we haven't seen much rain, the trail is dry and had a lot of flies at some spots along the trail.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Great views if it's clear. For half of the trail there will be no shade if sunny and there is a steady incline the whole way. I went when it was overcast and hiked through the clouds and ended up with a view of blue skies above and clouds below. Plan to go again on a clear day or night. Trail is in great shape.

Monday, November 28, 2016

This was my first venture on this trail. I was looking for a good trail run to do some hill sprints... this was perfect! Inclines the whole way up, breathtaking beauty all around, and the view about 2.5 miles up was amazing! Looking forward to doing this one again and seeing a lot more of the trail.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Turned this into an almost 20 mile marathon. Got to the top gate and took a left on Sisar instead of the trail up figuring I'd make it a loop. Didn't realize how far around that took to get up to where it meets Nordhoff Ridge Road - then a good distance more to get to the top of the trail just under Topa Topa. Was initially going to summit the bluffs but had burned through most of my water. Headed back down the trail (top part great for trail running). Did tear up a heel though which kept me home the next couple of weekends.

Monday, May 09, 2016

It was a nice beautiful day. Not too hot and a nice cool breeze.

Friday, January 08, 2016

not recommended if it hasn't rained for a bit or for a trail ride, but it's great for outtings with family and rock hopping when there's water.

trail running
Saturday, July 11, 2015

First time on this trail, been meaning to get into more trail running. Road leading up to the trailhead has a small sign, and is next to a little market called Stagecoach Station. The road is a narrow one, goes through a neighborhood so go slow and is barely wide enough for one vehicle. Trailhead is about a half mile up from Hwy 150. Trail is mostly a fire road and isn't very technical as a trail running path but it does go up at over 400 foot/mile climb. We crossed over a couple places where water can flow over although only one had barely enough water while the other was dry - we are in a drought condition in CA. First couple miles was under some tree cover but the next two was in sunlight. We made it to a little over 4 miles from the trailhead to a vista point overlooking the Santa Paula / southern part of Ojai areas, while to the north you look up to the Topa Topa mountains. Pretty incredible, look one way and you're on top of things and the other way you look up from the bottom. Rating it 4 stars for the ease of entry to trail, easy to stay on trail and not get lost, and wide enough for people to hike side by side - running you can do it a little further apart so as not to miss any rock on which to possibly trip over. Less

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

My first time hiking this trail after living in Ojai for seven years and hiking extensively the past few years. Parked at the trailhead, continued on the single track about 3 miles up and then finished at the Topa Topa summit at 7.2 miles. It was a beautiful, cool day. Perfect weather for hiking. There was a lot of snow (maybe 2 inches) the last 3/4 mile up to the Topas. The clouds had moved in, so my friend and I were unable to see the spectacular views at the top. Got really chilly up there. In the way down, saw two bears ahead of us on the trail (about 2.5 miles from our car). Made a lot of noise & they ran off. I've hiked to the top of the Topas only once before, two years ago, from Horn Canyon. That was 15 miles round trip and somewhat tougher than this. 14.4 miles round trip. Did it in just a little less than 6 hours. Tough but worth it!

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