Tar Creek [CLOSED]

MODERATE 30 reviews
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Tar Creek [CLOSED] is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ojai, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.2 miles
1820 feet
Out & Back

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This trail is closed due to vandalism and trash. Violators have been ticked. One of the more spectacular destinations in the Los Padres. This great hike takes you deep into the remote Las Padres National Forest. Although the trail traverses mostly scrub brush, the mountain vistas are quite spectacular. For those who want a shorter hike, simply stop and explore the lovely seasonal Tar Creek, before turning back. For those with more energy, continue on to Sespe Creek. This is a wonderful setting, with sandy beaches, house size boulders, cascades, jumping fish, and everything else you could wish for in a stream side setting.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

went a long time ago...still think about this one from time to time. too bad its closed.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Secret gem. Waterfalls! Pools! Don't tell anyone.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Pretty great hike, haven't been in awhile. But once you hit the 70ft waterfall you have to keep going for that five star experience. Pretty challenging throughout the hike, but the way back is the toughest part.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

It's too bad this beautiful area got trashed! This is one of my favorite trails ever, great hiking, rock scrambling, cliff jumping, natural rock waterslides, and swimming! Haven't been since I moved out of Ventura county, but came across three condors last time I was there: one at the top of the 70-foot waterfall, and two down by the infinity pool.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

At this time (July 2015), trail is closed due to endangerment to the California Condor by litter left behind careless idiots. Creek is dry.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Intense, but worth the struggle!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I hiked this trail for the first time in the late 1970's, then several times in the 80's and 90's while living and working very nearby. Before it was a wilderness area, it was common for me to be the only person on the trail. Hiked the trail into the West Fork Sespe Creek in 1984 and didn't see anyone for several days. I don't know how crowded it is now, but it sure was nice then.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

CLOSED I spoke with the Rangers and this whole area including the trails are totally closed permanently to help save the endangered California Condors. The fine for going in here is very expensive and every member of your party will get their own ticket. I Believe you can be arrested as well. Please help save the condors. They clean up dead animal corpses to keep the waterways clean and diseases down. We need them. let's give them some space to rebound. They are on the brink!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

New signs posted on the trail and parking area on 30 Jan 2015. My son and friends got individual tickets at $175 each. Be aware of enforcement.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Its winter 2014 im going this year early 2015. Lots of rain this year, going to see the sites. Wont be foregoing taking plenty of pictures. Should be cool as I wont be " needing to jump into the stream " too old for that and " Who ever jumped in there nude " It wasn't me". Im to old for that nonsense ...

Saturday, October 25, 2014

As of 10/21/14 TAR Creek trail head has been closed by the USFS because of the condors. $5000 fine if found hiking in there

Friday, May 30, 2014

Well it's 5/30/2014 as we've had a wonderful rainy season to have lest wise a short lived Tar & Sespe Creek season. Used to live in Newhall area and seen friend or two active on these sites. In reading the one review regarding the officer taking license plates and anyone's drivers license info. down who were there in his presence. To the fact that hiking back there is no longer allowed. It's been since 73 since Ive been there. I'd be willing to participate in a trash haul expetdition as maybe we'd could get passes to get back there to clean up. Even at it maybe taking " A few Days." Back pack some large trash bag's pick and clean it up the best we could in the "time it takes to do a worth wile job. Of course all this done for the "Condor" sanctuary. If the graphite could be covered in the color of the natural rock Light red and beige.? Pictures for the archives and the nice work that we'd of done. Call me I'll volunteer even buy some hefty trash bag's . We should huddle with one of the local rangers as in getting permit and plans
My phone number (707) 395 - 6664. Stillman let's do it.