hiking
no shade
off trail
private property
rocky
8 hours ago

Let me help everyone with some great tips! These are things I wish we knew ahead of time -Parking is limited. Very Limited! We came during the week and we were fine but I imagine if you come on the weekend you’re going to have a serious problem with parking. The residence around the area do not want the hikers to hike there so they’ve made the first 5 miles of the road no parking so you literally only have that one parking lot to park or you’re pretty much screwed. To do the hike you would have to walk over 5 miles to get to the hike if there’s no parking, so you might want to get there really early if you come on a weekend or be willing to pay a ticket which I hear they do often. -This trail is confusing so let me help you through the route. When you walk through you will see signs that help you get to the trail in the beginning but when you get to the second sign you will see the trail says go to the right and you will have to walk through a barn area. At first, I thought we wouldn’t be able to go through since it’s private property but the hike is actually through the Brown gate that’s opened. There’s pretty much only one way to go but when we got there we were confused if we could walkthrough. -There are NOT clear signs through this trail on which way to go however once you get off the main trail along the river it gets confusing so just follow the river up. There’s no right answer but people put three rocks along the way to help you find the direction. However, sometimes it seems like you’re off-trail because there’s no direct trail to walk-through. Plan on climbing boulders and walking through the river lots of times. Eventually, we realized it was easier to walk to the river then climb boulders in certain areas. -There are several snakes on this hike, I only saw one when I was there but other people have seen three that day. All hikes obviously have snakes but I’ve heard this trail has a little more than normal. -As you start going up the river you will see many waterfalls and lots of pools of water. Once you go to the left at the end there’s the first waterfall. It also seems hard to get to but just walk closer to the river, on the right side, that will be the easiest route. After that, you will continue up the hill to the second waterfall. We didn’t make it there on this particular day but we saw pictures and there is a rope at that waterfall to climb up to the next. You’re going to be able to have to pull yourself up and be in good shape to do this so keep that in mind if you want to get to the third waterfall. I heard the waterfalls keep on going but unless you’re an experience hiker you’re probably not going to get past the third waterfall. -On this site, it says it’s 8.8 miles and 3 1/2 hours to do but this took a 6 1/2 hours along with some other experience hikers we were walking with. They made it up to the third waterfall and they were hiking for 8 hours. (That’s including swimming time). What makes it take so long is trying to figure out how to navigate through the rocks to get up to the waterfall, and it’s very easy to get lost there and back. We even missed the trail on the way back but someone helped us find another way to get back. I would definitely give yourself 7 to 8 hours to finish this hike especially if you want some time to swim in the waterfalls. -I was also told the second waterfall is deep so if you want to jump in you can, so it’s great for swimming so bring your bathing suit. -On this particular day, I didn’t encounter many bugs so I didn’t need bug spray but you might find yourself needing more water than normal on a hot day since one of our hikers ran out of water. Plus it’s probably nice to have a snack by the waterfall and relax since this is a longer hike. -my last suggestion is to probably download the AllTrails app and upgrade since you will have no phone reception the whole entire time. We didn’t even get reception back until we were driving 10 minutes down the road leaving the hike.

hiking
muddy
9 hours ago

hiking
19 hours ago

Love this trail! The first part is super steep but the view is amazing. Then as you round the mountain the wild flowers are in bloom, the butterflies are out, and it’s beautiful. I love this trail it’s an out and back so you can go as far and just turn around.

This trail was incredible! I think we did it at the perfect time, we got a cooler weekend - mid 70s otherwise it would have been pretty gnarly. Loved hiking near the creek the whole time, was so refreshing to cross. Camped at Sespe then packed out the next morning, the hot springs were beautiful but honestly think I enjoyed the trail more. Very few bugs and just gorgeous pretty much the whole way through

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

Great trail. If you take the first entrance will take you all the way bouldering for 3.5 hours. If you follow the prior recommendations the trail to the switchbacks it cuts off sometime. This is not for the faint of heart. Bring water. A mile or two consists of dry river beds and bouldering up. There are snakes. Bring water. Also to reach the top falls you will have to climb some pretty gnarly ropes. One of this ropes may need to be replaced soon. Overall excellente hike. Don’t half ass it.

Matilija Trail info needs a few corrections. If hikng to the falls, you will go through two properties. One right after the parking lot. About one mile up you will see a fork in the road, with a sign, ALL TRAILS, Stay LEFT. A few hundred yards beyond you hit a T, at end, turn RIGHT. Walk down and go through wooden gate with sign, Blue Heron. This is the second property. You are welcome to go through if you stay on trail. It will take you through an orchard and head up towards the falls, about eight miles. On return, please stay on trail. Do not try to short cut it through the back yard of the private property. And please pick up your orange peels.

es un sendero muy corto, pero muy divertido para los niños ellos lo amarán. No es un sendero para nada difícil.

VERY LIMITED PARKING!! PLEASE DO NOT PARK WHERE YOU AREN’T SUPPOSE TO! did this hike yesterday and about 15 cars got tickets. If their is no parking come back another time. Respect the rules and neighbors. The trail is open but pack out what you take in.

hiking
no shade
over grown
5 days ago

Parts of the Red Reef Trail section were overgrown but not too bad. Limited shade around the 5 mile mark and up. Good views!

hiking
no shade
5 days ago

Fun little overnighter. Went out Sunday morning. Passed lots of groups on the trail heading back to the trailhead. Got lucky with the weather could only imagine doing this hike when it’s really hot. Saw three rattlers. Two across the trail one spooked the shit out of me in a bush. Didn’t rattle til I was walking by it. Never moved so quick with a pack on in my life. So worth the getaway though. Soaked in the creek for an hour and enjoyed being away from the madness that is our society lately. Everybody we saw out was friendly and just as happy as we were. Can’t wait to do the full hike out to the Sespe hot springs.

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
5 days ago

Beautiful trail...ITS LOOOONNNG. make sure you have water shoes and constantly note the way you are hiking. It’s TOUGH but definitely worth the it. Make sure you apply tic/bug spray and have plenty of sunscreen and water handy.. lots of lizards and snakes

hiking
bugs
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Do not listen to residents the trail is not closed! They cannot close this trail Bc they want seclusion they shouldn’t have bought a house next to a popular trail. You can park in the parking lot only and you will NOT get a ticket but you should arrive very early like 6:30am if you want a spot, it is very small. If you park on the side of the road you will get a ticket, I saw one myself and talk to the police as I left they are not joking around. The trail is beautiful but more like 10 miles instead of 8.5. There is rattles snakes and bugs. I had to cross the stream at least 20 times so bring extra socks if you don’t like wet feet, bring plenty of snacks and water. Plz pick up after yourself, don’t leave trash around and respect the area. But overall best hike I’ve ever been on!

Beautiful trail through wildflower fields and past a beautiful winery. Uneven ground with pretty rocks and boulders but otherwise a pretty moderate hike. Once you get past all the houses it opens up and there’s less shade but the views are fantastic. Heard some water from the brook but didn’t get to see any water. Not too many people.

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