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Did a short hike here up to Twin Forks campsite from the Piedra Blanca Trailhead. Nice to see good water flow here. Both the Sespe River and Piedra Blanca Creek have a good amount of water in them.
In order to reach the Gene Marshall Trail from Piedra Blanca Trailhead you need to cross the Sespe River 3 times. First cross you can leave the shoes on without soaking them. Second crossing is a bit deeper, third crossing is just above knee height.
The Twin Forks camp was a bit tricky to find. There is a sign off the main trail indicating that the camp is to the right. If you walk to the right though you don't see the camp right away. You have to actually cross the stream again to reach the camp site. Camp was nice, had 2 fire pits and a decent amount of shade. This site is hammock friendly.
While we were down near the Sespe we saw quite a few fresh bear tracks, so they are definitely in the area.
Oh dear lord sweet baby Jesus. This bad boy goes up...forever. You hit a switch back and pray for the sweet relief of flat ground if only for 10 feet, but no. Unless you're Thor or forest Gump and one day just felt like hiking don't do it. That being said we will definite try to summit this mammoth of a hike the next time we are in ojai. 5/7 would suffer on this trail again.
Also some super awesome views of the falls on your way up.
For an epic experience after winter rains, head west ~5 miles up Matilija canyon to the waterfalls. Look on a topo map for the falls and old road. The owners of the private property allow you to pass through even though the sign says no hiking. It is not an official trail and you have to walk in the water the last mile. The waterfalls this year are the best you will ever see.
Beautiful wilderness, lots of birds. Be aware that there are five pretty serious river crossings - I went just after a storm, and the fords were chest deep at times. Probably best to attempt the hike in the spring, when there's less water. trail can be quite exposed in places.
Beautiful! We hiked Sunday of the President s day weekend, between the storms, so everything was lush, green and growing. I was glad we hiked it in cooler weather because while the first appropriately 3 miles has cover, the remaining 8 are fairly exposed, so hiking in the summer could even more challenging due to exposure to heat. Beautiful hike with an exceptional view of the Ojai Valley.
Steep, as are so many of the trails around Ojai. No, I take that back: Kennedy Ridge is really steep. But it's mostly ridable, depending on your fitness and comfort level. Connects now with Camino Cielo and the Ocean View Trail, thanks to a lot of hard work by some really dedicated volunteers. (You guys rock!) This is not a fun and flowy on the way out. More so on the way back. But you'll pay for your downhill pleasure.
Steep, challenging but well worth it. Great views of the valley, spring wildflowers and connections to other front-country trails owned or managed by the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. (Join!) Ridable on a mountain bike, both up and down, if you like to session and can handle tight switchbacks. Wear a bell!
Lots of water after the recent rainfall we had. It's muddy though. Trail head has restrooms and campsites...good place for a picnic. We took our 3 month old with us the hardest part was crossing a few small creeks. The lake is more like a large pond but the restroom by the lake is much cleaner.
We tried lions this morning with my wife and kids . The first water crossing was in passable . Walked up and down stream but no luck . May want to wait to hit this one till it dries up a little! Or be ready to get wet !! We will try this one again cause it looks like a great trail