Explore the most popular waterfall trails near Ojai with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

easy hike. great for quick trip to nature

This must have been an excellent trail before the fire, but the blaze has changed this area drastically. It destroyed the trees and vegetation (though a surprising amount of greenery has re-emerged) which provided shade and something to look at and appreciate while pushing uphill. However, now it’s just a boring grind under a punishing sun. I can tell this trail once had a lot going for it. Hopefully it will again one day soon.

So sad. After 10 years of hiking this wonderful beautiful peaceful full-of-waterholes trail...the Thomas fire of December 2017 followed by flooding on the barren land wiped away any trace of the former well worn trails.
Once you get past the orchards there is no trail.
We saw 6-7 foot high boulders with dried mud on top.There were 8-10 foot wide paths of cracked dried mud where it had forcefully flowed down the hills carrying along whole trees with roots as well as boulders.
We only found two little 1 1/2 deep waterholes about 2 feet long.
No longer a pleasurable hike or place to spend the day sunning and swimming. The rushing rainwater left a path of destruction.

I wouldn't recommend taking your dogs. the rough surface is hard on them if u walk by the river. nice fun hike until my 120 rotty had to carried out 2.5 miles.

pretty creek but don't go this way looking for the waterfalls. the topo map shows some way up but probably not what you are looking for.

Easy hike and family friendly. Like the cave!

by far one of the best hikes I've been on in California. beautiful and green, for they most part, but i can't say how the Thomas fire muy have affected it

walking
8 months ago

Really fun driving here. Very short easy walk. No need for bug spray in November.

Exactly as described. Nice waterfall at the end, leisurely walk to get there.

hiking
9 months ago

This was a very simple trail with a beautiful ending at the waterfall. Wonderful colors this time of year and the moss growing over the rocks had an amazing cascading waterfall too. So pretty! The entrance was a bit hidden but look for the sign that says Rose Valley Falls. The trail that’s gated off is a fire road.

hiking
9 months ago

Fun little trail, cool waterfall at the end. My 2year old enjoyed it enough to be entertained the entire walk and had fun time splashing cold water on her hands from the waterfall.

Amazing hike, the waterfall is beautiful! Wear proper shoes for this though

Backpacked the Lion Canyon Trail (which ends at a road weirdly enough) and explored the East Fork and West Fork camps. We camped at the West Fork, but some of the camping spots are over grown with thorny vines and fallen trees. Both water falls at the forks were dry, but we are excited to return after rain. West Fork had a bit of water, thus our reason for staying, but East Fork is the more stunning and spacious ground. Beautiful Canyon! Parts of the trails are slightly over grown, but didn't require any crazy bush whacking. LOTS OF POISON OAK! However, the wildlife was amazing! Owls, lizards, skunks, hawks, spiders, etc. There is also a connector trail to the Rose Valley Falls, which we understand to be spring fed, so that is worth checking out as well. We were almost completely alone for 48 hours, until three day hikers came to explore the East Fork Falls. We had the whole canyon to ourselves essentially! If you don't mind a few thorns in your socks, this place is definitely recommended,

Wonderful hike. We set out quite late so didn't make it to the big waterfall. Hiking back in the twilight we heard a large deep growl in the thick vegetation at the side of the trial. I can only think it was a Mountain Lion. Pretty scary at the time but we make it back! Definitely going back in the Spring as I think it will be particularly beautiful then

on Rose Valley Falls

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Very easy, dog and kid friendly, and very quick- with a lovely waterfall surprise at the end of your 20 minute 'hike.' Great little family trail.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Lots of poison ivy! Great trail tho! B-e-a-u-tiful!

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Cool easy trail to the falls nothing major but you can climb to the top of the falls and see an even bigger waterfall ( when conditions are right). This is sketchy but fun and exciting if your into that sort of thing

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

This trail technically goes through private land the rest of the way about a mile or so in when you run into heron ranch. I'm not sure if it's ok to walk through there but we didn't since it said no trespassing. Did anyone else see the sign? We were really looking forward to getting to the waterfall too :(

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Beautiful trail- seems to be a local favorite. The warnings about the poison oak are real. Wear clothing that covers your legs for this hike. I was told that the poison oak is especially bad during this part of the summer. We made it a few miles in but then there was a pass that was so thick with poison oak we could not go through, there would have been no way to get through it untouched so we had to turn around and head back. Hope that this can be better maintained because it's a beautiful trail and we wanted to see more. Lots of creek crossings so wear proper footwear.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Very fun hike but look out for snakes.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Short gorgeous hike! Bring bug spray covered in mosquitos!

camping
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

love this trail! great clear water, amazing place to get away for a while.

hiking
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

So pleasantly surprised that there was NO TRASH on the trail. Way to Go! These short waterfall hikes are usually plagued with people who do not know how to conduct themselves in nature. A big heartfelt virtual hug to all the people who care for this trail and these falls. This short, shaded, stroll is sublime. I'd have to say the one of the best views is when you arrive at the trailhead and are walking through the campground. The falls are grand, not in volume, but in height. Such a gem... let's all do our part to keep it so.

Monday, April 17, 2017

A fun short hike, perfect for kids.

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Love this place!

hiking
Friday, April 07, 2017

Good trail but way too many bugs/mosquitoes. GPX tracks wont lead you to the falls from what I can find and we never made it there.Tons of poison oak along the majority of the trail. We got to a sign stating .5 miles from middle campground but was so overgrown and covered with poison oak we turned around and so did the hikers we came across earlier. Didn't have machete to cut a trail and the higher we got the more RATTLESNAKES we came across on very narrow trail paths with overgrown bush. Swimming through a sea of bugs and poison oak was still fun. At least there are thousands of lizards to kill the GAZILLION swarms of bugs out there right now. I've lived in the desert for 22 years and I have never seen that many lizards/snakes/bugs on one trail. How is this the #1 trail for LPNF?

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Waterfalls look pretty. That's all.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 18, 2017. Lots of water crossings. a challenge to keep dry. Nice weather, plenty of shade, a great time of year to hike this trail if you don't mind some boulder crossings.

hiking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Shade all the way
Easy trail
Saw lots of small children do this trail with ease

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