Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Want to experience aloneness and quiet, do this one on a hot day! Lots of switchbacks but not very difficult. Fun to see the regrowth from last year’s Thomas fire. If your a runner, this would be a good trail.

hiking
11 days ago

fun scenic trail with a bunch of low travel trails, beautiful creeks, and tons of wildlife. full exposure in many parts so bring the sunscreen!

very difficult drive to get to trailhead... I don't see how you could do it without 4 wheel drive. Very quiet and hot, but beautiful
I will try it again in the fall when it is cooler.

This trail was gorgeous! I went on a Monday, a few other travelers on the trail. We went to the camp midway and spent time near the water. Make sure to take sunscreen, there is almost no shade! The water will help cool down, but won’t save you from burns. Take plenty of water and snacks!

water availability makes this possible even when its warm. be aware this area is like a little oven - hotter than anywhere around it and always hotter than the forecast. also after 5 miles or so the trail meanders away from the river and water is harder to get. it was super hot when I went so I swam and chilled in the water at every chance. the big swimming hole is deep enough to stay really cool and feels amazing on the way out.

1 month ago

It is a beautiful hike the terrain is complex. Sandy pine needles pine cone narrow trails. The over look is awesome

This trail is open again, at least for hiking! I believe the camps are also open, but I’m not sure. We went just for the day and hiked in only a few miles, and it was incredibly beautiful. Be careful if you go in the summer, it gets crazy hot and there’s very little/no shade - the river crossings help, but it’s still tough in 90+ weather. Parking at the Piedra Blanca trailhead requires a $5 recreation pass for the day, we picked ours up at the Wheeler Gorge visitors center on the way up. Everyone at the visitors center was super nice and helpful, so it was a useful stop. Overall, an awesome hike! We’re looking forward to going back in the fall.

hiking
2 months ago

I hike for inner peace and spirituality and this hike certainly gave me that, especially on a gorgeous day today where I had the trail all to myself with no bikers or loose doggies. Just a great hike with tons of switchbacks, lizards, views and serenity. Pay attention to the map or else you’ll fall off the course and head west (as I did). The one marker looks like it was damaged by fire and I just naturally just went left (ignoring my golden rule to turn right “when in doubt.” All it did was make a glorious 2.8 mile hike into an even more glorious 4.10 one. Beautiful town, beautiful area, beautiful noise.

By far my most favorite trail, very strenuous and a lot of water crossings, no shade but going through the water is a great cool down. This place is very untouched by people, I hope it stays this way so I can bring my kids here one day. Also bring a gun for rattle snakes

2 months ago

The trail isn't closed. However, the bridge at the beginning of Rice Canyon burned and now this trail is an out-and-back beginning in Wills Canyon. We walked to the aforementioned bridge in 1h45m. To make it a loop you'd have to slip through the barbed wire next to the fence, shimmy down the aquaduct and jump another fence. Still a beautiful hike but quite a few old trees burned :(

Easy hike and family friendly. Like the cave!

hiking
3 months ago

Very pretty! Not a very difficult hike -pretty flat. Road to the trailhead was closed so we parked and walked about a mile and a half to the trailhead. Has a couple trail signs along the way.

Is this trail still closed? Visiting mid-march.

4 months ago

The trail has a has a sign saying it’s closed. The trail is fine until it turns to single track heading up to the ridge, the trail becomes slidey and quite sketchy in parts, very narrow and lots of sliding shale. Parts of the trail are gone due to the fire and it’s difficult to follow.

An alternate route to Kennedy Ridge is open via the Wills Canyon Trailhead and then down to Rice Canyon. You simply return the way you came.

Amazing hike been here a few times, make sure to carry extra socks; there will be river crossings. Along the way, there will be a few campings locations and recreational areas to jump in. There is a diversity of wildlife from rabbits to deer. Make sure to carry enough water and/or water filter. The only permit required is the fire permit for camp stove or camp fire. Make sure to check fire warning conditions before hand. Word of advice don't go during dry season.

hiking
5 months ago

Is this trail really closed? Im visiting in February.

Bear tracks found on fire break today!

This trail is open

Lots of interconnected trails, some still closed as of 12/1/18 due to the fire. Some trails have been bulldozed to make fireroads/breaks. Burn damage is tragic, but it isn’t too ashy or smoky in the trails that are open.

The trail is very dense with vegetation due to the fact that it is not traveled often. I got poison oak on the trail because of it, make sure to be well clothed. Very dry also. There seems to have been a fire as many trees are charred. The view is quite nice though. Great view of the mountains and ocean with the nearby islands.

This hike was beautiful this time of year (first weekend of December). The trees were in full fall bloom and the views were just endless. However, finding the spring was pretty challenging and took some audibles. When in doubt, follow the stacked rocks. I would definitely hike this trail again. The grade was steady and not bad at all for a 20 mile round trip trek. NOTE: there is not water along this trail until a faucet and tiny creek near the hot springs (9 miles).

hiking
7 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike. It was 9.1 miles to the top and my total trip was 18.9. Needless to say, I took a wrong turn and had to do a little backtracking on the way down. Bring plenty of water and food/snacks for the trip. Also, I slowed down a lot around the overgrown areas after reading previous reviews of someone seeing a couple of rattlesnakes. No snakes on this trip. Pro tip: Bring an extra battery pack if you want to keep your phone charged to track the entire hike.

walking
7 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.

walking
7 months ago

Gorgeous views, barely anyone there, well marked. Good uphill stretches. You can make the hike harder by moving faster or you can stroll.

hiking
8 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.

Gorgeous trails with many options. The trails are clearly marked but it can still get confusing. We absolutely loved it!

The hot spring is a beauty , loaded with lots of sulfur. Spring seems like it's running colder than other times I've been here ...measured at 106 at the source , 103 coming out of the pipe into the pool . Just position yourself below the pipe , and you should be able to get your core temperature up . A Beautiful November hike and soak . Pick up trash if you see it and keep it pristine!

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