Looking for a great trail near Ojai, California? AllTrails has 58 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Zuma and Trancas Canyons, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Lake Casitas Rec Area or Dennison Park. Ready for some activity? There are 28 moderate trails in Ojai ranging from 1.8 to 37.3 miles and from 728 to 7,493 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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This trail was short and beautiful! We brought 4 kids, and it was easy and the waterfall is fun to explore! So many wildflowers still!

Fun hike, crossed the creek 3 times each way, lots of wet shoes and biting flies.

hiking
10 days ago

The gate is closed and there’s no parking if you take Sisar Road up. Go through Thacher school instead. Great hike, lots of flowers, saw a rattlesnake too.

trail running
11 days ago

The trail is so beautiful especially once you start climbing along the side of the mountain. However, this section of the trail is steep, overgrown, and has some bees.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
11 days ago

Very overgrown with LOTS of poison oak, some parts of the trail were impassable with poison oak growing in the middle of trail. You could barely see the top loop because it was totally overgrown & the trail was very narrow. I started the top loop but turned back because I didn't want to continue bushwacking and surprise a snake. The view was amazing and there were very few people on the trail. I wouldn't reccomend this hike this time of year if you are sensitive to poison oak.

hiking
11 days ago

I would recommend this trail for anyone looking for a short hike/almost walk with a huge reward waiting at the end. There are beautiful flowers along the path among the fire ravaged areas. The trail itself is well carved out. There are a few small water points to cross, very easy. Once you are at the waterfall, go through the cave...it's fun!

hiking
no shade
over grown
12 days ago

Awesome hike! This was pretty easy with no really steep sections. There was indeed poodle dog bush everywhere, mostly off the path but some we had to take care to avoid. The path was narrow and overgrown in places, so next time I would wear long pants. Overall the hike was great with beautiful wildflowers and views the whole way up. At the top, gorgeous views of nearby ridges. No shade, so start early.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
12 days ago

Amazing. challenging to the feets but not the mind. Matilija Falls are beautiful. We went underneath and inside them. A lot of peeps quit too soon. I will post clearer instructions later.

Nice trail which ascends to beautiful views; dog loved it. Very few people

It’s a fine trail, but being able to swim in the river on a hot summer day is what makes this a great place to hike.

Shade occasionally with great views of the valley. I went on a hot summer day with lots of water and was fine, so don’t be afraid to go when the temp climbs into the 80s

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
15 days ago

You have to skip the river a lot but it’s worth it. My new favorite spot. Be careful with your little ones, I would not go for the first time with my kids unless you are really experienced.

Remnants of old fire damage remain. I stayed at the campground nearby.

Great view at the top. Little shade because of Thomas Fire two years ago. Foliage is coming back nicely. Look out for poison oak!

hiking
bugs
over grown
17 days ago

Suprisingly still green and lush this late in the season thanks to one of the highest rainy years on record, with a fair amount of swimming holes. However because of this, the trail was fairly over grown after Lower Matilija Camp. Also some careless ppl left some trash at Lower Matilija, I packed a but but couldn't hold it all. Oh and for a trail that experienced a wildfire 3 years ago, the growth has been remarkable.

Up to 2 miles back the trail is fine but then the trail gets overgrown and becomes about 4 feet high. You can probably follow the creek up at this point but we chose not to.

Absolutely everything I hoped for on a trail! Beautiful views! Good work out climb, but doable. I recommend just climbing to the Summit and then coming back. The views don’t get better. I expected the trail to loop back but I guess the last part of loop is on paved roads. It gets hot in June if you go after 9-ish am. All in all, a wonderful experience!

hiking
18 days ago

This is a good hike with spectacular views at the top. It's not difficult, but there are some caveats: If it's gonna be hot, go up early because it's totally exposed. Also, there's poodle-dog bush everywhere, so be careful. Finally, DON'T TAKE YOUR DOGS. The entire trail is full of foxtails, and you'll spend a ton of money at the vet's getting them removed from places you can't reach.

backpacking
19 days ago

Did this hike a couple weeks ago (June 2019) with a hiking pack carrying 7L of water to train. I'd say it's "fine." I completed it in 2.5 hours. Bottom line: Pleasant at the bottom with 4 creek crossings (can step on rocks/logs), steeper after last crossing. Some views as you ascend. Wear long pants for overgrowth higher up. There can be flies. Consider bear spray or a bell. Wear sunscreen / hat. More detail: Enter at Thacher School. Keep to the right and drive through. You can park in the parking lot, or there are spaces for 3 cars only (and otherwise "no parking" signs) at the actual trailhead (not far from the lot). I arrived at 8:30am on a Saturday and parked at the trailhead with one other car, and another arrived. Walk through the school's composting area. Stay to the right to get to the actual trail. The bottom of the trail is nice, wide, and more well-worn. There are 4 creek crossings with rocks or a log you can step on. There are some trees / shade. After the fourth crossing, the trail gets steeper -- and exposed. There are some nice switchbacks that give better and better views of the valley as you ascend. Trail is solid with some gravel / loose rocks. The trail gets narrower and overgrown the farther along you go (nothing impassable, but you'll want long pants). The vegetation was desert plants. A few flowers in June, but it was very dry. Toward the top, the vegetation really changes and I found myself in a field of tall plants (it almost felt like a cornfield). I stopped and turned around at what seems to be a camping area clearing. I logged about 5.4 miles. Overall, moderate hike, decent views. Some flies. No evidence of bears, but other reviews note correctly that they're in the area, so I hiked with a bell and counter assault (bear spray). Decent for training, particularly with the incline / switchbacks. For those looking for a more casual hike, the bottom is quite pleasant. I saw one person toward the top. No one along the hike. Several people around the bottom / crossings, but it was by no means a zoo.

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
21 days ago

Decided to hike backwards and add a loop around Magic Mountain. The trail on 3/4 of that loop is severely overgrown, with a few places where the walked on grass is not solid and you can easily fall off the mountain if not careful. This wore us out and we cut our loop short.

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