Looking for a great trail near Ojai, California? AllTrails has 58 great hiking trails, 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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hiking
no shade
over grown
private property
4 days ago

Great for training very exposed.

hiking
4 days ago

The first part is pretty lame, you’re pretty much in people’s backyards. But once you pass the water tower and start getting into the hill it’s nice. It’s a steady incline the whole way up but never bad enough that I had to stop to catch my breath, but I did it in the early morning so maybe with the sun beating down on me, it would’ve been a different story. I kept going to nordhoff tower which is just another mile of the same incline. I took a rest there for about 20 minutes, had a snack and then headed back down. I forgot to start recording again for a little bit after I started down again but my total mileage was about 12.2. I saw some deer and heard running water about 3/4 of the way up. The was path down off to the right but I didn’t investigate.

Very easy, not even a mile. The waterfall is beautiful and it’s nicely shaded at the end.

Karin, there are switchbacks to the left of the rocky, steep part that will get you all the way to the top. I’ve been there several times, and I agree, it’s one of the best hikes in the area. Chief Peak is also pretty majestic!

hiking
over grown
14 days ago

Actually did this trail back on Memorial Day of this year. It was good weather, some clouds, little chilly at the top, but were dressed well. Sure it was overgrown as it is little trafficked, and thankfully didn’t run into any rattlers (we did have 1 pair of hiking poles which was helpful). but to me it was probably the most majestic hike in all of Southern California. And that’s purely from the intimidatingly majestic view of the bluffs with you most of the hike. Unfortunately did not get to make it up the summit as there was only one steep, rocky washed part on the side that we saw-no other means up.? (If anyone has guidance as to how a better way to the summit, please do share!!). Have heavily considered eloping up here <3

hiking
14 days ago

walking
15 days ago

Beautiful short walk. overlook along trail majestic

Absolutely beautiful mountains and wildlife. I suggest a compass and gps map (I used downloaded map in all Trails) as the trail the last half mile or so to Willet hot springs before going up the mountain can be hard/nearly impossible to follow. Also extremely hot when I went, drink lots of water filtered from creeks. On flip side check trail conditions in winter as river crossings can be dangerous and uncrossable.

Beautiful mountains and country. Did a 3 night, 4 day trip. Been many other times too to Sespe. Lots of wildlife: deer, scorpions, snakes, tarantulas, bobcats, frogs, fish, bears (though only seen the scat so far.) Very dry and hot when went last week though. Did I mention HOT. Must have been a hundred degrees one day. Creeks are mostly dry after Willet upon writing this (surely won’t be the case in a few months) so be prepared to fill up on water (filtered) when you do cross a running stream/still water in the heat. Very little shade for a lot of the trail as others have mentioned. Trail is hard to follow a few times at creek crossings after Willet hot springs. Without hand compass and gps map in All Trails app might not have been able to find the springs ultimately due to losing the trails at numerous points. Also follow the cairns. This is one of my favorite backpacking spots, so many places to camp along the trail, very peaceful and silent. Didn’t see a single other person for ten miles each way from Willet to Sespe springs and back so also be safe and take care of yourself, drink lots water etc. The river and streams are wonderful in the rainy season too, though can be dangerous and uncrossable in winter. Overall Love it.

hiking
17 days ago

Very easy hike but absolutely beautiful area!!!

running
rocky
17 days ago

Not an easy trail but beautiful. Very rocky and big steps. Trekking poles recommended.

hiking
bugs
rocky
18 days ago

Probably a great trail but the beginning 10mi or so is along a road with no sidewalks. Kind of sketchy. I would start way further up the trail. We ended up turning around when the bike lane disappeared.

hiking
no shade
18 days ago

This was the Oso peak trail. We did not complete the trail. As you walk through the river bottom it is hot and dusty after you cross the river and make your way up the switchbacks and onto a single trail you gain elevation until you hit the Chaparral crest trail. Fun trail not a lot of shade small amount of elevation gain.

hiking
no shade
off trail
private property
scramble
18 days ago

wide open trails and good water flow. cooled off at end of day once sun set. lots of bouldering.

I saw what looked to be black bears in the area, but overall nice hike and scenery.

hiking
19 days ago

DO NOT use the murietta trail. It only goes until the camp and then it’s just thorn bushes after that with no trail. Just use the Matilija divide trail. Climb up the Matilija divide trail and then the turn off for the divide trail will be in the left. It’s not very obvious so use the map but the Matilija trail starts going downhill after that, so if you start going downhill, you missed it. The divide trail is very steep. Some sections were just narrow gravel ground where I was following someone else’s footsteps. I was surprised how easily this section was to follow, there was actually a trail most of the time. Once you finally make it to the divide peak OHV trail, you hit a wide sandy trail. I heard dirt bikes somewhere in the distance. Go right from here for the divide peak or left for kings crest. I only made it to divide peak because I was running on fumes at this point. There’s just one last steep climb up to the top and then you made it. I didn’t get any views because it was foggy but I’m sure they are great. Be careful on the way back down to the Matilija trail because it’s slippery and then it’s smooth sailing all the way back. I started at 8 am, got to the top at 12 (including my useless detour down murietta), and made it back to my car at 3. Bring lots of water, I went through my 3L hydration reservoir and it was a cool cloudy day.

hiking
over grown
washed out
19 days ago

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
19 days ago

I loved this trail. It was a good mix of terrain and incline at a decent mileage. You start by cresting the hills before walking upstream in a river bottom. This part is a bit overgrown but still easy to follow. Then you move back to climbing chaparral laden hills, which tended to be a bit rocky where the rain created waterlets into the trail. Eventually you get to a pine environment, and that's where those pesky bugs come full force. You finally land at an OHV road at the ridge. The views aren't as great right there but it's a nice spot to climb a rock and eat your lunch.

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