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

Easy walk ocean setting

hiking
10 days ago

Started from the Cavern Point trailhead and added an additional mile of amazing views along the bluffs. Had plenty of time for the trail, a long break at the overlook, and a chance to relax on the beach before the boat returned to the dock.

walking
18 days ago

Trail was busy with other daytrippers. Great views. Caterpillars, birds, and some friendly bees. Good hike for kids as it is quite level with minimal elevation gain.

hiking
1 month ago

This is the prettiest family hike if you are in the Scorpion Beach area. It is an easy hike and the views are spectacular. Definitely worth your time, especially if you area a daytripper and only have time to do one quick hike. Our group seen an island fox in hunting action.

We added the Cavern Point Loop hike for an extra 1 1/2 to 2 miles.

This was an easy hike with spectacular views of the coastline. We saw the island foxes, a bush sunflower, lizards, and heard the seals barking as we peered down the steep cliffs of Potato Harbor.

Flat, easy and fun. Walk on the promenade or the sand. You can go as far E as Marina Park and W, gee, I think to Solimar. Lots of fun. Easy and relaxing. Take a little windbreaker, especially if you start out after 10 AM, even if you don’t think you’ll need it. I live along the promenade and there’s only maybe 5 days out of an entire year that the wind isn’t blowing in from the west...

Super fun local uphill trek. Catch fabulous views of the city and pier. You can keep going up, just follow the dirt path. The trail ends at the shooting range, but if you still want to go further, pick up the botanical garden trail. Lots of fun. Bring water; it’s hot and dusty and you’ll get thirsty.

walking
4 months ago

Great city. Beautiful. Parking is free in some sections of beach. Empty on weekdays. Train stops right in front of Ventura county fairgrounds.

I started behind City Hall and entered the botanical garden. If you hike to the very top beyond the roads you will have the best view.

Beach views but lots of traffic nearby. Ending up at the pier is amazing.

Easy and great view of the ocean and pier. On clear days you can see Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands! The path is a bit bumpy for a beach cruiser but a really nice jog/walk and still very enjoyable bike ride

Good easy quick trail

This is a really great little walk, especially if you park farther away from the trailhead and run back on the sand!

Always a good walk after work. Beautiful views at the top and several fun pathways during the second half of the hill. Can get a little busy right around 5:00

This was the first hike I've ever done. Not only did I challenge myself but reaching potato harbor made it totally worth it. I love the California mountains and to have hiked starting from the second camp ground area made my entire trip spectacular! One of the coolest and most memorable things I've done next to walking on a glacier in Alaska ! WOW!!!!! Channel Islands are not to be missed - will definitely go again

on Potato Harbor Trail

10 months ago

We went to Potato Harbor, it was so foggy, we couldn't see the cove below. It was time for a snack, we sat and within 10 minutes, the turquoise water appeared before us. Only to disappear again quickly. It was spectacular. We returned by the north bluffs and down to the Scorpion cove.

road biking
11 months ago

Wish it was way longer! Love riding my bike over there, but much too short.

walking
Friday, May 19, 2017

Beautiful Views.

road biking
Monday, May 15, 2017

Did the round-trip from Ventura to Ojai (slight uphill) and back (easy descent). Will definitely do again.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Great view of Ventura!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Beautiful easy ride both up ( slight incline) and back! Scenery is wonderful. Ends in Ojai for a great place to walk and eat before the ride back!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Beautiful view!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Easy and quite trail..

Sunday, March 19, 2017

nice views of ocean and Islands especially if you keep going as high as you can wandering around the Botanical Gardens Trail and by the sheriff department city of Ventura shooting range and in between. there is a good steep railroad tie steps path up above the cross that is a thigh burner. A good to local hike for my skiing workouts. cool ocean breezes add to its character.

hiking
Saturday, March 04, 2017

Great first hike! Tons of beautiful scenery and is hard enough to make you sweat but easy enough where you aren't miserable! Will do it again!

walking
Friday, February 10, 2017

Gorgeous and peaceful beach, exellent for long walks

Monday, January 16, 2017

This is a great paved trail for road bikes, not really a hiking trail. The path itself is rough in some spots. A lot of the path is in the shade of the oak trees so it makes for cool shade in the summer.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Great trail for views and people watching. Really enjoy watching the surfers. Got hit by a wave while walking on trail yesterday morn, got completely drenched, but enjoyed every minute of it,
hand full of people on the trail got a good laugh out of it as well

road biking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

This is an excellent ride with well-maintained trails, few vehicle crossings to worry about and a gentle grade leading up to Ojai. I wish I had found this sooner.

mountain biking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

My wife and I highly recommend this trail for easy bicycling. Views are great once you are past the industrial area. Easy grade going up to Ojai and the entire path is paved. We loved that the trail is close to the ocean in Ventura with some great ocean breezes. The trail also referred to as the Ventura River Trail.

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