Explore the most popular birding 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.

hiking
17 days ago

This is a beautiful hike with great views along the coast. I saw an island scrub jay and island fox, too. Easy hike and something that a family could do.

It's not too long, kinda steep, and most of it is through town and a residential neighborhood. But for some reason, I really, really liked it. Ocean, downtown Ventura, a very well kept up neighborhood, that leads to a short dirt trail, and the best panorama view of Ventura you will ever see. As you're approaching the hill, look for the cross, that's where you are going.

hiking
19 days ago

Not a bad walk. Minimal elevation changes, it's as wide as an access road, so having to squeeze and losing the trail are not an issue. There are picnic tables at the end (in the sun), and one bench (in the shade mid-day). Pretty light blue lake, which you can see the whole way.

hiking
26 days ago

Not a difficult hike, but it can get pretty warm in the direct sun. Great views along the trail until you make your way down towards the boat launch area. Good quick hike to do if you are only on the island for the day.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike wasn't hard at all and you'll get plenty of picture opportunities once you get to the end.

Potato Harbor was amazing at sunset! We were camping in the upper loop and left for Potato Harbor about an hour before sundown. We took the coastal trail instead of the harbor road in both directions, and there was breathtaking scenery throughout! Be sure to stay after sunset to catch the best colors. You can read more about our trip on my blog: https://tellmeabootit.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/santa-cruz-island-channel-islands-national-park/

Easy walk ocean setting

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great hike if you enjoy something calm and easy that will give you a beautiful view of the lake! I recommend it if you’re with kids or have bad knees. Not much incline and it’s a steady hike. Would come back again!

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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.

Sign up for a free, legal, group hike through Rancho Ventura Conservation Trust http://www.venturaconservation.com/ (Events).

Great trail, beautiful views and lots of interesting plants in the spring

Love this hike to Ventura’s most prominent landmark.

hiking
2 months 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 a great trail. Yes, I’m a rebel and ignored the signs, but it was definitely worth it.

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.

closed at the moment due to the Thomas Fire. I grew up a couple miles down the road. Beautiful trail, definitely check out after it reopens.

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.

an amazing hidden gem! pretty easy stroll. besutiful scenery! lots of area to explore. note that this is a public road and contrary to the sign you are allowed to walk on it at any time of day.

walking
6 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.

This is an awesome hike for you and your best friend (dog). It starts off as a steady climb and after a mile or so it mellows out. Beautiful scenery definitely will be back.

Love this trail

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!

horseback riding
11 months ago

It's an awesome spot to be, but don't head up without the owner's permission.

My family and I were up for a little round up with the owner and his family, so I got to enjoy the sights for a bit.

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

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