Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

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.

20 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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

Good easy quick trail

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

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

I did an 18 mile hike as distance training and would probably come back on a mountain bike. It'd make a great non-technical bike trail as it's a very wide fire road. Uneventful and should be rated as easy.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Good trail, very wide and quiet. Almost overly maintained for my liking because it feels like you're just walking up a road (well, you are because it's a fire road), but it's really awesome for biking or trail running.

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.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

$20 day use. Then the trail is at the other end of the park and all overgrown. Not very scenic either

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!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Went to hike this morning ( Mar 19 ,2017) . Love this 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.

trail running
Monday, March 13, 2017

Enjoyed this trail ! Well maintained and not difficult to find. I will definitely hike here again

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Hiked this trail a couple times with my dog. Well maintained trail. Gorgeous surrounding after the rains!

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!

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Great!! Beautiful and quite trail

Monday, January 30, 2017

Be aware that to access this trail you need to either pay a $10 per vehicle access fee at the entrance to the recreation area or walk in at the entrance and walk through RV campgrounds and picnic areas for over a mile before the trail starts. The trail is really an unsurfaced road along the east shore of the lake, though at its current depth you see as much of the lake bed as you do the lake. Nice vistas of the lake and mountains, though. An easy walk.

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, January 15, 2017

Beautiful hike,views

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Loved it The first 5 miles were very very nice

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.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Amazing open views of the beautiful hills.

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