Looking for a great trail near Ventura, California? AllTrails has 25 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 Channel Islands National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Arroyo Verde Park or West Park. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Ventura ranging from 1.6 to 10.4 miles and from 3 to 2,627 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Marvelous breeze

hiking
2 days ago

Damn cool place. The ride over watching the dolphin pods surrounding the boat was the highlight.

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail not far from town. Good elevation and good paths. Could get crowded on weekends. Tons of butterflies on the way to the top.

Moderate uphill hike with spectacular 180-degree views of the California Coastline, downtown Ventura, local agriculture and the Ventura Avenue area. In the springtime, the Gardens are profuse with the flutter of butterflies and the drama of native flowers. Many historic stone walls were uncovered with the Thomas Fire, and repaired. The walls now provide a beautiful backdrop to the exuberance of flowers and scenery.

hiking
over grown
5 days ago

This trail has way too many people hiking it. It does have a beautiful view of the ocean from midway up to the top. Short portions are steep, but they’re followed by flats to recover. This is a good throw down hike area when you don’t have enough time to go elsewhere.

Did this trek over 3 days and 2 nights. Started at Prisoners and hiked to Del Norte Camp, stayed the night. Then the following morning hiked to Scorpion and stayed another night. I brought about 5 liters of water in the springtime and was enough for me until I reached Scorpions where there was potable water. Make sure to book your campsites (NPS.gov) and boat ride (Islands Packers) ahead of time.

A LOT of butterflies but pretty views

Great little walk/hike. Halfway through saw a beehive close the trail so walk with caution.

Absolute worst spot to go for a hike. you have to pay now 7.00 entrance fee!!! I've been a ventura native well over 15 years and this spot was a beautiful tranquil little get away... yea it looks nice but ran by not very friendly people... we all put in to this place and just because someone thinks they own the mountain does not give them the right to gate it off and make people pay for nature good move ventura...

My girlfriend and I did this hike a week ago, didn’t expect to go as far as we did but enjoyed every minute of it. We made it out to the boyscout camp which was just over 5 miles out. The trail is very wide open and well maintained

Dear hikers, this is a wonderful hike.... just find the trailhead and follow up to the botanical gardens. It is a beautiful hike!!! The trailhead is to the right of the Government Center. Just respect the wild life and plants.

perfect to bring kids along and dogs. the view is fantastic every time

hiking
26 days ago

It’s $20 on the weekends and holidays, I’m not sure how you would access the trail without paying. Nice trail, the first mile is a service road with minimal views. Once you get a mile in there are many types of wild flowers, birds, butterflies and even a baby deer. Beautiful views of the lake and the trail itself doesn’t get too steep. If you follow the alltrails recording it will be ~4.5 miles. I stopped at the bench but it looks like it keeps going.

Panoramic views of Oakview, wide walking/biking trail and beautiful scenery! We did just over 10 miles (to the Boy Scout camp sign and back) The first 2 miles are elevating hills then after are some flat areas and small climbs of elevation.

hiking
no shade
28 days ago

hiking
no shade
28 days ago

hiking
no shade
28 days ago

Wildflowers. Up and down, Not a maintained trail, plenty of foxtails. Gorgeous, desolate hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Wildflowers in full bloom. Really nice challenging short hike for when you don’t have much time. Good elevation gain and absolutely beautiful views at top.

Trail is really overgrown with Foxtails and at a point I think we may have lost the trail as we ended up at a fence and a dead end after just 10mins of walking.

hiking
no shade
over grown
1 month ago

Great place for trail running.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

Awesome views. Did in April after the big rains and parts of the trail were a bit overgrown but not impassible. Saw about 5 island foxes. The trailhead from the campground was a bit difficult to find, hang to the right and you’ll see it though. Perfect lunch location at potato harbor viewpoint. Went downhill too early, definitely regretted not adding the cavern point loop. FYI, the hike to scorpion rock via smugglers road WAS too overgrown to pass, especially with the presence of ticks (we did see a few)

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Great view! Not really a hike but the view is so worth the drive. I will go again!

1 month ago

Easy walk. Ocean and Marina views. Never a bad sunset here!!!

walking
1 month ago

Gorgeous walk on the beach. Looking for sea glass, only found a few.

Very short hike that is a syndication of the Potato Harbor trail. Quick ascent to start and then a flat loop with panoramic views of the harbor from the cliff tops.

no shade
1 month ago

Beautiful hike on Santa Cruz Island starting off with a quick ascent from the landing to the plateau and then mostly flat and paralleling the coastline. No shade. Breathtaking views.

This is a very pleasant hike up a fire road. First mile is shaded and quickly rising elevation and the rest is more exposed with a gentle elevation gain. Great views of Ojai and the surrounding grasslands and valleys. Would highly recommend.

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