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Matilija Canyon Trail

Ojai, CA

Matilija Canyon Trail is a 8.4 mile out and back trail located near New Cuyama, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking & walking and is accessible from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

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Matilija Canyon Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Very good SoCal hike! Easy going until last 1/2 mile at which point it steps up a level. We left early am which was a good thing because you'll be in the sun for most of the way. Every trail reference I saw before starting - including SC - says the hike is 8.4 miles but that's incorrect. From the trailhead, it's a 5.8 there and back. There is still some water falling in August and we had a fun dip in the Falls pool. The private property / no trespass signs along the hike are an unfortunate distraction but you'll be ok if you stay on the trail. If you don't want to stop and play along the way the hike takes just over 2 hours. Onward and upward...

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Rose Valley Falls
by Jessy Ross

7 Completed 5 Reviews

I completed this hike this week while camping in Ojai. As I began the trail we noticed butterflies everywhere. They flew all around through the trees and bushes that shade this hike. The entire hike is shaded and very easy. Upon arriving at the falls we actually expected to be dry, found it was still showering small streams of water. It its very green and breathtakingly beautiful. We saw very small children playing on the rocks and in the water. It is a very nice family friendly hike for all. A small tip, if camping do not stay at their campground. Head back down the 33 for 5 miles and stay at wheeler campground. A beautiful campground that is very well maintained and have some incredibly nice camp hosts, Lenny and Darhla. They cleaned the campground up nicely and made it a beautiful friendly family place to go.

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Rose Valley Falls
by Jessy Ross

7 Completed 5 Reviews

I completed this hike this week while camping in Ojai. As I began the trail we noticed butterflies everywhere. They flew all around through the trees and bushes that shade this hike. The entire hike is shaded and very easy. Upon arriving at the falls we actually expected to be dry, found it was still showering small streams of water. It its very green and breathtakingly beautiful. We saw very small children playing on the rocks and in the water. It is a very nice family friendly hike for all. A small tip, if camping do not stay at their campground. Head back down the 33 for 5 miles and stay at wheeler campground. A beautiful campground that is very well maintained and have some incredibly nice camp hosts, Lenny and Darhla. They cleaned the campground up nicely and made it a beautiful friendly family place to go.

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Matilija Canyon Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Me and my boyfriend went to this trail over the weekend, and actually set up a tent and spent the night. We got there around 11 am, so the hike to middle camp was more brutal since we were right into the heat. We ended up right next to the creek so we ended up in a cooler spot for the night. We had a blast walking up the trail. With plenty of inclines, and not to flat of a hill it was someone difficult. On the way back it was easier since we were refreshed with sleep and left around 8:30 am. The weather was perfect. I suggest going earlier in the day! It was about 2-2.5 hours the second day coming from middle camp down to base. Was worth the whole 8 mile trek. Any time we saw people, everyone was nice. The hike also was super clean. I did see a huge tarantula spider! so be careful not to step on one of those!!

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Apache Canyon Road
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Lost dog!!!! Family went hiking and our family pet that is well trained had got scared and ran off she was to fast to keep up if anyone one out there finds her she has a tag call number on it pleasemiracles do happen.

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Cozy Dell Trail
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

My girlfriend and I hiked this trail today and near the beginning there was an audible beep across the creek up on the mountain it was two beeps followed by a two second interval. It peeked my interestest and I wanted to climb the mountain to find out what it was but the terrain was rugged and steep and no clear trail that noise is gonna bug me for awhile any guesses what it might be?

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Matilija Canyon Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

On a hot summer day this is quite a hot hike. With confusing turns across 2 private properties, meeting the friendly guard dog. Then via a fire road into a slim windy trail mountainside that occasionally has small safety concerns. Tons of poison oak or ivy. But the reward are peaceful waterholes near nice camp sites.

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Potrero John Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Not much water in the creek this time of year, but the hiking was fun with not another person on the trail.

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Sespe River Trail
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8 Completed 8 Reviews

This was a day trip for us, my wife and i did a 8.6 mile round trip on the 4th of July. My wife did not like the heat or the bugs. There were a lot of big flies during the day and mosquito in the evening. They didn't bother me that much. There was very little water in the river so you need to bring your own.

I will definitely be going back and I plan on an overnight here when the weather cools down a bit.

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Matilija Canyon Trail
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5 Completed 2 Reviews

One of my favorite hikes I've done so far. It's not too difficult, until you begin the ascent towards Middle Matilija campground, but the climb doesn't last very long. We made it up to the Middle Matilija campground in about 2.5 hours. The campground is awesome - a creek with plenty of running water, a large fire pit and a steel bbq. There is plenty of shade from the large oak trees. The trail is well marked with yellow dots and arrows painted on rocks up to Middle Matilija camp, after that it's not as well marked. To continue on the trail at Middle Matilija campground, continue due North. The trail will seem to be leaving the creek, but it wraps right back around. Overall, I would highly recommend this trail and I will be back here!

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