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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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Reyes Peak Campground Trail
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

It was a wonderful hike, trail is kept up pretty nicely and has some wonderful little views. campsite as the base is simple and has nice landings for tents. The trail runs near a creek but at this time of the year the water was very little so bring lots of water. I only went to Upper Reyes trailhead since I ran out of time. I am planning on going back for a weekend and hike a bit more.

Before coming into the campsite itself is Camp Scheideck Bar. I've heard it's a great little spot and has live bands every so often. They were closed when I was there.

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Reyes Peak Campground Trail
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

It was a wonderful hike, trail is kept up pretty nicely and has some wonderful little views. campsite as the base is simple and has nice landings for tents. The trail runs near a creek but at this time of the year the water was very little so bring lots of water. I only went to Upper Reyes trailhead since I ran out of time. I am planning on going back for a weekend and hike a bit more.

Before coming into the campsite itself is Camp Scheideck Bar. I've heard it's a great little spot and has live bands every so often. They were closed when I was there.

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Potrero John Trail
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16 Completed 18 Reviews

Water along the entire trial. Trail in good shape all the way to the camp ground and beyond. The upper end of the trail flooded out on 12/12/14 so it can be hard to follow until volunteers clear it.

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Cozy Dell Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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Matilija Canyon Trail
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12 Completed 5 Reviews

My friends and I backpacked this trail in early May of this year. Still plenty of water to be able to filter if needed. We camped out at the 2nd campground. It was such a great spot we ended up staying a second night. We day hiked further up the trail to check it out, the poison oak was really over grown and after the 3rd campground it is nearly impossible to get through all of it. Overall, I would backpack this again, it's a great weekend getaway that is not too strenuous. The 2nd campground also has benches that have been made around the campfire by previous hikers, it was pretty awesome!

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Tar & Sespe Creeks
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

Its winter 2014 im going this year early 2015. Lots of rain this year, going to see the sites. Wont be foregoing taking plenty of pictures. Should be cool as I wont be " needing to jump into the stream " too old for that and " Who ever jumped in there nude " It wasn't me". Im to old for that nonsense ...

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Matilija Canyon Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

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Lockwood / Miller Jeep Trail
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5 Completed 2 Reviews

The trail offered a beginner like me an opportunity to stretch my JKUR legs and build my confidence, I used all my stock JKUR magic buttons except hill decent (I need to RTM) and built my confidence, mission achieved. I got through without any detectable damage. The trail had something for a beginner like me, easy parts and pucker moments, overall a great day.

Aired down to 15psi
4W hi and sway bar disconnected on Lockwood section\
4W lo, sway bar disconnected and rear lockers engage on Lockwood section

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Tar & Sespe Creeks
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

As of 10/21/14 TAR Creek trail head has been closed by the USFS because of the condors. $5000 fine if found hiking in there

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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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