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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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Sisar Canyon/Red Reef Trail
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49 Completed 3 Reviews

My first time hiking this trail after living in Ojai for seven years and hiking extensively the past few years. Parked at the trailhead, continued on the single track about 3 miles up and then finished at the Topa Topa summit at 7.2 miles. It was a beautiful, cool day. Perfect weather for hiking. There was a lot of snow (maybe 2 inches) the last 3/4 mile up to the Topas. The clouds had moved in, so my friend and I were unable to see the spectacular views at the top. Got really chilly up there. In the way down, saw two bears ahead of us on the trail (about 2.5 miles from our car). Made a lot of noise & they ran off. I've hiked to the top of the Topas only once before, two years ago, from Horn Canyon. That was 15 miles round trip and somewhat tougher than this. 14.4 miles round trip. Did it in just a little less than 6 hours. Tough but worth it!

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Tar & Sespe Creeks
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9 Completed 1 Reviews

CLOSED I spoke with the Rangers and this whole area including the trails are totally closed permanently to help save the endangered California Condors. The fine for going in here is very expensive and every member of your party will get their own ticket. I Believe you can be arrested as well. Please help save the condors. They clean up dead animal corpses to keep the waterways clean and diseases down. We need them. let's give them some space to rebound. They are on the brink!

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Matilija Camp Trail
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201 Completed 33 Reviews

This is a tiny section of the Upper North Fork Matilija Trail and is the most boring section. It just gets to the first (rather overused) camp of four. Turn the corner, it just gets better.

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Cozy Dell Trail
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4 Completed 1 Reviews

Awesome hiking trail, a few inclines, couple switch backs, trail offers shade & sun. I would definitely rate this trail as moderate. Views of Ojai Valley were beautiful, well maintained & clean trail.

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Tar & Sespe Creeks
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

New signs posted on the trail and parking area on 30 Jan 2015. My son and friends got individual tickets at $175 each. Be aware of enforcement.

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Bear Canyon Trail Loop
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201 Completed 33 Reviews

This "trail" is a combination of Deal Trail, the Deal Connector, and highway 33 which can be linked together for a 5 mile loop. Both trailheads are well signed, but the 2 junctions along the way have no signs. Along Deal Connector, it is open with some okay views. A spur goes off to the left to Mine Camp in the first mile shortly before it meets Deal. This section of Deal travels down the narrow Bear Canyon which reminds me greatly of some of the other parts of Deal, and no surprise since it is cutting through the same sandstone. Cliffs are high and carved. It opens from time to time only to be narrow again. Finally it is very wide and the highway can be seen above. The trail parallels the highway for a way before getting to the trailhead. The highway offers a steady climb back with some views of the Cuyama Badlands which are always nice, especially in the afternoon and most especially in the golden hour before sunset. This route certainly has its interesting moments.

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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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