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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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Tar & Sespe Creeks
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

At this time (July 2015), trail is closed due to endangerment to the California Condor by litter left behind careless idiots. Creek is dry.

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Horn Canyon Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This is not really an "easy" hike once you leave the creek and start climbing. The trail is well maintained and provides dramatic views of the Ojai Valley down the steep slopes of Horn Canyon.

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Horn Canyon Trail
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17 Completed 1 Reviews

More of a moderate hike than an easy one but lots of shade areas on the way up.

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Sisar Canyon/Red Reef Trail
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9 Completed 9 Reviews

First time on this trail, been meaning to get into more trail running. Road leading up to the trailhead has a small sign, and is next to a little market called Stagecoach Station. The road is a narrow one, goes through a neighborhood so go slow and is barely wide enough for one vehicle. Trailhead is about a half mile up from Hwy 150. Trail is mostly a fire road and isn't very technical as a trail running path but it does go up at over 400 foot/mile climb. We crossed over a couple places where water can flow over although only one had barely enough water while the other was dry - we are in a drought condition in CA. First couple miles was under some tree cover but the next two was in sunlight. We made it to a little over 4 miles from the trailhead to a vista point overlooking the Santa Paula / southern part of Ojai areas, while to the north you look up to the Topa Topa mountains. Pretty incredible, look one way and you're on top of things and the other way you look up from the bottom. Rating it 4 stars for the ease of entry to trail, easy to stay on trail and not get lost, and wide enough for people to hike side by side - running you can do it a little further apart so as not to miss any rock on which to possibly trip over. Less

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Sespe River Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Bring a lot of water. And explore the side trails, there's so much beauty out here.

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Chorro Grande Trail
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5 Completed 1 Reviews

This one's a buttkicker when your backpacking in from the 33. Beautiful views and quiet nooks near the top to spend the night. Make sure you bring your own water in the summer!

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Horn Canyon Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Very well-maintained trail. Be prepared for a day of steady increases in elevation throughout entire trail. Especially if you continue on upward to the Pines campsite. The trail for the Pines is at the fourth Creek Crossing. I am a bit of a novice hiker and was challenged by the section leading steeply to the Pines site. The Pines afforded stellar views of the surrounding landscape with a pipe trickling water (hot water at noon) but sadly many of the pines atop this trail are dead or dying fast. Hammock campers will enjoy the options here along with the breeze. Enjoy.

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Potrero John Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Great hike in a narrow gorge. Really impossible to get lost. Scattered pine and chaparral and oak. Plenty of shade .Nice rock formations, and not an overabundance of rattlesnakes!. The trail follows mostly dry creek beds but with some refreshing little pools and cascades along the way. Handy little fire ring in a campsite 1.6. Miles in - Small stand of tree at campsite compatible with hammock camping. If you continue on past the camp, there's a pretty clearly traveled trail leading back approximately two more miles. Even better little water pools in the creeks there. Also another more substantial fire ring set up back in that area. But not compatible with hammock camping. I really enjoyed this trail. Very limited parking past the Potrero John bridge. So get there early!

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Reyes Peak Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Great trail! We did an 8 mile in and back from Pine Mountain campground. Drive to the Reyes Peak trail head unless your looking for the major leg workout! The views are awesome! The campground was spacious and perfect, and plenty of local firewood to burn!

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Murietta Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

We really like this hike. Took my parents on it( who are in their 70s). They're in great shape but still have to be cautious and had no problems. Lots of poison oak and poison ivy. Frequently encountered overgrown sections of trail. Recommend wearing pants. Trail is overgrown in places. Camp site has 3 iron grates/ rings for cooking. Great site for hammocks. Easy trail for all ages.

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