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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 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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1 Completed 1 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. Recommend wearing pants. Trail is overgrown and places.

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Gridley Trail
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8 Completed 8 Reviews

Today I was able to run and hike the first three miles of the Gridley Trail. The trailhead can be found by taking Gridley Road north all the way until the road dead ends at some private property. The trail itself is on public land and is not fenced off. There is actually a sign that tells you it's a trailhead. The first 4/10ths of a mile or so has some rocky terrain, some loose rocks and climbs fairly rapidly. We walked most of this portion until it met up with another train. Gridley Trail continues on to the right. The steepness goes down a little and actually is somewhat easy to run on although a lot of it is single track. There are plenty of places that overlook some nice scenery to the east and to the south. On a clear day you can even see the tops of Santa Cruz Island. I hear the trail is popular with hikers and runners and even mountain bikers, although today we didn't see people until the last mile of our return leg. We wanted to start early before it got too warm up there, as it tends to get during the summer.

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Kennedy Ridge
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

Really incredible views of the Ojai Valley, fragrant, and gorgeous. Lots of wildflowers when I went in February. The ascent was kinda grueling but flattens out once you reach the ridge.

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Horn Canyon Trail
by Erik Larson

1 Completed 1 Reviews

Still some water in the creek in places, even in this drought. Especially nice is the grove just where the trail leaves the creek to head up the side of the mountain. Unfortunately many of the pines at the campground are dying. For now, they still provide nice cool shade, but maybe not for long.
Note: the upper half of the trail is rather exposed, and a continuous grade. Gets rather hot on a warm day.

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Howard Creek Trail
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21 Completed 23 Reviews

Shortest route I've found to get up to the Nordhoff Ridge at just under 3 miles one way. Great shaded hike up the north side of the mountain with some neat pines and rock formations along the way. Makes for a great afternoon hike...I've done the first few miles of this with my kids several times and plan to take them all the way when they get just a little bigger. 6mi RT, ~1500' elevation gain with fantastic views of ojai, channel islands, sulfur mountain range etc.

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Matilija Canyon Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

It was really fun, want to camp next time, the trail is a little overgrown so make sure and bring pants and bug spray

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Tar & Sespe Creeks
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Intense, but worth the struggle!

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Matilija Canyon Trail
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55 Completed 4 Reviews

Have done this several times. Went to Upper Falls and climbed above them using the ropes. Saw three more beautiful waterfalls, but then it was time to turn around. Saw several groups of people hiking & camping. Was a beautiful day.

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Upper North Fork Matilija
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Very nice trail for a day hike.

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