Area Status: Temporarily Closed
Rose Valley Campground at an elevation of 3,450 feet is surrounded by chaparral covered mountains with pockets of Bigcone Douglas-Fir. There are nine campsites in Rose Valley Campground. They are located in a single loop. Tables, BBQ grills, and/or fire rings are provided in each campsite. There is one vault toilet in the campground and another across from the lake. Water is not available at this campground. You must bring your own water.
Points of Interest You should definitely walk the trail to Rose Valley Falls. This trail begins at the southwest area of the campground. Follow it for a short 1/2 mile and be at the base of the falls. It truly is spectacular. The cliffs at the falls are arkosic sandstone and crumble easily. Please do not climb around on steep sections or get close to the edge.
At this time, the Rose Valley lakes are not currently being stocked. For more informaion about fishing regulations, go to California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Call (562) 594-7268 or check their website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Hatcheries/FishPlanting/Evaluation.asp for fish stocking information.
Close by is the Piedra Blanca Trailhead which is at the end of the Rose Valley Road past the Ojai Shooting Range and the Middle Lion Campground. The trailhead is the gateway for the Sespe River Trail (22W04) and the Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca National Recreation Trail (22W03).
Vegetation Cottonwood trees provide shade for some of the camp-sites. You may notice a few small pine trees in the center of the campground. Other plants to see include toyon, chamise, and sage. Toyon is especially beautiful in the fall and winter with its bright red berries. If you like wildflowers, Rose Valley offers wild rose and poppies in the spring.
At a Glance
||March 4, 2014 - State Route 33 will remain closed for at least the next two weeks for public safety, due to an unstable rock slide. The slide is just north of the Sespe Gorge area, and will be rock scaled to remove all the loose boulders that has the potential of falling onto the traffic lanes. In addition, there will be ongoing work to remove small slides and debris within the entire closure area.
The closure parameters will still be Wheeler Gorge Campground on the south end, and Lockwood Valley Rd. on the north end.
Rose Valley Campgrounds cannot be reserved and are only available on first come first served basis.
An Adventure Pass is required to camp or recreate at Rose Valley Campground. It is part of the Rose Valley Lake High Impact Recreation Area. The National Forest Adventure Pass is a recreation pass for visitors using the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres and San Bernardino National Forests. The Pass must be displayed on visitors’ vehicles and is available in two forms: a Daily Pass for $5.00 and an Annual Pass, good for one year from month of purchase for $30.00. Funds generated from the Pass are used by the local Forestto maintain and improve recreation sites, facilities andservices and in protecting Forest resources and wildlifehabitat.
||Adventure Pass ($5/day or $30/year), or Annual Interagency Pass, Senior Interagency Pass, or Interagency Access Pass.
To get there follow Highway 33 north from Ojai 14.7 miles to mile marker 25.84. Turn right at the Rose Valley Road (6N31) turnoff and follow the paved road for 3.1 miles. Turn right again at the Rose Valley Campground sign (across from the lower lake) and follow this road 0.6 miles into Rose Valley Campground. Watch out for rough sections of road.