Ojai Ranger District

Updated: February 8, 2019

Know Before You Go!

Contact the Ojai Ranger District for current conditions: (805) 646-4348 X 0. Open Mon-Fri, 8-4:30pm. 

Highway 33 ALERT

Highway 33 reopened on 2/5/18. The road is closed to Rose Valley Campground and Rose Valley Falls Trail. You can park at the locked gate and walk to the Rose Valley Falls Trailhead. The road to the Middle Lion Campground is closed. The road to the Piedra Blanca Trailhead is open, but the water is too high to cross the Sespe River. The Wheeler Gorge Campground is open. Chain control is still in effect from Pine Mountain Inn (mile marker 39.0) to Lockwood Valley Rd (PM 48.5). Roads are icy. Drive with caution!

For road conditions please visit Caltrans Website:  http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi

Safety Alert for Thomas Fire Burn Area

Visitors should be congnizant that certain areas within the Thomas Fire burn scar were heavily damaged by the fire and subsequent rainfall. Soils and new vegetation remain very fragile and the public is strongly encouraged to stay on the roads and trails and avoid the many hazards that exist throughout the burn scar. Hikers are encourage to avoid the burned areas in favor of nearby trails, campgrounds, and day-use areas that were not affected by the Thomas Fire. If  you plan to hike within the burned areas, you need to be aware of loose soils, rolling rocks, and unstable portions of the trails. Los Padres National Forest staff will continue working with local group and partner organizations to develop a strategic approach to repairing the damaged sections of trail. To learn more about how you can volunteer, call the Forest Supervisor's Office at (805) 968-6640. 

Campgrounds

  • Middle Lion Campground (temporarily unaccessible due to damage to the road to the campground) 
  • Rose Valley Campground (temporarily unaccessible due to damage to the road to the campground) 
  • Holiday Group Campground (open)
  • Wheeler Gorge Campground (open) 

Trails

** Trails Alert - The water is too high to cross the Sespe River. Hiking the Sespe River Trail is not recommended at this time. 

  • Alder Creek (open)
  • Agua Blanca (open) 
  • Chorro Grande Trail  (mile marker 36.60 on Hwy 33) - open
  • Cozy Dell (open) 
  • Dough Flat Trailhead (park at closed gate and walk 2 miles up the road to the trailhead) 
  • Gridley Trail (open)
  • Horn Canyon (open) 
  • Howard CreekTrail (open) 
  • Lion Canyon (open) 
  • Middle Sespe Trail (mile marker 28.07 on Hwy 33 - 8 miles to the Sespe Creek Trail)
  • North Matilija (road is closed to Matilija Trailhead - only open to residents) 
  • Piedra Blanca Gene Marshall Trail (open) 
  • Potrero John Trail (mile marker 32.10 on Hwy 33) - open 
  • Pothole Trail (open) 
  • Pratt Trail (open) 
  • Reyes Peak Trail (open - park at locked gate and walk in to access trail) 
  • Rose Valley Falls Trails (park at closed gate and walk in only - no vehicle access to campground) 
  • Santa Paula Canyon Trail (open) 
  • Sespe River Trail to Willett Hotsprings (water levels are too high to cross the river - hiking on this trail is not recommened at this time) 
  • Sisar Canyon (open) 

Temporarily closed campgrounds

  • Middle Lion
  • Pine Mountain
  • Reyes Peak Campground
  • Rose Valley

Temporarily closed roads for the winter season

  • Nordhoff Ridge Road
  • Dough Flat Road
  • Reyes Peak Road

Closed Roads

Cherry Creek Rd  is closed. Target shooting at Cherry Creek is prohibited.

Portrero Seco Road (6N03):  north of Ojai remains closed for repairs due to storm damage from 2011. There is no estimated opening date on this route.

Ojai Ranger District Informational Brochures

The Tar Creek Area in the Sespe Condor Sanctuary is CLOSED to the public





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