Ojai Ranger District

Matilija Poppies Ojai Ranger District

Date: September 21, 2023

Know Before You Go!

  • The Ojai Ranger Station is currently closed to in-person visitation, but phone calls are answered Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. For information, please call (805) 968-6640 or (805) 724-0079.
  • Highway 33 is closed from South Matilija springs Rd to 9 miles south of the Ventura/Santa Barbara County line until further notice. Anticipated to open in October or November 2023. Check the Caltrans website.
  • Santa Paula Canyon Trail is open.
  • Piedra Blanca Trailhead in the Rose Valley Recreation Area (Sespe River Trail to Willett Hot Springs and Sespe Hotsprings) is currently closed.
  • Dough Flat Rd to the trailhead to the Alder Creek Trail is open.
  • Matilija Trailhead is currently closed.
  • Pine Mountain campgrounds and trailheada are inaccessible due to Hwy 33 closure.
  • Rose Valley Falls Trailhead is closed.
  • All Ojai District campgrounds are closed.

Forest Orders

Forest Order 05-07-00-23-11 Special Forest Closure - Public Health and Safety:

Effective August 31, 2023 through October 30, 2023

Many of the areas that were closed for public health and safety concerns following powerful winter storms that inflicted significant damage across the Forest have reopened.

Two new Forest orders are now in place that will keep severely compromised roads, trails, campgrounds, and day-use sites closed to the public while Forest engineers, partner groups, volunteers, and contractors work on repairs as funding becomes available. Road crews and resources from other national forests in California have been assisting with road clearing and maintenance projects to reopen additional areas once they have been repaired.

Target Shooting Prohibition

Firearms Prohibition Forest Order: Effective February 15, 2023 through December 31, 2024

Sespe Condor Sanctuary Occupancy and Use Restrictions

Forest Order 05-07-55-23-14 Sespe Condor Sanctuary Occupancy and Use Restriction Forest Closure Order - Effective September 14, 2023 - September 13, 2025.

Tar Creek is closed. Public entry is prohibited.

  • Exhibit A
  • Exhibit B Closure Map

Open Roads

  • Dough Flat Rd is open to the Dough Flat Trailhead (Alder Creek Trail). 4WD is recommended - this is a rough road.

Open Trails

Front Country Trails

  • Cozy Dell
  • Horn Canyon Trail
  • Pratt
  • Gridley
  • Santa Paula Canyon Trail

Other Hiking Opportunities in the Ojai Area

Trail Closures

Due to the Hwy 33 closure by Caltrans due to winter storm damage, there is no vehicle access to the Matilija Wilderness trails or Sespe Wilderness trails (Piedra Blanca Trailhead) at this time.

Campground and Day Use Area Closures

Road Closures

Roads Restricted to Non-Motorized Vehicle Use