Ojai Ranger District

Updated: June 18, 2018

Highway 33 is currently open. 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. 

The Thomas Fire Closure Order was lifted on May 24, 2018.  The following recreation sites are now open:

  • Piedra Blanca Trailhead - Sespe Creek Trail 
  • Rose Valley Falls Trail (park outside of the campground and walk in)
  • Lion Canyon Trail
  • Matilija Wilderness Trailhead

Open Campgrounds

  • Holiday Group Campground
  • Wheeler Gorge Campground
  • Pine Mountain Campground 
  • Reyes Peak Campground 

Closed Campgrounds

  • Middle Lion Campground (damaged from the Thomas Fire - repair work is being done and campground will open mid-summer) 
  • Rose Valley Campground (damaged from the Thomas Fire - repair work is being done and campground will open mid-summer) 

Open Trails

  • Alder Creek
  • Agua Blanca
  • Chorro Grande Trail  (mile marker 36.60 on Hwy 33)
  • Cozy Dell
  • Dough Flat Trailhead
  • Gridley Trail
  • Horn Canyon
  • Howard CreekTrail
  • Lion Canyon
  • Middle Sespe Trail (mile marker 28.07 on Hwy 33 - 8 miles to the Sespe Creek Trail) Sespe Creek
  • North Matilija
  • Piedra Blanca Gene Marshall Trail
  • Potrero John Trail (mile marker 32.10 on Hwy 33) 
  • Pothole Trail
  • Pratt Trail
  • Rose Valley Falls Trails
  • Reyes Peak Trail
  • Santa Paul Canyon Trail
  • Sisar Canyon

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