Ojai Ranger District

Matilija Poppies Ojai Ranger District

Updated: May 9, 2019

Know Before You Go!

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

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. 


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


Trails Alert - The water level is knee deep to waist high at the crossings along the Sespe River to Willet Hot Springs and Sespe Hot Springs. Use caution and plan to get wet!

  • Alder Creek (open) - walk in from gate 3 extra miles along the road
  • 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 (open)
  • 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)
  • Rose Valley Falls Trails (park outside the campground and walk through the campground to get to the trailhead - no fee to park) 
  • Santa Paula Canyon Trail (open) 
  • Sespe River Trail to Willett Hotsprings (water levels are knee deep at river crossings. Use caution and plan to get wet)
  • Sisar Canyon (open) 

Temporarily closed campgrounds

  • Middle Lion (the road to the campground was damaged from winter storms - unknown when campground will reopen) 

Temporarily closed roads for the winter season

  • Nordhoff Ridge Road
  • Dough Flat 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