Ojai Ranger District

Matilija Poppies Ojai Ranger District

Updated: September 23, 2021

Know Before You Go!

Contact the Ojai Ranger District office for current conditions: (805) 448-4710. Call Mon-Fri 8-4:30pm. The office is temporarily closed to walk-in visitation, but you can call for information.

The Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center is open on Saturdays from 9:00am - 3:00pm and on Sundays from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Located at: 17017 Maricopa Highway Ojai, CA. Please visit https://lpforest.org/wheeler/ for more information.

Open Campgrounds

For campground reservations, go to: www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777

Trail Status


  • Alder Creek
  • Agua Blanca
  • Chorro Grande Trail  (mile marker 36.60 on Hwy 33)
  • Cozy Dell
  • Dough Flat Trailhead
  • Gridley Trail
  • Horn Canyon Trail
  • Howard CreekTrail
  • Lion Canyon
  • Middle Sespe Trail (mile marker 28.07 on Hwy 33 - 8 miles to the Sespe Creek Trail)
  • North Matilija
  • Piedra Blanca Gene Marshall Trail
  • Potrero John Trail (mile marker 32.10 on Hwy 33)
  • Pothole Trail
  • Pratt Trail
  • Red Reef Trail: Sisar road to Nordhoff ridge Road
  • Red Reef Trail: Ladybug to Sespe, impassible to stock, very overgrown with poison oak and many down trees and washouts.
  • Reyes Peak Trail
  • 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 
  • Sespe River Trail to Willett Hotsprings
  • Sisar Canyon

Fire Restrictions

Current Restrictions/Forest Orders

Dispersed Camping

There is no disperse car camping on the Ojai Ranger District except for the Nordhoff Ridge Rd. You need to obtain a permit to access the Nordhoff Ridge Rd. Permits are issued by calling the Ojai Ranger Station at (805) 448-4710 Mon-Fri, 8-430. You need to make a reservation for the permit two weeks in advance.

Disperse camping is NOT allowed on Hwy 33, the Rose Valley Recreation Area or the Pine Mountain Recreation Area or Matilija Canyon Rd. These are Restricted Use Zones.

Road Status

  • Reyes Peak Road - 6N06.1/6N06.2 - open                      
  • Dough Flat - 6N16 - open
  • Cherry Creek Rd - closed until further notice

Nordhoff Ridge - 5N08 Permits

  • Open

Call the Ojai Ranger District office to obtain a permit to access the Nordhoff Ridge Road (5N08). Mon-Fri, 8-430pm, (805) 448-4710.

Portrero Seco Road Closure

Portrero Seco Road (6N03) is closed indefinitately.

Ojai Ranger District Informational Brochures

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

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, contact the Los Padres Forest Association: https://lpforest.org/.