Rose Valley Campground
Rose Valley Campground at an elevation of 3,450 feet is surrounded by chaparral covered mountains with pockets of Bigcone Douglas-Fir. There are 9 campsites in Rose Valley Campground. They are located in a single loop. Tables, BBQ grills, and/or fire rings are provided in each campsite. There is one vault toilet in the campground and another across from the lake. Water is not available at this campground. You must bring your own water.
Points of Interest: Rose Valley Falls. This trail begins at the southwest area of the campground. Follow it for a short 1/2 mile and be at the base of the falls. The cliffs at the falls are arkosic sandstone and crumble easily. Please do not climb around on steep sections or get close to the edge. Please park outside of the Rose Valley Campground.
Close by is the Piedra Blanca Trailhead which is at the end of the Rose Valley Road past the Ojai Valley Gun Club and the Middle Lion Campground. The trailhead is the gateway for the Sespe River Trail (22W04) and the Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca National Recreation Trail (22W03).
Vegetation: Cottonwood trees provide shade for some of the camp-sites. You may notice a few small pine trees in the center of the campground. Other plants to see include toyon, chamise, and sage. Toyon is especially beautiful in the fall and winter with its bright red berries. If you like wildflowers, Rose Valley offers wild rose and poppies in the spring.
The Rose Valley Campground is managed by the Parks Management Company for the Forest Service. $20/night for camping. No Adventure Pass.
Reservations: 6 sites are now on the reservation system: www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. (3) sites are on a first-come, first- serve basis.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||$20/night. First-come, first-served or by reservation|
|Operational Hours:||Check-in time: 3:00pm. Check-out time: 12:00 noon. Quiet Hours: 10:00pm – 6:00am|
|Reservations:||www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Reservations need to be made 8 days in advance.|
|Area Amenities:||Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking|
|Fees:||$20/night for camping, $10/night for an extra vehicle.|
|Open Season:||January - December|
|Restrictions:||For current fire restrictions, please visit the Los Padres National Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf|
|Closest Towns:||Ojai, CA|
|Passes:||Interagency Senior and Access Passes provide 50% off camping fees.|
|Operated By:||Parks Management Company for the Forest Service|
|Information Center:||Ojai Ranger District Office, call: (805) 646-4348 or (661) 805-1057. Closed to in-person visitation.
1190 E Ojai Ave
Ojai, CA 93023
To get there follow Highway 33 north from Ojai 14.7 miles to mile marker 25.84. Turn right at the Rose Valley Road (6N31) turnoff and follow the paved road for 3.1 miles. Turn right again at the Rose Valley Campground sign (across from the lower lake) and follow this road 0.6 miles into Rose Valley Campground. Watch out for rough sections of road.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Camping and hiking. Rose Valley Falls Trail, Rose-Lion Connector Trail and Nordhoff Ridge Road offer trail opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Gated access to Nordhoff Ridge Road (4 wheel drive road) available by free permit from Ojai Ranger Station; maximum of 20 vehicles per day. Road closed when wet. Lake access nearby.
|No. of Sites||9|
|Reservation Info||www.recreation.gov or by call 1-877-444-6777|
|Fire Information||For current fire restrictions, visit the Los Padres website: www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf|
|No. of Accessible sites||9|
The principal attraction to this section of the Sespe is Rose Valley Falls. This trail to the falls begins at the southwest area of the campground between Campsites 4 and 5. Follow it for a short 1/2 mile and you will be at the base of the falls. The cliffs at the falls are arkosic sandstone and crumble easily, so tread lightly. Rose Valley Falls is the tallest waterfall in the range and while it is an easy hike to the base of the 100-foot tall lower tier of the waterfall (0.8 miles round trip with 150 feet of elevation gain), it is adventure to reach the more impressive upper tier. Please do not climb around on steep sections or get close to the edge. If you are not camping, you will need to park outside of the campground to hike the trails, or the Day Use Fee for parking in the campground is $10.00.