Nordhoff Ridge Road

Area Status: Open
Nordhoff Ridge Road

Alert - 5/1/2022 - The Nordhoff Ridge Rd is temporarily closed until further notice due to winter storm damage to the road.

Nordhoff Ridge Road is a street leagal 4-wheel drive road. Open by permit only approximately May 1 - December 15. Nordhoff Ridge Rd is a wide and hard packed 4 X 4 Road that is approximately 10 miles long. The road has a few steep climbs but features some stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges and Valley. Disperse camping is allowed. Call (661) 805-1057 for more information.


There are no trash cans or trash pick up on Nordhoff Ridge Rd. Please pack out all of your trash. There are no toilets there. Please pack out your toilet paper and human waste. 

Please keep this area clean for other visitors to enjoy! We appreciate your help with this.

Please keep it cleaner than when you found it.

Thank you!

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Call (805) 724-0079 for reservations. Mon-Fri, 8-430
Reservations: Call (661) 805-1057
Fees: No fee
Permit Info: Reservations are made by phone only. Call (661) 805-1057.There are no walk-ins or mail-ins accepted. You may make a reservation14 days or less in advance. Reservations may be made for a maximum of 3 days in a 7 day period. Each permit is free. There will be 1 vehicle permit issued per person, no exceptions. There is a maximum limit of 4 people allowed to each vehicle. Permit is good on specified day(s) only. Number combination will be given on permit/open gate with combination listed on permit. Let only your vehicle through the gate. Lock gate behind you - spin the numbers first to engage the lock. Engage 4WD as directed by signs for additional safety. Stay on designated roads Obey all signs - drive carefully. 
Restrictions: Current fire restrictions.
Closest Towns: Ojai, CA
Water: None
Restroom: None
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Call: (661) 805-1057 for Nordhoff Ridge Road information. The Ojai Ranger District Office is currently not open for walk-in visitation, but calls are answered Mon-Fri, 8-430pm.

General Information

General Notes:

Tower Trail Camp

Tower Cammp Nordhoff

This camp and peak is a high point on the Nordhoff Ridge which is the range of mountains north of the town of Ojai. Charles Nordhoff, a featured writer for eastern papers, wrote in glowing terms of the area and the town when it was laid out in 1874. It was named after him in 1874 but in 1917 the town name was changed to Ojai. The U. S. Geological Survey named the peak in 1903 after the nearby town of the same name. The mountains are composed of Focene Age with formations named Juncal shale, Matilija sandstone, Cozy Dell shale and Coldwater sandstone. All of these formations are all what the geologists calI "overturned" meaning they are upside down with the younger rocks on the bottom and the old rocks on top.

A lookout tower was constructed in the 1930's and abandoned in the late 1960's or early 1970's. The cabin was removed so that now just the tower and a platform remain. The tower at camp provides an excellent spot from which to view the Upper and Lower Ojai Valley and all the way out to the ocean and beyond or north to the Sespe Valley and Pine Mountain.


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.

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