4 Beautiful Ojai Hiking Trails

Updated: September 3, 2020 | Contains affiliate links

Ojai, California - The Matilija Dam looks very lush during the springOjai is a small rural town surrounded by rolling hills, citrus and avocado orchards. Mainly known to locals, Ojai is located in a picturesque valley that provides access to some beautiful hiking trails. Being away from the busy cities of a Ventura County, the Ojai hiking trails are quiet and gorgeous especially in the spring. Come along with me as we explore our favorite hiking trails in the Ojai area.

You drive into Ojai on the beautiful Highway 33 from Ventura or on the windy and equally beautiful Highway 159 from Santa Paula. Once you are in the Ojai Valley you have many options for hiking and you have to be prepared beforehand. Put on some hiking shoes, get some water and a hat and come along with me as we explore our favorite Ojai hiking trails.

1. Matilija Canyon

Matilija Canyon is one of the most popular Ojai hiking trails.
Ojai, California – The Matilija Dam looks very lush during the spring
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Matilija Canyon is just North of Ojai on Matilija Canyon Road. Follow this windy but beautiful road all the way to the end and park in the dirt lot to the left. The trail continues straight ahead through a private ranch and crosses the Matilija Creek.

Beautiful wildflowers line up narrow hiking trail on Matilija Canyon
Beautiful wildflowers line up narrow hiking trail on Matilija Canyon
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Then there are numerous trails forking off from the main road. We like the North Fork trail which leads to the campground. During the spring we find large meadows filled with beautiful wildflowers in addition to rushing streams flowing down to Matilija Creek. Read More: 5 Gorgeous Places to see California Wildflowers

2. Rose Valley Falls

The larger Lower Rose Lake during spring has plenty of water. Recently burned trees bring an eerie look to this area.
The larger Lower Rose Lake during spring has plenty of water. Recently burned trees bring an eerie look to this area.
See my photos from Ojai Valley

Rose Valley is located North of Ojai, behind a mountain range. Taking the 33 Highway east of Ojai and continuing North you will reach the beautiful Rose Valley. The Rose Valley Falls trailhead is pretty much where the road ends. There is parking on the side of the road before the Rose Valley Campground.

Rose Valley Falls are filled with water during spring. This is a popular Ojai Hiking Trail.
Rose Valley Falls are filled with water during the spring. This is a popular Ojai Hiking Trail.
See my photos from Ojai Valley

3. Ojai Valley Trail

Ojai, California - Beautiful wildflower field on the Ojai Valley Trail
Ojai, California – Beautiful wildflower field on the Ojai Valley Trail
See my photos from Ojai Valley

The Ojai Valley Trail is a local jewel, even though known to locals only. This walking path is all flat and it is perfect for walking and biking as it is very well maintained and paved in most places. Winding its way from the village of Casitas Springs through Ojai, this 18 mile long trail gives you the most beautiful of the Ojai Valley.

4. Valley View Preserve Trail

The Ojai Valley seen from a vista point on the Valley View Preserve Trail
The Ojai Valley seen from a vista point on the Valley View Preserve Trail

Valley View Preserve Trail overlooks the entire Ojai Valley and gives you beautiful Vistas all through the hike. This is a very easy hike on a wide fire road which is great for the entire family.

Are Ojai Hiking Trails worth it?

If you like hiking, then you will really enjoy all the Ojai hiking trails as they are rarely busy and they take you to beautiful, remote places in nature.

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