Backpacking Horn Canyon Trail: To The Pines

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Horn Canyon Trail: To The Pines


Horn Canyon Trail: To The Pines

Elevation Gain: Nearly 1800ft.

Distance: 4-5 miles round trip.

Time: 3-4 hours.  (We stayed for about two hours at the campground)

Rating: DIfficult

Nearby Cities: Ojai

Take highway 33 north from 101 in Ventura. Stay on the 33 until it turns off from highway 150. Then bear right and take the 150 (Ojai Ave.) east through the city. Drive all the way through town, turn left on Reeves road (You should see a great pizza place called Boccalis. Follow Reeves about a mile to McAndrew Road and make another left, heading towards Thatcher School. Another mile up the road, go straight through the gate into the school grounds. Stay to the right and follow the signs to the gymkhana field. Park near the fire gate at the trailhead.

This is the trailhead.  There isn’t a lot of parking but I’ve never had any problems.  I actually had to take this shot at the end of the hike because I forgot to when we got there.

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Shelf Road Trail: Gridley Side


Shelf Road Trail: Gridley Side

Specs:

February 2011

Elevation gain: 125-150 feet.

Distance: 1.5 -1.75 miles.

Time: Under an Hour.

Rating: Easy to Moderate

Nearby Cities: Ojai

Directions: Google Maps

Drive to the near top of Gridley Road.  After the long straight away the road will start to turn to the right uphill, it bends around a small ranch property near the trail.  You should see a few cars parked on the left in front of a gate.

This is a very popular spot; eight cars lined up and not much room for more.  That is Gridley Road heading toward the top where Gridley Trail is.  This is one of my favorite trails.  If I have one complaint about this hike its parking.

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Gridley Trail.


Gridley Road Trail

February 2011.

Elevation Gain: Around 4000 feet.

Distance: Around 7 miles up. 14 Miles round-trip.

Time: All day (8-9 Hours).

Rating: Moderate to Advanced to Insane (Depending on when you stop).

Nearby Cities: Ojai.

Directions: Google Maps

Note:  If you drive up to the top of Gridley Road, you should find it. Once you come to a private gate and a bunch of cars parked around, you’ve found it. There is another trail-head on the way; it’s for The Shelf Road Trail, pass it up and park at the end of the road. As with any other place keep everything locked in your trunk to avoid theft.

This is what you should see right as you step off of the road. There are a few signs for trail distances and information, as well as some trail-maps for when anyone wants to use them. Please put them back as the Forestry Service doesn’t have the budget to keep up these stations as well as they should.

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