Backpacking Horn Canyon Trail: To The Pines

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Backpacking Horn Canyon Trail: To The Pines Click here for more pictures, specs, and directions.    My girlfriend and I ready to go.  We’re smiling now…

Ventura River Bottom Preserve


Ventura River Bottom Preserve. 

Elevation Gain: maybe 500ft.

Distance: 3-4 miles round trip.

Time: 2-3 Hours.

Difficulty Rating: Light to Moderate.

Nearby CIties: Mieners Oaks

Directions:

Take highway 33 North from the US 101.  Drive until you pass through Oak View and Mira Monte.  You will pass a few gas stations on your left in Oak View and a Circle K on your right as you enter Mira Monte.  After you pass a few other fast food places; McDonalds then Wendy’s turn left on Highway 150 or Baldwin Road.  You will then take a right on Rice Road after a few blocks down the road.  Drive down Rice Road until you come to the trailhead on the left as you enter Mieners Oaks.

 From the parking lot you can see the beautiful mountains that frame the north side of the Ojai Valley.

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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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Pratt Trail


Pratt Trail

Elevation gain: 700-850ft.

Distance: 3-4 miles round trip.

Time: 2-3 hours.

Rating: Moderate-Difficult.

Nearby Cities: Ojai.

Directions: From the 101 take the 33 north.  Follow it until you come into the town of Ojai itself.  After passing Starr Market on the right, you will come to the traffic light at Signal Street.  You should see the iconic Bell Tower of the Ojai Post office on your right.  Turn left here.  There’s a really nice natural food store on the corner of Signal and Matilija called Rainbow Bridge.  There you can stock up on anything needed for the hike.  You’ll keep going up N. Signal Street until it turns sharply right into grand,, there you’ll want to take a left to stay on N. Signal.  Drive up the hill for few hundred meters and you should see a sign for Pratt Trail on the left hand side.  You’ll be driving down a rough dirt road and see an aqueduct on your left eventually.  The trailhead itself is another left off the dirt road, if you go straight you’ll run into private property.  

There is plenty of parking here and behind where I’m standing in this picture.  It’s a loop that you can park along as long as you don’t block the path for other cars.

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