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A dirt road offering nice views on a long, 12.8-mile, one-way hike.


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Map Key

12.8

Miles

20.7

KM

Point to Point

2,715' 827 m

High

366' 112 m

Low

695' 212 m

Up

2,666' 813 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Spring · Views · Wildflowers

Description

This trail is suggested as a one-way trek either by using two cars (one at each end), or as a drop-off and pick-up at the end.

Start this trail by joining the paved road heading west. The road turns from paved to dirt in about three miles, just after passing Sulphur Mountain. The trail offers beautiful panoramic views of Ojai Valley and the surrounding mountain ranges, and in the springtime is a wonderful place to enjoy wildflowers. Though this is a long trail (12.8 miles), the majority of it is a gentle downhill from east to west (as mapped), making for a nice day hike.

Keep in mind that much of this trail passes along private property, so be sure to stay on the trail.

Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.

Flora & Fauna

Wildlife that may be spotted includes deer, coyotes, bobcats, foxes, rattlesnakes, and tarantulas. For the birders, red-tailed hawks and roadrunners are frequently seen here. Cattle from the local ranches frequent the hillsides and occasionally overtake the road, so use caution when hiking around blind corners.

In the springtime, wildflowers are prominent; it is common to see lupine, yellow mustard, and California poppies across the landscape.

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Shared By:

John McKinney

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The wide-open view from Sulfur Mountain Road Recreational Trail toward the Channel Islands.
Jul 28, 2017 near Ojai, CA

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Feb 27, 2021
Janelle M
Didn't do the whole hike. The full hike is about 20.8miles... it's pretty flat so it's good for biking, hiking, dog friendly. 14.2mi
Jul 9, 2020
Valerie Morrison
16mi — 3h 45m
Mar 22, 2020
James R
From bottom to cattle crossing 3mi — 1h 20m
Mar 16, 2019
Elaine Donovan

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