Ojai Local

There is a reason why Ojai has become a favorite California destination. The Ojai Valley is a beautiful oasis known for its charm, arts and culture, and spirituality. Nestled amidst the pristine mountains of the Los Padres National Forest, Ojai is just 90 minutes north of Los Angeles. It is pedestrian and bike-friendly, and full of every imaginable offering to help make your visit a memorable one.

Here is a sampling of what Ojai has to offer:

HIKING
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The Ojai Valley, nestled in the Los Padres National forest, is a vast playground for the hiker, both beginners and advanced. With a wide variety of beautiful and scenic trails, varying in all degrees of challenge, there is an opportunity for everyone to experience nature at its best.

The Olive and Art Tour

Enjoy a wonderful afternoon visiting some incredible characters of The Ojai Valley. We start at the family olive farm of Ron and Alice Asquith. We learn about the different olives, how the oil is made and best of all taste each kind of award winning olive oil (Top 50 in the world!)! We then visit an associate of the late famous Otto Heino, the 94 year old potter legend who was offered ONE BILLION dollars for his secret yellow glaze recipe by China but refused. See a demonstration and listen to stories that are sure to warm your heart. Next, to visit Larry Carnes, part Native American sculptor whose art reflects his love and appreciation for nature and Native Americans.  Third and final stop, we visit the charming home of Sandy Joy Wolk, Goddess sculpture and one of a kind gem stone jewelry.  A completely magical afternoon.

These next hikes require a sense of adventure (and some hiking experience)… 

The Piedra Blanca Trail

7 mrt (miles round trip). This is a magical hike through the white rocks of the sacred Chumash Indian grounds. A diverse trail with rocks, valleys, rivers and natural beauty rich in history and landscape. Starting elevation is at 4500 feet with some steep but short hills, rolling hills and valley trails along the river where we stop at a campground with some fading petroglyphs of the Chumash. This hike is food for your spirit, body and mind. One of our guide’s favorites. Options are up to 14 miles on this hike. Easy to moderate for 7 mile trail. Advanced on 14 mile trail.

The Sespe River Trail

9.5 mrt – starting elevation 4500 feet.

Experience the wonder of the wilderness along the trails of the Sespe River in Rose Valley. Trek across 5 rivers and along the edge and cliffs of the Sespe River for 4.6 miles to the sandy mountain beach of Bear Creek. This wonderful camp is located on a large sandbar with many rock outcroppings and situated under large trees that provide plenty of shade. Picnic on the rocks in the river or enjoy a swim in warmer weather.  This is a delight among many of our hikers. Trails are well groomed with easy to moderate hills. The quietness of the Wilderness at this elevation of 4,000 feet will stay in your heart for days to follow.

Horn Canyon Trail

6.3 mrt For those who like to get the job done in a quick way! This is a 6 mrt hike with a 3000 foot elevation gain in the first three miles. Crossing creeks and heading uphill in the beautiful mountains to the pine forest where we rest and eat before heading back down. Close to the Oaks, great for endurance and strength.

Matilija Canyon Waterfalls

8 to 10 mrt An adventurous and challenging hike to several waterfalls in the Matilija Canyon. This hike is one of the best if you love to jump into a river, slide down a natural rock slide, bathe in the falls, or simply just view all the marvels of the canyon walls and geological formations. Many natural ungroomed trails require balance and stability. A must for the most adventurous and spirited souls!

Private Tour to Taft Gardens

Enjoy an adventurous walking tour of approximately 40 amazing and beautiful acres of plants native to Australia and South Africa. You will spend time together as a group and also have time for personal exploration & reflection. (By advanced appointment only – write Carol via address below.)

Nordhoff Peak

15 mrt A challenging beautiful hike to the Fire tower on Nordhoff Peak. A 3500 foot elevation gain over a 7.5 mile upward trail and then a loop back down. Incredible views of the Ojai valley, Rose Valley, the ocean and the many Islands. Second option is to hike up the 7.5 miles but be driven back down in a 4×4 on an old fire road on the backside of the mountain.

CUSTOM HIKING PACKAGES

Need something extra unique and challenging?!  Up to 50 miles in 5 days or create your own agenda!

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Here are details for the upcoming OAKS AT OJAI – INTO THE WILD HIKING PACKAGES.

 

 

BIKING
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Choose among the following Ojai bike rides with your guides, Ian and Stacy Potter

Beach Ride
16 miles on the Ojai Valley Bike Trail, an easy ride down to Ventura State Beach, one way.
2.5 – 3 hours.
$80.00 per person, 2 or more.

Private ride, 1 person – $100.00.
Note: Recommended start time: 9:30 am.

Roundtrip Beach Ride (for the very fit)
32 miles on the Ojai Valley Bike Trail down to Ventura and back up to Ojai.
Approx. 3 – 3.5 hours.
$130.00 per person, 2 or more.
Private ride, 1 person – $140.00.
 
Orchard Ride
7 – 9 miles through the Orange Groves in the East End of Ojai.
Moderate ride, includes some minor elevation changes.
1.5 – 2 hours.
$75.00 per person, 2 or more.
Private ride, 1 person – $90.00.

Got Olive Oil? Tour
Guests will be taken on the Orchard ride and then transported to the Ojai Olive Oil Company for a tour and tasting.
2.5 – 3 hours.
$95.00 per person.
Private, 1 person, $105.00.
Closed on Sundays.
 
Roundtrip Foster Park Ride (for the very fit)
18 miles total on the Ojai Valley Bike Trail down to Foster Park and back up to Ojai.
Approx. 2+ hours.
$80.00 per person, 2 or more.
Private ride, 1 person – $100.00

Ride & W(h)ine Ride #1 Orange Groves
7 – 9 miles through the Orange Groves in the East End of Ojai and then be transported to either Ojai Vineyard Tasting Room or Topa Mountain Winery
2 – 2.5 hours.
$95.00 per person, 2 or more.
Private, 1 person- $105.00.
 
Ride & W(h)ine Ride #2 Beach
16 miles on the Ojai Valley Bike Trail to Ventura State Beach, one way and then be transported to either Ojai Vineyard Tasting Room or Topa Mountain Winery
3.5 – 4 hours.
$105.00 per person, 2 or more.
Private, 1 person- $120.00.

Ride & W(h)ine Ride #3 Foster Park
9 miles on the Ojai Valley Bike Trail, an easy ride down to Foster Park and then be transported to either Ojai Vineyard Tasting Room or Topa Mountain Winery
2 – 2.5 hours.
$95.00 per person, 2 or more.
Private, 1 person- $105.00.

Ojai Biking Trails by Potter – Additional Information

All Tours include
Guides, Hybrid 24 speed bikes, helmets, gloves, water, snacks, transportation back to/from hotel or meeting site and tasting fees. Lunch offered for additional cost.

Group Size
1 – 9 guests. Can accommodate larger groups – call for details.
Ages
11 years old and up. Must be at least 4’10” tall.
Availability
7 days a week, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Weather
Trails by Potter reserve the sole right to cancel the ride due to inclement weather.
Cancellation Policy
Changes to reservation or cancellation must be made 24 hours prior to activity.
Photos and gift certificates
Photos of you and your activity e-mailed or texted to you. Gift certificates are available!

You can book your biking adventure after you arrive or plan in advance by contacting Ian and Stacy Potter: 805.646.0382 or via info@hikingojai.com or learn more at Hiking Ojai

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