VOLUME 38 NUMBER 2 | SUMMER 2020
Ojai Meadows Preserve An easy one-mile trail loops through this peaceful 58-acre preserve, just minutes from downtown Ojai and administered by Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. The highlight is the wetlands pond, where you’re likely to see some of the 180 species of birds observed here, including ducks, hawks and herons. It’s level walking the whole way, with benches near the pond for bird-watching and
Rose Valley Falls
an old eucalyptus grove planted in the 1940s that’s shady and fun to explore. The main entrance to the preserve is on Maricopa Highway near Nordhoff High School.
An easy, half-mile hike in partial shade to the base of a 300-foot, twotiered waterfall, this hot-weather hike is perfect for families, even when there’s not a lot of water.
Dogs must be leashed at all times. Mutt Mitt bags are available at the trailhead. The Ojai Valley Preserve is closed to horses.
There are a few shallow wading pools along the slightly uphill trail, which starts on the south side of Rose Valley Campground and crosses the creek a couple of times. The falls can be just a trickle, and still the rocky cathedral
The preserve is open all year except the Fourth of July, when it’s closed all day for fire safety.
at its base, beneath a canopy of bays and alders, seems like the coolest spot on the mountain — an obvious picnic spot. Take Highway 33 north from Ojai for about 14 miles to the Rose Valley Road turnoff. Three miles up, on the right, is the road to the campground. You’ll need to pay the $10 day use fee if you park in the campground. Otherwise, park outside the gate and walk in.
Beat the Heat Perry Van Houten explores some cool summer hikes in and around the Ojai Valley