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Chorro Grande Trail - Los Padres National Forest
Trail Distance 5.02 Miles

From Ojai, take Highway 33 north 25.8 miles to the Chorro Grande Trail sign. For first-timers, the sign and nearby parking space is easy to accidentally pass by, so slow down a few miles before where you think the trailhead is. From the trailhead, hike 1.7 miles across chaparral to Oak Camp where there is water in most, but not all months. From here, the trail climbs very steeply. During the winter months, you may hit snow. After 2.6 miles, you reach Chorro Springs Camp, which has water year-round, in a spring some conifers. The trail ends on Pine Mountain Ridge at the Reyes Peak Campground after another 0.8 miles. On clear days, you can see some of the Channel Islands and the Matilija Wilderness from the ridge.

CHORRO: Spanish for "gush". After the winter rain and snow, the spring has a good strong flow.

Trail Details

  • Trail #: 23W05
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District
  • Trail-head Latitude: 34.5993
  • Trail-head Longitude: -119.33628
  • Trail Condition: Good - Trail is easy to follow and is in good shape
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  • Activities & Features:
    • Biking
    • Day Hiking
    • Mountain Biking
    • Wildlife Viewing



Trail Stats

  • Total Elevation Gain: + 3318 feet.
  • Total Elevation Loss: - 242 feet.
  • Overall Average Slope Gain: + 13 %.
  • Overall Average Slope Loss: - 6 %.
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Trail Camps


Photo By: Craig R. Carey - Website Link

Photo By: Craig R. Carey - Website Link
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Survey Photos:


  • Ed Diaz - 01-22-2015

  • Ed Diaz - 01-22-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 02-22-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 02-22-2015

  • B2H - 12-17-2005

  • B2H - 12-17-2005

  • B2H - 12-17-2005

  • B2H - 12-17-2005

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 08-12-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 09-22-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 09-22-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 09-22-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 09-22-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 04-16-2016

Submitted Trail Reports

Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 10-10-2017 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 10-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Trail description:I hiked up as far as the old road just above Oak. The flats below Oak are getting some slight braided trails, but I was able to follow it down in the dark. Brush is growing into the trail. There is a stand of poodledog around about the last viewpoint of the waterfall and a couple of these are coming into the trail. If you don't know what poodledog is, find out. About 50% of people find it worse than poison oak.

My trip was actually out to Munson Spring along the old road. It has some spots where it is somewhat hard to push through the brush, but is mostly open. Both bear and deer use it, so there is always some way to get through. There was a single section where the tread had fallen away for about 20 feet. I expect it would be less work to make this a normal trail than a lot of our actual trails. That spring really flows! Encountered irrigation line a couple places.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:brush growing into trail
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 08-23-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 08-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:There was a section around 1 mile in that was a little difficult to follow due to overgrown brush. Otherwise, the trail was in great shape!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 03-10-2017 - by Dan Whelan
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 03-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Dan Whelan
Trail description:Lots of washouts. Water bars need help. Several areas of the trail were destroyed in recent rains in the fire area, leaving lots of rocks and ruts. Above Oak camp the trail is 80% good. There are a few washouts to be fixed and water bars to be cleared. Brush is growing in on about 20% of trail. Another year some ares may be hard to pass 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:The recent rain was not to kind to this trail
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 05-25-2016 - by Drew Smith
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 05-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Drew Smith
Trail description:The wildflowers are wonderful in the recent burn area. Very abundant and I counted 31 types.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 04-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 04-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Ojai Ranger District project to work the trail within the recent fire perimeter.  Worked from Oak Camp back down to the lower trail head.  Thanks to ORD, Ranger Heidi and the volunteers for their help.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Photo Ranger Heidi
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 04-10-2016 - by Kevin Madden
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 04-10-2016
Surveyor Name:Kevin Madden
Trail description:The 1st  1.6 miles is in a recent burn area, but the trail has been marked well, Water at Oak camp, no water at the top spring.
GREAT, GREAT hike with not one person
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 09-22-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 09-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Bardley of Ojai patrolled the Chorro Grande Trail after the Chorro Fire.  Nature is doing her thing and there are new plants that are already over 24" tall, amazing.  The trail was burned but not annihilated.  Also surprisingly, there was some water pooled in parts of the creek.  Sadly one of the large twin "sentinel" pines near the top is dead.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Photo Bardley of Ojai

Photo Bardley of Ojai


Photo Bardley of Ojai

Photo Bardley of Ojai
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 08-12-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 08-12-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:
The Chorro Fire was started on August 2, 2015 near the Hwy 33 Trailhead.  The fire burned 282 acres over the next 10 days until it was 100% contained on August 12.  More information can be seen here:

Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Chorro Fire Perimeter Showing Chorro Grande Trail and Pine Mountain
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 06-16-2015 - by Donna Spencer
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 06-16-2015
Surveyor Name:Donna Spencer
Trail description:  This was a great trail from start to finish, if you want a good workout start from Highway 33 and climb to Pine Mountain Road.  Only iffy section will be from lower campground through the canyon with tall grasses.  However this hike has excellent views and majestic pine trees and rock formation from Chorro Spring Campground to Pine Mountain Road. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 05-10-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 05-10-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Trail description:Still some water along the lower section of the trail.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 12-17-2005 - by B2H
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 12-17-2005
Surveyor Name:B2H
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:





Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 02-22-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 02-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:As reported by Erin the Great:

Lower Chorro Grande trail in good condition from recent trail work. Middle Chorro Grande is over grown in some sections and needs trimming, but ok for los padres standards. Chorro spring is barely flowing, but enough water there to pump. Downed oak tree on trail just uphill from Chorro spring. Its not hard to walk around though. Downed White Fir Tree up on pine mtn road near the reyes peak campground outhouse. No snow at all, not even on north side of reyes peak.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Downed pine blocking the road at the top

Spring at Chorro Camp
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 02-15-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 02-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:This is for the very lower portion of the trail up to Oak Camp.

In general, the trail is in very good condition. It does see a fair amount of use (at least relative to other trails in the Sespe region), so it's unlikely to get overgrown any time soon.

However, it's clear that a little bit work needs to be done. Some parts of the trail are indistinguishable from the creek. Parts of the trail are brushy and needs clipping.

Other than that it's all pretty nice. A load of bugs as usual. Not many ticks when I was there.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 01-22-2015 - by Ed Diaz
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 01-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Ed Diaz
Trail description:

Small creek bed forming on trail 1/2 mile in.  Needs water features to divert.  Oak Camp tidy and clean but no water.  Small but decent water 1/2 mile north of camp on secondary trail.


Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Good water

Oak Camp


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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 17, 2016



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