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.