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Gridley Trail - Los Padres National Forest Trail Distance 5.45 Miles
This trail starts in Ojai at the north end of Gridley Road and ends on top of Nordhoff Ridge. The relatively gentle climb from Ojai to the ridge makes this one of the more popular trails in the area and is an excellent choice for a day hike.
Wilderness Area:Non Wilderness Area
Ranger District:Ojai Ranger District
Trail Condition:Good - Trail is easy to follow and is in good shape
Hiked up to Gridley Springs camp after a day of rain. Ground was still pretty wet with sitting water here and there. Not too muddy on the trail for the most part. Lots of cars on the trailhead. Saw plenty of hikers and mountain bikers. Very cold in the shade, getting down to around 48 degrees. Trail was in really good shape.
Saw the Ojai fritillary just sprouting up in many areas. I want to hike back up and check on the progress soon!
Check out my blog post on this hike for more pictures if you'd like!
Rode the first few miles of the trail up from the trailhead. Trail was in great shape, the cool air was perfect for riding and the views were their usual spectacular selves. We could hear water down in the creek but there was no safe way to get down to it. We saw a few other mountain bikers and some hikers.
This trail has no issues, I did it a shuttle hike. I had my DAD drop me off at the trail head and hike to the Nordoff Ridge Road and got picked up at the bottom of the Howard Creek Trailhead. The views from the Nordoff Roas was spectacular from the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountain area. Just be on the look out for mountain bikers.
The Ojai Ranger District teamed up with local Ventura based Girl and Boy Scouts to help remove a slide section of the Gridley Trail. Great stuff. Thanks to everyone for their hard work. For more volunteer opportunities contact the Ojai Ranger District or INFO@LPForest.org.
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When visiting the Los Padres always remember to pack extra water for any trip! Many Trails listed may be unmaintained, always plan ahead, check weather report, know your risks and level of ability.