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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.

Trail Details

  • Trail #: 22W05
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District
  • Trail-head Latitude: 34.47762
  • Trail-head Longitude: -119.2197
  • Trail Condition: Good - Trail is easy to follow and is in good shape
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  • Activities & Features:
    • Day Hiking
    • Horseback Riding
    • Mountain Biking
    • Wildlife Viewing

Trail Stats

  • Total Elevation Gain: + 3753 feet.
  • Total Elevation Loss: - 1108 feet.
  • Overall Average Slope Gain: + 14 %.
  • Overall Average Slope Loss: - 9 %.
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Trail Camps

Gridley Springs Camp (2400 feet)

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Survey Photos:

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 12-28-2014

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 12-28-2014

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 12-28-2014

  • HikeLosPadres - 12-23-2015

  • Josh Pasholk - 01-06-2017

  • Josh Pasholk - 01-06-2017

  • Josh Pasholk - 01-06-2017

  • Josh Pasholk - 01-06-2017

  • Josh Pasholk - 01-06-2017

Submitted Trail Reports

Gridley Trail Survey - 01-06-2017 - by Josh Pasholk
Link: Gridley Trail
Date: 01-06-2017
Surveyor Name:Josh Pasholk
Trail description: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!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow

Trail Head

Rocky Steps

Looking up the canyon

Ojai fritillary

View from up there
Gridley Trail Survey - 12-23-2015 - by HikeLosPadres
Link: Gridley Trail
Date: 12-23-2015
Surveyor Name:HikeLosPadres
Trail description: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.
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow

Gridley Trail Survey - 02-15-2015 - by Donna Spencer
Link: Gridley Trail
Date: 02-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Donna Spencer
Trail description: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.   
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Gridley Trail Survey - 12-28-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Gridley Trail
Date: 12-28-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description: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.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow




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Last Updated: Friday, February 19, 2016

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