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Matilija Wilderness - Hiking and Backpacking Trails

Backpacking and Hiking Trails in the Matilija Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest


The area has steep mountains and is brushy, overgrown with alder and maple in the canyons with a few stands of conifers in the higher country, the Matilija Wilderness includes the scenic canyons of Matilija Creek, as well as its North Fork. Sixteen miles of the creek have been nominated for Wild and Scenic designation. The creek flows year-round and drains southward, and the elevation climbs steadily and steeply as you hike north. Look for the majestic Matilija poppy, which grows in clumps up to two feet high. You may see black bears, deer, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, hawks, eagles, and California condors. The name of the Matilija poppy (Romneya) is taken from the Matilija creek canyon.

A total of (2) trails are currently available in the Matilija Wilderness ×
Matilija Canyon Trail - 4.03 Miles
Not an offical trail • Matilija • Ojai Ranger District • Ventura County
TRAIL IS CLOSED - Due to private property issues, this trail is closed to the public.  You can learn more about the topic online here.
North Fork Matilija Trail - 7.82 Miles
23W07 • Matilija • Ojai Ranger District • Ventura County
Southern access point is the same trailhead as the Murietta Trail (24W07). Leading off to the right after the second stream crossing, the trail enters the wilderness and follows the year-round creek. From the gate you'll reach Matilija Camp after 1.48 miles. Further up the canyon are three more camps:…


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