|03-04-2017||Craig R. Carey||Flowing|
Upper Matilija is a popular camp located up the Matilija Canyon Trail. The camp has multiple sites, each with a raised BBQ grill and is just above the very reliable Matilija Creek. This site is frequented by both dayhikers and backpackers and is a regular stop amongst scouting troops in the area.
The creek runs north on its junction with Matilija Creek to the south side of Ortega Hill. Up this canyon an old Indian trail ran from Ventura to the Sespe to Cuyama Valley. At the head of the canyon, timber was cut for the Ventura Mission. Later, the trail was used by pioneer people to travel to the backcountry. The creek has long been noted for its trout fishing. Trail 23W07, up the canyon was used in the summer when the creek ran low,. In the winter the high water forced the use of the Ortega Trail 23W08.