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This is an overnights trip for New Year Celebration. Highly suggestion on carpool and share room as it's Winter time (a bit too cold for camping, some booked at Best Western Plus in Carpinteria, some booked at Motel 6 Carpinteria North)
Meeting to carpool in Orange: either Orange Park and Ride or arrange with your carpoolers.
Meeting in Santa Barbara: 7AM @ Best Western Plus Carpenteria lobby and caravan to the trailhead together or you can meet with us at the trailhead from 8-8:15AM (see driving direction below)
About the hikes: Closing 2011 with exploratory hikes in Central California. Main Hike: Santa Paula Canyon. This is a harder hike, but we will take our time explore this trail. Jim Zuber describes: Santa Paula Canyon is one of the best hikes in Ventura County. The trail takes you through picturesque St. Thomas Aquinas College, then along the shady banks of Santa Paula creek with plentiful swimming holes, capped by a spectacular 25 foot waterfall just past Big Cone Camp.
Then we all drive together Rose Valley Falls, an easy hike that is for everyone in Ojai. This relatively easy hike takes you to the base of the two tier 300 foot high Rose Valley Falls. The trail follows Rose Creek for a pleasant half mile before the upper falls come into view, with water cascading over a sheer sandstone cliff. The trail takes you to the base of the lower falls, with water trickling in ribbons through the moss covered cliff.
1. Santa Paula Canyon: http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/SantaPaula_4472.asp
2. Rose Valley Falls: http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/RoseValleyFalls_4472.asp
1. Trailhead to Santa Paula Canyon: From downtown Ojai, drive 11 miles east towards Santa Paula on Highway 150. Park in the trailhead parking on the right side of the road just east of the bridge, across from Thomas Aquinas College. Note that you must walk through a portion of the campus to reach the trailhead. (Lat:[masked] Lon:[masked]) More driving direction: http://home.earthlink.net/~dayhikes/directionsto_santapaulacanyon.htm
2. Trailhead Rose Valley Falls: From Ojai, drive 15 miles north on Highway 33 to the Rose Valley turnoff and make a right. Continue 3 miles to the Rose Valley Campground turnoff and make a right. Park at the end of the road, about a half mile up near the trailhead sign (Lat:[masked] Lon:[masked])
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