Sunday, March 24
Horn Canyon, Ojai
This is a beautiful hike that starts out by following Thatcher Creek. You will see old growth chaparral, and when you reach the campsite, which will be our first stop, you will enjoy a large grouping of Stone Pine. The views are spectacular. You will see Ojai, the ocean, and Topa Topa mountain. (If you are afraid of the gain, you can stop at the campground, which would be about 1400’ in gain, and RT of 6 miles)
Bring: Camera, poles, shoes with good tread, lunch, snacks, LOTS of water, and sunscreen.
Wear: Long pants as some brush overhangs the trail, and hat as there is not much shade on the trail.
Gain: 2200’, mileage: 10 RT
Meet at Towsley Park at 6:45 AM for a 7:00 departure to the trailhead. We prefer that you carpool as parking there can be a problem, and finding the trailhead is quite difficult. If you insist, you can drive to the trail head following directions below. If you cannot find the trailhead, please park in the first parking lot at the Thatcher School and watch for the hikers to pass you by, then you can follow them to the trail head. If there is no parking at the trail head, you can park in the parking lot and walk the distance into the trail head. (PLEASE CONSIDER CARPOOLING)
Directions to trailhead:
Take the I-5 North to the 126 West. From the 126, Exit onto Hwy 150 to Ojai (in Santa Paula). Turn right onto Reeves Road. (Bocalli’s Restaurant is on this corner). Turn left on McAndrew Road. Follow the signs to Thatcher school. As you enter the school grounds, look for signs to the Gymkhana Field. On the left, you will see a white gate and a fire road. There is parking here for only a few vehicles. This is where we will meet. This is the trail head. (You will not see the trail head sign as it is hidden in some Orange Trees. There is also an Andy Gump here at the trail head. (It will be behind you if you are looking at the access gate).