Saturday February 27, 2016 - Horn Canyon, Ojai to Pines Campground and Sisar Canyon Road
Mileage: 9 Miles RT (out and back)
Gain: 3200’ !!!!! (straight up with some switchbacks)
Rated: Moderate +++ / Difficult
This is a beautiful out and back hike that starts out by following Thatcher Creek. It is also a butt kicker that is just about pure gain all the way to the top and with not too many switchbacks. So you have been warned, no whining!!
We look down on the Krishnamurti Foundation in Ojai. Horn Canyon was reportedly one of Krishnamurti's favorite walks. He sometimes told the tale of how in his younger days he befriended a mountain lion along this trail.
The views from here are spectacular (honest, see above) - Ojai, the ocean, all the Channel islands and Topa Topa mountain.
We will see old growth chaparral, and when we reach the campsite, which will be our first stop, you will enjoy a large grouping of Stone Pine.
If you are afraid of the gain, you can stop at the campground, which would be about 1600’ gain, and complete a RT hike of 6 miles. If you want to do this, you should plan to drive yourself or find someone else to carpool with that would like to do the same distance/ gain.
Depending on time/ interest, we may stop in Ojai for refreshments after the hike.
Camera, hiking poles, shoes with good tread, lunch, snacks, LOTS of water/ electrolytes (2 - 3 Liters), a bug net and sunscreen.
Wear long pants as some brush overhangs the trail, and a hat as there is not much shade on the trail. An extra outer layer in case it is chilly at first (you can always leave it in the car) or it is windy at the top.
NOTE: There may be small biting flies out and about, so please wear long sleeves/ bring insect repellent and a bug net for your face.
Adventure Pass: Not required
Dogs: OK, if kept on a leash and well behaved around other dogs and people with poles. Bear in mind distance, gain and limited shade, even dogs can get tired/ too hot. If you bring a dog, please drive yourself.
Carpooling from Santa Clarita Valley to the trail head:
Meet at Walmart parking lot on Kelly Johnson PKWY in Valencia at the southwest corner at 6:45 AM for a 7:00 AM SHARP departure to the trailhead. We prefer that you carpool due to the distance and as parking at the trailhead can be a problem, and finding the trailhead is somewhat difficult.
Please be respectful of your driver's support by contributing something at the end of your carpool to help defray the cost of gas - THX
If you insist, you can drive to the trail head, following the 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 school parking lot and walk the distance into the trail head. (PLEASE CONSIDER CARPOOLING)
Directions to trail head:
Take the I-5 North to the 126 West. From the 126, Exit onto Hwy 150 to Ojai (in Santa Paula). In Ojai, turn right on to 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 the trail head where we will meet, please do not be late. (You will not see the trail head sign as it is hidden by some Orange trees. There is also an Andy Gump at the trail head. It will be behind you if you are looking at the access gate).
Meet your leader: At the Horn Canyon trail head in Ojai, at 8:00 AM for an 8:15AM SHARP departure up the trail.
Leader: Steve l.