IMPORTANT: USE BELOW MAP TO FIND ROTARY COMMUNITY PARKING LOT. GOOGLE COMMONLY MISLOCATES! AND PLEASE REMEMBER TO ASSIST YOUR DRIVER WITH GAS MONEY.
THE TRIP IS SHOWN AS FULL, WE HAVE FIVE SIGNED ON, BUT THE WAIT LIST IS ON. WE NEED AT LEAST SEVERAL ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS AND AN ADDITIONAL VEHICLE TO ACCOMMODATE MORE THAN THE FIVE WE HAVE NOW FOR A LARGER CAR SHUTTLE.
Middle Lion Canyon with Nordhoff Ridge in background.
Upper Middle Lion Canyon looking southeast.
Let's hop over the Topa Topa front range just north of upper Ojai Valley. Hike is one-way, 14 miles more or less, and on good trails and fire roads with about 3,500 ft elevation gain. Although easily accessible the trails seem remote, with deep sandstone- and shale-walled canyons, and here and there signs of black bear.
We will start our hike from the Middle Lion Canyon trail head parking area in Rose Valley, Los Padres National Forest and ascend Lion Canyon to the crest of the front range. There we will turn left (east) on the Nordhoff Ridge Road. After one-half mile we pass the Red Reef Trail. From that point it's a tad over a mile and about 900 ft up to the crest of Topa Topa Bluff that will be our break stop. After we will descend to the Red Reef Trail, turn left (south) on the trail, and descend Sisar Canyon to the Sisar tailhead and parked cars. Along the hike we will cross over a few interesting geologic features: Topa Topa Mountain anticlinorium, cross the Matilija overturn, and the hike ends near the large, and active, San Cayetano thrust fault. We cross through deep marine sandstone and shale of Eocene age. I will bring a map and a cross section and say a few words here and there about the geology.
Northhoff Ridge from Topa Topa Bluff.
CAR SHUTTLE REQUIRED: We will meet in Ojai. Car shuttle to the Sisar Canyon Trailhead, and leave a vehicle(s). Load up again and drive to the Middle Lion Canyon Trailhead Parking, and begin the hike. Please assist your driver with gas money.
NOTE: THIS IS A DIFFICULT LEVEL HIKE, THIS GROUP HIKES AT A FAST PACE, AND IT'S A ONE WAY HIKE WITH NO SWEEPS.
Bring plenty of water and snacks-it could be in the upper 80s by midday. I recommend boots, long pants and long sleeve shirts due to brush, yucca, and other things that poke you. It will probably be sunny so a hat and sunblock are best. Head netting will keep the gnats at bay too.
Please be prompt for the meet-up point. We do not wait.
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IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY:
The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. Please treat this meet-up as hiking with a group of friends. If you become fatigued and unable to continue the hike, it is expected you will advise the hike host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and help to promote the group’s safety and fitness goals.
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