up the canyon enchanted by the fall colors and beauty of the canyon's grottos I attempted to set rock cairns to show future hikers where to cross and find the trail and even considers removing the lone misleading ribbon. At the trail head there is a sign that warns about car break ins. it, on purpose, to see what it looked like below the dried surface. and take it until it dead-ends at Matilija Canyon Ranch. Difficulty: Easy. Water in the creek. And sometimes this works out. Ultimately this is where I spent the night. Easy hike to Middle Matilija apart from challenging stream crossings. Subscribe today and stay informed on important CalTrout project updates, news and events. Trees still coming down in the really burned section between Lower Matilija Camp and the 2.5 mile mark. Matilija in search of Maple camp. Adding to that, there are many stream crossings (I didn't count but there were at least 10). discouraged. While this day’s trail was pretty easy to follow, there is always going to be some confusion when you’re under a canopy of leaves and branches. Sixteen miles of the creek have been nominated for Wild and Scenic designation. Did not go all the way to Middle Matilija Camp as I was short on time.Â. Besides 2 minor downed trees the trail is for the most part in great shape by Los Padres Standards and easy to follow until just before Middle Matilija Camp. that presented themselves where the canyon narrowed.  In one spot the We saw about 20 people out on the trail, and down the creek bed at neck braking speed and was out of sight in an I ultimately picked this trail due to its proximity to LA. Concrete arch bridge over North Fork Matilija Creek on South Matilija Road Location Ventura County, California Status Open to traffic History Built 1940 Design Open spandrel concrete deck arch Dimensions Length of largest span: 75.1 ft. Total length: 108.9 ft. Deck width: 24.0 ft. Also called South Matilija Road Bridge … camp we found this note left on a rock just after a creek crossing.  It The FS ribbon actually leafs you away from the trail into the narrows. beehive that we encountered.  We continued up the canyon enchanted by The trail crosses the creek close to a dozen times in the first few miles. Ojai is a beautiful haven hidden in the Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles and east of Santa Barbara. Upper North Fork Matilija Creek March 18, 2015 Leave a comment Almost two years had passed since I hiked up the middle fork of Matilija Creek. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 7 North Fork Matilija Creek (NFMC) Geomorphology, Fish Passage, and Engineering project protects local steelhead trout habitat while repairing erosion along State Route 33. instant.  It literally covered 50 yards of rock strewn stream bed in It was an North Fork Matilija Creek Trail [200 - 5598] Matilija Canyon Rd Ojai CA 93023. covered 50 yards of rock strewn stream bed in less than 3 seconds. The bugs were not too bad, mostly small flies and very few mosquitoes. North Fork Matilija Creek is a stream located just 2.9 miles from Meiners Oaks, in Ventura County, in the state of California, United States, near Ojai, CA. Stating any valuables “will not be there” when you get back. A recent article in Noozhawk by Dan McCaslin from a hike he took along the Matilija Trail: The Cubs of Pack 3179 had a great (soggy) hike from Matilija TH to Middle Matilija, with an extended rock-hopping break at both camps and lunch at the crossing near the guerrilla camp. From the gate you'll reach Matilija Camp after 1.48 miles. Plenty of water the entire way.Â. manageable with dry feet. Lots of bear scat. As you get within a couple miles of the south end, you start running into day trippers. precautions.  We put on our jackets and hoods and prepared for the worst.  Above Upper Matilija I did see a few ticks, one on my socks after I removed them and one on my pants after going through some bushes around the campsite, so watch out for those. I don’t know if this was due to low traffic on this trail, the fact that I was hiking in the middle of the week, or the recent fire. 5 Reviews. Join the locals and take a refreshing dip in the creek. This part of the trail had not been worked since the Thomas Fire and was basically impossible to follow.  People were headed in all directions once they got down off the hillside.  We marked the correct trail, brushed the trail and repaired some of the damaged trail at the creek crossing.  There was water in the creek and at Maple Camp. I recently did a 2 night backpacking tip of the North Fork Matilija Creek Trail in the Matilija Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest. There was much wading (and joy!). Drive up Matilija Canyon Road to a locked gate and park … The switchbacks are holding up and still a viable option if you can find them. Back at camp I spent the rest of the night by the fire enjoying the solitude of the Matilija Wilderness. By the time I got to the trail head and loaded up the sun was already going down. Storm damage changed the I had a little anxiety wondering if vandals were making off with my computer as I slept. More work is needed from the upper trailhead at Ortega down to the crossing and we hope to come back soon and continue that work. Cannon Creek is an often-seen but little-known stream near Holiday Group Campground and Hwy 33 north of Wheeler Gorge. The next morning I crossed the North Fork Matilija Creek and headed up the trail. I wasn’t looking to do a lot of miles on this trip and even what I intended to do was cut short due to how difficult the trail is to follow. that we are in one of the worst droughts.  We continued past Upper Which was exactly what I was looking for. on the topo map above Middle Matilija where the trail leaves the creek and [2] North Fork Matilija Trail. gather the water and poor it into larger vessels.  I decided to hike up droughts.  We continued past Upper Matilija in search of Maple camp.  GOOD SUMMER TIME DESTINATION. Instead I ate a late lunch near the falls and headed back to the established site just down stream from Middle Matilija campsite. We would have spent way more time just looking for the trail and going through the many downed trees. ;-)Â. easy to follow, I went as far as middle camp. After approximately this waypointÂ. (Michelaina Johnson) Since then, no more of the dam has been extracted, but a large contingent of people continue to do the background work necessary to reconnect Matilija Creek with the Pacific Ocean. Thanks approached one of the many creek crossing, The top of the trail ends at the south end of the Cherry Creek Road and the top of the Ortega OHV Trail. Trail needs brushing from Matilija to Middle Matilija, We backpacked this weekend to the Middle Matilija campground.  While there is moving water at Maple, it emerges out of the The area has steep mountains and is brushy, overgrown with alder and maple in the canyons with a few stands of conifers in the higher country, the Matilija Wilderness includes the scenic canyons of Matilija Creek, as well as its North Fork. creek.  I imagined what storm conditions must be like with boulders, Ojai, which gets its name from the Chumash word ‘awhay, m… After that the next 1.5 to 2 miles is washed out, very overgrown and difficult to follow. Many sections of trail washed out. Large tree came down approx 50 feet from me, so be aware of your surroundings and use caution.Â, Lower Matilija Camp in good shape. Hiked 2.5 miles up the North Fork Trail. There's 100's of good Eagle projects in rebuilding steps, retaining walls, etc, at any number of places on this route! sloughs, debris, wash-outs, gullying, and storm damage, as well as a few trees Creek crossings were brushed out to restore what is left of the original LPFA volunteer project focused on brushing the half mile or so between Maple Camp up to where the trail leaves the canyon. Just past the first narrows I managed to rejoin the trail near Middle Matilija campsite. bee's nest near the trail.  It was dated 7/11/14.  We left the note in appeared to have pock marks in it where boulders may have hit.  The lushness You will come to a point where the trail will fork to the West and to the North. Matilija Canyon was recently burned in the Thomas Fire of 2017. At a Glance. to hike with a backpack.  Wearing shorts is strongly discouraged. trees, and all that water slamming directly into that Below Matilija Falls it turns east and receives the Upper North Fork from the left, and almost immediately below that the West Fork (Murietta Canyon) from the right. arrived at Maple camp at 10:30 AM and ate our lunches. Water ABUNDANT – very few of the crossings are LPFA Day hiked above the site for ~1.5 RT. http://www.noozhawk.com/homes_lifestyle/article/dan_mccaslin_hiking_north_fork_trail_to_middle_matilija_camp. Thank you for taking the time to visit Hike Los Padres. Matilija Creek Trail is a 8.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ojai, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Further up the canyon are three more camps: Middle Matilija (4.1 miles), Upper Matilija (5.7 miles) and Maple (7.5 miles). of the area almost made me forget that we are in one of the worst canyon makes a 90 degree turn with a rock wall on one side of the The trail is also long enough with several trail camps to make it a satisfying backpacking destination as well. After crossing the creek, take the marked trailhead on the right to head north on North Fork Matilija Creek Trail, crossing the creek again in less than a tenth of a mile. way to Upper Matilija camp we found this note less than 3 seconds. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Don’t miss out. after that minor bushwacking, A group of 52 Ventura County boy and girl scouts led by Craig Carey joined Ranger Heidi to clean up graffiti along the lower portions of the Matilija Trail. Many Trails listed may be unmaintained, always plan ahead, check weather report, know your risks and level of ability. First Saturday on North Fork Matilija Trail - Crew of 8 volunteers worked 2  As I be unpleasant to hike with a backpack.  Wearing shorts is strongly The Sespe Creek Wild and Scenic River crosses this area. at neck braking speed and was out of sight in an instant.  It literally Cleared some fallen alders and mountain mahogany from the trail about 3/4 miles from MM. The hike on the Upper North Fork Matilija Creek Trail to the Lower Campground is 1 mile (one-way) with moderate creek … Solitude. I was happy to have it to my self. The next morning I crossed the North Fork Matilija Creek and headed up the trail. My only choice was to continue the difficult hiking along the creek bed.  Above Upper Matilija the trail hadn't been worked on in some time.  deer walking through the creek bottom.  The deer bolted down the creek bed • The trail was terribly washed out/overgrown all the way down to Maple Camp. The trail is overgrown, washed out, wild and scenic. Murietta Camp is east of Matilija creek approximately .5 mile up Murietta Canyon. Turn to the left for ¼ of a mile which will take you to the breathtaking two-tier West Fork Matilija waterfall. good view of the area.  The trail leaving the canyon and heading up towards left on a rock just after a creek crossing.  It gave a warning of a Leading off to the right after the second stream crossing, the trail enters the wilderness and follows the year-round creek. Most stream crossings were impossible to cross without getting your feet wet. Murietta Trail (24W07) Length: 2.4 miles Difficulty: moderate. indicated on the topo map above Middle Matilija where the trail leaves The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. To get to the trail you have to cross through private property. The next day I found out the trail does climb up above the narrows on river right but is badly eroded where it crosses the River. I spooked a deer walking through the creek bottom.  The deer bolted Trail is easy to follow, but there were several Boy Scout troops in the area who stayed at the lower campsite. arriving there at 3PM.  A very nice hike.​. Between Middle Matilija campsite and Middle Matilija falls the trail is increasingly difficult to follow. The entire area is within the Thomas Fire perimeter, and many areas burned significantly during the fire. CLICK HERE to find out more information about the Adventure Pass and where they can be purchased. I did a quick overnight solo backpacking trip to Middle Matilija Campground. We saw no one else for the first 8 miles. And even stumbled upon an alternate established site on the left side of the creek. Some know Ojai for its expansive vineyards and farmland, but to those who reading this profile, Ojai is exciting because of its untapped and raw natural beauty. Get updates on conditions, surveys and more... Los Padres Forest Association - 11-09-2014, Los Padres Forest Association - 03-19-2016, Los Padres Forest Association - 06-02-2018, Los Padres Forest Association - 02-16-2019, Los Padres Forest Association - 03-07-2020, Los Padres Forest Association - 11-16-2019, https://christopherplord.blogspot.com/2019/12/north-fork-matilija.html, Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara & Ventura. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. poor it into larger vessels.  I decided to hike up a bit further to get a Hiked up the North Fork from Matilija Trailhead to Maple Camp and back out on Sunday 12/29/19. entire drainage making the trail corridor difficult to follow, especially at But when I arrived back at the trailhead everything was intact. unidentified strange looking scat left right on the trail.  I stepped in When visiting the Los Padres always remember to pack extra water for any trip! Fees: Adventure Passes are needed at the Piedra Blanca Trailhead. creek crossings.Â, Overgrown brush was cut out and grass A nice little overnight trip out in the Los Padres National Forrest in Ojai. Thanks to a grant from REI the LPFA will be investing some serious time on this trail over the next year.  We hiked the trail from the lower trailhead to Maple to assess current conditions and flag the trail. The hike itself was easy, however due to recent rains, the stream was deep and flowing rapidly which made stream crossings challenging. Alternate names for this stream include North Fork Ventura River. Not much more than a trickle falling 60 feet or so into the canyon. be filed with ORD shortly. But for me it didn’t much matter. The water from the North Fork Matilija is indeed reliable, as all the guide-books indicate, but as dusk fell, it was difficult to access from my free camp. There are cairns marking the trail in the washed out sections. Description I have not yet been on this trail so I can't provide any description. Trail is in good shape up to middle matilija camp. Trail was harder to follow between Lower Matilija Camp and Middle Matilija Camp. Take the Quiz. after that trail is still obvious to follow but is slightly overgrown. spent two night on this trail. gave a warning of a bee's nest near the trail.  It was dated Parking available roadside. everyone! But even with the added traffic the trail is easy to lose in the high brush. Heading north on CA-33, the scenic drive passes several orchards and through the canyon, alongside the North Fork Matilija Creek. Array of colors, wildflowers, varying terrain, can get rocky-rated as medium but not hard. I set the cairns but left the ribbon not knowing if the forest Service was planning to change the trail path. Matilija camps there is plenty of water.  The water fall that is indicated Ramps in an out of the crossings were fixed where they were washed 33 north for about 5 miles, then make a left on Matilija Canyon Rd. Other times I lost the ribbons completely. I debated following the main fork of Matilija Creek to the large and spectacular. Could use some light brushing but otherwise all good. water flowing up until middle matilija camp. (We never share or sell your email address to anyone.)  Â. I needed my pole and had to clamber down a root-infested 6-foot dirt cliff to get into the rocks of the creek bed in order to find a deeper place to get water into my … This section of the trail is popular with day hikers up to about Lower Matilija campsite. • From Maple Camp (which is quite inundated with mostly small diameter downed trees) all the way down to Matilija Camp the trail was almost impossible to find. the trail hadn't been worked on in some time.  Although the trail is Matilija Camp, Middle Matilija, and Maple Camp are approximately .5, 3, and 6 miles up the Upper North Fork. Hiking this route teaches young hikers trail finding skills. excellent trail and easy to follow up until middle matilija camp. North Fork Matilija Trail - A Resource for exploring the Northern and Southern Los Padres National Forest. that presented themselves where the canyon narrowed.  In one spot the I arrived in Southern California pretty late and didn’t get on the road till almost 5 pm. ground and is only a trickle.  A cup is needed to It is about a 2 hour drive from Las Angeles to the Matilija Wilderness. Good flow in creek the entire way.Â, At Middle and nice hike.​. boulders may have hit.  The lushness of the area almost made me forget The trailhead is at the end of Matilija Road, off the 33, and shares the same starting point as the Murrieta Trail. Several hikers have set rock cairns in areas where the trail is difficult to follow. Station Number Station name Date/Time Gage height, feet Dis-charge, ft3/s Long-term median flow 12/1 15030101 Havasu-Mohave Lakes There just don’t seem to be very many people using this trail. navigating the crossings with the help from the volunteers. Even when I could follow the ribbons I felt like I was bushwhacking through high brush and down trees. Find rock climbing routes, photos, and guides for every state, along with experiences and advice from fellow climbers. 33 and Hwy. 7/11/14.  We left the note in place and decided to take extra Add to My List North Fork Matilija Trail 23W07 [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ojai, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. As I sat by the fire the night before I checked off a mental inventory of what was left in the car. We stopped even trying shortly after Maple, realizing it was relatively easy to just go straight down the creek, hopping the 1-2 yards across it to keep finding the best route. 5 reviews of North Fork Matilija Creek Trail "I liked this trail. From its headwaters south of Sespe Creek in the Matilija Wilderness in Santa Barbara County, the creek flows east then south through a narrow V-shaped canyon into Ventura County. I hiked in the dark just far enough to reach public land and find a place to camp. This website was developed for adventurists, explorers and enthusiasts of both the Northern and Southern portions of the Los Padres National Forests. At about 3 miles in just before the first canyon narrows…the trail becomes pretty confusing when it dumps out into the North Fork Matilija Creek bed. Our site covers trail camps, campgrounds and hiking trails for backpacking, mountain biking near the Santa Barbara, Ventura, Ojai, San Luis Obispo, Monterrey and Los Angeles areas We had to redirect many of the hikers onto Hiking became so difficult I decided not to push beyond Middle Matilija falls. Other access points into the Los Padres National Forest (that I researched) seemed to require longer hours down unpaved roads. that water slamming directly into that rock wall.  The wall itself Rarely saw other hikers so it was a nice serene hike with soothing sounds of creek when you approach it. a bit further to get a good view of the area.  The trail leaving the Ok to enter respectfully thru private property per signage. Went backpacking with some friends for Halloween 2020. … Far above the creek on river right I could see something that looked like it could be the trail but couldn’t be sure and couldn’t reach it anyway.  While there is moving water at Maple, it emerges out of the Also, there were two small rockfalls and a fallen tree on the trail around the last mile before the campground but they were easily passable. Tread in good shape; crossings manageable. Directions: From Ojai Avenue, head north on Signal … All four camps offer shaded stream-side sites. Travel 3.0 miles to the trailhead at the ridge top. As anyone would do I followed the ribbon and the creek bed as it funneled me to the canyon narrows. Multiple times I ended up in a dry creek bed mistaking it for the trail. detectable and easy to follow, it is very bushy and would be unpleasant Survey report will Shelf Road. This project was unique as the existing step-pool system provided an excellent rearing habitat for … Less defined at creek crossings. The fire is named for Matilija Creek, near the location from which it originated. The Ojai area includes the Matilija Wilderness and part of the Sespe Wilderness. The trail crosses the creek close to a dozen times in the first few miles. LPFA led a trail project as part of National Trails day and Ojai First Saturday to work on the Matilija Trail.  You can see photos and read details at the, North Fork Trail is non existent due to the Thomas Fire and the proceeding floods.  As I approached one of the many creek crossing, I spooked a As far as I could recall all my valuables (cellphone, wallet, camera) were with me. the trail and out of the creek bed. lots of poison oak, plenty of water for filtering.Â, At Middle and Upper But not before pushing on to Middle Matilija falls. Beautiful. From the junction of Hwy.  Cool canyon in the shade, even with the temps over 100Ëš. Followed the water course upstream for about 3 miles.Â. Matilija Camp, Middle Matilija, and Maple Camp are approximately .5, 3, and 6 miles up the Upper North Fork.  We Travel through the narrows is particularly difficult with the canyon walls closing in on the creek. it looked like below the dried surface. Please … scat left right on the trail.  I stepped in it, on purpose, to see what It’s the site’s main attraction, especially for children. Ortega Hill looked to be in very good condition.  I found some Trailhead, arriving there at 3PM.  A very Matilija Creek is a major stream in Ventura County in the U.S. state of California.It joins with North Fork Matilija Creek to form the Ventura River.Many tributaries feed the mostly free flowing, 17.3-mile (27.8 km) creek, which is largely contained in the Matilija Wilderness.The creek has one dam on it, Matilija Dam, built in 1948 to … The … ground and is only a trickle.  A cup is needed to gather the water and condition.  I found some unidentified strange looking Contact Us; LinkedIn; Twitter; E-Mail; Corporate Headquarters 1561 E. Orangethorpe Avenue, Suite 240 | Fullerton, California 92831 | (714) 526-7500 ; Locations Individual reports will be submitted for the various trail camps, all of which were in good condition, and all are with water. Murietta Camp is east of Matilija creek approximately .5 mile up Murietta Canyon.  In the end there was no Trail overall is still very navigable, though there are Four miles into the drive, you will arrive at the first of three tunnels through Wheeler Gorge. Ultimately I throughly enjoyed my trip up the North Fork Matilija Creek. Hopefully, hikers will have an easier time Order Online Tickets Tickets See Availability Directions {{::location.tagLine.value.text}} Sponsored Topics. But even with the added traffic the trail is easy to lose in the high brush. canyon makes a 90 degree turn with a rock wall on one side of the creek.  left Maple camp at 11 AM and hiked back to the car at Matilija Trailhead, The trail is gradual for the most part and hike will be at a moderate pace (3.0 … place and decided to take extra precautions.  We put on our jackets and This section of the trail is popular with day hikers up to about Lower Matilija campsite. The next morning I packed up and hiked out hoping my car was in one piece. incredible sight.  We arrived at Maple camp at 10:30 AM and ate our This survey is for the trail from Matilija Rd. crossings. There are a couple small rock cairns on river left and a ribbon a few hundred feet up stream along the bank. Water depth ankle to knee deep. It was my first solo trip and my first time camping in Los Padres. Thanks to recent rain, we knew that Matilija Creek would be flowing and full of water. The sandstone formations that surround the waterfall is one of the more impressive views that I've seen! Upper Matilija camps there is plenty of water.  The water fall that is As you cross the stream, take note of the faulted and folded nature of exposed bedrock, evidence of past movement on the Santa Ynez Fault. For the northern access point, go 27.4 miles north of Ojai on Highway 33 and turn left on rough dirt road up Cherry Canyon. Join us as we discuss the California Fishing License options, fishing rules and fishing regulations. Relax and soak up the scenery! “Matilija Wilderness Backpacking – North Fork Matilija Creek Trail, California”, TripTarp Review – Backpacking Trip Planning Tool and Lightweight Tarp →, TripTarp Review - Backpacking Trip Planning Tool and Lightweight Tarp - My Life Outdoors, Trampas Lakes – Pecos Wilderness – Carson National Forest, NM, What Kind of Hiker are you? One of the more versatile trails locally is the Matilija Trail through Upper North Fork Matilija Canyon. Could not cross without getting wet. the fall colors and beauty of the canyon's grottos The creek then flows east through a wider valley along the north sid… Hike is about 7.8 miles round trip with only 900 ft of elevation gain and on a good trail with several creek crossings (not much water now). 150, take Hwy. We shared Middle Matilija with a group of 4 people, but it was still a nice experience. Menu & Reservations Make Reservations . And the forest service (or someone) has tied ribbons to help hikers follow the trail. The creek joins North Fork Matilija Creek near Wheeler Gorge Campground. down both on Cherry Creek Road and on the wilderness trail. Soil is loose on some of the switchbacks and the "waterfall" on the map was dry, although you could see it's site. to Middle Matilija camp.There is no signage at the junction where the trail cuts off from the road only a small cairn marks the spot.Trail can be difficult to find in some places where it crosses the creek.Take time and look for the cairns marking the way.If you are walking up the creek you are off of the path! After another 1.6 miles, the trail ends at a seasonally open dirt road that leads north down Cherry Canyon to Highway 33. Middle Matilija falls is a tad disappointing. And I found it. OOPS, forgot to mention there is still good water flow! Normally this wouldn’t bother me but I was racing the sun to get into the woods before dark. Southern access point is the same trailhead as the Murietta Trail (24W07). even more people at the trailhead.  Great work everyone! miles of trail starting at the southern trailhead. Trail to Lower Matilija Camp was mostly easy to follow. Please remember to check with the local Fish and … out.Â. http://valhikes.blogspot.com/2018/06/matilija-upper-north-fork-trail-work.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MomentsInDirtAndInk+%28Moments+in+Dirt+and+Ink%29. was grubbed out in sections where it was blocking line-of-sight for hikers. switchbacks up the canyon hillside, has dried up.  On our way to Upper Matilija The ribbons should be tied so that you can see the next ribbon standing at the last ribbon you pass. I couldn’t help but think I’d lost the trail again. The Matilija Fire was a major wildfire that burned nearly 220,000 acres (89,000 ha) in the Santa Barbara National Forest (now the Los Padres National Forest) of Southern California, during the autumn of 1932. 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