Here’s a great sunset or half day hike for you Central Coast fans with great views of the Ojai Valley. The moderate hike will lead you through oak groves that provide you with plentiful shade along the way. It’s approximately a 2 hour hike with 700 feet of elevation gain.
Hiking directions: From the parking lot, cross over Hwy 33 to the trail-head (south side of the packing house). The trail is easy to find, and clearly marked. Follow the trail up Sheldon canyon (there are at least 16 or more switchbacks), and you’ll gain an elevation of 600-700 feet. You’ll know you’re at the top when the views of the Ojai Valley open up at a saddle roughly one mile or so from the trailhead. Once you’re at the top, you can clearly see the trail continuing along the ridge-line downward toward Cozy Dell Canyon. You can follow the trail up and down like a roller-coaster for more beautiful views of the orchards and Ojai Valley. You’ll reach the turnaround point once you drop down into Cozy Dell Canyon and reach the t-junction of the trail with Cozy Dell Road on the other side of the creek. Follow your route back, and enjoy the views!
Directions to trailhead: From Ojai drive 3.5 miles north on Highway 33 to the Cozy Dell Trailhead Parking pullout on the left side of Hwy. 33 (keep an eye out for the USFS sign and a packing house on the opposite side of the road from the parking area. It’s pretty clearly marked, and you’ll likely see other vehicles parked on the left side of the Highway.
Maps: USGS Matilija Dick Smith Wilderness map or USGS Sespe Wilderness Map.
Caution: Weather and road conditions can change in an instant. Always check with the managing agency before embarking on a trip. Always hike with a friend and carry a cell phone for emergencies. Bring plenty of drinking water, food, and clothing for changing weather conditions. Let someone know where you are going and when you intend to be back. Remember, California’s wild places are beautiful but they can also be dangerous to the unprepared and unwary. The California Wilderness Coalition assumes no liability if you intend to visit any of the wild places featured in our materials.