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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Ojai Ranger District, Sespe Creek, Los Padres National Forest, Wheeler Gorge Campground, Holiday Group Campground, Ortega Vieja
|Last Known Status||Open|
This rugged trail winds through thick vegetation and offers panoramic mountain and canyon views. The trail is geared for the advanced rider due to loose chunk rock, narrow switchbacks plus steep climbs and descents.
There are two access points but the northern entrance (Cherry Creek Road) is gated and is seasonally open between August 1 through December 15. Please note that Cherry Creek Road is rough and should only be attempted with a high clearance vehicle (RVs not recommended).
The southern trailhead has a very small parking area (enough for one compact vehicle) but is only open from May through the November 1.
Camping is available at Wheeler Gorge and Holiday Group campgrounds. Both campgrounds do not have direct trail access but are recommended for those with street legal motorcycles (the southern trailhead is located about one mile north past the campgrounds). A primitive campsite can be found about five miles in on the trail.
This trail may temporarily close during inclement weather so contact the Ojai Ranger District at (805) 646-4348 before heading out. Be sure to say thanks to the Ojai Valley Dirt Riders for maintaining this trail.
|Nearest City||Ojai, CA|
|From: Ventura, CA
For the southern entrance:
1) Take SR-33 north about 40 miles
2) Trailhead is on the left (west).
For the northern entrance (trailers not recomended):
3) Continue north about 17.5 miles
4) Turn left (south) onto Cherry Creek Road, continue about 3 miles.
|Our Rating||Good |
|Recommended Stay||Full Day|
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|Miles Of Trail||9|
|Elevation||3700 to 5200 ft.|
|Trail Maintenance||Marked, Rated, Heavily Maintained|
|Hazards||Few||(hazards assumed marked but use caution)|
|Permit Required||Yes||CA OHMVR stickers required|
|Dates Open||May 1 - November 1||CA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 10/1 to 4/30|
|Spark Arrestor||Yes||A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.|
|Noise Limit||Yes (96 dB)||CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)|
|Whip Flags||Not Required|
|Maximum Vehicle Width|
|Motorcycles||Permitted||CA OHMVR stickers required|
|ATVs||Prohibited||CA OHMVR stickers required|
|UTVs / SXS||Prohibited||CA OHMVR stickers required|
|SUVs / Jeeps (registered)||Prohibited|
|Dune Buggy/Sand Rail|
|Prohibited||CA OHMVR stickers required|
|Two Strokes /|
2 Cycle Engines
|Certain Times||CA OHMVR restrictions apply|
|Helmets Required||Yes||helmets required by state law|
|Bicycles||No Restriction||Not Recommended|
|Cross Country||Prohibited||vehicles must stay on trail|
|Firearms||Prohibited||recreational target shooting prohibited|
|Emergency / Law Enforcement|
|Insurance||*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.|
|Riding||Yes ($5.00 per rider)|
Adventure Pass Required
Addtl. Vehicle: $10.00
Wheeler Gorge Campground Fees
|Comment||Adventure Pass can be purchased at the Wheeler Gorge Campground.|
|First Aid||5-20 Miles (S)||Ojai Valley Community Hospital (805) 646-1401|
|Gasoline||5-20 Miles (S)||American Gas and Mini Mart (805) 646-1021|
|Diesel||5-20 Miles (S)||American Gas and Mini Mart (805) 646-1021|
|Water||1-5 Miles (S)||Holiday Group Campground (805) 640-1977|
|RV Hookup||5-20 Miles (S)||Lake Casitas Recreation Area (805) 649-2233 or (805) 649-1122|
|RV Disposal||5-20 Miles (S)||Lake Casitas Recreation Area (805) 649-2233 or (805) 649-1122|
|Campground||1-5 Miles (S)||Wheeler Gorge Campground (805) 640-1977|
|Conv Store||5-20 Miles (S)||American Gas and Mini Mart (805) 646-1021|
|Swim Area||5-20 Miles (S)||Lake Casitas|
|Water Body||On Site||Sespe Creek|
|Boat Ramp||5-20 Miles (S)||Santa Ana Boat Ramp (805) 649-2233 or (805) 649-1122|
|Contact Info||Los Padres National Forest - Ojai Ranger District|
1190 E. Ojai Ave.
Ojai, CA 93023