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Ortega Trail

Sunday, May 03, 2015
Alt Names Ojai Ranger District, Sespe Creek, Los Padres National Forest, Wheeler Gorge Campground, Holiday Group Campground, Ortega Vieja
Last Known Status Open
DESCRIPTION

This rugged trail winds through thick vegetation and offers panoramic mountain and canyon views. There are two access points but the northern entrance (Cherry Creek Road) is gated and is seasonally open between August 1 through December 15. 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 open year-round. Novice riders should avoid this trail due to loose chunk rock, narrow switchbacks and steep hillclimbs.

Camping is available at Wheeler Gorge Campground and Holiday Group Campground. 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. Be sure to say thanks to the Ojai Valley Dirt Riders for maintaining this trail.

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LOCATION
Nearest City Ojai, CA
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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.
TYPE OF AREA
Area Trail
Land National Forest
QUALITY
Rating Rating    Good    
Recommended Stay Full Day
TERRAIN
Miles Of Trail 9
Climate Type Forest
Elevation 3700 to 5200 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard Pack The trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
Sand This trail has no sandy areas.None
Mud The trail has little mud after it rains.Little
Dust The trail has little dust on typical days.Little
Rocks This trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
Trees The trail has many trees.Many
Steep Hills This trail has many steep hills.Many
Small Jumps This trail has no small jumps.None
Large Jumps This trail has no large jumps.None
Berms The trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel Pits This national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single Track This national forest has almost all single track trails.All
Roads This national forest has no roads.None
Shade This national forest has some shaded areas.Some
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has no beginner terrain.None
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has mostly expert terrain.Mostly
REGULATIONS
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
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Prohibited CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Prohibited CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered) Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
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
Hiking No Restriction
Horseback No Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night Riding Unknown
Cross Country Prohibited stay on the trail
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Prohibited recreational target shooting prohibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.
FEES
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding Yes ($5.00 per rider)
Adventure Pass Required
Camping Yes
Tent: $23.00
RV: $23.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $10.00
Wheeler Gorge Campground Fees
Comment Adventure Pass can be purchased at the Wheeler Gorge Campground.
KEY SERVICES
First Aid First Aid 5-20 Miles (S) Ojai Valley Community Hospital (805) 646-1401
Gasoline Gasoline 5-20 Miles (S) American Gas and Mini Mart (805) 646-1021
Diesel Diesel 5-20 Miles (S) American Gas and Mini Mart (805) 646-1021
Potable Water Water 1-5 Miles (S) Holiday Group Campground (805) 640-1977
RV Hookups RV Hookup 5-20 Miles (S) Lake Casitas Recreation Area (805) 649-2233 or (805) 649-1122
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 5-20 Miles (S) Lake Casitas Recreation Area (805) 649-2233 or (805) 649-1122
Primitive Camping Campground 1-5 Miles (S) Wheeler Gorge Campground (805) 640-1977
Convenience Store Conv Store 5-20 Miles (S) American Gas and Mini Mart (805) 646-1021
Swimming Swim Area 5-20 Miles (S) Lake Casitas
Body of Water Water Body On Site Sespe Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 5-20 Miles (S) Santa Ana Boat Ramp (805) 649-2233 or (805) 649-1122
CONTACTS
Contact Info Los Padres National Forest - Ojai Ranger District
1190 E. Ojai Ave.
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-4348
www.fs.usda.gov
Contact Info Wheeler Gorge Campground
17017 Maricopa Highway
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 640-1977
(877) 444-6777
www.rockymountainrec.com
GPS POINTS

COMMENTS

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Ortega Trail Photo

Ortega Trail

The trail has a lot of chunky sections. This is a good place to test your rock crawling skills. Photo Submitted 6/14/2009 (Thanks!)
Ortega Trail Photo

Terrain example at Ortega Trail

Photo Submitted 6/14/2009 (Thanks!)
Ortega Trail Photo

KTM Motorcycle at Ortega Trail

Ortega Vieja campsite can be found about five miles in if coming from the south. The campsite is primitive but has a couple picnic tables and fire rings. Photo Submitted 6/14/2009 (Thanks!)
Ortega Trail Photo

Some terrain at Ortega Trail

Most of the trail looks like this - rocky and narrow. Photo Submitted 6/14/2009 (Thanks!)
Ortega Trail Photo

KTM Off-Road Bike at Ortega Trail

Photo Submitted 6/14/2009 (Thanks!)
Ortega Trail Photo

KTM Motorcycle at Ortega Trail

Photo Submitted 6/14/2009 (Thanks!)
Ortega Trail Photo

OHV at Ortega Trail

Photo Submitted 6/14/2009 (Thanks!)
Ortega Trail Photo

Example of terrain at Ortega Trail

Some sections do smooth out for a short distance. Photo Submitted 6/14/2009 (Thanks!)
Ortega Trail Photo

Terrain example at Ortega Trail

A view of a chunky climb. Photo Submitted 6/14/2009 (Thanks!)
Ortega Trail Photo

Scenic view at Ortega Trail

A view of Highway 33. Photo Submitted 6/14/2009 (Thanks!)
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