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Nordhoff Ridge Road

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Alt Names

Los Padres National Forest, Ojai Ranger District, Nordhoff Peak, Rose Valley Campground, Chief Peak, Rose Valley Falls, Rose Valley Creek, Sespe Creek, Bear Creek, Thacker Creek, Red Reef

Last Known StatusOpen

This forest service road is about 20 miles long and consists of mostly hardpacked terrain with a few steep climbs but offers visitors some stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges and valleys.

Visitors should note that a permit is required to access the trail which must be obtained prior to entering by calling the Ojai Ranger District. Reservations are required to secure a permit (walk-ins or mail-in requests are not accepted). Only street legal trucks or motorcycles are permitted on this trail.

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Nearest CityOjai, CA
AddressRose Valley Lake Road, Ojai, CA 93023
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From: Ventura, CA
1) Take SR-33 north about 20 miles
2) Turn right (east) onto Forest Service Road 6N31/Rose Valley Road, continue about 3 miles
3) Turn right (south) onto Rose Valley Lake Road, continue about .5 miles
4) Trailhead is located about 2 miles south past campground.


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenMay 1 - December 15CA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
street legal vehicles only
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permittedstreet legal vehicles only
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
ProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No RestrictionCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on designated trails
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.
CommentVisitor permit required and reservation must be made no more than 14 days in advance. Trail may close on short notice due to bad weather - call before heading out.


Tent: $20.00
RV: $20.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $10.00
Rose Valley Campground Fee


Contact InfoLos Padres National Forest - Ojai Ranger District
1190 E. Ojai Ave.
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-4348



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Miles Of Trail10
Climate TypeForest
Elevation3000 to 5200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe trail has almost all hard pack terrain.All
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has almost all roads.All
ShadeThis national forest has few shaded areas.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little



First Aid First AidOjai, CA
Gasoline GasolineOjai, CA
Diesel DieselOjai, CA
Potable Water WaterOjai, CA
RV Hookups RV HookupOjai, CA
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOjai, CA
Primitive Camping CampgroundOjai, CA
Convenience Store Conv StoreOjai, CA
Swimming Swim AreaOjai, CA
Body of Water Water BodyOjai, CA
Boating Launch Boat RampOjai, CA
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