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Nordhoff Ridge Road

Sunday, June 30, 2024

Other 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 part of the Los Padres National Forest offers a wide and hard packed 4x4 road that is about 10 miles long. The trail has a few steep climbs but features some stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges and valleys.

Rose Valley is a small campground located about a half mile before reaching the trailhead. The campground features nine sites that come with a picnic table, BBQ grill and fire ring. There is no water but a vault toilet is provided. Reservations are recommended which can be made online.

Visitors should note that a permit is required to access the trail which must be obtained prior to entering by sending an e-mail to the Ojai Ranger District. Only street legal trucks or motorcycles are permitted on this trail.

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Permit Update

Reservations for a permit are being accepted by email only. Send an email with your phone number in the email to steven.yamshon@usda.gov. Walk-ins or mail-ins are no longer accepted. The permit is free but is limited to four people per vehicle, no exceptions. For more information call (805) 448-4710.


Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenMay 1 - December 15CA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust 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 Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA 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 UTV & 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
2 Stroke EnginesNo RestrictionCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep on the trail
Rule Enforcement
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.


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Tent: $30.00
RV: $30.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $10.00
Rose Valley Campground Fee


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityOjai, CA
AddressRose Valley Lake Road, Ojai, CA 93023
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
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.


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



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
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