Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Take a hike!

This is the view of the Pratt Trail from atop Foothill Cragg. What's your favorite place to hike in the Ojai Valley?

9 Comments:

Anonymous Neb said...

I'll never tell.

11/14/2006 10:45 PM  
Blogger Lisa Snider said...

Ah, someone with one of those coveted secret hiking spots! Hmm, I wonder where it is. Neb, how 'bout a hint? What's so special about it (other than no one knows about it)?

11/15/2006 7:34 AM  
Anonymous neb said...

Sorry, Lisa.

With each passing year I find myself picking up more and more trash on my hikes, and it makes me want to keep my favorite spots a secret from the weekend crowds.

What makes my almost secret spot so special, other than the fact that it's not on any lists of popular day hikes, is the fact that the few other people who also know about it treat it with as much reverence as I do and try to keep it looking as if no one else knows about it.

As far as local well-known hiking spots go, I like Gridley Trail, the Ventura River Preserve trail system, and Cozy Dell Trail.

Don't leave valuable items (or even interesting items visible in your vehicle when you park it.)

The world, and Ojai in particular, lost an incredible human being and source of backcountry fact and lore when Clarence Sterling died. I miss him every time I hike.

11/15/2006 10:25 PM  
Anonymous neb said...

That "/* in the previous post was a typo.

11/15/2006 10:28 PM  
Anonymous lisa snider said...

neb,
Those well-known trails are all wonderful. I also like Shelf Road when I'm feeling sociable. Thank you for the tips. "Leave only footprints, take only memories."

11/16/2006 3:43 PM  
Anonymous neb said...

Lisa, if you are looking for better trails you need to look further up Hwy 33.

Have you ever hiked Potrero John trail? The landscape suffered a bit in the Wolf Fire a few years ago, but it's coming back.

Another good walk, although a bit of of a butt-kicker, is Rose Valley Campground to Nordhoff Ridge Road, and then on to Chief Peak. This is not a beginner's walk, and you must carry water. Check the map at the Ranger's station for details.

11/17/2006 10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogger doesn't seem to like my html tags. The missing word in the last post is "must".

11/17/2006 10:37 PM  
Anonymous lisa snider said...

neb, yes, I hiked Potrero John on an assignment for Sierra Club's Condor Call! Here is the article:
http://www.findingojai.com/PotreroJohnTrail.html

Lots of creek crossings! Rose Valley to Chief Peak sounds like a very loooong day!

neb, email me, as I may need your help with an article: findingojai@aol.com

11/18/2006 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Jason Womack said...

Well, I could go on and on, bringing to readers' awareness little-known trails, day or multi day hikes and the like.

But, can I say something "on the record?" One of my favorite walks is out my back door, into my yard. With different views, different trees, and different smells, I can "get away from it all" within 10 feet of my home.

When we moved in to our house some 7 years ago, Jodi and I made one committment to each other: This is our sanctuary.

11/22/2006 9:05 AM  

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