Best Easy Day Hikes: Ventura
by Monique Riedel (Falcon Guides)
© Monique Riedel/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Got kids? Well then look no further because this is the kind of trail that's short enough to keep your kids interested and long enough...to keep your kids interested. A long drive up the mountain through beautiful country void of graffiti will take you to the Rose Valley Campground. Make sure to get your $5/day adventure pass along the route and park near campsite #4 at the campground. You'll start a very gradual ascent through great oak trees and brush and cross the stream twice, hopping small rocks to do so. On a hot day I would probably wander down the slope to the water to cool off but because it was 60 degrees we were perfectly comfortable staying on the trail. Within 10-15 minutes you'll spot a notch in the valley way above you which, I suspect, is the upper falls that you can forget about with kids in tow. You'll also look down towards the stream and see a small 3 foot cascade over a boulder outcrop that has a fantastically calming sound. Heading back up the trail, you'll round a bend and see this monolith of rock face covered in green algae and moss with water trickling down from several points and splashing off rocks as it tumbles towards the small pool at the base. It's certainly a unique looking fall and the kids climbed up and down the boulders and rock face for some time. There's also a small cutout that allows you to get in behind the waterfall for interesting photo opportunities. I rated this so high, not for the workout, but for the kid-friendly ease that was our hike and the beauty of this 50 foot fall. It takes a willingness to drive the backroads more than ant physical ability to reach this.
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