Gridley Canyon Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"From the end of Gridley Road, this steady but pleasant climb—considered the most popular route for accessing Nordhoff Ridge—bisects a privately held avocado orchard via a public-access trail and service road and then climbs along the western slopes of Gridley Canyon to the old Gridley Spring Camp. Mountain bikes are common along this route."
--Craig R. Carey, Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura (Wilderness Press).
"The Gridley Trail begins at the edge of Ojai in the foothills of the Topatopa mountains. The trail follows a fire road into Gridley Canyon along the shady northwest side. Gridley Trail eventually leads six miles up to Hordhoff Peak. This hike goes to Gridley Springs Camp, a primitive campsite by a stream that is halfway to the peak."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Ventura County, California (Day Hike Books).
"Most visitors to the tourist town of Ojai only know Nordhoff Ridge to be a picturesque green wall that defines the Ojai Valley. This 17.5-mile loop actually allows you to climb the wall and experience a Humpty Dumpty perspective as you gaze over the gorgeous valley. Launching right in downtown Ojai, this challenging yet rewarding loop is the perfect choice for advanced riders sick of driving to trailheads -- leave the car and any squeamish riders at home and start pedaling. You will be rewarded with staggering views of the Ojai Valley, Lake Casitas, Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands, Sespe Wilderness, and mountain ranges too numerous to mention."
--David Story, Laurie & Chris Leman, Mountain Bike! Southern California (Menasha Ridge Press).
There are several routes to take here. I went up Pratt to Nordholf peak which I do NOT recommend in the dry season due to the extremely loose trail for the upper ~3miles. From there I went down Gridely which was very flowy and awesome, but not worth the Pratt climb. The view at the top is a 360 view of the surrounding valleys, yes valleyS. If you plan to go down Pratt keep in mind that there is little room for error. The best route is likely up and down Gridely.
Great hike. Easy to find. Started out lushly shaded by oaks and wild plants and trees. Fantastic view of Ojai valley about 3/4 mile up the trail. The Rest of the hike was along a road cut into the side of the steep moutains. Lots of sun so be prepared. Some beautiful shaded areas to rest with running water, giant ferns, etc. Have fun!
This is always a nice little hike or even an overnight destination. Gridley Springs runs year round so there is always a source of water. The main campsite is small, just big enough for 3-4 people - no tents. If you have a larger group, continue about 50 years up the trail to a nice flat area (room for 8-10 people or maybe 3 tents) overlooking Gridley Canyon. In general, you rarely need a tent because of the mild, dry Southern California climate. Just out under the stars. Trail head is easy access by car - just outside Ojai. Nice 3 miles in - 3 miles out. Continue the loop up to Nordhoff Peak and down the Pratt Trail if you want an ambitious weekend!
I liked this trail. It was moderately difficult, but one could talk and walk and enjoy the overlooks, of which their were plenty. Nice trail for a short or long hike.
The first portion of gridley is extremely strenous, don't go when it's hot. all arond good ride though.
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