Gridley Canyon Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Ventura County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest. It is 6.0 miles long and begins at 1,149 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,507 feet.
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).
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