Rose Valley Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Hike to the base of a 70-foot waterfall, following a creek full of spots for water play and relaxation on warmer days. Rose Valley Falls is an amazing destination. There are actually two falls, an upper and lower set, with the upper set being far more beautiful, higher, and dazzling than the lower falls. This simple, short, and very easy hike leads to the base of the lower falls and returns via the same route, because the upper falls are very difficult and even dangerous to reach."
--Monique Riedel, Best Easy Day Hikes: Ventura (Falcon Guides).
"This very easy and popular hike leads to the lower Rose Valley Falls. It’s ideal for children and first-timers."
--Craig R. Carey, Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura (Wilderness Press).
"Rose Valley Falls is a 300-foot, two-tiered waterfall. This hike follows Rose Valley Creek up a shady canyon to the base of the lower falls, a hundred-foot, multi-strand waterfall. The waterfall cascades over the sheer sandstone cliffs onto the rocks below in a cool, moss-covered grotto. This short, easy trail begins at the Rose Valley Campground at an elevation of 3,450 feet. There are also three lakes near the campground that are stocked with trout."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Ventura County, California (Day Hike Books).
"This is not a long trail and can be an easy destination for a child’s first hike. Any dog should be able to take this walk, unless it is a dog without legs. The three-quarter-mile trip is barely enough to get your legs stretched or your heart racing, although there is a little bit of an incline. Some uneven ground marked with tiny stream crossings does not make this a good trip for the elderly or the in firm. However, anyone in even slightly well-maintained health should be able to make the pilgrimage to this marvel of nature."
--Allen Riedel, Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"This very pleasant loop climbs over the ridge between Rose Valley Falls Campground and Lion Canyon. The climb is steep in a few spots, with some exposure. You then loop down Lion Canyon Trail through scenic Lion Canyon and back on paved Rose Valley Road to Rose Valley Falls Camp."
--Delaine Fragnoli, Mountain Biking California's Central Coast Best 100 Trails (Fine Edge Productions).
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.
Great short hike and a pretty falls at the end! Nice drive to get there, but don't forget to purchase an adventure pass to park at the campground. There's a ranger station in Ojai.
Great Hike. Very scenic. If you want to see the highest tear you have to hike up a steep trail that wraps around the second fall on the right side. Great pictures
Lion Trail is very over-grown and poorly maintained right now. Cyclists will get lots of scratches and ticks, hikers will get a lot of ticks. The first mile is in pretty good shape. Trails to East and West camps are gone, you won't find them unless you know where you're going.
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