Rose Valley Falls Trail

Los Padres National Forest, California

Distance0.3mi
Elevation Gain215ft
Trailhead Elevation3,411ft
Top3,595ft
Elevation Min/Max3411/3595ft
Elevation Start/End3411/3411ft

Rose Valley Falls Trail

Rose Valley Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Ventura County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 3,411 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 215 feet.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Ventura (Falcon Guides)
Monique Riedel
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"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." Read more
Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura (Wilderness Press)
Craig R. Carey
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"This very easy and popular hike leads to the lower Rose Valley Falls. It’s ideal for children and first-timers." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California (The Mountaineers Books)
Allen Riedel
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"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." Read more

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2/12/2012
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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12/31/2011
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4/25/2011
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.
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12/20/2009
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
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5/22/2001
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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Trail Information

Los Padres National Forest
Nearby City
Los Padres National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Los Padres National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS: Lion Canyon; Harrison’s Sespe Wilderness
Local Maps

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Dec 2018