Reyes Creek Campground

Ojai, California 93024

Reyes Creek Campground

Reyes Creek Campground Professional Review and Guide

"Is there any sleep aid more potent than a rushing stream? The sound of rushing water always puts me to sleep and keeps me there throughout the night, and that’s exactly what happened at Reyes Creek. Even though we were camped a good distance from the water, the murmur of the creek provided the perfect volume of white noise for peaceful sleeping. This campground is open all year and features generously spaced sites on and near the creek, where you can fish for rainbow trout or splash about in hot weather. Set in a wide, shallow bowl, the campground is dominated by scrub oak, manzanita, pinyon pine, chamise, silktassel, and, near the creek, live oak, cottonwood, and alder. Small boulders and sandstone formations are prominent in the surrounding low, chaparral-studded hills. At just under 4,000 feet, Reyes Creek Campground is best suited to spring and autumn camping, although there is a substantial amount of tree cover to shade you during the dusty months of summer, when a dip in the creek is just about mandatory."

Reyes Creek Campground Reviews

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We just returned from our second stay at Reyes Creek CG. We enjoyed both visits, and we'll definitely be back for more. Both of our campsites were right on the water, and had plenty of shady trees. We hiked a few miles up the trail that starts just a couple hundred yards from the campground. (I believe the sign said Upper Reyes, Bear Trap, and Piedra Blanca.) We still haven't visited the Reyes Creek Bar, but it's on our to-do list for the next trip.
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I've stayed at this campsite a couple of times as a Jump off point to start a hike. The campground is fairly easy to locate off HWY 33. The campgrounds are first come, but have had availability the times I've visited. Grounds are relatively clean considering the weekend traffic that comes through that site. Fire pits and campsites are easy to access. We used this site as a starting point to hit the Piedra Blanca Trail. From the campsite it's a moderate level hike to several campsites. Generally the less traveled entry point for those hiking the Piedra Blanca, the Reyes Creek Campsite is closer to several camps that were well maintained and good for a quick out and back camping excursion. Bear Trap #1 Campground, 5 miles in was our camp of choice. We went in mid November so temperatures were in the High 20’s in the evenings and High 60’s - Low 70’s in the day. Those hoping to take the summit of Pine Mountain or Reyes Peak might want to pack lightly and prepare for a long strenuous day. Good weekend adventure for those with the right equipment.

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30 sites
Open Year-Round
Los Padres National Forest
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Oct 2018