Valley View Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,326' 404 m
Descent: -1,329' -405 m
High: 1,783' 543 m
Low: 946' 288 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“A 6.9-mile loop with great views through Valley View Preserve and permitted private property.”— John McKinney
The trail winds up the canyon; be sure to stay on the trail as private properties (with some lovely gardens), dot the path. The trail meets a paved road leading to a gate and the Los Padres National Forest boundary; a nice map/display here can help if you find yourself turned around or keep an eye on the Trail Run Project mobile app. Continue on the dirt road past the junction with Foothill Trail, and past Foothill Connector Trail.
At a Y-junction, go right to head west on USFS Fuelbreak Road Trail. The road dips and rises, eventually delivering great views of Ojai Valley. Continue on Fuelbreak Road Trail to a gate, vista point, and junction.
At the junction, take a right to head south on Gridley Trail (a dirt road). Turn right to continue on Gridley Road to the intersection with Shelf Road. Turn right to follow Shelf Road west through orange and avocado trees. Shelf Road also affords great views. At the gate, turn left to run south on North Signal Street to the turn off for the trailhead off to the right.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
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