Robert in Los Padres National Forest

Robert in Los Padres National Forest

Ojai, California is home to some of the best trails I have ever hiked, and most of them are just minutes away from us. Paul and I have hiked here and there on the weekends, but most of my trail time happens on Monday mornings with a group led by Robert Evans via the Ojai Valley Athletic Club.

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img_0733  Sunday, August 31 stnew mat falls

 For this hike we are offering two options:

 

 

Option #1; Hiking along the creek up to our favorite swimming hole called “moon pool” where you can swim, sun on the beautiful rocks, explore the creek area near by, and have lunch. We will hang out here for an hour or so then head back home. This hike round trip is approximately 5 miles and usually takes about 1 1/2 hours or less to get there. So for those of you that don’t have a lot of time or don’t feel up to doing the whole hike to the falls this will be the perfect hike. Price for this hike is $20 per person.

Option #2: We will continue on past the first stop after taking a plunge in the swimming hole to cool off.  From here the trail becomes a bit more challenging as we make our way to the series of falls. The first falls are almost dry due to the lack of rain but are worth seeing. After this stop we will head to the next falls where we can swim and climb up into a cave beneath the water fall. We will eat lunch, relax and enjoy natures beauty and then head back. This hike is approximately 10 miles round trip and usually takes about 7 hours to complete. Price for this hike is $30 per person.

Things you will need for this hike:

  1.  Hat and sunscreen.
  2. Dress in comfortable hiking cloths/dress in layers.
  3. Hiking shoes.
  4. At least 3 liters of water/snack/and lunch.

This time of year the rocks and sand really heat up and can burn dogs feet so please “No Dogs Allowed”.

Meeting Location:

We will meet at Nordhoff High School parking (over by the track) at 7:30 am. From here we will carpool to the trail head. Any questions or concerns call Robert @ (805)798-2810 or Susan @ (805)701-0221.

Saturday September 14th Pine Mountain
Two Springs Hike
Located on top of Pine Mountain are two seldom if ever visited and uniquely different Fresh Water Springs. On the Cuyama side of the mountain we have the McGuire Springs which was a Basque shepherd camp from the late 1800’s. This fresh water spring is located beneath ancient majestic pines with stunning views of the Cuyama Badlands.
On the other side of the mountain lies Chorro Spring. On a clear day you can see beyond the Channel Islands. This site was an important part on the Chumash Indian Trail. The spring actually begins beneath a giant boulder. There are also many ancient carvings in this area.
This hike is approximately 5 miles total and begins at 7,000 ft. elevation. This is not a very technical trail, only a few steep hills, but is filled with breathtaking 360° views and the smell of fresh pines and wild flowers.
We will meet at Nordhoff High School parking lot @ 8am and then carpool to the Pine Mountain trail, (approx. 35 mile drive to trail). Total time for the day approx. 6 hrs.
Things you will need for this hike:
• Water, sack lunch, snacks.
• Hat, sunscreen, bug spray, comfortable hiking shoes.
• Camera, spirit of adventure.

  •  Cost is $25 per person / group discounts available!

Contact Robert or Susan Evans for additional information. (805) 798-2810 *  robert@goojai.com  *  susan@goojai.com

 

 

 

 

Saturday, July 27th

img_0733 Please join us as we honor our friend David Bury on our Second annual David Bury Hike into the Majestic Matilija Canyon.    This hike takes us to amazing waterfalls in the Matilija Canyon.  The scenic trail takes us to  Swimming Holes and Majestic Waterfalls as we follow the beautiful Matilija Creek.  There are several creek crossings along with boulder hoppings as we navigate this trail.   This time of year the temperature can really HEAT up so please be prepared.   We categorized this hike as one of our NO WIMP HIKES.  This means, no Kids or Dogs, (really Tough & really Hot) unless they are hardy trail Kids/ Dogs.  (This time of year the sand and rocks heat up and can burn dogs feet.)  Please contact us if you have any questions concerning your ability to do this hike.  The approximate distance is 10 miles out and back.  Although this hike is challenging it is one you won’t want to miss.    Absolutely Beautiful!

We meet at Nordhoff H.S parking lot in Ojai 8am, July 27th then carpool to the trailhead.  Plan on approximately 6-8 hrs total time.

Things you will need for this hike.

  •  Wear comfortable hiking shoes_ extra pair of socks
  • Dress in layers
  •  Bring lots of water_ sack lunch_ snacks_food
  •  Camera_ hat_sunscreen_BUG Spray.

Contact Robert or Susan (805)798-2810 or robert@goojai.com

The cost is $25 a person/$40 for couples.

Sunday May 12th

Chorro Grande Falls in Fall

On this hike we will follow an ancient Chumash Indian trail  along Chorro Grande Creek up into the pine trees until we reach the springs. This Chumash camping site was sacred to the Indians and the springs actually bubble out from under a massive boulder. We’ll have a bite to eat here and head back down . On  the way back we will detour to check out some Chumash carvings and go down to Chorro Grande Falls where the Chumash had a camp site located under the water fall. We’ll rest a bit in the shade and you might want to go for a swim in the pool beneath the falls.

Our hike begins @ 3,500 ft. elevation and the Chorro Grande Springs are @ 6,400 so we have a bit of climbing to do. Distance wise it is only 4 miles from the bottom to the top, so 8 miles total round trip.

We will meet at Nordhoff High parking lot at 8:00am and car pool to the trail head.  Driving time is approx 40 minutes.  Plan on being gone at least 5 hours.

Things you will need for this hike:

  • Dress in layers, (starts out cool but could get hot)
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Hat & Suncreen
  • Lots of water
  • Sack lunch & snacks
  • Camera

The cost for this hike is $25 per person.  This is a “not for wimps hike.”

Contact robert@goojai.com or susan@goojai.com for questions or concerns regarding this hike.

Potrero John Falls

Sunday January 20th.  Meet @ Nordoff H.S @ 9am.

  1. We will carpool from here

Join us on this challenging hike.  The trail follows Potrero John creek through a narrow gorge and up the canyon.  There are open meadows dotted with red manzanita trees and magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. The day will be filled with adventure and memories.  Our goal is to reach the beautiful waterfall.  This is where we will rest and enjoy lunch.  This hike is approx. 8 miles round trip.  This is not a technically challenging trail until we reach the falls.  At this point you can stay or proceed to the falls.

Things you will need for this hike:

  • Dress in layers- it’s cold, (possible snow leftovers)
  • Comfortable shoes-extra socks.
  • Camera
  • Food-Snacks+Lunch
  • Water

Cost for this hike is $20 per person.  Trail dogs are welcome.

Any questions contact robert@goojai.com. 805-798-2810

susan@goojai.com. 805-701-0221

 

 

 

Sunday, July 22nd

img_0733 Please join us as we honor our friend David Bury as we venture into the Matilija Canyon on our first annual David Bury Hike.   We will hike to the amazing water falls in the Matilija Canyon.  This scenic trail takes us to  Swimming Holes and Majestic Water falls and follows the beautiful MatilijaCreek.  There are several creek crossings along with boulder hopping as we navigate this trail so you might want to bring along a pair of water shoes.   This time of year the temperature can unpredictable so dress in layers.   We categorized this hike as one of our NO WIMP HIKES.  This means, no kids or dogs, (really tough) unless they are hardy trail kids/ dogs.  (This time of year the sand and rocks heat up and can burn dogs feet.)  Please contact us if you have any questions concerning your ability to do this hike.  The approximate distance is 10 miles out and back.  Although this hike is challenging it is one you won’t want to miss.    Absolutely Beautiful!

We meet at Nordhoff H.S parking lot in Ojai 8am, July 22nd then carpool to the trail head.  Plan on approximately 6-8 hrs.

Things you will need for this hike.

  •  Wear comfortable hiking shoes_ extra pair of socks
  • Dress in layers
  •  Bring lots of water_ sack lunch_ snacks
  •  Camera_ hat_sunscreen_BUG Spray.

Contact Robert or Susan (805)798-2810 or robert@goojai.com

The cost is $25 a person/$40 for couples.

Saturday August 20th

This hike will take us on a beautiful trail with some shade and some sun so dress in layers.  We start at Middle Lions trail head and then trek over  to explore the East Fork Falls, (Susan’s Secret Springs). We get to climb up and into several fall. To feel the power of the water pulsing around you is thrilling.  The water is crystal clear and ice cold.  Jumping in the pools on a hot day is the high lite of the day.  We will meet at Nordhoff H.S in Ojai @ 8 AM and then carpool to the trail head. Travel time is about 40 minutes. You can see several pictures from an earlier trip by going to www.goojai.com and clicking recent hikes view Middle Lions.  The total trail length is about 5 miles round trip.  This hike is classified as a family hike including… the Dog’s.  Things you should know…

Cost for this hike is $20 a person.  Kids under 12yrs are free.

  • Dress in layers
  • Hat’s and sunscreen are recommended
  • Bug spray
  • Bring lots of water
  • Bring snacks and lunch
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes

Any questions call Robert or Susan at 805-798-2810 or email robert@goojai.com or susan@goojai.com.

Saturday July, 23rd

Join us on this exquisite journey.     We will travel across the channel in our own charted boat .  The sea life is thriving on this journey across the channel and we may even see some of the 28 species of whales and dolphins.   Once we arrive at the island we will start kayaking and  heading south, concentrating on some of the largest caves the island has to offer.  We will then kayak through the famous arch and visit the Northern Fur Seal rookery on the back side of the island.  Anacapa Island has the largest Brown Pelican Rookery in the United States.  A trip you won’t want to miss!  A trip you will never forget!

  Things you should bring; 

  •  Warm cloths for the channel crossing, a change of cloths for the trip back,  and also cloths to kayak in, (wet suits work well if you have one). 
  • Snacks for the kayaks as well as a hearty lunch.  This is a full day.  You will be able to keep food on the boat,  so a small cooler is OK.
  •  Bring lots of water and if you bring a camera, wrap it in a water proof bag or zip lock bag or 2.  
  • We recommend bike gloves for your hands, a good hat and sunscreen_sun glasses as well.
  • Mask and snorkel if you want.

Cost for this day is $175 per person which includes chartered boat, Kayaks, paddles, life vest, helmets, and the best guides ever.  Please specify if you want a single or double kayak.  Space for this trip is limited and we will also need a deposit of $100 to reserve your spot.

Please be at the dock @ 8am for check-in and safety instructions.  We will depart @ 8:30am sharp, returning around 3:30pm.

Directions:

3001 S. Victoria Ave
Channel Islands Harbor
Oxnard, CA 93035
Tel: (805) 204-0977

Roberts cell# 805-798-2810 for questions
 If you have questions please contact us at  robert@goojai.com or susan@goojai.com Roberts cell (805)798-2810 / Susan’s cell (805)701-0221.

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