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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Figure 8
Elevation: +717/ -726 ft
Total: 26 riders

Mountain Biking Ventura river preserve

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#70 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
#1,128 in the world

This is a beautiful area with very diverse environments that include the bottom of the dry Ventura River, an oak forest, ridgeline chaparral, a great view of the Ojai Valley and Lake Casitas, meadows and an old orange grove.
This area is seasonably accessible because you get to it by crossing the Ventura River, something you don't want to attempt in the winter months when it contains rushing water. Also, this being Ojai, it can get very hot in the summer so late spring and fall are the best times to visit. source: venturacountytrails.org/

First added by christ1 on Jan 1, 2014. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Riverview Trailhead and parking on Rice Rd. Take the 33 north from the 101 towards Ojai. At the intersection with Hwy 150 (Baldwin Rd), about 11 miles from the 101, turn left, then turn right after three blocks onto Rice Road. Watch carefully for Hwy 150 - it's not well marked. Once on Rice Road, drive north about 1.5 miles to the Riverview trailhead on the left, across the street from a large horse coral. It takes about 45 minutes to drive there from Thousand Oaks.
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  • Squist1

    Great ride with minimal elevation gains. Rocks near the river may be a little unnerving for beginning riders, but totally manageable. Fern Grotto trail is very lush and green. Unfortunate that the bridge is out so we couldnt complete a longer loop.

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  • Hacklefish

    I rated this trail intermediate only because I can't rate it for all levels.
    This trail has it all, from the beginner to expert I believe you'll find what you're looking for.
    From the trailhead there are many different paths to take. You can go up into the hillside or you can follow the riverbed.
    I think this trail is an excellent training ground where you can develop your skills. Or if you're an expert there are some great switchbacks and technical tracks as well.
    My advice would be to get there and explore.
    Be sure to pack some snacks because you won't want to quit.

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