Hike to Piedra Blanca
Los Angeles › Piedra Blanca Trailhead
Added by Rickey Minder
Just far enough away so you can find some retreat from the crowds that typically crowd every hike near LA, but close enough to manage easily in one day. Make a quick hike up to Rose Valley Falls on your way back to town to top it off, then stop in Ojai for some dinner to complete your day out of the city.
These white sandstone formations, splitting out of the forest, are a worthwhile sight as you climb up to gain a great vantage point of the valley. Spend some time exploring the rocks - the nooks & crannies are full of surprises. You can turn this into an overnighter by staying at the campground.
Park at the "Lions Camp" parking lot. Save yourself the worry of a ticket and contribute your share to the upkeep of these trails. You can stop at the Forest Service in Ojai (1190 E. Ojai Ave) or stop at the Wheeler Gorge Station on your way up Hwy 33 (8 miles north from your turn onto Hwy 33). The trail begins at the far side of the parking lot, near the picnic/restroom area.
From the trailhead you will hike until you cross Sespe Creek - given SoCal's drought we made a dry crossing even after a day of heavy rainfall. But if the drought lets up (fingers crossed), I imagine you should be prepared to rock jump across the creek. Even then, an easy crossing.
After the creek stay left at the "T" to Piedra. The trail is marked here with a sign, so simply follow the sign and remain on the trail and you will end up right at the rocks, they are quite hard to miss. Remain on the trail through the rocks (I recommend scrambling off the trail to explore Pierre Blanca). On the far side it continues along Piedra Blanca Creek and dead ends at the campground. The campground is 2.5 miles in. This is your turn around point. Or, if you want to make it into an overnighter, your campground.
This trail is used by the occasional horse, a heads up if you are bringing your pup along.
- Typical day pack for any SoCal day hike
- Plenty of water (especially in the summer)
- Shoes with good traction if you intend to explore the rocks
- Appropriate amount of snacks or lunch
- Recreation permit
- Pack it in, pack it out - take only pictures, leave only footprints
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