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The Best Hiking in Ventura

Looking for the best hiking in Ventura? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Ventura. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Ventura

  • Ventura, California

    Ventura Botanical Gardens Trail

    2.04 mi / 715 ft gain
    Ventura Botanical Gardens Trail is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Ventura, California.
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  • Ventura, California

    Ojai-Ventura Bike Path

    14.97 mi / 850 ft gain
    Ojai-Ventura Bike Path is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Ventura, California.
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  • Ventura, California

    San Buenaventura Beach Trail

    1.96 mi / 3 ft gain
    San Buenaventura Beach Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Ventura, California.
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  • Ventura, California

    Omer Rains Coastal Bikeway

    8.54 mi / 69 ft gain
    Omer Rains Coastal Bikeway is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Ventura, California.
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  • Ventura, California

    Beach Camp on Santa Rosa Island

    5.0
    16 mi / 50 ft gain
    This adventure is not for the inexperienced. There is a campground on each of the Channel Islands and even camping at Water Canyon on Santa Rosa Island is moderately difficult, especially in the summer. The payoff is one unlike any other on the West Coast. It is an opportunity to backcountry pack...
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  • Ventura, California

    Camp at the Water Canyon Campground in the Channel Islands NP

    1.5 mi
    You can get a wonderfully detailed description of what to expect from the Channel Islands/Santa Rosa Island and how to get there from fellow Explorer Michael Wigle's "Beach camp on Santa Rosa Island" adventure (which I highly recommend you check out for the information and the photography https:/...
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  • Ventura, California

    Hike the North Bluff Trail to Potato Harbor

    5 mi
    The 5-mile North Bluff Trail traverses the colossal cliffs of Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park from Scorpion Anchorage to Potato Harbor. Arrive via an Island Packers boat to Scorpion Anchorage and, upon disembarking, walk straight ahead. Just past the restrooms (one of only two ...
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  • Ventura, California

    Hike to Cavern Point & Potato Harbor

    5 mi
    Tucked away in the Pacific Ocean just 25 mile from the coast, the Channel Islands are one of Southern California’s hidden gems. With towering cliffs and isolated beaches that hug the coast, this place makes you feel worlds away from home. Channel Islands National Park is comprised of five islands...
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  • Ventura, California

    Hike East Anacapa Island of the Channel Islands

    2 mi
    Leaving from either Ventura or Oxnard via Island Packers, this full-day hike is in the middle of the Santa Barbara Channel on a small island, about one hour from Los Angeles by car and one additional hour by boat. Without a beach on which to anchor, your boat will pull into Landing Cove and idle ...
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  • Ventura, California

    Camp at Scorpion Ranch, Channel Islands NP

    4.0
    0.5 mi
    Accessible only by Ferry, this little known national park is a backpackers dream. You can catch the ferry out of Ventura or Santa Barbara, only a short distance from LA. The ride to the island is around 1 hour.We chose to take Island Packers Ferry out of Ventura to Santa Cruz Island. The ferry le...
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  • Ventura, California

    Backpack to Del Norte Campground on Santa Cruz Island

    5.0
    7 mi / 700 ft gain
    Del Norte Backcountry Campground is located on Santa Cruz Island, one of the islands that makes up Channel Islands National Park. It is California's largest island and is almost three times the size of Manhattan. The easiest way to get to the island is to take Island Packers, a ferry service that...
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  • Ventura, California

    Hike to Chinese Harbor on Santa Cruz Island

    14.2 mi / 750 ft gain
    The hike to Chinese Harbor is a 14.2 mile out-and-back hike from Prisoners Harbor on Santa Cruz Island or a much more manageable 8 mile out-and-back hike from Del Norte backcountry campground. If you are spending the day on the island curtesy of Island Packers, a trek to Chinese Harbor might be d...
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  • Ventura, California

    Hike Arroyo Verde Park

    3.5 mi / 800 ft gain
    Arroyo Verde Park is a small parked tucked in the hills above Ventura, California, and has a network of trails running up and down the hills surrounding the valley in the center of the park. The entrance to the park is at the intersection of Foothill Road Day Road, east of downtown Ventura. There...
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  • Ventura, California

    Arroyo Verde Park Loop

    2.3 mi / 466 ft gain
    Arroyo Verde Park Loop is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Ventura, California.
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  • Ventura, California

    Sulphur Mountain Road Trail

    10.52 mi / 2608 ft gain
    Sulphur Mountain Road Trail is a point-to-point trail where you may see wildflowers located near Ventura, California.
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  • Oxnard, California

    Oxnard Beach to Hollywood Beach

    3.72 mi / 39 ft gain
    Oxnard Beach to Hollywood Beach is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Port Hueneme, California.
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