Ventura, California

Ventura, California is a great place to explore the great outdoors. With its beautiful beaches, scenic trails, and plenty of outdoor activities, there is something to satisfy everyone. From hiking and biking to fishing and kayaking, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors. For those looking for a more adventurous experience, there are plenty of outdoor attractions to explore. Popular attractions include the Ventura Pier, the Channel Islands National Park, and the Ojai Valley Trail. For those seeking a more peaceful experience, there are plenty of scenic trails to explore. The Topatopa Bluffs, the Ventura River Trail, and the Santa Clara River Trail are all great options. No matter what type of outdoor experience you seek, Ventura has something for you. So, come explore the best trails and outdoor activities Ventura has to offer.

Top Spots in and near Ventura

  • Los Angeles, California

    Reseda Pond Path

    1.0
    0.3 mi / 0 ft gain
    Reseda Pond Path is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Reseda, California
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  • Malibu, California

    Ratner Beach

    4.5
    Unlike most beaches in Los Angeles, this tiny little stretch of beach is usually empty, and is a little gem! It is the perfect place to get an unobstructed view of the sunset, and the sticks in the ground make for a picturesque sunset picture! Just be warned, this beach is right on PCH, so expect...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Los Liones Trail

    5.0
    4.41 mi / 1115 ft gain
    Los Liones Trail is an out-and-back trail that is moderately difficult located near Pacific Palisades, California.
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Parker Mesa Overlook via Paseo Miramar

    4.2
    5.32 mi / 1099 ft gain
    This 5.4-mile out-and back trail takes off from the end of the residential area of Paseo Miramar. Once you hike a little less than a quarter mile in, you'll connect with Los Liones Canyon Trail. Continue on Paseo Miramar Trail, which in another 2.5 miles, will connect you with the Parker Mesa Ove...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine (SRF)

    The Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) Lake Shrine Temple is a spiritual sanctuary located in Pacific Palisades, California, USA. It's known for its serene and beautiful surroundings, which include gardens, a lake, and various shrines dedicated to different spiritual traditions. Reservationsare re...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Sepulveda Basin: Upstream Of Balboa

    4.0
    3.7 mi / 75 ft gain
    Sepulveda Basin: Upstream Of Balboa is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Encino, California.
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Canyonback Nike Loop

    4.0
    6.02 mi / 1693 ft gain
    Canyonback Nike Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Encino, California.
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Temescal Canyon Loop

    3.9
    3.76 mi / 810 ft gain
    There are a couple of different ways that you can hike in Temescal Canyon. For this one, the loop begins from Temescal Canyon Trail at Sunset Boulevard and is approximately 3.76 miles. This loop is not dog friendly.  Additional Options for Hiking Temescal Canyon: The basic loop – 2.6 milesTh...
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  • Santa Barbara County, California

    Beach Camp on Santa Rosa Island

    5.0
    19.72 mi / 3097 ft gain
    Channel Islands National Park is California's least visited National Park. If you visit, you will see many unique plants and animals, including a rare native fox species, and Torrey Pines, only found here and in a small grove near San Diego. This adventure is not for the inexperienced. There is ...
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  • Santa Barbara County, California

    Water Canyon Campground

    3.28 mi / 128 ft gain
    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, so I'm...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Inspiration Point Loop Trail

    2.36 mi / 486 ft gain
    The Inspiration Point 2.3 mile loop hike in Will Rogers State Park is a family-friendly hike or after-work run near Los Angeles, California. It’s a great dirt trail for all skill levels and features scenic views and beautifully budding wildflowers. You’ll get to escape the city and take in the br...
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  • 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road, California

    Backbone Trail via Will Rogers State Park

    5.0
    3.02 mi / 656 ft gain
    You'll make your way up Will Rogers State Park Road, located just minutes from Santa Monica, Brentwood, Westwood, Malibu, Palisades, and much of west Los Angeles. Once on the road, head all the way to the top and you'll dead end into the parking lot. Always worth supporting State Parks with the p...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Murphy's Ranch

    4.8
    3.21 mi / 679 ft gain
    This three-mile out-and-back hike begins at the beginning of a very nice neighborhood in Santa Monica. You will be trekking on a dirt road for about 1.5 miles until you reach some stairs that will be visible on your left-hand side. You will need to descend down those (what seem to be never-ending...
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  • Santa Barbara County, California

    Lobo Canyon Trail via Santa Rosa Campground

    12.03 mi / 984 ft gain
    The National Park Service describes this hike in the following:  "Strenuous.  A spectacular canyon with wind- and water-sculpted sandstone cliffs, a year-round stream, riparian vegetation, and a spectacular coast at its mouth.  Well worth the effort." I couldn't agree more with the last sentence...
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  • Santa Barbara County, California

    Torrey Pines Trail

    4.71 mi / 584 ft gain
    The vast diversity of terrain of Santa Rosa Island in the Channel Islands National Park is matched in uniqueness only by its own flora and fauna, in particular the endangered and endemic Torrey Pine. The best way to view and experience these strange, broad trees is via the Torrey Pines Trail, whi...
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  • Santa Barbara County, California

    Black Mountain via Cherry Canyon Trail

    6.54 mi / 1329 ft gain
    Words fail in describing the beauty of the Channel Islands National Park and Santa Rosa Island, the second largest of the Channel Islands and perhaps the most diverse in terms of terrain, flora and fauna, and also the only to allow backcountry beach camping. While the opportunities for exploratio...
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