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Wills Canyon-Chaparral Crest Loop (Ventura River Preserve)

CA

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Distance: 53.2 miles


This moderate 4.7 mile loop hike samples the various ecosystems of the Ojai Land Conservancy's Rancho El Nido Preserve on the Ventura River. Directions: From Ventura, take Highway 33 north. After approximately 7 miles the freeway becomes a 2 lane highway passing through Casitas Springs and Oak View to Ojai. At 5.7 miles from the end of the freeway, turn left at the traffic light onto Baldwin Road (Highway 150). At 0.2 mile, turn right onto Rice Road. Follow Rice road for 1.7 miles to the trailhead parking lot, on your left. The trail begins by the interpretive sign. NOTES ON THE TRAIL: The El Nido Ranch preserve is a maze of trails, especially in the river bottom land. This is a great place to practice navigation skills. A planimetric map is available online from the Ojai Lan Conservancy's website. Although it gives you the general layout, I found it confusing for navigation, especially in regard to trail names on the map as compared to the signs in the field.

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