The Ojai Valley is rich with blue skies, colorful mountains, and lush wildflowers, native plants and brush. Located just one hour north of Los Angeles and 12 miles inland from the gorgeous Ventura coastline, Ojai is famous for its ‘pink moments,’ the time of day just before sunset when a pink light is cast upon the valley, washing over the Topa Topas and other hills and mountains.
Being in Ojai is like stepping in a Technicolor dream or movie, your senses will come alive as you absorb the vibrant colors in nature.
Hiking or walking in nature is a great way to experience Ojai up close. Ojai local Perry Van Houten, an avid hiker and mountain biker, writes about hiking trails for the Ojai Valley News. His “Perry’s Picks: Best Ojai Valley Hiking Trails” was featured in the Ojai Valley Visitors Guide (Fall 2011).
Perry offers insider information on the best of Ojai nature including:
- Nordoff Lookout with its breathtaking views of the lush OjaiValley.
- Gridley Trail, where a steep stone staircase leads toward a mini spring feeding water to ferns, maples and other trees uncommon in the area.
- Sulphur Mountain Road trail offers views of Lake Casitas and, on a clear day, the Channel Islands.
- Horn Canyon offers a restful retreat under a canopy of pine trees and a cool ocean breeze.
For details on all of these hikes click this link to download the Ojai Visitors Guide and see page 76-79 (.pdf might download slowly, so be patient).
Distance from LAX: 86 miles
Traffic411 Insider Tip: Experiencing Ojai in person is much more rich and glorious than the photos depict (photos in the gallery below by Ojai local Smitty West)
Ojai Valley, CA Nature at its Finest
Ojai, CA is only a 20 minute drive from the beaches of Ventura, yet you'll feel like you're a world away. The climate is sunny and warmer than the cool coastline, and the sights are pure technicolor. Whether you're a hiker or hippie, avid golfer or spiritual seeker, there's plenty to do and see in Ojai. Even if you do nothing but R&R, the energy here will recharge your batteries and can offer new insights on life.
The Ojai Valley, located in Ventura County, CA, offers some of the most breathtaking nature scenery in the world. Source: Smitty West http://smittywest.com[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/ojai-valley-ca-nature-at-its-finest/thumbs/thumbs_ojaipinkmoment.jpg]560Ojai Pink Moments
Ojai is famous for its 'pink moments.' Just before the sun goes down the valley and mountains are washed in a beautiful shade of pink.[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/ojai-valley-ca-nature-at-its-finest/thumbs/thumbs_ojaitopatopamountains.jpg]9930Topa Topa Mountains
View of Ojai's Topa Topa mountain range from Nordoff Ridge. Source: Smitty West http://smittywest.com[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/ojai-valley-ca-nature-at-its-finest/thumbs/thumbs_ojairainboweuteropefarms.jpg]750Ojai Rainbow over Windmill
A rainbow adds magic to this beautiful shot of the windmill at Euterope Farms on a sunny Ojai day. Source: Smitty West http://smittywest.com[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/ojai-valley-ca-nature-at-its-finest/thumbs/thumbs_ojaisunsetwindmilleuteropefarms.jpg]480Ojai Windmill at Sunset
This is the windmill at Euterope Farms at sunset. Ojai sunsets are among the most beautiful in the world. Source: Smitty West http://smittywest.com[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/ojai-valley-ca-nature-at-its-finest/thumbs/thumbs_ojaivalleylakecasitaspacificocean.jpg]350Ojai to the Pacific Ocean
Located in the mountains of Ventura County, This shot of the Ojai Valley includes Lake Casitas, and the Pacific Ocean. Source: Smitty West http://smittywest.com<br />[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/ojai-valley-ca-nature-at-its-finest/thumbs/thumbs_ojaivalleypalmtree.jpg]270Golden Ojai Valley
The golden valley of Ojai. Taken from Nordoff Ridge. Smitty West http://smittywest.com[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/ojai-valley-ca-nature-at-its-finest/thumbs/thumbs_ojainaturesky.jpg]250Ojai Sky at Sunset
Sunrise & sunset in Ojai are beautiful. Source: Smitty West http://smittywest.com[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/ojai-valley-ca-nature-at-its-finest/thumbs/thumbs_ojaisunsetoverchiefnose.jpg]310Sunset over Chief Peak
Sunset over chief’s nose, Chief Peak, Ojai. Source: Smitty West http://smittywest.com[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/ojai-valley-ca-nature-at-its-finest/thumbs/thumbs_ojainightskymoonvenus.jpg]370Ojai New Moon & Venus
Two-day old crescent moon and Venus in Taurus (May, 2012). Source: Smitty West http://smittywest.com[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/ojai-valley-ca-nature-at-its-finest/thumbs/thumbs_smitty-headshot-1.jpg]310Photographer Smitty West
Musician and amateur photographer Smitty West shares these beautiful pictures of the Ojai Valley, an artist enclave 90 miles north of Los Angeles.[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/ojai-valley-ca-nature-at-its-finest/thumbs/thumbs_ojairainboweuteropefarms_0.jpg]260