If you’re looking for a beautiful and easy hike in Ventura county then Rose Valley Falls will leave you pleasantly surprised.
After a quick half mile hike from the trailhead you’ll start to wonder if you somehow walked through a magic portal to Oregon, leaving the normal dry Southern California climate behind.
How to Get there:
Rose Valley Falls is located in the TopaTopa Mountains in the Los Padres National Forest.
- From the adorable town of Ojai, head north on Highway 33 for 14 miles.
- Turn right onto Forest Road 6N31/Rose Valley Rd.
- Continues for about 3 miles and turn right onto Rose Valley Lake Rd.
- Take this road to the campground where it dead ends to the trailhead parking.
The easy one mile round trip trail is family friendly and most importantly (to me) dog friendly! With only a 150 ft. elevation gain, we were able to leisurely stroll to the falls. This area was affected by the Thomas Fire in 2017, but with recent rains in Southern California, is slowly coming back to life!
Butters is still building back up her hiking strength after recovering from her recent IVDD issues, so she enjoyed the easy terrain and even got to show off her creek crossing skills.
Rose Valley falls is the tallest waterfall in the area standing a total of 300 ft! This trail leads to the base of the 100 ft. tall lower tier of the falls, and an experienced scrambler can make their way of the slippery slope to see the rest of the waterfalls. But having Butters with us, we decided to relax at the base of the falls in the shade and soak in our little piece of PNW paradise right here in SoCal.
The falls are located in the Rose Valley Campground which has 9 campgrounds that are first come first served. We enjoyed a picnic lunch at one of the campgrounds after paying our $10 day use fee and took a mental note to plan an overnight trip here in the late spring! It’s also adjacent to Rose Valley Lake which is a picturesque place to kick back with a cold one after a successful hike.
Rose Valley Falls has quickly turned into a favorite trail of ours. It’s perfect for those random “Hey, let’s go for a hike” moments, or even a great beginner trail for that one “non-hiking” friend you convinced to get in the car with you.
So if you’re looking for a waterfall hike in Southern California that’s quick, easy, and beautiful then pack up the water bottles and picnic lunch and make your way to Rose Valley Falls.
But please remember to leave it cleaner than you found it.
= dog friendly