Lovely waterfall, beautiful canyon, rugged mountain views

Near: Santa Paula, CA

Distance: 7.1 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 1000 ft

Hike Time: 3.5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Condition: Well maintained trail

Hike Type: Out and Back

Santa Paula Canyon is one of the best hikes in Ventura County. The trail takes you through picturesque St. Thomas Aquinas College, then along the shady banks of Santa Paula creek with plentiful swimming holes, capped by a spectacular 25-foot waterfall just past Big Cone Camp.

Trailhead

From downtown Ojai, drive 11 miles east towards Santa Paula on Highway 150. Park in the trailhead parking on the right side of the road just east of the bridge, across from Thomas Aquinas College. Note that you must walk through a portion of the campus to reach the trailhead. (Lat:34.427571 Lon:-119.089664)