Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path

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Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path

Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path
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Hardeep K
Ventura, CA14 contributions
Couples
We rented bikes from the Crowne Plaza on the Ventura pier and rode the trail from the Pier into Ojai, about 34 miles round trip. Absolutely stunning!!! Easy ride, very gradual ascent so you don’t realize that most of the way is actually uphill. We went slowly on the way up to Ojai, taking in the scenery and even got some nice photos with the gorgeous sunlight! We ate our sandwiches in Ojai and then began the trek back, made it in half the time it took on the way up bec of the easy descent, and caught the beautiful sunset at the Ventura beach at around 530p! There are a couple road crossings; otherwise the bike trail is modestly trafficked with walkers, bikers, children alike and paved all the way up. It seemed like there are more trails to catch in Ojai if you want a longer trek and have time. I would absolutely do this trail again. Go for it if you’re thinking about it! Any level of biking skills can make this journey, just allow yourself enough time.
Written March 1, 2020
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Bob P
Oxnard, CA157 contributions
Lovely dedicated and safe bike path. Best way to enjoy this path is start from Ventura to Ojai, only about 12 miles to Ojai, have lunch and head back. Difficulty is going up is not bad at all. Very slight uphill so when you return it is all down hill!!
Written November 14, 2020
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Kubo
Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
This is great for all levels of riding (Depending how far you want to go), We started at the Vons in Ventura and rode to Ojai and found many restaurants that were open.

We normally start around 9, get to Ojai by 11, just when the restaurants open up. There is a very slight uphill that you don;t really notice but when your belly is full and you're riding back, you notice that there is more coasting on the way back which is nice!

Its mostly shaded and a beautiful ride. If you are doing the ride we did, I would classify it as intermediate mostly because the trip is about 31 miles round trip. So if your butt can handle it, then go for it!
Written July 8, 2020
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TracyB2B
Ventura, CA11 contributions
Couples
Be careful not to park at the beginning of the path in Ventura. We were threatened because the locals did not want us parking on their street. It ruined our whole experience knowing that our vehicle might be hurt. We ended up turning around and ending our ride early. Sad the City of Ventura is putting effort into beautifying the path but it is littered with homeless.
Written July 22, 2022
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Alexandra T
Murrieta, CA1,794 contributions
We did not go the distance from Ventura to Ojai. We called a bike rental shop in Ojai and were told they could not rent bicycles due to Covid. So we rented bikes in Ventura and started the ride from the pier. We only made it a few miles and turned around because the scenery was so bleak and depressing. On the coastal path there were a few too many inclines, but there was a view of the ocean. We returned the bikes after only 2 hours. I guess we just didn't make it to the "gorgeous" part of the trail.
Written August 2, 2020
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Creeping_Death_LA
Los Angeles, CA4,178 contributions
We started our ride from the Marriott Ventura and rode 37 miles roundtrip. The path is fun and relaxing because you don't have to worry about too many interactions with cars. It's an easy ride with a slight slope going to Ojai and easy pace and speeding on the way back. We rode on a Sunday and there were many others using the trail. I used my bike bell and horn to let people know I was passing. There are no restrooms but hundreds of bushes and trees.
Written June 16, 2020
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Dan H
9 contributions
The bike path is great and a fun ride between Ventura and Ojai. Here's the problem... my wife and I had the brilliant idea to rent bikes in Ojai and ride down to Ventura for lunch. We didn't take into account the fact that we are older and in much worse shape than our brains think we are. It was a great day. We laughed a lot at our stupid selves. We had a lot of fun but decided next time we would start in Ventura and ride UP to Ojai for lunch then coast back down after.
Written April 27, 2021
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ScottsdaleDave
Phoenix, AZ100 contributions
Nice walk. Right next to the road which makes it noisy. Walking trail and horse trail. Lots of bikes but no one hit us, thank goodness. Only walked 1/2 mile but looks like a nice attraction.
Written August 2, 2020
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Annette C
Ventura, CA20 contributions
Solo
The trail can start in Ventura or Ojai. My suggestion is to take the bus (#16 bus) to downtown Ojai and ride back to Ventura as it is mostly down hill going to Ventura. Be careful as you can meet critters on the trail. I met a bobcat and he woke up on the wrong side that morning as he hiss at me crossing the path. The ride is fun and enjoyable, away from the main road for most of it and it is quiet and peaceful. Family or solo you will be safe and have fun.
Written February 13, 2017
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santamonica811
santa monica5 contributions
Couples
Just did this with my g/f last week, as part of a camping trip to Wheeler Gorge up in Ojai. It is a tiny bit tricky to find the trail's starting point in Ojai. There is a clearly-market location, on the east side of the street. But this is NOT the right place...that is where you would go for a 2-mile (level) ride east, continuing into Ojai.

The correct place is in the Von's parking lot, towards the south, near a breakfast restaurant. Literally just a foot or three from the 33.

From Ojai down to Ventura is about 14-15 miles. Most of it on a very slight downhill, with a few level places along the way, and the final few miles all level. So, a fit 6 year old could do this ride easily, allowing for a few rest stops along the way. For part of the trip, you're next to the highway (but this path is separate, so it's very very safe), for part you're maybe 30-60 metres away, so you can't see the 33 but can hear traffic, and for other parts, you're far enough away that you can't even hear the cars go by.

Lots of dappled sunlight, lots of parts with no shade (don't forget your sunscreen!!!)...a few nice bridges, one or two parks where one can stop for a picnic/rest.

It was *really* pleasant, even with the temperatures being well north of 90F that day. Note that, during the summer, Ojai is at least 15 degrees hotter than coastal Ventura.

The ride took us a bit over 2 hours, but that was with a lunch break, and several stops for me to indulge my photography passion.

We found out in advance that you can ride down into Ventura, and take a bus back. The number 16, I think. $1.50 per person, there is a 3-bike rack on each bus (no extra charge) and it takes you right back to the start of the trailhead. Since we had decided to use the bus, we could burn our extra energy riding around the bike path that hugs the ocean down in Ventura. Note that this bus runs at all times only once per hour. But there is a text number where you can find out when the next bus will arrive at your particular bus stop...a nice feature, if you remember to bring a smart phone.

Since the ride Ojai-to-Ventura was, essentially, all gentle downhill, this (obviously) means that the Ventura-to-Ojai return would be all uphill. For a fit rider, this would be a fantastic workout. But for casual riders, it would be a really really really long slog. Maybe on a nice road bike. But on my heavy hybrid? Would have been unpleasant for me. (Although I am a dedicated and regular casual rider, and not a bike die-hard, so your mileage may vary.)

Highly highly recommended. I am so happy that we decided to bring out bikes on this particular Ojai camping trip.
Written July 10, 2017
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