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“Beautiful Panoramic Ocean View”

This is a very short ride just beyond downtown Ventura in the hills. While the road is closed... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Santa Cruz, California
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Beautiful view of Ventura

Great place to picnic at and enjoy the view. Great backgrounds for photos. There's also a fun... read more

Reviewed October 3, 2018
Oxnard, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very short ride just beyond downtown Ventura in the hills. While the road is closed before the Serra Cross, it is an easy walk to the peak and likely one of the most spectacular views in the area. A fantastic spot to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Buzzard100
Reviewed October 24, 2018

Based on Trip Advisor recommendations for top things to see in Ventura, my wife and I tried to go up and see Serra Cross. The nearby botanical gardens have been closed since the Thomas Fire and say so on their website. There is nothing on...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank blunoz708
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Great place to picnic at and enjoy the view. Great backgrounds for photos. There's also a fun little downhill mountain bike trail.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank 222jwong
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Grew up in Ventura county.. My dad proposed to my mom up at this cross and 20 years later my husband proposed to me here too. It has a winding skinny road to get up to it. The views are to die for.. The fire...More

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank Linda M
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

This park has been the source of major controversy over the years, because there was a cross on public land. There is a lovely view of the town below, the vast Pacific, and the Channel Islands.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank califcasl
Reviewed June 18, 2018

My sister and her husband got married there before the fire and it was absolutely beautiful. The pictures that were taken all had stunning views of the ocean. Even the simple ones near and under the tree came out gorgeous.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank JnRA3
Reviewed March 3, 2018

So I've walked up there a few times since it has been closed. It's nice because you don't have all the stoners up there smoking AND it's pretty quiet! The best thing to happen to the park is for it to close. It's very serene...More

Date of experience: March 2018
6  Thank Lireyes820
Reviewed March 3, 2018

Not often one can look straight down on a city and the Pacific Ocean. Plenty of free parking. Grounds were well kept and litter free.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Ronald A
Reviewed March 3, 2018

The best way to do this is to walk up the stairs starting from the Mission then up the road to the Cross gives you a good work out and you can stop and look back at the views that you get of the city...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Triker T
Reviewed February 12, 2018

is a beautiful spot, a heartrate-hill type walk if you need or want the exercise and atop it allows one to view a panorama of the Oxnard Plain, all of Ventura, the ocean, pier, City, and from the Ventura Avenue area to the Ojai mountain...More

Date of experience: November 2017
2  Thank Joan B
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December 31, 2016|
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Response from Jim K | Reviewed this property |
MediaByte's answer is right on the mark. Nothing I can add to it.
June 19, 2016|
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Response from Donna A | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are a couple of picnic tables up there.