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    Topatopa Bluff Trail

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    Very Hard
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    24.3 km
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    1,435 m
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    The Topatopa Bluff Trail is an epic hike in the Los Padre National Forest. Reserved for intrepid adventurers, this demanding excursion requires careful footing and endurance! Rewarding tired conquerors with epic panoramas–this route packs a punch.

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    Route Description for Topatopa Bluff Trail

    Those seeking a demanding adventure in the Los Padres National Forest will enjoy the scenic Topatopa Bluff Trail in Ojai, CA. Escape into the Topatopa Mountains, reconnect with nature, and self-reflect along this extensive trail. This route is not for the faint of heart, requiring endurance and proper preparation. Head out in the early morning to beat the unbearable afternoon heat! Pack plenty of water, more than you anticipate needing—trust us! Traveling deep into the wilderness it is also important to be mindful of wildlife, including bears, deer, mountain lions, lizards, and snakes!

    Setting out from the Sisar Canyon Road, the Topatopa Bluff Hike follows the Sisar Canyon Road north, along the meandering creek. Soon after your departure, the developed route will transform into a more primitive dirt path. Continuing through the canyon, this trail will demand several crossings over the charming creek. Once you eventually reach the route’s end, merge right onto the Red Reef Trail, which will guide you past the White Ledge Campground and up to the next junction.

    At this point, turn right, and you will be diverting onto Nordhoff Road before connecting with the Topatopa Bluff Trail, which will deliver you to the summit. Revel in the expansive panoramas of the valley below and encompassing mountains. Retrace your footing down the path back to the trailhead when you are rehydrated and rested.

    Getting to the Topatopa Bluff Trail Trailhead

    The Topatopa Bluff Trail departs from the Sisar Canyon Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      White Ledge Campground

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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