Summary: This is a very pleasant hike that can be done in a couple of hours. Most of the trail follows the banks of Sisar creek, with several easy stream crossings along the way. The stream has many large boulders and sheer walls of rock which are quite spectacular. There is a pretty little waterfall dropping into a pool just as the fire road does a hairpin turn and leaves the stream. At the elbow of the turn, walk upstream on a little trail next to the bank a few hundred feet and you will see the waterfall. Very peaceful and pretty. Once the trail leaves the stream, it moves upwards quickly to a wonderful lookout with views of upper Ojai valley.
Trailhead: From downtown Ojai, drive 7.8 miles east towards Santa Paula on Highway 150. Turn left on Sisar Road along the eastern side of Summit school. Drive one mile to the traihead gate, bearing right at the split in the road. Park on the side of the road. (Lat:34.443738 Lon:-119.13471)
Trail Guides for Sisar Canyon:
Day Hikes in Ventura County California
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs
Ranger Contact: Ojai Ranger District, 805-646-4348
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted 104 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Jon on 3/17/2013
Relaxing hike, think I'd actually end up running it next time! The waterfall is small, but relaxing and nice to splash some water on yourself to cool down. Just up past the hairpin turn that leads to the small waterfall is a nice view. Driving up to the trail head would require a truck or vehicle with 4WD due to a pretty rigid dirt road with lots of dips and big rocks in the ground. I was able to park further down the fire road off on the side, just make sure you don't block the road!
Reviewed by Tom on 5/20/2012
Ok hike. Drive to the parking lot was treacherous in a sedan, you need 4WD. Scenery was not spactacular, road, not a trail, the stream along the road was nice.
Reviewed by Cass on 4/21/2011
I just did part of it yesterday and it was beautiful!! You can hear the stream the entire time. Highly recommended for an easy day.
Reviewed by Steve on 4/26/2009
Note on directions to trailhead: At the split you bear right onto the unpaved road, go about 1/2 mile and you hit the trailhead gate & parking area. The "trail" is more like a 10' wide firebreak. It's been graded, so it's not very trail-like. I walked up to the lookout and did stop at the "waterfall". Unless there's something further up the stream the fall is about 5'. Pleasant walk through oaks w/plenty of wildflowers.
Reviewed by Horwitzvta on 5/29/2007
Led Boy Scout Troop 103 (Ventura-CA) through a 3 day/2 nite hike up Sisar Canyon to White Ledge Trail Camp, up to Nordhoff Road and then down to The Pines Trail Camp, and finish at the Horn Canyon Trailhead near Thacher School (convenient shuttle- park. We were couting on Wilsie Springs to refresh our water supply but it was just a drip. Out of water when we hit The Pines, I surprising found that the Forest Service had recently laid a 2 mile pipeline from a spring to a trough at the camp. This was our savior! I have been to this camp before when it was a dry camp. On a hot Memorial Day Weekend, this water supply saved our trek plans. Now with available water, The Pines is a great campsite - worth the steep climp up from Horn Creek.
Reviewed by wendyo96 on 6/4/2006
Was disappointed to see that a majority of the hike was on a road instead of on trails, but following the stream to the waterfall was pleasant. Beautiful view of the Ojai valley and a very cool breeze at the turn of the fire road just past the waterfalls.
Reviewed by Tylina on 1/22/2006
We had a great day hiking Sisar Canyon. Don't know if it is just because we were so out of shape, but felt like a much longer like then 4.5 round-trip. Very quite and relaxing only saw about 5 other hikers over the course of the day on a Saturday. Great views, the waterfall just off the trail at the bend to the final ascent was awesome too. The dogs got a few ticks, but that is to be expected. Would definately hike again.
Reviewed by Nathan on 10/15/2005
Very nice hike, mostly through woods along the stream until you get to a higher elevation, then you see a lot of the valley. Warning!!! My friend was not paying attention and nearly stepped on a small rattlesnake, it was stretched out catching some sun on the trail. Also, we were confused about parking. If you take the directions listed on this page you will notice a sign when you come to the split in the road (where you go to the right) It says something about that being a private road so we pulled over where we were and walked from there. You can actually go ahead and take that path and park when you get to a big brown metal gate. Overall good hike.
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