Summary: This relatively easy hike takes you to the base of the two tier 300 foot high Rose Valley Falls. The trail follows Rose Creek for a pleasant half mile before the upper falls come into view, with water cascading over a sheer sandstone cliff. The trail takes you to the base of the lower falls, with water trickling in ribbons through the moss covered cliff. A number of side trails lead up to the base of the upper falls, but these routes are very steep and exposed in places, so use extreme caution if you decide to try this.
I did this hike during a rather dry March, and although there was water coming down the lower falls, I could not see any water on the upper falls. I imagine that this waterfall must be a stunning spectacle a few days after a rain storm.
Also consider also hiking the Piedra Blanca Formations if you are in this area
Trailhead: From Ojai, drive 15 miles north on Highway 33 to the Rose Valley turnoff and make a right. Continue 3 miles to the Rose Valley Campground turnoff and make a right. Park at the end of the road, about a half mile up near the trailhead sign (Lat:34.53181 Lon:-119.18315)
Trail Guides for Rose Valley Falls:
Day Hikes in Ventura County California
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
by Tom Stienstra & Ann Marie Brown (Foghorn Press)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses
Ranger Contact: Las Padres National Forest, (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 Criss on 12/30/2012
I didn't ever find this. The directions given arent all that good. I took the 101 to the 33. I went as far as the directions say, but found nothing. I went back and stopped at a gas station and was told to turn around and go to mariposa and turn right (which is actually the 33 b/c it turns with no warning/no signs). He said go 20-30 minutes, still nothing. I traveled several hours and ended up not being able to hike. :( better directions might be helpful!!
Reviewed by Kaycie on 3/5/2012
I really wish the description of this hike would have said something about needing an "Adventure Pass". I drove 2 hours to get to this hike only to find I needed it. Luckily a nice couple said they believed Wheeler Gorge Campground sold them. We got an annual pass so we wouldn't be caught in this situation again. I've also noticed that the hikes I go to that have campgrounds tend to have more graffiti. I am sincerely saddened to see this. So, be prepared to have some lovely views marred. Other than those two points of negativity, the short hike is well worth the trip and water or not it is still lovely (not much water this time). Plenty more to do there if you want to extend your stay.
Reviewed by Viewer on 1/1/2012
Reviewed by David on 12/22/2011
Nice short hike to one of So Cal's signature waterfalls. There wasn't much water, but it's still fun to check out, especially if you can combine it with other hikes in the area. Check out some photos, here.
Reviewed by Graham on 11/17/2011
These falls are truly astounding. I love the view from highway 33 as you approach the area through the rose valley turnoff. The hike to the base of the falls is very easy, perfect for just about any age. There is even a mini-game where many visitors toss stones into the surface of the rock wall next to the falls. The second tier of the falls is even more beautiful and is accessible from the main trial (marked by a line of stones). I suggest extreme caution, for the terrain is rough and rattlesnakes can block your way to the top (Well, it happened once and I've not seen another since).
Reviewed by Fi on 5/6/2011
May 1st 2011. Just back after spending two weekends at the falls camping. It is amazing and so much to explore. At 6 1/2 months pregnant I managed the hike up to the base of the upper fall. If you take the path on the right before you get to the base of the lower fall its the easiest route. It's still very tricky and you must watch your footing, plus following the water trail from the top of the lower fall to the bottom of the upper fall is a rough climb over rocks and fallen trees ......well worth the time and effort though.
Reviewed by RJ on 12/23/2010
A word to the wise, Never attempt to climb the upper falls. I was there Dec 26, 1976 with 8 friends and 3 of them tried, 1 of them made it about 40 feet and came down with the other two making it about 175 feet when my good friend Royce fell to his death in front of my eyes. This will always be with me all of my life. Royce was 23 years old at the time and I was 20. Royce you will never be forgotten.
Reviewed by Lalo Gamboa on 1/20/2010
Go on youtube and search for "rose valley falls" A guy actually filmed it at full flow and they are SPECTACULAR!!
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