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 Miss. Ventura on 6/6/2005
This hike was recommended by a friend. Seems to be a personal favorite now! Great place to bring the dog. The trail is mostly shaded, and the creek crossings are refreshing...The first view point has a gorgeous view of the Ojai Valley...Im hooked.
Reviewed by Castillo on 4/19/2005
Make sure when youre climbing to look at the stream as often as possible. There are gigantic rock walls, pristine (dont drink) reflective pools. The best part of the hike was the side trails, especially the one on your right as you begin making your final ascent. its trecherous but breathaking. So Lush, So Green, Bring A bowl for the lookout.
Reviewed by charles on 2/28/2005
used to live in Sisar Canyon, whereabouts confidential. stunning trees and brush, wonderful water, cool creek crossing. myriad birds, flowers (at the right time of year). easy in and out, up and down. up top, spectacular view, unparalled, of far as the eye can gaze and not go blind.
Reviewed by Casey on 4/30/2004
The view from Topatopa Bluff has to be one of the best in SoCal. You can see 7 islands. I was dissapointed to see Search and Rescue driving in the wilderness area without appearent reason.
Reviewed by DC Bl on 2/16/2004
Parked without problem at lowest trail head, watch for wierdos in cars at parking. Doggie and I made it up and back with a few rests in three hours-cyclist alert! Fabulous view and easy switchbacks. Two creek crossings.
Reviewed by michael on 6/2/2002
the stream running along the hike is nice, and the view is a good one when you reach the lookout point, but otherwise, theres not much to this hike. the trail is a fireroad so it never quite feels like youre doing much than walking a road rather than a trail. pleasant hike, though.
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