Hiking in California during winter months can be very rewarding. The weather is, usually, comfortable and the views can be extensive. The above photo was taken last month on the Pratt Trail in Ojai. The trail was well-maintained and the views of Lake Casitas were beautiful. The Pratt trail begins as a single-track, connects with a fire road, then becomes a single-track trail, again. It is very steep in some sections and reaches Nordoff Peak after about 7 miles of hiking from the trailhead.

The trailhead is located off Signal Street. Take Signal Street (traveling north) from the town of Ojai and watch the left side for a dirt access road and Forest Service sign. It comes up a few hundred yards before the end of Signal Street. Down the dirt road you will find a parking area and trailhead.

Cozy Dell Trail meets up with the Pratt Trail after a few miles, as does the Gridley Trail. This is a good collection of trails and highly recommended. Temperatures last month were very comfortable, warm in the sun with a coolness to the air. Summer conditions are very hot and dry. Be sure to be prepared for your hike, whenever you go.

Robert Stone describes 82 hikes around Ventura:
Day Hikes Around Ventura County

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