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The Hideout

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Hexing, The 
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Ojai Steez 
Phage, The 
Raise the Wind 
RBG Traverse 
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Snakefinger 
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Triple Mantel 
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unnamed sit-start 
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Wall of Incantations  
Wall of Incantations (left) 
West Face  

The Hideout 


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The Basics 

The Hideout is a small boulder field about a mile and a half from downtown Ojai. The rock quality is excellent, with a couple dozen problems in the main area, V0-V8. The bouldering resides in a beautiful oak woodland environment, keeping the area cool and shaded during hot weather, but wet for extended periods after storms. A short hike will get you to the boulders, which are concentrated in one place, making it easy to use a pad.
The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy recently acquired the land, providing access by establishing the Valley View Preserve. The trail adjacent to the boulders is a favorite of local hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers. Please represent the climbing community well by packing out any trash and brushing off tick marks when you are done.

*as with all crags in the Ojai area, it is very important to give The Hideout a few
days to dry out after a rain*


Getting There 

There are two ways to reach The Hideout. They both take about 20-30 minutes but Pratt Trail seems a bit less steep.

  • Pratt Trail
--The drive -- From downtown Ojai, turn onto Signal Street (a left hand turn off the main drag if coming from Ventura). After a few blocks, the road curves right but head straight, staying on Signal. Go up the steep hill and turn left at the huge water tank (there is a sign for the trailhead at this turn). Follow the road until you reach the parking area for Pratt Trail.
--The hike -- From the Pratt trailhead, take Pratt trail and hike for one mile, eventually passing houses and gardens. Soon you will reach Foothill Road, which you follow until you pass a gate and a large water tank, the road now being dirt. The dirt road crosses a dry creek and heads up and right. Take the trail that heads off right. The boulders are about ten minutes up this trail, look for an Ojai Valley Land Conservancy sign about halfway.

  • Shelf Road / Fox Canyon Trail
--The drive -- From downtown Ojai, turn on to Signal Street, driving towards the mountains. After a few blocks, the road curves right but head straight, staying on Signal. Go up the steep hill, head straight, and park at the gate where the road ends. This is the parking area for Shelf Road / Fox Canyon Trail.
--The hike -- Hike up the dirt road until you reach the large Ojai Valley Land Conservancy kiosk on the left. The kiosk marks the trailhead for Fox Canyon Trail, which will take you uphill for about one mile until you reach a fork in the trail, marked by a sign-post. Go left. Hike for about five more minutes until the trail tops out. You will encounter the boulders, on your left, just as the trail begins to head downhill.


Climbing Season


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Hideout:
Cosmic Hand   V3 6A     Boulder   
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Featured Route For The Hideout
Jon Hartmann on 'Mystical Weapons'.

Mystical Weapons V7 7A+  CA : Central Coast : ... : The Hideout
Begin from a sit and gain the aréte via powerful, open handed moves. A couple pockets up high lead to the top.The standing start is V4....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of The Hideout Slideshow Add Photo
'The Diamond Cutter'
'The Diamond Cutter'
'The Hexing'
'The Hexing'
'Force of Magic'
'Force of Magic'
'The Hexing'
'The Hexing'
Jon Hartmann on 'Mystical Weapons'
Jon Hartmann on 'Mystical Weapons'
Kyle Hicks on 'Mystical Weapons'.
Kyle Hicks on 'Mystical Weapons'.
'The Diamond Cutter'
'The Diamond Cutter'
'Force of Magic'
'Force of Magic'
'The Diamond Cutter'
'The Diamond Cutter'
'Ojai Steez'
'Ojai Steez'
The overhanging wall on the central boulder.
BETA PHOTO: The overhanging wall on the central boulder.
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By Rick Bisaccia
Dec 2, 2013

We appreciate very much that you are encouraging your followers to take care of The Hideout on the Valley View Preserve. I recently had to clean off a number of climbing oriented equipment stickers from the back of one of our preserve signs which involved scraping off,
removing stickum and repainting. It's always valued when users of our lands leave them as they found them (climbing chalk notwithstanding....). As our signs say upon entering:
Protect This Place, Leave No Trace. See you on the trail.

Rick Bisaccia
Preserve Manager
Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

By Rick Bisaccia
Dec 5, 2013

So there is no confusion, we have no problem with people climbing on the Valley View Preserve (The Hideout) and the use of chalk is no problem as long as climbers are respectful of the place by not littering, camping, etc., etc. (leave it like you found it--)climber's chalk washes off and is fairly innocuous. We don't like people drawing with chalk, but that would be hard to do with powdered chalk in a bag--so I think you're safe on that one.
Climb on; just remember to be respectful and as the signs say upon entering: Protect This Place Leave no Trace (except for some harmless climber's chalk). And since some of you let us know your concerns, you might consider giving back by donating to keeping our preserve and its trails maintained and/or by becoming a member since that is all accomplished (so you can hike and climb) by people donating, even if it's a small amount.
No government grants pay for the upkeep; it's people like yourselves from the community that value what they have.

See you on the trail,
Rick Bisaccia
Preserve Manager
Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

By Tim King
Mar 2, 2014

Cool little zone, with some shade in Ojai! Interesting sandstone conglomerate climbing with some classic mantels and a few quality, delicate slab lines and bonus gems. If you're in Ojai check it out.

Fun to walk up Pratt trail (shaded, not too steep) and go down the other way (awesome views near sunset). Adds a tiny bit of distance as you have to walk back to the parking lot, but the loop fun factor makes it worth it.