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Upper Foothill (The Hideout)  

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Elevation: 1,740'
Location: 34.46993, -119.24743 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Alex Bury on Jul 27, 2012






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Park near the top of Signal Street.


Upper Foothill is a small and secluded trad climbing area, about a mile and a half from downtown Ojai. The area features adventurous leads up to sixty feet tall. Most routes can be easily top roped. Foothill Crag is about ten minutes down the trail.
Quality bouldering can also be found here: Hideout Bouldering Page

*as with all crags in the Ojai area, it is very important to give the rock some time to
dry out after a rain. The Hideout takes especially long, give it a week at least*

*please respect the traditional background of the area. Sport climbs have not been introduced to this site*

Getting There 

There are two ways. They both take about 40 minutes.

  • 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 Hideout is about ten minutes up this trail at the top of the hill. Look for a Ojai Valley Land Conservancy kiosk about halfway.

  • Shelf Road / Fox Canyon Trail
The drive -- From downtown Ojai, turn on to 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, 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 at the Hideout.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.4 miles from here

6 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Upper Foothill (The Hideout):
Indian Paintbrush   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 63'   
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Pulling the starting roof on the first ascent.

Fern Dust 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Central Coast : ... : Upper Foothill (The Hideout...
Turn the roof via the very short, wide crack (10a). Then lieback the huge rib to reach the two bolt anchor.Top Roping: a top rope can easily be set up from above. From the top of the crag, walk down the left side (climber's left) to access the big ledge halfway up the face. At the end of the ledge, the top of Fern Dust is marked by two black bolts with rings....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Upper Foothill (The Hideout) Slideshow Add Photo
The view from Foothill Trail.
BETA PHOTO: The view from Foothill Trail.
Topped out on 'Indian Paintbrush'.
Topped out on 'Indian Paintbrush'.
The view from the meadow.
The view from the meadow.

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By miwuksurfer
Feb 28, 2014
Short but sweet climbs. Still dirty, the routes will clean up with use.
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