Upper Foothill (The Hideout)
Topped out on 'Indian Paintbrush'.
|Park near the top of Signal Street.|
Upper Foothill is a small and secluded climbing area, about a mile and a half from downtown Ojai. Foothill Crag is about ten minutes down the trail.
Four trad lines can be found here: Fiddleneck Aréte (5.7 R), Indian Paintbrush (5.8)
, Fern Dust (5.10a)
, and Biome (5.10b PG)
. There is also bouldering just off the trail: Hideout Bouldering Page *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*
There are two ways. They both take about 20 minutes so you can't go wrong. 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
-- 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.
Weather station 1.4 miles from here
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BETA PHOTO: The view from Foothill Trail.
Mike at the top of the smaller formation, pointing...
From: Santa Barbara
Feb 28, 2014
Short but sweet climbs. Still dirty, the routes will clean up with use.