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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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Park near the top of Signal Street.


The Hideout is a small and secluded trad climbing area, about a mile and a half from downtown Ojai.
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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Indian Paintbrush 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : Central Coast : ... : Upper Foothill (The Hideout...
A sixty five foot trad climb in a great setting.Options for the start include a super thin 5.12c boulder problem on a beautiful, water hardened sandstone slab. This is the most direct line to the first chance for pro, a cam behind a rib. Two 5.8 starting variations offer alternatives.The uppermost part is a section of thin and exposed 5.8 with solid pro below the feet.The top out is great and offers excellent views of the canyons and the East End of Ojai. Come ready to sling some boulders for an...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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

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