Ojai, California is a popular destination for all types of travelers. For me, the biking in Ojai is what really stands out (obviously 🙂)
Tucked in a valley between two mountain ranges, this small town offers dozens of opportunities for two-wheeled adventures.
From mountain biking down the slopes of the Topotapa Mountains to cruising along the Ojai Valley Trail down to the Pacific Ocean in Ventura, I found the biking in Ojai to be surprisingly enjoyable.
Below are my top 5 bike rides in Ojai that are worth checking out.
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1. Ojai Valley Trail
The Ojai Valley Trail is probably the most well-known bike trail in Ojai. It’s a 15-mile (one-way) continuous paved path that runs between Ojai and Ventura.
It’s completely car-free and a great way to see the beautiful landscape that makes up the Ojai Valley.
You can ride the Ojai Valley Trail all the way to Ventura and back (30 miles) or just explore the path as a shorter out-and-back from Ojai.
Plan your ride with my complete guide to the Ojai Valley Trail, which includes the best stops along the way and where you can rent bikes.
2. Ventura River Preserve
Ventura River Preserve is where mountain bikers go to get a quick loop in. It’s located just a few miles outside of town and has a network of fun and varied singletrack.
There’s a little bit of everything here from fire road climbs, fast and furious descents, and cross-country pedaling through oak forest.
I really enjoyed my ride at Ventura River Preserve – definitely hit the downhill on Friends Trail!
Make the most of your day in the saddle with my guide to mountain biking at Ventura River Preserve. Learn the best trails and route recommendations.
3. Gridley Trail
Two thumbs up for Gridley Trail! If you’re a mountain biker, you need to ride this trail. It’s an out-and-back, which I don’t typically love, but trust me, this one is worth it.
The climb up to the top is about 6 miles of gradual ascending through a canyon cut into the Topotapa Mountains. The views are amazing and it feels like you’re heading into the wilderness.
Once you make it to the top (just keep going!), you’re in for a treat: 6 miles of fast, flowy descending back down through the canyon.
Important: Check your speed! There are some tight turns where you do not want to go over the edge.
Gridley Trail is pretty awesome, but there are a few things you should know before riding it. Check out my guide to mountain biking Gridley Trail for all the info and tips to have fun and stay safe.
4. Sulphur Mountain Loop
For the gravel riders out there, Sulphur Mountain Trail is an iconic option for biking in Ojai.
You can ride it as an out-and-back, but I recommend making it into a 30+ mile loop that includes a section of the Ojai Valley Trail (paved bike path) and a super fun descent down the switchbacked main road leading into Ojai.
If you’re looking for solitude and great views, this ride is for you!
Plan your gravel ride on the Sulpher Mountain Trail with my detailed guide. Learn where to start, what to expect, and more.
5. Ropersmith Family Trail
I really wanted to ride the Ropersmith Family Trail in Harmon Canyon in Ventura Land Trust south of Ojai. I’d heard and read really good things about it, but sadly it was closed due to rain during the two weeks I was in Ojai.
Purpose-built for mountain biking and a dedicated downhill trail (you need to climb up the road), the Ropersmith Family Trail is supposed to be one of the best singletrack descents in the area.
If/when I get back to Ojai, I’ll definitely be checking this trail out. If you’ve ridden it, leave a comment and let me know how it is!
You can check the trail status on the Ventura Land Trust website.
I hope this post gives you the inspiration and information to get outside for some great biking in Ojai! I really enjoyed my two weeks of exploring there and I think you will too. Happy trails!
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Have you explored the bike trails and paths around Ojai? What’s your favorite way to get out on two wheels? What questions do you have? Leave a comment below!