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Agua Blanca Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: Varies
Length: 10 Miles (16.67 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 19W10




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General Description

GENERAL INFORMATION: The Agua Blanca Trail offers Wilderness access along a ten mile trail. Not recommended for horses. Moderate with some steep sections. The trail begins at Blue Point Campground, across the creek. Park in the overflow parking lot and walk through the gate. Follow Piru Creek upstream for one mile and at the junction turn left (west) onto the Agua Blanca Trail, where the Sespe Wilderness begins. Five miles up the trail is Log Cabin Camp which is just above Devil's Gate. This is a portion of the trail that is difficult to keep in good condition for horses. The trail junctions with the Potholes Trail (#20) just above Devil's Gate. Continuing on the Agua Blanca Trail, it is passable for hiking, but is definitely not recommended for horseback riders, due to a bad section of trail in a gorge down from Ant Camp. The Agua Blanca is one of the most scenic trails on the Ojai Ranger District.

Directions from Piru: Travel north along Forest Road 4N13 to Blue Point Campground, park here and begin the hike.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Glowering Tom (Santa Clarita, CA)
Length of Time: 12 Hours
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Awful, non-existant trial. I fewll off of my horse and snapped my shoulderblade -- painful does not begin to describe what I went through. Ugly creek, full of trash and old automobiles, appliances, dildae, etc. Hoghky not recomended!
Conditions: Awful lack of trail revealed poison oak and beartrap sandals.
Water Availability: Dry creek.
Recommended Clothing: Naked.
Suggested Accessories: Handgun or other small firearm for protection.

Length of Time: From Kesters to Cabin Camp about 10 hours round trip (I had a 9-year old with me.)
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: This trail is potentially one of the most beautiful trails in Ventura County, if it were properly maintained. Lots of wildflowers, spectactular canyon features. Plenty of wildlife and solitude. The gate keepers at Piru Recreaction Area charge $7.50 per day for the privelege of parking along the side of the road. You have to walk 5-6 miles on a unshaded paved road to get to Blue Point Campground. You are not allowed to camp there because of the endangered Arroyo Toad. After Blue Point, you have to cross Piru Creek twice (waist deep and running pretty fast in May). Follow the main road north, several side roads branch off, there are no trail signs. Stay on the road, be respectful of private property. You pass through turn stiles adjacent to two locked gates until you reach Kester's cabin (ruins) where the road ends. Keep going straight until you run into the creek. Cross it and you will find what passes for a trail. You are on the trail for 1/4 mile or so before you come to a trail sign. The trail criss crosses the stream several times and follows a gentle grade until you are close to the Devil's Gate. You then have a choice of 1/4 mile steep trail or a couple of hundred yards of hiking through the water at the Devil's Gate. (about waist high in May). Cabin Camp is very nice. There are 4 iron stoves and a couple of barbeques available. You can continue up the creek for a mile or two before the trail disappears. I was told you can walk through the Big Narrows and follow game trails to Ant Camp (and ultimately hike out at Dough Flat), but that is more work than I was willing to expend. Alternatively, you could hike back to your car via the Pothole Trail from Cabin Camp, but lack of trail maintence, profuse poisen oak, stinging nettles and overgrown chapparel make that a poor choice for all but the most determined and experienced individuals. It is too bad - the Agua Blanca/Pothole Trail loop used to be a real nice experience. It appears the Forest Service has elected to spend Adventure Pass revenues on other priorities.
Conditions: Trail is poorly maintained. Fallen trees, washed out trail segments, trail is overgrown an may be a difficult to find in some places. Watch for poisen oak and rattle snakes.
Water Availability: There is no water between the parking area and Blue Point, about 5-6 miles. Beyond Blue Point the trail frequently crosses water. I used a water filter.
Recommended Clothing: Black flies were swarming in May. I recommend long pants, long sleeve shirt and mosquito netting. My deet was not very effective. A sun hat would be good particularly for the road portion which is unshaded.
Suggested Accessories: A hiking stick and water shoes/sandals are useful for stream crossings.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Agua Blanca Trail
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Visitor Information:

Ojai Ranger District, 1190 East Ojai Avenue , Ojai, CA, 93023, Phone: 805-646-4348, Fax: 805-646-0484, TTY: 805-646-3866

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