Effort underway to reopen Ocean View hiking trail

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Photo by Rick Bisaccia
Trail crew volunteer Rob Young looks over the Ocean View Trail towards Lake Casitas.
Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Work has begun to reopen a historic hiking trail built by Ojai forest rangers more than 100 years ago. The six-mile Ocean View Trail (OVT) offers views of the backcountry, and, as its name implies, far-reaching vistas of the Santa Barbara Channel.
The effort to reopen the OVT is being led by the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC), in partnership with the Ojai Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Los Padres Forest Association (LPFA).
“It is the hope and plan to one day join OVLC’s Ventura River Preserve to the OVT, via a 10-mile route along the Kennedy Ridge and Camino Cielo trails, that could connect hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners and equestrians to the Matilija Canyon Trailhead some 20 miles distant,” explained Rick Bisaccia, OVLC stewardship director.
The trail stretches from the end of the old Camino Cielo Road on the Ojai Valley side to the Divide Peak route above Matilija Canyon near the Murietta Divide. “It would also be possible to connect via the western terminus of the OVT to an existing route which joins with the top of the Franklin Trail, which begins in Carpinteria,” Bisaccia added.
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Photo courtesy of Troop 111
Troop 111 Boy Scouts hike in on the western Ocean View Trail.

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