Gridley Trail - Trail, Ojai, California

Gridley Trail - Trail, Ojai, California

DESCRIPTION

Trail begins with a difficult singletrack climb loaded with rocks. Briefly trail intersects fireroad. Continuing moderate grade singletrack climb to a spring 3mi. up. Beautiful narrow trails continue to the ridge road. upon reaching the road continue for another 3/4mi. that gains 500' to the peak. The altitude at Nordhoff peak is 4,500' An amazing view of Santa Cruz island 60miles away on a clear day. Now turn around and head the way you came. The trail is very fast yet watch out for surprises (1 unmakable switchback, snakes, hikers near the base of the trail, etc.). One area on the trail widens to 8' and is a maze of medium and large sandstone nuggets embedded in the trail. Fun for the fully suspended, a pinch flat trap for hard tails. It is a great trail yet Ojai's summer heat can be a factor, bring more water than normal on warm days.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 26, 2009]
BShep
Cross Country Rider

I rode Gridley today (late August 2009) and was impressed. Totally worth the effort and I feel like I accomplished something. The ride came in around three hours and felt a bit short (I did the loop up Gridley and down Pratt) as I wanted a tad bit more. But regardless, it has it all: tough hike-a-bike in the beginning, sweet rolling single track, stout fire road climbing, technical single track downhill, and a killer view. There are some steep sections, for sure, and I wished I had a granny gear (I rode a 29er 1x9 hardtail) but you can't beat that feeling that you are really mtn biking up a mountain. Felt much more like the San Gabriels than the Santa Monicas. There are even a few sections with some serious exposure. And then there was the heat.... plan accordingly.

Customer Service

I parked at the Pratt trail TH, went up Signal Street to the Valley View Road/Shelf Road over to Gridley road and then up the trail. Valley View was a nice warm up and a great way to take i the Ojai Valley view. Coming back down, I lost Pratt somehow in the neighborhood and had a backtrack a bit to find my car, but oh well. All in all better than spinning a ton on pavement.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 21, 2007]
Extream-GF
Downhiller

Awsome trail if it is your first single track experence or an experanced downhiller. One of my favorite trails in Ojai. The rock gardens suck though if you have a hardtail. Also the swithbacks cause you to almost come to a complete stop.

Customer Service

The best way is to be shutteled around to Rose Valley and walk up thetwo miles of hell called The Cheifs Peak Access road. The road is roughly two miles and takes 20min to hike. Once you are on top it is all down hill to the top of Gridly trail.

Similar Products Used:

Pratt Sesar Horn Ortega Sulfer Mt

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 07, 2007]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

Today was the first time I've ridden Griddly, not sure why I waited so long. It is a medium to hard climb over all. It has a fair amount of rocks and shale in a few areas. Don't let the first half mile scare you, that is the hardest part, once you get by the rock garden it not to bad. The climb its self will get your heart pounding, but nothing that isn't rideable, for the most part your on a graded road. I would say overall it's like riding up the Overlook trail at Sycamore Canyon with more rock/shale and some single track climbing too.

Customer Service

Start at the bottom of Griddly, at the top go left on the graded road for 2 miles+/- till your right under the forestry lookout platform, from their you will start to enjoy the downhill if you've made it that far. The graded road you are riding will cross the Pratt trail, take that. Pratt trail is alittle over grown and is a off camber single track. Pratt meets up with another graded road and you will take a left at the bottom of Pratt. Only bummer with this look is that you end up a couple miles to the west of the Griddly trail head. It's fun loop, 16 mile roughly.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 24, 2006]
RockitJeff

OVERALL
RATING
3
[Feb 03, 1999]
Anonymous

The trail is a little rocky and steep for the first 100 yards. You then wing your way up rast some avocado orchards and then the single track returns. A bunch of friends and myself road to the top just last Super Bowl weekend and their was snow about 3/4 the way up! We got to the top, a little over 5 miles, and then the trail meets the fire road again. This time we went right on the fire road all the way to Chiefs Peak, (another 4 miles. The patches of snow were neat to ride thru and spray your buddies. This trail is beatiful and provides for some remarkable vistas once at the top. We don't do this trail when it is hot because of the long steep climb. We usually start ridin' by 7:00 or 7:30am because it is still cool and least traveled then. We usually ride this trail at least twice a month.

Customer Service

Just as Zak says park at the end of Gridley St. and start ridin'.

Similar Products Used:

There is all kinds of variations you can do including loops instead of returns but you must procure a map to look at all that exists.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 18, 1999]
Anonymous

We linked this up to the Foothill trail and down to Cozydell - that was sweet.

Customer Service

We try to stay about a mile ahead of Snarf (I mean Zark)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 02, 1999]
Anonymous

This is one of our favorite trails. It has a little bit of everything including snow in winter.It makes a great loop to park at the bottom and ride to Sesar Canyon. Go to the top and turn left. When you get to Gridley turn left again. Its about 30 miles over all. We do this ride about twice a year during the cooler months.

Customer Service

From the bottom

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 07, 1999]
Anonymous

This is one of the few trails you can ride in the rain and not have it be a mud bog.

Customer Service

I like to park on San Rafael further down Gridley Rd. This gives me a good warm up before I reach the trail.
Depending on how long I want to ride will depend on my route. When I want to work on intensity during race season I will push it hard on the climb and then work on my descending skills coming down. Its a good 1 hour interval on the climb.
You can do a long ride, 35 miles, by doing the Sisar/Gridley loop, or a 20 mile Gridley/Pratt loop.

Similar Products Used:

Sisar Rd., Pratt Trl., Howard's Trl.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 30, 2000]
Anonymous

The funnest trail in Ojai (If properly prepared and you're not a whiny "Pro" like that John cornhole who just reviewed). The best view in the world is at the top of it and suffering through the heat is necessary to enjoy ANY trail in So Cal in the summer. Connect this trail with Pratt and Cozy Dell trail to get the ultimate spring mega ride. Ride early bring tons of water and have a good time. Rocks hurt, cliffs are big and thats reality, mountain biking is no different.

Customer Service

What I wrote origionally

Similar Products Used:

Cozy Dell, Pratt, West Fork of Matilija Canyon, Santa Paula Canyon and any trail that whiny "pro" kook John isn't on.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[May 07, 2000]
Anonymous

the first 10 minutes of climbing is really hard because of lots of rocks. but after the rocks it clears into singletrack /fireroad type of ride, then just singletrack again. there are a few forks on the trail but sings tell you where to go. on the way down this trail is great, very fast with tight switch backs all over.trail gets really thin in some places with cliffs on the side of it. this trail has it all so i give it 5 stars!

Customer Service

park on gridley road and ride to the trail to get a good warm-up, it's along climb due to ojai's heat.

Similar Products Used:

why ride another trail? this trail is great.

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5
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