Rose Valley Falls Trail in Ojai

I don’t how this post stands in seeking viewers. But, I owe this to myself and my blog, esp. I’m about to hit my 100th post. This is technically my very first hiking trail. Something I’ve been longing to experience and been meaning to cross off my bucketlist. I’ve been traveling in common tourist spots, mainly cities and of man-made features. To have hiked an official trail is quite an accomplishment for me.

Ojai is sorrounded by hills and mountains showcasing plenty of accessible forests that  offers many outdoor activities. That’s why Ojai is Ventura’s pride, and that is why a lot of folks in the area help preserve, supervise and protect it so much from abusive visitors.

I got to Ojai’s city center and spotted the Information Center to have a better view of where I can find this Rose Valley Falls Trail as my GPS couldn’t locate its exact location. At the Information Center, the attendant so willingly accomodated my inquiries and guided me where to drive giving me a map and a note assuring that I’ll admire the drive in Highway 33.

He was right! The route to the destination alone is already a trip on its own. I stopped to a lot of vista points admiring the scenic views of Highway 33.

The supposedly 15-minute drive turned into an hour as I took a lot of pictures. I will have a separate blogpost for Highway 33.

Now for my first official hike. I was greeted by some pleasant folks that are safeguarding the place. It was admirable to see these people offering their time watching over nature and the preserving its beauty. They also guided me to which of the two trails is the Rose Valley Falls Trail.

By the way, I found out about this trail through Nobody Hikes in L.A. If you are from the area, Nobody Hikes in L.A. is THE ultimate source for your hiking needs.

As a hiking noob, I didn’t want to get so overwhelmed by extreme distance nor heights. And so I pick this very easy trail, only 30 minutes or less. The effort may be minimal but the result is extensive.


Finally I reached the climax of my mini-hike. It has this small waterfall to where the water comes down through leafy paths as if distilling it before hitting the ground. It was quite a magnificent sight… and sound. The water trinkling is always pleasant to hear even with this small waterfall.


I was actually surprised that this trail and waterfall, eventhough small, still attracts a good number of hikers and wannabes.

There’s a group of hikers who repelled down the side of the waterfalls.

I’ll leave this post with this… just something for the springtime.

Step by step, I’ll definitely seek more trails.


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  1. Absolutely lovely and thanks for the flower at the end! I’m glad you enjoyed your first hike it’s so rewarding on many levels to get out there and meet up with nature. I love to walk and we have trails from a mile to hundreds of miles here. I always wanted to do a long distance one but so far only managed twenty miles or so in a day and probably won’t ever top that!

    • Nice Job Gilly. Little steps for me too.

      The flower looks like a paper mache. There are cuts in the middle of the petals, and it really looks like it was formed with scissors.

  2. Beautiful photos. I really like the one with the rear view mirror!! It’s great to enjoy a hike and enjoy nature, no matter how far you go or how long it takes. I’m glad you savoured the moment, looks wonderful. 🙂

  3. I am honored to be given a special spot on this post, Rom. This is heart”melting”.

    Let’s keep sharing the many lessons and wonders of outdoor adventures.

    KUDOS to this!


    I fell in love to that flower at the end.

    • No probs, Sony. Your blog speaks for itself anyway. I was gonna wait for my Phil. travel and feature your blog, but I couldn’t prolonged any further.

    • I know. The Journalist theme is good to bring out the pictures. But, don’t get too attached. I will changed it soon. This theme doesn’t give a lot of option to feature my older blog posts.

  4. Looks like you had a great time.

    My serious hiking days are well behind me, but I’m about ready to start a Meetup group called something like “Out & About San Diego” or maybe “Roam-a-rama” in honor of Jerry Schad who died last year.

    Roam-a-rama might be copyrighted by his estate, though.

    • Hi Russel Ray. There is also one in Santa Monica that I know of. I know there are a lot of advantages of going with a group. They can really guide us straight to the hike other than walking around to find where. Although, I’m foresseing the cons in going in groups and dreading it outweighs the pros..

    • Thanks! I do admire those that are guarding the places in Ojai. It is such a wonderful place to hike and see what the mother nature brings. Ventura sure is blessed with Ojai being very well preserved.

  5. WoW! Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing with us. And waiting for your next post on Highway 33.

  6. Great blog: Great photos too, and I like that it has a story line. I also greatly admire that the photos have captions explaining their significance. So many bloggers don’t include explanations, which really detracts from the interest lkevel.

    • Ow wow! Great comment. Thanks for appreciating and taking a keen look at this post. I guess when it comes to some of these stuffs like hiking, it’s hard to expand the story. I myself don’t want to put too much words avoiding to just blabber and blabber. I’m glad I did just fine on this post that I get to have a great comment like what you’ve given.


  7. Beautiful, simply amazing photographs!

    I’m currently in the midst of writing an ebook on traveling to Singapore! Was hoping you (and your readers if you guys don’t mind) could share with me on what you’d like to know about Singapore if you plan to travel here (or anywhere for that matter)

    Here’s the link to my post, would be really grateful for your inputs and comments, cheers!

    • Thanks for the link. I will sure look at it when I get a time. I also provided a link here. Nobody Hike in LA. You and the link sure will get along.

  8. Beautiful photos and it really looks like a lovely place to go for a hike! Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

  9. A beloved hike of mine…like you, I feel the journey to the trailhead on Highway 33 is half the delight! Thank you for the reminder of how lovely it is!

  10. The last photo of the purple flower is my favorite, and I really love purple. It looks like such a beautiful place. Check, it is now on my bucket-list.

    • I suggest checking out Potrero John Trail. It says in Nobody Hikes in LA, it’s only 6 miles north of Rose Valley. Maybe it makes your trip even worthwhile. If you do go there, sink in the views of Highway 33. Don’t hesitate stopping to vista points. 😉

  11. Wow, these photos are absolutely stunning! I would love to hang some of these in my dentistry office! Thanks for sharing your views of the world!

  12. ROMMEL!!! Should I comment again? Hehe.
    Congratulations on this! The hard work has paid off. You actually have a lot of “FP-worthy” posts so I hope your new readers will take time to explore your blog.
    And before I forget to say it: YEYEY!!! 😀

    • tita buds!!!! Me so happy. Party on top of the Eiffel Tower ulet… Bwahahaha

      Thanks for all the support tita buds. You are one of my inspirations too. 😉

      Can I be in your FP club now? Hehe

    • You must have a reason why it’s a touching one.

      I guess connecting with Nature must have something to do with it. Either what, thanks for visiting the blog.

  13. Congrats on being freshly pressed! Hiking is soooooo much fun, especially during this time of the year! I’m sure you’ll be doing lots more of it now.

    Your photos are lovely, especially of the waterfalls!

    • Hi Romantic Asian Guy. I see you’re from San Diego. I will definitely explore more of the city. And without no doubt, Ima go hike, hike and hike. 😀

  14. That’s a beautiful area. Nearby Pine Mountain has a few really nice trails to explore. I recently did a 21 mile day hike over Pine Mountain through areas of snow. It was awesome!

  15. Wow! Freshly Pressed! Congratulations Rommel! The traffic, the readers, the viewers, the commentators! Continue making amazing posts and don’t forget those amazing photos! Keep it up. 🙂

    • May reply pa pala. Hehe

      NO! I’m done keeping it up. I’m keeping it steady. Hehe. 😀

      Will do, Mikhail. Punta ko sa carinderia mo balang araw, este sa hospital mo pala.

  16. wew! nice one Kuya Rommel 🙂 i love this post as much as I love hiking. I will have my birthday climb this coming April 14-15 🙂 congrats… kainggit nman 🙂 Keep it up bro!

      • Yep 🙂 and I’m so excited for it!

        Sobrang ganda, paguwi mo dito sa Pinas, dapat magCoron ka! thanks for the compliment 🙂 hehe…

  17. Wow! This is one exciting trail. Breathtaking views, perfect for making adventures or simply a time to meditate and gather one’s thoughts. Congratulations. Thanks for sharing all the amazing travels you made. Stunning pictures as always.

  18. As I read this blog, my wife was reading an app called, “All Trails” looking at more trails to hike.We just begun hiking monthly.We’ve done Torrey Pines twice.Now, she wants some more challenges.I see you are in our area sometimes (San Diego, I saw the Balboa Park pics)..What a coincidence.We have video on our blog…check it out when u want:

  19. Thanks for the info on this hike Rommel and the beautiful photos. As you know we are big hikers and it is sometimes difficult to find hikes when in bigger cities. We experienced that when we were in Encinitas earlier this year.

  20. It felt like I journeyed with you at Ojai. Every bit of thrill and excitement, we get to see through your images and felt through your words. You have the heart and passion of a great adventurer. Great post!

  21. Good job for getting out there rommel. You’ll be a hiking enthusiast in no time, I’m sure. On an unrelated note, It’s nice to see you put so much care into promoting others. I have experienced any new blogs through your “Featured Blog…” on every article. Keep up the good work!

  22. Hi, Rommel! Still new on wordpress. Thank you for the first to like my blog. I find your photographs awesome, writing skills par excellence and insights deep for yet a young man as you are. Keep it up and keep blogging. 🙂

  23. Rommel, your photographs are stunning. That is such a beautiful place. I haven’t stayed in Ojai long enough to go hiking there, and I’ve only been there in the summer. It’s much too hot for me to hike when it’s over 100, and Ojai get pretty hot! Again, wow!!!

  24. 30 minute-hike sounds just right :D. I am like you Rommel, in choosing scenic rides that drag from 15 minutes to a whole hour. Beautifully captured nature in its purest form!

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