I got out with the wife today to Piedra Blanca. In case you’re not familiar with it, Piedra Blanca is an odd sandstone formation in the middle of the Sespe Wilderness in Los Padres National Forest. It’s a beautiful and unique site that most people would appreciate.
To get there, take 33 north of Ojai to Rose Valley Road and follow the road straight to where it ends. It should be easy to find the parking lot. The trail is fairly easy, well traveled, and clearly marked. There are a couple of tiny hills, but it’s pretty easy… so if you’re a hiker that loves hiking without steep grades, Piedra Blanca is probably a good hike for you.
We followed the trail up to the (surprisingly well-flowing) creek and took an obvious detour across some conveniently placed rocks in the creek. From there, we followed the trail signs towards Piedra Blanca. If you get confused, just stay to the left. After about a mile and a quarter or so (I’d estimate, no gps today), we hit PB and chilled for a little bit before turning around and following our tracks back to our car.
The hike was pretty warm, in the mid 80’s, and featured an unwelcome appearance by many, many black flies and gnats. Other than that, it was a fun easy hike, and a great way to spend our Saturday.
Distance: 2.5 miles r/t or so
Ascent: maybe 200′ or so
Water consumed: 8 oz
Weather: 83 and sunny
Gear used: pretty much nothing, honestly