Laura and I completed our last training hike today in preparation for next week’s trip to Jennie Lake in Sequioa; we hiked 6 miles r/t on Murietta Divide/Matilija Road from the Matilija trailhead. We’d originally set out to hike 7-8 miles, but, lets be honest… hiking in 95 degree heat on an entirely exposed and dusty fire road is tough.
That being said, we had fun! We parked at the gate/th at the end of Matilija Road and we walked west, through the ranch and wildlife rescues. We continued past both Matilija trail turn offs (first one on right, second on left) and also passed by another single track short cut on the left. And we went on and on and on. The heat was absolutely brutal but the 35 mph winds made everything more bearable. The road is also well and gradually graded. We ascended a bit over a 1000′ feet over 3 miles, which I think is similar to the grade we’ll experience at Jenny.
After 3.1 miles, we decided to turn around. The heat was just too much and I found that I’d actually drank 2.5L of water in 3 miles! This is a lot for anyone, especially for a relatively easy hike. We hope to come back in the winter when it is cooler and we hope to either get up to Jamison Lake (further up the road) or to make a nice overnight trip over to Old Man Mountain (20+ miles r/t).
Distance: 6.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 1158′
Calories burned: 1500
Calories consumed: 0
Water consumed: 2.75L
Weather: 30-40 mph gusty winds, 95 degrees, clear skies
How to get there: Take 33 north from Ojai for 10 minutes to a slight left onto the very uphill Matilija Road. Take that road 5 miles to its end, where you will park. Hike past the gate and up the road. Be sure to respect the property owners.