Sulphur Mountain is a popular fire road ride for beginner-intermediate MTB’ers, just south of Ojai. Wife and I decided to take a long-ish hike up Sulphur to work on our hiking conditioning and to get Laura closer and closer to breaking that 10 mile wall she has been coming up against on our recent trips.
The fire road is similar to most other fire roads: it’s well graded, dusty, and easy enough on the footing. We arrived at the trail head around 2:45 p.m. and immediately began our ascent up the dusty road. We did our best to keep a steady 3mph pace and – with a gradient of about 300’/mile – this was a bit of a cakewalk in that respect. On top of that, the scenary was absolutely beautiful. We passed by a tar flow, multiple cows, and could see miles upon miles of rolling hills covered in dry, gold grass. On top of that, the weather was great – 75 degrees and 15 mph winds that kept us cool.
We hiked 4.8 miles in and then wisely decided to turn around at a conspicuous white X, as Laura began to foresee her limit coming into view. The round trip was 9.6 miles of easy and fun hiking and we plan on going back to tackle the entire 18 mile hike at some point in time.
Time: About 3.5 hours r/t
Distance: 9.6 miles r/t (but you can go much farther)
Total Ascent: About 1300′
Calories Burned: About 1700
Calories Consumed: About 100 (ProBar Electrolyte Chews – YUM!)
Water Consumed: 1 L (note: there is no water on this trail)
Directions: Take 33 north from Ventura towards Ojai. Turn right on Sulphur Mountain Road and park with the rest of the cars towards the gate. Just beware of the “no parking” zone as denoted by the sign on the right side of the road.
Considerations: This is cattle country and there are private ranches on both sides of the fire road. Please respect our trail’s neighbors.