Chief Peak

Page Type
Mountain/Rock
Location:
California, United States, North America
County:
Ventura
Activities:
Hiking
Season:
Spring, Fall, Winter
Elevation:
5587 ft / 1703 m
5152 Hits
72.74% Score
Log in
to vote
Page By:
Chief Peak
Created On: Mar 16, 2013
Last Edited On: Dec 29, 2016

Overview

Chief Peak, at 5,587 feet, is the highest summit along the Nordhoff Ridge Fire Road, north of the town of Ojai, and is located in the Los Padres National Forest.   This high point requires a fun bit of class 2, high-step-hiking to get to the top where you are rewarded with gorgeous ocean and mountain views.  From the town of Ojai, Chief Peak is easily identified by it's white, barren southwestern ridge.


Routes to the Top

The most common routes to the top are the Southwest Ridge via Horn Canyon Trail from the south (14.5 miles roundtrip, 4,200 feet gain), and the North Ridge via Rose Valley Lake Road from the north (8.6 miles roundtrip, 2,000 feet gain).    



Red Tape

An Adventure Pass is required to park in the Los Padres National Forest, but the rules for the pass are changing at the time of this writing.  Stop by a ranger station to be sure. 



When to Climb

The best time to hike in this area is in the fall, winter and spring, when temperatures are cooler.  Hiking here in the summer is possible but can be brutally hot if you don't start at sunrise.  Water along trails to the summit are seasonal and unpredictable.  Snow is possible in the winter but rare, and the amount of snow that does fall never lasts very long.  Winds in this area can be high during all seasons. 



Camping

Campgrounds along routes to Chief Peak include The Pines Campsite, 2.5 miles up Horn Canyon Trail, and the Rose Valley Campground, at the beginning of the Rose Valley Lake Road route.  These campgrounds are supposed to be first come, first served, but always check with the local ranger station first: Ojai Ranger Station, 1190 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023, phone: (805) 646-4348.

















Chief Peak

Mountain/Rock
5 Images 5 Climber's Log Entries 0 Comments 0 Additions & Corrections

Children

2 Routes

Geography

MyTopo Map Nearby Mountains & Rocks Interactive Map Mountains & Rocks in California

Parents

Transverse RangesMountains & Rocks