I love Ojai. I especially love the hills above downtown Ojai. Serenity abounds! Hiking is one of my favorite things to do! So good for the soul.
The trails system in Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Valley View Preserve is one of my ultimate favorite places to explore. The hikes are a bit strenuous (which is what I am looking for) and are absolutely beautiful. They also keep you relatively close to town so that always helps me lessen my inhibitions of encountering a wild animal! Plus, they are well used meaning there are other people around pretty frequently, if you should need assistance.
I was eager to try out Luci’s Trail. I have heard great things about it! Access is off of Shelf Road just pass Fox Canyon trailhead. Ojai Valley Land Conservancy has a great map of the Valley View Preserve. click here to see the OVLC 2014-valley-view-map-web
Luci’s Trail is super fun. It is a bit steep in the beginning so be prepared to spend a bit more time on the trail if you want to complete a loop. I decided to go up Luci’s Trail from Shelf Road and hook up to the Foothill Trail (take that West) and then come back down Fox Canyon Trail. It was a great mix of ups and downs and kept my senses active with all the different sights. Amazing views of the Ojai Valley! I would highly recommend it! This loop can be done in about 1 hr – 1.5 hr. My fitness tracker measured about 3.5 miles. Parking is available on N Signal Street. Please be courtesy of the residences nearby! OVLC has clear marking of each trail. Although, their website has a great mobile trail finder that you can access while on the trails at ovlc.org/trailfinder/. Have fun and enjoy Ojai!