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Gridley Trail

Average Rating:    (4.54 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 13

Trail begins with a difficult singletrack climb loaded with rocks. Briefly trail intersects fireroad. Continuing moderate grade singletrack climb to a spring 3mi. up. Beautiful narrow trails continue to the ridge road. upon reaching the road continue for another 3/4mi. that gains 500' to the peak. The altitude at Nordhoff peak is 4,500' An amazing view of Santa Cruz island 60miles away on a clear day. Now turn around and head the way you came. The trail is very fast yet watch out for surprises (1 unmakable switchback, snakes, hikers near the base of the trail, etc.). One area on the trail widens to 8' and is a maze of medium and large sandstone nuggets embedded in the trail. Fun for the fully suspended, a pinch flat trap for hard tails. It is a great trail yet Ojai's summer heat can be a factor, bring more water than normal on warm days.
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Latitude
34.448056
Longitude
-119.241944
Trail Directions
From 101 freeway in Ventura take highway 33 to Ojai, @15min. Highway 33 and 150divide at a Y intersection, take 150 through downtown Ojai. Gridley road is on the left of the road about 2 miles out of the downtown area. The trailhead is at the end of this 3 mile road at a culdesac with a gate.
Trail Length
5 mi. to ridge, 6mi. to peak
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Ojai
   


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Review Date
August 26, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: BShep ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode Gridley today (late August 2009) and was impressed. Totally worth the effort and I feel like I accomplished something. The ride came in around three hours and felt a bit short (I did the loop up Gridley and down Pratt) as I wanted a tad bit more. But regardless, it has it all: tough hike-a-bike in the beginning, sweet rolling single track, stout fire road climbing, technical single track downhill, and a killer view. There are some steep sections, for sure, and I wished I had a granny gear (I rode a 29er 1x9 hardtail) but you can't beat that feeling that you are really mtn biking up a mountain. Felt much more like the San Gabriels than the Santa Monicas. There are even a few sections with some serious exposure. And then there was the heat.... plan accordingly.

Recommended Route:
I parked at the Pratt trail TH, went up Signal Street to the Valley View Road/Shelf Road over to Gridley road and then up the trail. Valley View was a nice warm up and a great way to take i the Ojai Valley view. Coming back down, I lost Pratt somehow in the neighborhood and had a backtrack a bit to find my car, but oh well. All in all better than spinning a ton on pavement.



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Review Date
January 7, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bbdesertracing ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Today was the first time I've ridden Griddly, not sure why I waited so long. It is a medium to hard climb over all. It has a fair amount of rocks and shale in a few areas. Don't let the first half mile scare you, that is the hardest part, once you get by the rock garden it not to bad. The climb its self will get your heart pounding, but nothing that isn't rideable, for the most part your on a graded road. I would say overall it's like riding up the Overlook trail at Sycamore Canyon with more rock/shale and some single track climbing too.

Recommended Route:
Start at the bottom of Griddly, at the top go left on the graded road for 2 miles+/- till your right under the forestry lookout platform, from their you will start to enjoy the downhill if you've made it that far. The graded road you are riding will cross the Pratt trail, take that. Pratt trail is alittle over grown and is a off camber single track. Pratt meets up with another graded road and you will take a left at the bottom of Pratt. Only bummer with this look is that you end up a couple miles to the west of the Griddly trail head. It's fun loop, 16 mile roughly.



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Review Date
August 24, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: RockitJeff ,  Cross Country Rider

Recommended Route:
Actually a boring ride. The terrain is very uniform- coastal chaparral. No trees, no streams. Just slogging up the same hillside for 2 hours

If you live in Ojai, it’s what you got. But if you are from elsewhere, there are 100+ better trails in So Cal. Visit all the others first….



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Ojai Bicyclist (10/21/2008)
Sounds like you're in it for the scenery, not the ride!
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Review Date
October 28, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: scooter , from ventura

Summary:
This is Ojai's best no qusestion about it!
6 miles (1 way) of scenic single track with a variety of terrain. It's intermediate with some technical sections. Lots of shade in the afternoon. Recently had "trail work" which I think was'nt needed. The "work" was done on 10/21/01 and in my opinion was a good job in most areas but who ever did it left a shit load of losse big sharp rocks that were not there before; especially on the upper half - real dangerous comming down! I'm sure the rocks will be gone after enough people ride it. They also left some sections over grown (width of trail) in the last 4-5 miles up and instead topped the shrubs ???? It still rocks! A loop of Gridley Pratt and Fuelbreak is also great if you ant to climb more.

Recommended Route:
to the ridge and back, loop of gridley to pratt down fuel break to gridley trailhead

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sisar/White Ledge, Foothill, Cozy Dell and many others I have'nt ridden yet



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Review Date
January 2, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jimm , from SGV

Summary:
Sisar to Gridley: This is not a ride for faint of heart or lung. The grind up Sisar is looooong (9+ miles). Once you reached the peak, you'll be rewarded with huge vistas! Bee-u-ta-full!! The ride down Gridley is great! This is NOT a beginner or even intermediate trail. Survival depends on skill and brains. The advanced/expert rider will be pleased to find a wide variety of trail conditions -- fast, slow, soft, rock, exposure (in many places...stay awake!!).

Recommended Route:
Sisar Road UP; Gridley Trail DOWN

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I am not familiar with this area.



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