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Rose Valley Falls Trail in Ojai

I don’t how this post stands in seeking viewers. But, I owe this to myself and my blog, esp. I’m about to hit my 100th post. This is technically my very first hiking trail. Something I’ve been longing to experience and been meaning to cross off my bucketlist. I’ve been traveling in common tourist spots, mainly cities and of man-made features. To have hiked an official trail is quite an accomplishment for me.

Ojai is sorrounded by hills and mountains showcasing plenty of accessible forests that  offers many outdoor activities. That’s why Ojai is Ventura’s pride, and that is why a lot of folks in the area help preserve, supervise and protect it so much from abusive visitors.

I got to Ojai’s city center and spotted the Information Center to have a better view of where I can find this Rose Valley Falls Trail as my GPS couldn’t locate its exact location. At the Information Center, the attendant so willingly accomodated my inquiries and guided me where to drive giving me a map and a note assuring that I’ll admire the drive in Highway 33.

He was right! The route to the destination alone is already a trip on its own. I stopped to a lot of vista points admiring the scenic views of Highway 33.

The supposedly 15-minute drive turned into an hour as I took a lot of pictures. I will have a separate blogpost for Highway 33.

Now for my first official hike. I was greeted by some pleasant folks that are safeguarding the place. It was admirable to see these people offering their time watching over nature and the preserving its beauty. They also guided me to which of the two trails is the Rose Valley Falls Trail.

By the way, I found out about this trail through Nobody Hikes in L.A. If you are from the area, Nobody Hikes in L.A. is THE ultimate source for your hiking needs.

As a hiking noob, I didn’t want to get so overwhelmed by extreme distance nor heights. And so I pick this very easy trail, only 30 minutes or less. The effort may be minimal but the result is extensive.


Finally I reached the climax of my mini-hike. It has this small waterfall to where the water comes down through leafy paths as if distilling it before hitting the ground. It was quite a magnificent sight… and sound. The water trinkling is always pleasant to hear even with this small waterfall.


I was actually surprised that this trail and waterfall, eventhough small, still attracts a good number of hikers and wannabes.

There’s a group of hikers who repelled down the side of the waterfalls.

I’ll leave this post with this… just something for the springtime.

Step by step, I’ll definitely seek more trails.


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  1. laz says:

    Wow, I want to go know!!!! This place is like a magical scene..Great images… How as the hike?

  2. themofman says:

    Here comes springtime! New hikes for me on the horizon too!

  3. Sonel says:

    Great shots! What a beautiful part of the world that is! Thanks for sharing.🙂

  4. Gilly Gee says:

    Absolutely lovely and thanks for the flower at the end! I’m glad you enjoyed your first hike it’s so rewarding on many levels to get out there and meet up with nature. I love to walk and we have trails from a mile to hundreds of miles here. I always wanted to do a long distance one but so far only managed twenty miles or so in a day and probably won’t ever top that!

    • rommel says:

      Nice Job Gilly. Little steps for me too.

      The flower looks like a paper mache. There are cuts in the middle of the petals, and it really looks like it was formed with scissors.

  5. Jude says:

    What a wonderful serene-looking place, and perfect for hiking. Love the photos!

  6. cobbies69 says:

    what a brill post with some powerful and dramatic pictures love it. 🙂

  7. Arindam says:

    Really beautiful & wonderful post Rommel.🙂 Each photograph is so stunning. Great post.🙂

  8. Louise says:

    Beautiful photos. I really like the one with the rear view mirror!! It’s great to enjoy a hike and enjoy nature, no matter how far you go or how long it takes. I’m glad you savoured the moment, looks wonderful.🙂

  9. Silving says:

    Nice waterfall and lovely flower!

  10. Sony Fugaban says:

    I am honored to be given a special spot on this post, Rom. This is heart”melting”.

    Let’s keep sharing the many lessons and wonders of outdoor adventures.

    KUDOS to this!


    I fell in love to that flower at the end.

    • rommel says:

      No probs, Sony. Your blog speaks for itself anyway. I was gonna wait for my Phil. travel and feature your blog, but I couldn’t prolonged any further.

  11. Sony Fugaban says:

    Rom, I like the new look of your blog by the way. It’s much better than the old one. Hehe …

    The pictures are more emphasized with this theme.

    • rommel says:

      I know. The Journalist theme is good to bring out the pictures. But, don’t get too attached. I will changed it soon. This theme doesn’t give a lot of option to feature my older blog posts.

  12. Each picture is more beautiful than the last! Stunning!

  13. tita buds says:

    That mini-waterfall must have been such a nice surprise during the hike — refreshing and with the ‘soundtrack’ to match!.🙂

  14. rommel says:

    I know. I wanted to lay a table and get a massage. Bwahahah

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  16. Looks like you had a great time.

    My serious hiking days are well behind me, but I’m about ready to start a Meetup group called something like “Out & About San Diego” or maybe “Roam-a-rama” in honor of Jerry Schad who died last year.

    Roam-a-rama might be copyrighted by his estate, though.

    • rommel says:

      Hi Russel Ray. There is also one in Santa Monica that I know of. I know there are a lot of advantages of going with a group. They can really guide us straight to the hike other than walking around to find where. Although, I’m foresseing the cons in going in groups and dreading it outweighs the pros..

  17. mizrhi says:

    Spectacular! Nice work.

  18. mojphp says:

    I can imagine how cool is it to find such a strange small waterfall. Nice photos🙂

  19. Wow.. So interesting! Btw.. did you notice that green rocks (mossy stone in the waterfall?) in your picture looks like a human touches its knees? ^^

  20. bwbears says:

    nice natural photography!

  21. starlight says:

    love your photos.. mother nature has a lot of wonderful places like these to be admired and respected… thanks for sharing.

    • rommel says:

      Thanks! I do admire those that are guarding the places in Ojai. It is such a wonderful place to hike and see what the mother nature brings. Ventura sure is blessed with Ojai being very well preserved.

  22. Lotto Ergebnisse says:

    WoW! Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing with us. And waiting for your next post on Highway 33.

  23. dheerajsah says:

    Nature and beutiful places always inspire me too. Loved your post. Keep posting. BTW, nices pics as well.

  24. Sony Fugaban says:

    Bro, you made it to Freshly Pressed. How cool is that?

    Love you man … Keep it up!



  25. Beautiful Pictures! Congratulations on being freshly pressed.

  26. Sony Fugaban says:

    Bro, I invited all my friends on facebook to check this post. You certainly deserved the spot on the Freshly Pressed page. YEHEY!!!

  27. Congrats on your 100th post. And Freshly Pressed. Your world is lovely, yet please visit mine in rural Virginia!

  28. The Hook says:

    Thank you for sharing some truly exceptional pics!

  29. sukhmantraa says:

    very beautiful click…I love to see natural beautiful.

  30. valentinedee says:

    Your post was great. I love the trails.


  31. cgregory says:

    Oh, how I love Ojai.

  32. Gerry B. says:

    Great blog: Great photos too, and I like that it has a story line. I also greatly admire that the photos have captions explaining their significance. So many bloggers don’t include explanations, which really detracts from the interest lkevel.

    • rommel says:

      Ow wow! Great comment. Thanks for appreciating and taking a keen look at this post. I guess when it comes to some of these stuffs like hiking, it’s hard to expand the story. I myself don’t want to put too much words avoiding to just blabber and blabber. I’m glad I did just fine on this post that I get to have a great comment like what you’ve given.


  33. Beautiful, simply amazing photographs!

    I’m currently in the midst of writing an ebook on traveling to Singapore! Was hoping you (and your readers if you guys don’t mind) could share with me on what you’d like to know about Singapore if you plan to travel here (or anywhere for that matter)

    Here’s the link to my post, would be really grateful for your inputs and comments, cheers!

  34. Slimms says:

    Looks like you had a great time, beware it is addictive! You may like my site, it has a lot of backpacking information, but also trail reports and photos.


    • rommel says:

      Thanks for the link. I will sure look at it when I get a time. I also provided a link here. Nobody Hike in LA. You and the link sure will get along.

  35. bercton says:

    Great outdoor stuff for this spring!

  36. Dounia says:

    Beautiful photos and it really looks like a lovely place to go for a hike! Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

  37. Victoria says:

    A beloved hike of mine…like you, I feel the journey to the trailhead on Highway 33 is half the delight! Thank you for the reminder of how lovely it is!

  38. Beautiful photos – thanks for sharing! Congrats on being FP!

  39. nmbpro says:

    The last photo of the purple flower is my favorite, and I really love purple. It looks like such a beautiful place. Check, it is now on my bucket-list.

    • rommel says:

      I suggest checking out Potrero John Trail. It says in Nobody Hikes in LA, it’s only 6 miles north of Rose Valley. Maybe it makes your trip even worthwhile. If you do go there, sink in the views of Highway 33. Don’t hesitate stopping to vista points.😉

  40. Thanks for sharing the “Nobody Hikes in L.A.” link. Never heard of this before. I certainly don’t think of hiking when I think about L.A. LOL!

  41. Love this trail!! You shot some great photos!!

  42. Yogi says:

    Nice place…..
    Nice photos..
    n great description…..

  43. kldeleon says:

    Reblogged this on no holds barred… and commented:
    You have awesome photographs. You must have great done a lot of exploring and hiking around this place.

  44. Wonderful pics! 🙂 I’ll have to visit someday. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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  46. stephendentdds says:

    Wow, these photos are absolutely stunning! I would love to hang some of these in my dentistry office! Thanks for sharing your views of the world!

  47. Love that first picture of the moss — and also the flower! Nice – and glad you enjoyed your hike!🙂

  48. tita buds says:

    ROMMEL!!! Should I comment again? Hehe.
    Congratulations on this! The hard work has paid off. You actually have a lot of “FP-worthy” posts so I hope your new readers will take time to explore your blog.
    And before I forget to say it: YEYEY!!!😀

    • rommel says:

      tita buds!!!! Me so happy. Party on top of the Eiffel Tower ulet… Bwahahaha

      Thanks for all the support tita buds. You are one of my inspirations too.😉

      Can I be in your FP club now? Hehe

  49. mushykitty says:

    Nature and it’s Beauty! Couldn’t say more.🙂

  50. Rei says:

    wow its very beautiful and very touching once

    • rommel says:

      You must have a reason why it’s a touching one.

      I guess connecting with Nature must have something to do with it. Either what, thanks for visiting the blog.

  51. splashkidd says:

    Ojai is a jewel in the crown in what California of old use to be! Thanks for sharing your pictures of your hike on the Rose Valley Trail.

  52. adang says:

    I love your picture…I am agreed this is very beautiful places

  53. dmitry says:

    good pics! awesome

  54. Beautiful places..fantastic..

  55. paul says:

    Excellent nature!

  56. Really very impressive .I loved it

  57. Congrats on being freshly pressed! Hiking is soooooo much fun, especially during this time of the year! I’m sure you’ll be doing lots more of it now.

    Your photos are lovely, especially of the waterfalls!

    • rommel says:

      Hi Romantic Asian Guy. I see you’re from San Diego. I will definitely explore more of the city. And without no doubt, Ima go hike, hike and hike.😀

  58. Jack Elliott says:

    That’s a beautiful area. Nearby Pine Mountain has a few really nice trails to explore. I recently did a 21 mile day hike over Pine Mountain through areas of snow. It was awesome!

  59. Mikhail says:

    Wow! Freshly Pressed! Congratulations Rommel! The traffic, the readers, the viewers, the commentators! Continue making amazing posts and don’t forget those amazing photos! Keep it up.🙂

    • rommel says:

      May reply pa pala. Hehe

      NO! I’m done keeping it up. I’m keeping it steady. Hehe.😀

      Will do, Mikhail. Punta ko sa carinderia mo balang araw, este sa hospital mo pala.

  60. gelaikuting says:

    wew! nice one Kuya Rommel🙂 i love this post as much as I love hiking. I will have my birthday climb this coming April 14-15🙂 congrats… kainggit nman🙂 Keep it up bro!

    • rommel says:

      Weee! Birthday climb? Is there really such a thing? If so, I might have one this year.

      Ganda ng mga Coron entry, FP material.

      • gelaikuting says:

        Yep🙂 and I’m so excited for it!

        Sobrang ganda, paguwi mo dito sa Pinas, dapat magCoron ka! thanks for the compliment🙂 hehe…

  61. sumon108 says:

    Lovely travel place & picture

  62. Beautiful photos! I love the ones of the waterfall and that gorgeous purple flower!

  63. utterlywords says:

    Lovely I enjoyed your post

  64. Wow! This is one exciting trail. Breathtaking views, perfect for making adventures or simply a time to meditate and gather one’s thoughts. Congratulations. Thanks for sharing all the amazing travels you made. Stunning pictures as always.

  65. jakesprinter says:

    This is Great Action Pack I wish to do so, nice post🙂

  66. inkandstoo says:

    As I read this blog, my wife was reading an app called, “All Trails” looking at more trails to hike.We just begun hiking monthly.We’ve done Torrey Pines twice.Now, she wants some more challenges.I see you are in our area sometimes (San Diego, I saw the Balboa Park pics)..What a coincidence.We have video on our blog…check it out when u want:

  67. Thanks for the info on this hike Rommel and the beautiful photos. As you know we are big hikers and it is sometimes difficult to find hikes when in bigger cities. We experienced that when we were in Encinitas earlier this year.

  68. Sunshine says:

    Well done, Rommel, and congratulations.🙂

  69. You have a great collection. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  70. mhdriver says:

    Great pictures! Brings back meemories. I use to go fish up at the lake. My favorite place in Ventura was Rincon.

  71. Great photos. I love those kind of mirror photographs! And the place looks really nice.

  72. It felt like I journeyed with you at Ojai. Every bit of thrill and excitement, we get to see through your images and felt through your words. You have the heart and passion of a great adventurer. Great post!

  73. Lance Romel says:

    Apir Roms, this is LIFE🙂

  74. alyknowsbest says:

    Great post! Ojai has some of the best hiking trails anywhere (in my opinion). It’s like a hidden oasis. I highly enjoy going there🙂

  75. kathsartcorner says:

    Thank-you for visiting my blog! 🙂 Glad you liked “Retired Trolley.” Love your photos!

  76. bucketdave says:

    Good job for getting out there rommel. You’ll be a hiking enthusiast in no time, I’m sure. On an unrelated note, It’s nice to see you put so much care into promoting others. I have experienced any new blogs through your “Featured Blog…” on every article. Keep up the good work!

  77. More beautiful shots…I’m so, so thrilled to have found your blog. Very nice to meet you, sir!

  78. Hi, Rommel! Still new on wordpress. Thank you for the first to like my blog. I find your photographs awesome, writing skills par excellence and insights deep for yet a young man as you are. Keep it up and keep blogging.🙂

  79. eof737 says:

    Congratulations on being FP! I’m glad to have found and connected with you and your blog. Blessings!🙂

  80. MythRider says:

    I am continually amazed at the beauty of our world. Thanks for the show.

  81. tchistorygal says:

    Rommel, your photographs are stunning. That is such a beautiful place. I haven’t stayed in Ojai long enough to go hiking there, and I’ve only been there in the summer. It’s much too hot for me to hike when it’s over 100, and Ojai get pretty hot! Again, wow!!!

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  84. Paula says:

    30 minute-hike sounds just right😀. I am like you Rommel, in choosing scenic rides that drag from 15 minutes to a whole hour. Beautifully captured nature in its purest form!

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