North of Ojai, California
Established 1992 by the Los Padres Condor Range & River Protection Act.
Los Padres National Forest
Ojai Ranger District
USDA web link – Matilija Wilderness
The coastal mountain range wilderness located approximately 12 miles north of Ojai, CA. Drive 5 miles N on Highway 33; left at the Matilija Canyon Road turn off.
Chaparral is the prevalent vegetation with poppies plentiful in springtime. Cottonwood, alder and maple trees dominate the canyon. One trail has trail campsites along it and follows 9 miles of the North Fork, gaining about 3,400′ feet in elevation as it makes a north-south journey, and leaving the Wilderness at a parking area on Cherry Creek Road. This road is open seasonally from Aug. 1 to Dec. 15
This whole area burnt in a recent wildfire and much of it may be closed off to the public.
Matilija Canyon Trails & Trailheads
Landowner closes popular trail to Matilija Falls (2010)