Sisar Canyon - Red Reef Loop
ElevationAscent: 3,710' 1,131 m
Descent: -3,713' -1,132 m
High: 5,263' 1,604 m
Low: 1,665' 508 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“A sustained fire road lollipop with breathtaking views of Ojai Valley and the surrounding mountains.”— Doron Weinstein
You start the climb following the creek, with a couple of water crossing and lots of tree cover and shade. But, unfortunately, that does not help since the first three miles of the ride, at the bottom of the canyon, contain the steepest sections.
Around mile 3.5-4, you'll emerge out of the canyon and start climbing the mountains, crossing the contour lines. All of a sudden you'll be exposed to the sun, but the grade drops a few degrees which makes it easier. At some point around mile 7, the views of the Ojai Valley will start to appear, and you'll find yourself stopping and taking quick looks at the beautiful scenery!
All the fire roads in this loop are very well maintained; the singletrack on the other hand is a bit deserted. Parts of it are overgrown and other parts are washed out by water. But nothing that will make you unclip and walk. The fire roads are mostly wide and hard-packed dirt, making it very easy to ride on.
If you can't park at the gate there is some parking right after the pavement ends, near the residential neighborhoods. The ride up is simple, you just take the fire road up, up and up until you get to a "T" intersection with Nordhoff Ridge (around mile 8.5).
The left turn will take you to Chef's Peak and the top of Gridley Trail (22W05). You'll turn right, however, for this ride and continue with your climb for about two more miles until you get to the Red Reef trailhead.
Continue on to Red Reef Trail until it ends at the Sisar Canyon fire road, which you can take back down to the parking lot (or climb back up for another round).