Ventura River Trail

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Trail Distance: 5.5 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr 30 min+
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Yes
Description

Need a new place to walk your dog? Grab the leash and head over to the Ventura River Trail for a little doggy cardio. Also known to the locals as Ojai Valley Extension Trail, it stretches 5.5 from the beachside end of Ventura up to nearby Foster Park. Its namesake, the Ventura River, makes an appearance throughout the walk.

This trail cuts through what use to be a corridor for the Ventura and Ojai Valley Railroad. Don’t expect a nice walk in the woods or a wander through Mother Nature. Rather, plan on a paved path with an industrial vibe. As you begin your walk from the southern trailhead, your pooch will be fascinated with the rusty industrial sites, oil derricks, and abandoned USA Petroleum Refinery. Although the structures aren’t the most pleasant scenery your pooch can imagine, they have helped grow the area’s economy. While they are trotting along, your pup can also keep an eye out for the urban art pieces along the trail. Sculptures of birds and abstract art keep this path interesting.

As it makes its way north, the trail eventually passes through some pastures and equestrian trails. And the Ventura River comes into view. By the time you reach Foster Park, your pup will be ready for a break. Unfurtunately, dogs are not allowed in the day use area of the park. They can go into the campground though. Water and restrooms are available here.

Once you reach the park, you have a few options. You can turn around and head back to the trailhead, arrange for a pick up, or continue walking. From here, the trail seamlessly connects to the Ojai Valley Trail and heads north for several more miles. Keep in mind both trails are multi-use; expect to see cyclists, runners, and people on roller blades.  Bring plenty of water and clean up bags, and be sure to pick up after your pup. This trail will definitely make your pup’s tail wag!

Trail Features
Diverse Landscape, Easy Incline
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
The trail crosses a few main streets. Be sure to watch for traffic and be careful as you cross with your furry friend.
Address
Rex Street and Dubbers Street
Ventura, CA 93001
Hours
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Address
Rex Street and Dubbers Street
Ventura, CA 93001
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset