As a small west coast beach town enclosed between California’s golden hills and the great blue sea, Ventura has lots of hiking opportunities with breathtaking ocean and sunset views. Spring is the greenest time of year and the best time to hike if you love wildflowers. Admiring succulents and cacti is something you can do year-round thanks to Ventura’s Mediterranean climate. If you’re hiking for the best viewpoint of an unforgettable ocean sunset, winter sunsets never disappoint.
Discover Arroyo Verde Park for miles and miles of trails or take a hike up to Ventura Botanical Gardens in Ventura’s historic downtown for sweeping ocean views. On clear days, don’t forget to look for Channel Islands National Park dotting the horizon.
Please note: Due to the Thomas Fire, the Ventura Botanical Gardens are under repair. We will let you know as soon as they’re ready for visitors again. 😊
While more widely known as the gateway to the Channel Islands National Park and home to some of the finest surfing on the Central Coast, Ventura, CA has quickly become a popular destination for its ever-increasing network of cycling and mountain biking trails. Its profile has only increased since hosting the second stage of the 2018 Amgen Tour of California in spring 2018.
Ventura offers two safe and scenic bike paths both accessible from Downtown Ventura and appropriate for any cycling skill level, including children. Starting at Emma Wood State Beach, the Ventura Pacific Coast Bikeway stretches along the open coast for a smooth, flat 12 miles to Carpinteria, ideal for taking in the pristine Rincon. Another paved bikeway, the Ojai Valley Trail (19 miles one way), weaves along the shady Ventura River to Downtown Ojai, with a view of the surrounding Los Padres Mountains the whole ride. The trailheads for both bike paths are adjacent, and the paths can be taken individually or easily combined. Bike rentals are available at the Bike Depot, conveniently located between both trailheads.
Cycle California Coast is a fantastic resource to help you plan your cycling adventure. Given miles of shared coastline and class-one bike paths, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties join forces to bring you the best cycling offerings in the region through Cycle California Coast. Find rides, keep up with upcoming events, and learn what amenities you can expect at the bicycle-friendly business along your ride.
Get ready to enjoy some of the best cycling and mountain biking loops in Ventura and the surrounding county. Not to mention, you’ll have the chance to indulge in some of the best ways to refuel before, during, and after a long ride.