USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: Santa Barbara County, about 13 miles northwest of Ojai, 90 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Santa Barbara County|
|Forest Service||Los Padres National Forest: Mt Pinos, Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts|
|USGS Topos||Old Man Mountain 7½, White Ledge Peak 7½|
|Official HPS Maps
||TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!|
| ||Viewable JPG file - Approximately 880K|
| ||GPX file or Google Earth KML file to
download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)|
| ||Routes as shown on
CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)|
Nearby Peaks: Monte Arido
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 36 miles round trip on road and cross-country
- Gain: 5300' total, 2800' out plus 2500' on return
- Time: Variable depending on whether hiking, backpacking, or biking.
- Rating: Class 1, very difficut - consider carefully your own conditioning, skills, water requirements (no water on route), etc.
- Navigation: Easy
Original: Warren E. von Pertz and Al Campbell, 1967
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Take US 101 west to Ventura.
- Go north on SR 33 to the town of Ojai.
- From the intersection of SR 150 and SR 33 in Ojai, go north on SR
33 for 32 miles to Pine Mountain Summit. Turn left on a gated and locked
dirt road. This is the Potrero Seco Road. Park here.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- Hike or bike past the gate, and go as follows:
- At 3.4 miles, keeping right at all forks, a cattle guard.
- At 4.9 miles, Don Victor trail on the right. Continue straight.
- At 7.3 miles, fork. Go right.
- At 8.1 miles is a set of large gendarmes marked on the TOPO as "Three Sisters". This is the
turnoff for Hildreth Peak.
- At 8.6 miles, gate. Keep straight ahead.
- At 14.1 miles, gate at a road fork.
- From this point (5800'+), take the left road fork.
- At 0.8 mile,
the summit of Monte Arido is just west of the
- Continue down the road (south) another 1.9 miles to the bottom of a
- Leave the road here (4980'+) and climb south up the open
ridge to the prominent saddle (5300').
- From here go east up the brushy
ridge to the summit.
Note: In November 2018, sections of Potrero Seco Road were reported to be in bad
condition for mountain biking.