Saturday, November 14th.
We will begin our hike on the north face of Pine Mountain, just north of Ojai. The elevation is 6,400 ft. and it may be chilly at the start. We meander beneath the ancient pines overlooking the Cuyama Bad Lands. Then we find ourselves descending into the oak trees as the view widens out over the valley and canyons below us. Next we take a secret trail back into the pine trees to an abandoned camp site with a spring. Here we will witness the millions of lady bugs clustered on the ferns and trees. A perfect spot to enjoy the moment and take a lunch break. This is a very rare and special place.
Since poaching of lady bugs has become so widespread we ask that you keep the location a Secret. Dress in layers, bring water, sack lunch, sunscreen, hat, camera, all the normal stuff. There is a drive of about 1 & 1/4 hours to the trail head. If you choose to drive, you will need to gas up before. The views are awesome on the drive, a perfect ” road trip“. We meet at Nordhoff High parking lot in Ojai at 8:30am and carpool up. This is a dog and youth friendly hike but please remember with the drive and lunch this Hike will take about 5 + hours.
Price for this hike is $30 per person or $50 per couple. Any questions contact Robert Evans at 805-798-2810.