BETA PHOTO: Hwy 33 (Ventura/Ojai) Overview
The 2-lane California Highway 33 branches off from the 101 freeway in Ventura and winds itself north, skirting the quaint town of Ojai. If you are driving north from Ventura, the crags are in the following sequence:
- Wheeler Gorge (aka Twin Tunnels) - 21.0 miles from the intersection of Hwy 101 and CA-33.
- Pine Mountain - east of Hwy 33, north of Pine Mountain Inn, and 52.5 miles from the intersection of Hwy 101 and CA-33.
From the beachside town of Ventura, head north towards Ojai on 33. Refer to crag descriptions for additional directions.
Here's a map to get your bearings.
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: Central Coast
: ... : Wheeler Gorge
Rather than traversing in from the left like its neighbor Aha!, Silent Mind gains the arete via a direct line of attack. Clip a bolt about seven feet above the water, gain a cobbled undercling, power through some fun pockets, then charge past the last bolt for an exciting crux right below the shuts. Finish on a jug just past the shuts....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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Humboldt Lilies, growing along Hwy-33 above Ojai
Feb 7, 2009
Has anyone here climbed Chouinard-Bossier on Matilija wall? Or does anyone know about the access situation? There's not much info out there for this route.
|By C Runyan|
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Sep 14, 2009
t-rev: Full topos, photos, and other details about Matilija, Cathedral Peak, and a number of other gems missing from the Falcon Guide can be found in the out-of-print 1994 guide "Climbing! Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo" by Steve Tucker and Kevin Steele.
|By steve edwards|
From: SLC, UT
Aug 10, 2010
I spent a fair amount of time trying to get good access for Matilija. Got a guy who has "closed" the road to give me access but not to open the road to the public. We could get it open but no one seemed intereseted about fighting for it and the rangers were indifferent. This was for the West Camino Cielo access. You can still get there via a horrible scrample up from the res but it's ridiculous unless you want it badly, which is why I said in my guide that it's probably more time efficient to drive to the Sierra. If someone was was amped about the place and wanted to do some work I think decent access could be gained.
|By Davi Rivas|
From: Ventura, CA
Nov 12, 2010
I jus posted some pics of Matilija Wall, any takers?
|By Matthew Fienup|
From: Ventura, CA
Nov 6, 2012
For automobile aficionados:
Where does Car & Driver Magazine go to test drive a 500-hp super car?..
Highway-33, of course. Look for Wheeler Gorge in this video