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Hwy 33/Ojai 

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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.

Getting There 

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.

244 Total Routes

['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',84],['2 Stars',81],['1 Star',55],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Hwy 33/Ojai:
Fifteen Years On Ice   V0 4     Boulder   Pine Mountain : Happy Hunting Grounds
Rapunzel   V1- 5- R     Boulder, 25'   Pine Mountain : Enlightenment Ridge
Losing My Marbles   V2 5+     Boulder, 8'   Pine Mountain : Enlightenment Ridge
Quiet Soul   V2 5+ R     Boulder, 15'   Pine Mountain : Enlightenment Ridge
Painted Carnaval   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Pine Mountain : Picnic Area Boulders
Happy Hunting Grounds (a.k.a. Heaven on Top)   V3 6A     Boulder, 25'   Pine Mountain : Happy Hunting Grounds
Gardez l'eau   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   Pine Mountain : Enlightenment Ridge
Sock Hop   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, 20'   Pine Mountain : Lower Ridge
Dissing Euros   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Pine Mountain : Happy Hunting Grounds
Gyroscope   V8 7B     Boulder, 8'   Pine Mountain : Happy Hunting Grounds
Tree Root   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Sespe Gorge (Black Wall)
Pipe Cleaner   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 160'   Sespe Gorge (Black Wall)
Ending Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Sespe Gorge (Black Wall)
Cruiser   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Wheeler Gorge
South of the Trout Farm   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Wheeler Gorge
Permanent Income Hypothesis   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 180'   The Fortress : Right Side Gully
Economique   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Wheeler Gorge
Goulara   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Wheeler Gorge
Danger Boy   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Wheeler Gorge
Silent Mind   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Wheeler Gorge
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By Ryan Abman
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Mar 6, 2014

Does anyone know more about this closure? I am assuming it means everything north of Wheeler will be inaccessible for two weeks.


By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
Mar 6, 2014

I'm not surprised, Ryan. Sespe Gorge got 18 inches (!!) of rain last weekend. I assume that the unstable rock is on the slope across from the Fortress parking area--the one in the background here. It slides routinely with just moderate rain.

Thank you for posting this closure.

UPDATE: The closure has been extended for 2-3 more weeks. Story here

By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
Aug 17, 2008

Cool geological information about the Sespe Gorge area

By t-rev
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: Pennsylvania
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

By M.Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Apr 3, 2013

A workaday road that cuts through California's back story