Socal - Ventura County - Ojai NickNames: #GridleyTrail
Find your way to the quaint little town of Ojai. A good way to do that is take the 101 to the 33 to the 150. The 150 turns into Ojai Ave which is the main drag through Ojai. Park on Ojai Ave and Gridley road which is on the east side of town. Get on your bike and head north on Gridley road for a mile where the road will end, and the trailhead will be clearly marked on the left side of the road. From here it's 5 miles to the top. Thomas Guide page: 442
Both trails are in the same shape they were then. Gridley is too bumpy for a bit just after the pavement, but it does normalize into a smooth steep climb--this lasts about 7 miles. The last mile is perhaps the steepest bit I've ever climbed, it's on fireroad so you can zig zag, which helps.
Descended a bit toward Pratt's trailhead and grabbed lunch: No frickin' fire ants.
Prat starts out with nearly 5 miles of fast smooth rolickin' singletrack; some of the best I've ridden. The rest of Pratt is worthless, so I veared off onto pavement shortly after the thrill ride ended and rode back into town. Skip the last section of Pratt, it aint worth it. Instead, wolf down a BIG mexican dinner at one of the outdoor restaurants, or a massage and maybe a handJb at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa before driving back to LA LA. I did.
kirec a 34 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Trek STP 400 from West Hollywood
Once at the top, I hung a left and climbed 2 more miles on the steep and rocky fire road to the peak, and began searching for the Pratt Trail for my descent. Found it on the left about a mile down the hill. The Pratt Trail is a carbon copy of Gridley, lots of moist dirt, sweeping turns, switchbacks, and a few rocks at the bottom.
As you can tell by now, there isn't much to say about this ride, which I guess is a good thing. Not much in the way of challenge, but the air sure was clean!
Good luck to you.