Spent some good quality time mostly along a stretch of forgotten coastline of Ventura County over the past weekend. One day, we ventured an hour north into the Rose Valley Recreation Area of Los Padres National Forest.
|one-lane road into Rose Valley|
The road dead-ends at a primitive campground (elev. 3,400 thereabouts), with a trail head (half mile, family-friendly hike, 300 foot elevation gain) to Rose Valley Falls, pictured below.
|intricate rivulets resplendent with sunlight|
Not much of a watershed for the falls, and especially not in August; in fact, Rose Valley Lake, er, Rose Valley Puddle (not pictured, use your imagination), had all but disappeared, but what a truly surprising, refreshing find of a lush little glen amid the arid mountains of SoCal.
|fizzle of a falls|
For much more detailed information, check out a great blog piece with a more in depth look at Rose Valley Falls.