I first spotted Grimes Canyon when browsing around on Instagram. It is such a unique spot and when I realized it was just outside of Los Angeles and only a 10-minute hike, I knew I had to make an effort to see it.
Where To Go
Grimes Canyon is located in Ventura County. You will wind your way along Grimes Canyon Road until you come to this spot:
8884 Grimes Canyon Road
Moorpark, CA 93021
From here you’ll see an area where you can pull off beside the road and park. If you are worried about getting a ticket, don’t be. An officer actually did stop and ask me what I was doing. I simply explained I wanted to hike to the top of the hill for a photo. He made a joke about how hot it was that day and then went on about his way.
Tips for the Hike
- The hike is very short, and shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes to get to the top.
- It is quite steep. You’ll see a pathway where others have started the hike, however as you continue the path becomes less clear. Basically just keep going up until you can see the curve of the road.
- Wear long pants because the brush will scratch you, and there are little cacti that you may bump into.
- I’d also recommend wearing shoes you’re okay with getting dirty because the ground is sandy and not very firm. When I finished I had a shoeful of sand and dirt to dump out.
And that’s it! Pick a spot at the top to take your photos, and then carefully make your way back down.
Over to you! If you have any questions or lovely comments let me know below!