LOCKWOOD VALLEY RD. Date reviewed - 2/06
Fun . . . . . . . . 5
Difficulty . . . . .High
Traffic . . . . . . Light
Driveways . . . .None to Light
Condition . . . . Fair to Good
Length . . . . . .27 miles
I had seen this road every time I drove up the 33 but never had the opportunity to try it out. Luckily on a recent ride, that oversight was remedied. Maps and satellite photographs don't do this road justice. Upon reaching the intersection with Highway 33 I was seriously considering contacting a real-estate agent to see what was available in the area. This is a 30-mile stretch of heaven.
At the northern most end is a small "town", but that quickly passes and you find yourself on a mostly deserted road with only the occasional driveway reaching off into the distance. Almost the first half of Lockwood Valley is fairly straight, and dare I say, boring at safe and sane speeds. This improve quickly , however, once the curves start.
This far out traffic completely dies away as there isn't anything out here other than the 33 and some amazing scenery. It looks as if the entire area was a flat mesa at one point that has been carved out by water over countless years. Now we have a road that winds its way along these crevasses and even gives us the opportunity to drive through (not over, no bridges here) creeks that are still working on the geology of the area. There are several places where the road has been "designed" to have the creeks flow over the pavement instead of under, so in winter months watch for signs warning of this condition.
There is also a section about 2/3rd's of the way from the northern end where the pavement is missing for a few hundred feet. The county has placed Loose Gravel signs, but to be honest there isn't any pavement there at all. Watch for the signs and there won't be any problem as the dirt section is well graded.
The road continues to wind its way east, getting somewhat straighter as it approaches the end. When you reach the 33 you can head north towards, well, nowhere; south towards Ojai (both options give you a great driving experience); or simply turn around and attack Lockwood Valley from the other direction. Doesn't sound like a bad dilemma to me.- Back to Region
Blue: Lockwood Valley Rd.
Red: Highway 33
Yellow: Cerro Noroeste / Mil Potrero / Cuddy Valley / Frazier Mtn. Park
Even more fun than it looks.
One of the many creek crossings.