Back hiking after recovering from the flu. The trailhead is on Rose Valley Road above Ojai, less than a half mile from CA-33 and just a few minutes away from Rose Valley Falls and the Piedra Blanca rock formation. I needed a short hike. Howard Creek Trail is 5.8 miles round trip with an easy climb and very little navigating to worry about. The trail is well marked. This would be a perfect hike for beginners or those want to introduce themselves to hiking in the Ojai area, especially with stops at the falls and white rocks afterwards.