Meher Mount sits at 2,500 feet elevation on Sulphur Mountain between Santa Paula and Ojai. It is a pilgrimage site just a couple of hours from Los Angeles to the south and Santa Barbara to the north. This inspiring setting is dedicated to Avatar Meher Baba (1894-1969).
The day pilgrimage site is on 172 acres that is mostly wild, though the area around the main reception house and library, and the meadow down to 'Baba's Tree' is kept clipped short, so it is open and can be walked on, as you see in the photo.
First drive up the mountain to the reception house, sign in to let the caretakers know you are on the property, browse the library and when you are ready, they will direct you to the special coast live oak known as 'Baba's Tree' - in the photo it is the fourth tree from the left.
There you can sit and meditate on a wooden bench and look out over Santa Paula to the left, and the Pacific Ocean to the right, with a view of the Channel Islands beyond. It is truly breathtaking and so peaceful.
Meher Mount is open to visitors Wednesday to Sunday noon to 5pm, and closed Monday and Tuesday.
The address is 9902 Sulphur Mountain Road, Ojai, California 93023.
If you are driving from Ojai take Rt. 150 up the mountain as if driving to Santa Paula. Nearly at the summit you'll pass the entrance to Dennison Park. Go 2.5 miles further. Just past Twin Creek Ranch turn right onto Sulphur Mountain Road and go 2.7 miles to the sign on the left that says Meher Mount. The road gets narrower as you proceed. Park along the driveway before reaching the reception house.
If coming from Santa Paula take Rt. 150 until you pass the Summit Restaurant. Continue on for 1 mile to Sulphur Mountain Road. Turn left and go 2.7 miles to Meher Mount. Park just before the reception house.
Bring water to drink and a picnic if you'd like. Before your pilgrimage fuel your car and have something to eat as there are no concessions at Meher Mount.
It is certainly worth the trip. Driving up the mountain is a process that feels like driving up to the highest point in your own consciousness. Then, sitting under 'Baba's Tree' completes and adds the immeasureable blessings it has been imbued with by Baba. Enjoy.
Article and photo of Meher Mount by Susan Helene Kramer
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