Trails By Potter

Hiking, Biking, Rock Climbing and Tennis in Ojai

Guided hikes in Ojai California with Ian and Stacy Potter

Trails by Potter - About Your Ojai Guides


Ian Potter

Ian Potter, born in England, has amassed over 35 years of hiking, biking, outdoor rock climbing and mountaineering experience throughout Europe and North America.

When Ian takes a client rock climbing and they entrust him with their life, there is no better man for the job. He is a consummate professional who has an impeccable eye for detail and safety.  He is encouraging, shares his British sense of humor and goes above and beyond the call of duty when caring for his clients.

Ian has worked as a climbing instructor and guide for a number of youth, student and adult programs for over 20 years. Some of those programs have been Paul Newman’s The Painted Turtle, The Foundation for the Junior Blind, Adaptive Kids, Ventura P.A.L., Wilderness Education Program, and Pomona College Outdoor Leadership Program. He was responsible for starting the Rock Climbing Program at Camp Ramah in Ojai, CA.
Anyone under Ian’s guidance, whether hiking, biking or rock climbing, will have the outdoor experience of a lifetime. Ian is Wilderness First Responder certified and is C.P.R. certified.

For the past 20 years, Ian has had his own engineering business called Potters Prototypes. He has completed two Marathons and one Half Marathon.  In his spare time, he serves on the board of The Ojai Valley Youth Foundation.

While Ian enjoys the outdoors, his hobbies include running, motorcycling, backpacking, mountaineering and eating curry. He says his biggest accomplishment was marrying Stacy 20 years ago.


Stacy Potter

Stacy Margolin Potter, while a hiking and biking enthusiast, is more well-known for her accomplishments in the tennis world.  Stacy was a professional tennis player on the Women’s Tour from 1977-1987. While competing in over 25 Grand Slam Championships including 8 Wimbledons, 11 U.S. Opens and multiple French Opens, she had many wins over Top 10 players. She reached a World Ranking of #18.  Her most recognized mixed doubles partner was World Ranked #1 John McEnroe. As a junior, she won four National titles, and while attending the University of Southern California, playing #1 singles, she won the NCAA’s Singles Title as a freshman, an accomplishment recognized by only a few players.

After her professional career, she coached the Women’s Tennis Team at Pomona College and then completed her undergraduate studies at U.C.L.A. Later, she received her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Stacy worked at The Rader Institute for eight years as an Eating Disorder Counselor and Specialist. She continued her education and training at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and became a Certified Integrative Nutrition & Health Coach in 2013, working with clients to achieve their optimal health through her programs and business, Balanced Eating & Lifestyle Coaching,

Besides teaching tennis and managing her health coaching business, Stacy is a Health & Nutrition Consultant, giving lectures and guidance to students at The Weil Tennis Academy, a premier training facility for top ranked junior tennis players. She also lectures at The Oaks at Ojai and other health-related businesses in Ventura County.

Stacy still enjoys playing tennis, yoga and running and has completed two half marathons.

She continues to be involved in the tennis world with charity work, giving clinics and mentoring tennis players at U.S.C. From 2000-2013 Stacy served as host for The Ojai Valley Tennis Marathon, which helped raise money for The Ojai Valley Youth Foundation. For the past eight years, Stacy enjoys her volunteer work at The Help of Ojai, serving the seniors in the Ojai area by making and preparing meals. She also lends her Integrative Nutrition & Health services to Ojai Cares, the only non-profit community-based organization providing comprehensive cnacer support services to the Ojai Valley.

Stacy has been inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, The Beverly Hills High School Athletic Hall of Fame and The Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame.

Stacy has made Ojai her home for over 20 years and has a love of life that is infectious, while being attentive, accommodating and understanding to clients’ needs. She will make sure you have an experience to remember in the outdoors and in Ojai. And, she will let you know the best place to eat sushi, her favorite food! To see more on Stacy, click here to view 2/218 article





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I contacted Trails by Potter to arrange a hike as a birthday present for my girlfriend. The total experience was top notch. We went on a day hike that featured great views and a decent workout. Their knowledge and experience was evident as they were able to match our fitness level with a proper hike/trail. If you're looking for something fun to share with a loved one, give the gift of a hike from Trails by Potter.
~ Pat McGee,
Los Angeles

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