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Hiking Trails

Explore the hiking trails of the Los Padres National Forest. Combine trails to make loop trips, discover new trails for backpacking, or find new areas to explore for day hikes.


197 Hiking Trails
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Camps and Campgrounds

This updated list on camps enables you to find a new camp to visit anytime; we have included all car campgrounds and trail camps in this section.



277 Camps
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O.H.V. Trails

We got you covered on the O.H.V areas, including Google maps view of all trails, slope gains and losses, so you can be prepared for your next off road adventure.


56 OHV Trails
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Recent Water Reports
Location Date ▾ Surveyor Water Report
Sulphur Pot Campground 04-22-2015Anonymous SurveyorDry
Blue Canyon Camp 04-20-2015Valerie NortonFlowing
Cottam Camp 04-20-2015Valerie NortonDry
Sulphur Pot Campground 04-19-2015Jeaninne LittleFlowing
Fish Creek Camp 04-19-2015much improved!!Dry
Halfmoon Campground 04-19-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Willet Campground 04-18-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Nira Campground 04-18-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
White Ledge Campground 04-11-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp 04-11-2015Tim MolloyDry
Upper Rancho Nuevo Campground 04-11-2015BCStagnant
South Fork Campground - Sisquoc 04-10-2015Tom PlymaleFlowing
Potrero Campground 04-10-2015Tim MolloyTrickle
Mansfield Camp 04-08-2015Tom PlymaleFlowing
Maple Camp 04-07-2015Hike Los PadresTrickle
Heath Camp 04-06-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Buckeye Camp 04-05-2015Jeaninne LittleTrickle
Sheep Campground 04-05-2015N27CFlowing
Cottonwood Camp - Sisquoc Trail 04-04-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Three Mile Campground 04-03-2015NOrman93001Flowing
Lonnie Davis Camp 03-30-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Cedar Creek Camp 03-30-2015Norman93001Trickle
South Fork Campground - Sisquoc 03-29-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Bear Creek Camp 03-29-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Haddock Camp 03-29-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Beartrap Camp 03-29-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Mission Pine Springs Campground 03-28-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Mission Pine Basin Campground 03-28-2015Paul CronshawDry
Painted Rock Campground 03-28-2015KenboTrickle
Cow Spring Camp 03-22-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura 03-22-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Beartrap Camp 03-22-2015Mark SFlowing
Haddock Camp 03-22-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Three Mile Campground 03-22-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Blue Canyon Camp 03-20-2015Steve GenestFlowing
Upper Reyes Campground 03-20-2015Mark SFlowing
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp 03-18-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Upper Blue Canyon Campground 03-14-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Blue Canyon Camp 03-14-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Upper Santa Ynez Campground 03-13-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Upper Santa Ynez Campground 03-13-2015Jeff B.Flowing
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp 03-07-2015Curt CraggDry
Willet Campground 03-07-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Upper Bear Camp 03-03-2015Bryan ConantFlowing
Alamar Saddle Camp 03-03-2015Bryan ConantDry
Upper Rancho Nuevo Campground 03-02-2015Mark SubbotinTrickle
Deal Junction Camp 03-02-2015Mark SubbotinTrickle
Mansfield Camp 03-02-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Lower Bear Camp 03-02-2015Bryan ConantFlowing
Rollins Campground 03-02-2015Bryan ConantFlowing
Mission Pine Basin Campground 03-01-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Little Pine Spring Camp 02-27-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Flores Flat Camp 02-27-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Kellogg Campground 02-27-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Bluff Guard Station 02-22-2015Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Sheep Campground 02-21-2015Steven CalkinsFlowing
Sulphur Pot Campground 02-21-2015Curt CraggFlowing
Upper Lopez Campground 02-21-2015Curt CraggFlowing
Cottam Camp 02-21-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Llly Meadows Camp 02-20-2015Steven CalkinsDry
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Latest Camp Reports

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Sulphur Pot Campground Survey - 04-22-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sulphur Pot Campground
Date: 04-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Note I was not able to complete this hike, I just want to save others the time. 

I planned a trip to backpack on this trail and it turned out to not work.  First if you enter from the northwest, you have to hike in an extra 4 miles due to closed gate.  I planned to drive in on the south east due to ranger recommendation.  I was not able to make it due to running water (Yes water in CA ruined my trip LOL ) crossing the road.  I later learned that there were several river crossings.  So if you plan to take this hike from the High Lopez road then be ready to have a high clearance 4x4 vehicle. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:unknown
Weather Conditions:
Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 04-20-2015 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 04-20-2015
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Camp Description:Table good, a solid stone ring has been built, shovel available. Poison oak is getting thick at the edges and starting to invade, but there is still a clear path to water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:stream flowing, tributary just downstream was flowing on first pass, mud puddle on second
Weather Conditions:mild to warm
Cottam Camp Survey - 04-20-2015 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Cottam Camp
Date: 04-20-2015
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Camp Description:Someone has brought the old ice cans over for chairs around the campfire ring.  Owl's clover blooming in the meadow.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:must be underground, there was water at Blue and halfway down
Weather Conditions:mild to warm
Sulphur Pot Campground Survey - 04-19-2015 - by Jeaninne Little
Link: Sulphur Pot Campground
Date: 04-19-2015
Surveyor Name:Jeaninne Little
Camp Description:this is a great creekside campground. had a hard time finding direcrions online, so i had to resort to my map. it is a few miles on the Upper Lopez Trail starting from the Big Falls trailhead. the road past this is blocked off, so juat paek and walk from there. trail was in pretty rough condition but we were able to cut back some plants and poison oak that covered the trail. camp is in good condition. (someine should take a toilet seat out there) has a picnic bench and fire ring. was definitely worth the hike. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:creek is flowing
Weather Conditions:75 day/ less than 40 at night. clear skies.
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 04-19-2015 - by much improved!!
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 04-19-2015
Surveyor Name:much improved!!
Camp Description:There may be no water but the pit toilet has risen from the ashes like a phoenix. Much improved pit stop now and will be a nice camp once the water returns. Camp looks great.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Halfmoon Campground Survey - 04-19-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Halfmoon Campground
Date: 04-19-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Camp Description:Good flowing water in Piru Creek.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Willet Campground Survey - 04-18-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Willet Campground
Date: 04-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Camp Description:Flowing great.  Cabin in good shape.  Not too many people out there.  Did not inspect the tub.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Nira Campground Survey - 04-18-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 04-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Camp Description:Still good water at NIRA, considering our drought.


Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
White Ledge Campground Survey - 04-11-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: White Ledge Campground
Date: 04-11-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 04-11-2015 - by Tim Molloy
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 04-11-2015
Surveyor Name:Tim Molloy
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at camp, but some water further up Manzana Creek.
Weather Conditions:
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Latest Trail Reports

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Snowy OHV Trail Survey - 04-25-2015 - by kevracer
Link: Snowy OHV Trail
Date: 04-25-2015
Surveyor Name:kevracer
Trail description:A bunch of volunteers and I just finished clearing this trail yesterday of all the fallen burned trees. Upper half of trail is a nice easy ride through whats left of the forest. bottom half is double black diamond for experienced riders only.
Mode of transport:O.H.V.
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail Survey - 04-23-2015 - by Meghan Sheen
Link: Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail
Date: 04-23-2015
Surveyor Name:Meghan Sheen
Trail description:Good shape, easy to follow, found some fun things along the trail like an old cabin remnant and a few Chumash Mortar bowls. 198trailscrew
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Lopez Canyon Trail Survey - 04-22-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Lopez Canyon Trail
Date: 04-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:I planned a trip to backpack on this trail and it turned out to not work.  First if you enter from the northwest, you have to hike in an extra 4 miles due to closed gate.  I planned to drive in on the south east due to ranger recommendation.  I was not able to make it due to running water (Yes water in CA ruined my trip LOL ) crossing the road.  I later learned that there were several river crossings.  So if you plan to take this hike from the High Lopez road then be ready to have a high clearance 4x4 vehicle. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Munch Canyon Trail Survey - 04-22-2015 - by Meghan Sheen
Link: Munch Canyon Trail
Date: 04-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Meghan Sheen
Trail description:We took Munch Canyon Trail from Sunset Valley road all the way to Davy Brown Trail. It was in good shape, looks as though someone has recently brushed it all the way up. Some spots of loose rock and old washouts were a little slippery to negotiate  but overall a good day hike.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 04-19-2015 - by Shriner
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 04-19-2015
Surveyor Name:Shriner
Trail description:Trail seemed obvious but needed some brushing. Turned around after having enough of the tick fest. Incomplete report
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Ticks and brush are await.
Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 04-19-2015 - by Shriner
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 04-19-2015
Surveyor Name:Shriner
Trail description:Trail seemed obvious but needed some brushing. Turned around after having enough of the tick fest. Incomplete report
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Ticks and brush are await.
Yellowjacket OHV Trail Survey - 04-18-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Yellowjacket OHV Trail
Date: 04-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Trail description:UTMC, VCMC and Bakersfield Trailblazers worked together to remove all downed trees across the route.  Completely cleared, they took out 65 trees over 4 days of work.  Nicely done!
Mode of transport:O.H.V.
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Sunset Valley Trail Survey - 04-14-2015 - by Meghan Sheen
Link: Sunset Valley Trail
Date: 04-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Meghan Sheen
Trail description:Map incorrect, Sunset Valley trail is 2.5 miles from Sunset Valley road to Munch Canyon. Trail is in good shape, well maintained and easy to follow. Has been recently brushed and several downed trees cut back.  I have attached picture of sign at trailhead and gps mapping of current route.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
White Rock Connector Trail Survey - 04-14-2015 - by Meghan Sheen
Link: White Rock Connector Trail
Date: 04-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Meghan Sheen
Trail description:First mile or so could use some very serious brushing. Trail itself is easy to follow but branches make it difficult. We made it through all the way to Munch Cyn. There is water along the trail, as well as a pretty substantial amount of poison oak. Last half towards Munch cyn looks recently brushed. Several burned out widowmaker trees along the route that are pretty unstable.

Also important to note the actual trail mileage is 1.268 (miles), not 2.32 as shown on the popup/title.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Needs brushing, first mile or so from White rock.
White Rock Trail Survey - 04-14-2015 - by Meghan Sheen
Link: White Rock Trail
Date: 04-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Meghan Sheen
Trail description:Good trail, very easy to follow. Water in white rock canyon. Cool abandoned mine equipment and remnants of a mining cabin about .80 miles into the trail from Pinery road.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
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Latest Comments

Visited 4-12-15  Just a trickle out of the pipe.  Trough is full of clear water.  Took about 2 minutes to fill 16 oz water bottle. read more...
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Much of this fire road may be legal to hike, but the first section is Bureau of Land Reclamation and is closed to all, even if staying strictly to the road.  (Just in case anyone was wondering.  I had bad information from geocachers who placed caches… read more...
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As a teenager I visited this spring many times on my way to, or returning from the Sespe Creek. No matter how hot it got in the summer we could always get a cool drink of water and fill our canteens for the remainder of the hike. I have not been there… read more...
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There is going to be some construction along the road in March 2015.  Schedule is below:




11N04 Colson Canyon
Mile Post 3.1 Road closed between 8am-12pm and 1-5pm,
Monday through Friday.










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Author's website: www.LPForest.org
This is mislabeled and is showing up as thorn point of the map and pictures in the description. This showed up on the peak list as Thorn Point. read more...
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