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Exploring The Los Padres National Forest

1,257 Miles of Trails on 1,762,400 Acres, with 875,000 Acres of Protected Wilderness to Explore.

Thank you for taking the time to visit the Hike Los Padres Community. This website was created with the mission of being a source of shared information on trails, camps and locations across the entire Northern and Southern portions of the Los Padres National Forest. The more information we all share and catalog, the better we can track the conditions of the forest network and figure out what sections, trails and or locations are safe to use and which need maintenance.

A good portion of the interior of Los Padres National Forest gets very little use by the general public, so any information on these areas will ensure that these places stay accessible for future generations of hikers, backpackers, trail runners, equestrians, O.H.V's, hunters, cyclists, and explorers. Many of the trails listed on this site may be unmaintained, know your level of ability and always remember to bring extra water.

In partnership with the Los Padres Forest Association (LPFA). The LPFA mission is to care for the Los Padres Forest, ensuring it thrives and remains safe and open for the people to use and enjoy. LPFA volunteers work to keep trails open, report and assess forest conditions and provide public education on how to safely use the forest. If interested becoming a member or volunteering, then please visit www.lpforest.org to learn more.

Over 1000+ Cataloged Locations

Location specific weather reports, recent camp and trail surveys, water data and much more.

Recent Water Reports
Location Date ▾ Surveyor Water Report
Reyes Creek Campground 05-29-2017Jeff CFlowing
Sheep Camp 05-28-2017Troop 119Flowing
Matilija Camp 05-28-2017AndrewFlowing
Raspberry Camp 05-27-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Cottam Camp 05-27-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura 05-27-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Three Mile Camp 05-25-2017bardleyFlowing
Fishbowls Camp 05-24-2017LightningrodFlowing
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp 05-24-2017Ryan CheneyFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 05-24-2017bardleyFlowing
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura 05-23-2017Erin cFlowing
Cedar Creek Camp 05-23-2017LightningrodFlowing
Happy Hunting Ground Camp 05-23-2017Ryan CheneyTrickle
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc 05-23-2017Ryan CheneyFlowing
Sycamore Camp 05-23-2017Ryan CheneyFlowing
Manzana Narrows Camp 05-22-2017Ryan CheneyFlowing
Bear Creek Camp 05-21-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Choke Cherry Spring 05-21-2017MSchlessFlowing
East Fork Lion Camp 05-20-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
West Fork Lion Camp 05-20-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
The Pines Camp 05-20-2017Craig R. CareyDry
Madulce Camp 05-20-2017MSchlessFlowing
Alamar Saddle Camp 05-20-2017MSchlessDry
Upper Bear Camp 05-20-2017MSchlessFlowing
Log Cabin Camp 05-20-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Big Pine Camp 05-19-2017MSchlessTrickle
Squaw Spring 05-18-2017Kara HooperTrickle
Bear Creek Camp 05-18-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Alcove Camp 05-16-2017wehumananimalsStagnant
Chorro Grande Camp 05-16-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness 05-16-2017wehumananimalsTrickle
Shady Camp 05-16-2017Kara HooperFlowing
Lonnie Davis Camp 05-15-2017Tim MolloyFlowing
Cow Spring Camp 05-15-2017Kara HooperStagnant
Ant Camp 05-14-2017Kara HooperFlowing
Upper Santa Ynez Camp 05-13-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Cove Camp 05-13-2017Aria ZonerFlowing
Forbush Camp 05-13-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Cottam Camp 05-13-2017Paul NicholsonFlowing
Mono Campground 05-13-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Upper Reyes Camp 05-13-2017LoveNoteFlowing
Ant Camp 05-12-2017Aria ZonerFlowing
Dripping Springs 05-12-2017Erin cTrickle
Cow Spring Camp 05-12-2017C ErinStagnant
Ant Camp 05-11-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Tin Can Cabin Camp 05-11-2017Aria ZonerFlowing
Cove Camp 05-11-2017Aria ZonerFlowing
Log Cabin Camp 05-11-2017Aria ZonerFlowing
Baja Campground 05-08-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Oak Flat Camp 05-06-2017Clayton StevensFlowing
Oak Flat Camp 05-06-2017Clayton StevensFlowing
Reyes Creek Campground 05-06-2017Mike C.Flowing
Baja Campground 04-30-2017Inman-Ojai Valley SchoolTrickle
Buckeye Camp 04-30-2017Matt Inman-Ojai Valley SchoolFlowing
Sulphur Pot Camp 04-30-2017Matt Inman-Ojai Valley SchoolFlowing
Upper Lopez Camp 04-30-2017Matt Inman-Ojai Valley SchoolFlowing
Little Falls Spring 04-30-2017Matt Inman-Ojai Valley SchoolFlowing
Sulphur Pots 04-30-2017Matt Inman-Ojai Valley SchoolFlowing
Garica Potrero Spring 04-30-2017Matt Inman-Ojai Valley SchoolTrickle
Agua Escondida Spring 04-30-2017Matt Inman-Ojai Valley SchoolTrickle
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Latest Camp Reports

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Reyes Creek Campground Survey - 05-29-2017 - by Jeff C
Link: Reyes Creek Campground
Date: 05-29-2017
Surveyor Name:Jeff C
Camp Description:Was supposed to be stocked with trout yesterday, 05/28/17, but water seems a little too low. Not sure where stocking takes place, or if it was stocked. Nobody fishing. Many ladybugs in one kind of tree along the creek. Must have been hundreds in each tree. Very few people for Memorial Day.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water clear, a few feet wide, water spilling over small (3 ft) falls near the campground.
Weather Conditions:Clear,sunny, mid 80's
Sheep Camp Survey - 05-28-2017 - by Troop 119
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 05-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Troop 119
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good quality from pipe
Weather Conditions:
Matilija Camp Survey - 05-28-2017 - by Andrew
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 05-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Andrew
Camp Description:This was a nice campsite, but bring bug spray or nets because it was fly and mosquito heavy at times. We stayed at the first campsite (the one without a grill) and enjoyed listening to the creek at night. There's a place for your hammock also. It's an easy 20-30 minute hike from the parking lot if you know where you're going so I would recommend this place to people looking for an introduction to backpacking.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:water was moving along and with enough volume to make some crossings challenging. it was easy to fill water and the quality was very good. However, it has decreased some from a couple months ago.
Weather Conditions:50 - 75 degrees F and clear
Raspberry Camp Survey - 05-27-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Raspberry Camp
Date: 05-27-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Pine mountain area seems very dry even after above average rainfall in Ventura County.  May be that springs would benefit more from snow which rarely occurs here any longer.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Just dripping. One drop / second
Weather Conditions:
Cottam Camp Survey - 05-27-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cottam Camp
Date: 05-27-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 05-27-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 05-27-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Big campsite with shade. Water is flowing. If you continue down to Shady Camp and follow the creek there is a waterfall and some shallow pools. There is a landslide that has blocked the trail to Sespe hot springs. We were a large group and decided it wasn't worth the risk but we know there are other campers who have continued on the trail past the landslide block. Lots of mosquitos out and watch out for rattlesnakes. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:lots of flowing water
Weather Conditions:85F
Three Mile Camp Survey - 05-25-2017 - by bardley
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 05-25-2017
Surveyor Name:bardley
Camp Description:a falling tree, approx 48" diameter,  missed both the stove at camp site one and the table at camp site two.  however, it did completely block the trail.  two sections of the tree at the 'crown' end were removed so that the trail is now open w/o tree hurdling.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Fishbowls Camp Survey - 05-24-2017 - by Lightningrod
Link: Fishbowls Camp
Date: 05-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Lightningrod
Camp Description:Spent a couple of nights at Fishbowls, which has plenty of water and the large pool is really nice for a cool down as summer approaches.  Bugs are becoming a nuisance as the weather warms up.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Creek is flowing all the way from the trail head to the camp.
Weather Conditions:Clear and 80 plus degrees
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 05-24-2017 - by Ryan Cheney
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 05-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Ryan Cheney
Camp Description:Lots of good camp spots. Manzana Creek is flowing well.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Manzana Creek flowing with algae.
Weather Conditions:75 sunny
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 05-24-2017 - by bardley
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 05-24-2017
Surveyor Name:bardley
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:like the man said, more than a trickle ....
Weather Conditions:
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Latest Trail Reports

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Divide Peak OHV Trail Survey - 05-29-2017 - by Erin C
Link: Divide Peak OHV Trail
Date: 05-29-2017
Surveyor Name:Erin C
Trail description:Divide Peak "Road" is in good shape.  There is water in both of the small ponds along the road too.  
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Matilija Canyon Trail Survey - 05-28-2017 - by Andrew
Link: Matilija Canyon Trail
Date: 05-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Andrew
Trail description:The trail was busy the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. I encountered other hikers about once every 10-15 minutes.  There was a campground with fireplaces near where I turned around. I would estimate that I went about halfway down the trail before heading back because my hiking partner was overheating. There seems to be a lot of confusion about whether this "trail" is open to the public, but according to this article there is access as of this post. However, the signage is a little confusing, so I included pictures showing where to go.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Sespe River Trail Survey - 05-26-2017 - by Kara Hooper
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 05-26-2017
Surveyor Name:Kara Hooper
Trail description:My group accessed the Sespe Trail via the Alder Creek Trail, from Dough Flat trailhead.  We brushed the trail coming up and out of the Alder Creek Drainage up through the steep uphill part of the trail. We also headed out to fix the slide that occurs on the side of the mountain coming out of the saddle and down into the Sespe.  Using a pickmatix, we worked to open up the footing and widen it to ensure safe passage. We also smoothed out the slide as best we could, and we left the pickmatix wedged into the tree that sits on the left side of the slide area for others to use.

The saddle area of this part of the Sespe trail needs significant brushing.  It is easy (but scratchy) to follow the trail through here.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Alder Creek Trail Survey - 05-25-2017 - by Kara Hooper
Link: Alder Creek Trail
Date: 05-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Kara Hooper
Trail description:The beginning of the trail, through the Cow Springs Campsite and the Stone Corral, is easy to follow.  The decent down into the Alder drainage could use some brushing.  Last year, in 2016, a group of Thacher students and I brushed and cleared as much as possible from Alder Camp to the trail junction with the Sespe Trail.  This work held up well when we camp through it this year, which was nice to see.  However, you have to do some inventing of the trail at times in the stretch from the McDonald Camp sign to Alder Camp.  You are basically walking in the creekbed.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Horse Canyon Labrea Trail Survey - 05-25-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Horse Canyon Labrea Trail
Date: 05-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:This is only for the Horse Canyon and upper La Brea Creek down to Hiawatha. This was part of a Condor Trail section hike. I found the route up Horse Canyon easy, but it was in the creek, thus wet feet. The upper section of Horse Canyon was easy enough to cross-country navigate but there was no trail I could find. Same with going down to La Brea.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Unless you consider walking in the creek easy to follow I could not find any traces of a trail
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 05-24-2017 - by bardley
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 05-24-2017
Surveyor Name:bardley
Trail description:this reports from the piedra blanca trailhead to three mile camp.  the trail has no blockages.  it is easy to follow.  there is flowing water at piedra blanca camp, twin forks camp, pine mtn lodge camp (slow but steady) and three mile camp.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Sisquoc Trail Lower Survey - 05-24-2017 - by Ryan Cheney
Link: Sisquoc Trail Lower
Date: 05-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Ryan Cheney
Trail description:There is obvious evidence that the river has changed course recently. Also the section of trail after water canyon that goes above the  river valley to the north simply doesn't exist anymore. We followed both Bryan Conants most recent map and the USGS 7.5 maps. Where the trail supposedly goes up there is no trail. We managed to scramble up at a point and found absolutely no trail on the plateau. The trail needs a lot of work, markers or cairns. As it is now it is essentially a route finding bushwhack/ walk up the river.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Condition details:Portions of trail simply aren't there.
Buck Creek Trail Survey - 05-19-2017 - by Dave Burnett
Link: Buck Creek Trail
Date: 05-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Dave Burnett
Trail description:Hiked with a frequent hiking companion and good friend, Don.  We spent Thursday night at Little Mutau Trailhead in order to get an early start on Friday.  Great place to camp - level areas and a vault toilet.  No other facilities.
        Began our hike at 7 am.  First 1.5 to 2 miles is mostly easy to follow, but several dozen fallen tree block the way.  Most are easy to get around, over or under but some take a bit of effort.  This part of trail is easy to follow except through the many fallen trees past Stewart Mountain where the trail is almost non-existent.  Remainder of trail to White Mountain Ridge is easy to follow. (You leave Buck Creek Trail before this point.  I did not see the point where the trail turns down into Buck Creek Canyon. But I was not really looking for it either.)  After White Mountain Ridge, we had trouble finding the trail.  I had downloaded a track from the Hundred Peaks website which we were able to follow most of the time until here.  We bushwhacked down the slope towards Cobblestone, but at about noon, after traveling a little over 5 miles, we decided we would not be able to make it back to the TH Before dark.  So we reluctantly turned around.  Return was relatively uneventful, though scenery was magnificent.
          Weather was just about ideal.  Around 40 degrees overnight, about 50 when we started at 7 am and warming into the 80s by mid afternoon.  Finished hike at 5 pm and headed home.
          Road to the TH is very rutted after the pavement ends a mile or so past Piru Creek crossing..  High clearance vehicle is a necessity.
          We each took almost 4 gallons of water.  We humped 2 gallons each in about 1 1/4 miles the day before.  Next morning we carried another 2 gallons each, picked up one of our cached gallons and left those along the way, spaced a mile or so apart.  When we turned around, we each had nearly 3 gallons left including that cached.  As it turned out we each dumped almost 2 gallons rather than carry it back.  Obviously more than we needed, but had it been hotter and we had gone to the summit, it would have been adequate, but not an excessive amount for the hike.
          Major hazard on the hike was Yucca plants, especially on south facing slopes.  We saw no snakes or large mammals.  Some lizards, lots of butterflies and some annoying, but small, non-biting bugs.
           Great hike to take.  I recommend you be in excellent shape before attempting this hike.  And pick a day with good weather!  It could not have been much better for us but this is a very difficult hike.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:On Buck Creek Trail, starting from Buck Creek Trailhead to climb Cobblestone Mountain. We made it about 75-80% of the way to Cobblestone before turning back.
Bucksnort Trail Survey - 05-19-2017 - by Kara Hooper
Link: Bucksnort Trail
Date: 05-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Kara Hooper
Trail description:We hiked the Bucksnort trail from the Dough Flat trail down to Ant Camp.  It began in a very straightforward, easy to follow way for about the three quarters to one mile.  Once we crossed into a new drainage and began descending down the side of the mountain, it was a skinny path and overgrown in places.  However, we were able to stay with it.  Coming back up it the next day, it looks more foreboding than it actually is.  We came up the mountain in about one hour.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:a skinny trail that is at times hard to follow, but mostly easy to stick with.
Big Falls Trail Survey - 05-18-2017 - by Ryan Luis
Link: Big Falls Trail
Date: 05-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Ryan Luis
Trail description:Trail is in pretty good condition all the way to Big Falls. Creeks are very crossable without getting wet with a little rock hopping. Trail is overgrown with poison oak in areas from little falls to big falls and moderately overgrown from the bottom of Big Falls to the upper pools. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Pretty good condition to Big Falls, overgrown in areas
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