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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
Blue Canyon Camp 04-30-2016Matt SwiderFlowing
Forbush Camp 04-30-2016Paul CronshawTrickle
Little Caliente Spring 04-29-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Beartrap Camp 04-25-2016Scott WilliamsFlowing
Haddock Camp 04-25-2016Scott WilliamsStagnant
Three Mile Camp 04-25-2016Scott WilliamsTrickle
Estrella Camp 04-23-2016Hiker TimFlowing
Pothole Spring 04-23-2016Gordon A JenkinsFlowing
Blue Canyon Camp 04-23-2016James WapotichFlowing
Cottam Camp 04-23-2016James WapotichFlowing
Forbush Camp 04-23-2016James WapotichTrickle
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 04-23-2016Scott WilliamsFlowing
Santa Cruz Camp 04-23-2016John DeaconFlowing
Little Pine Spring Camp 04-23-2016John DeaconTrickle
Oak Camp 04-22-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
White Ledge Camp - Red Reef Trail 04-20-2016Drew SmithTrickle
Fishbowls Camp 04-19-2016Rod HallinFlowing
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura 04-18-2016Brad AndersonFlowing
McKinley Spings Camp 04-17-2016Steve LynesFlowing
McKinley Mountain 04-17-2016Steve LynesDry
Potrero John Camp 04-17-2016Hiking VikingFlowing
Potrero Camp 04-17-2016James WapotichFlowing
Coldwater Camp 04-17-2016James WapotichFlowing
Forbush Camp 04-16-2016Matt SwiderTrickle
Beartrap Camp 04-16-2016Doug ThomasFlowing
Mission Pine Basin Camp 04-16-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationStagnant
Villa Creek Camp 04-15-2016Hiker TimFlowing
Three Mile Camp 04-14-2016Doug ThomasFlowing
Haddock Camp 04-14-2016Doug ThomasFlowing
Upper Reyes Camp 04-13-2016Doug ThomasFlowing
Santa Cruz Camp 04-11-2016James WapotichFlowing
Davy Brown Campground 04-10-2016Steve LynesFlowing
Mansfield Camp 04-09-2016Sonia ConnorsFlowing
Forbush Camp 04-09-2016Michael SFlowing
East Fork Lion Camp 04-09-2016Ken ArnoldFlowing
West Fork Lion Camp 04-09-2016Ken ArnoldFlowing
Sheep Camp 04-09-2016EricFlowing
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc 04-06-2016Tom PlymaleFlowing
Mormon Camp 04-02-2016Katie MendenhallFlowing
Water Canyon Camp 04-02-2016Katie MendenhallFlowing
Madulce Camp 04-02-2016Paul CronshawFlowing
Murietta Camp 04-02-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Sycamore Camp 04-01-2016Katie MendenhallFlowing
Cliff Camp 04-01-2016Katie MendenhallFlowing
Abel Canyon Camp 04-01-2016Katie MendenhallFlowing
Miller Camp 04-01-2016Katie MendenhallFlowing
Manzana Narrows Camp 04-01-2016Sonia ConnorsFlowing
West Fork Lion Camp 03-31-2016Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
East Fork Lion Camp 03-31-2016Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Middle Lion Campground 03-31-2016Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Lonnie Davis Camp 03-31-2016Katie MendenhallFlowing
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc 03-31-2016Katie MendenhallFlowing
White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness 03-31-2016Sonia ConnorsFlowing
Sespe Hot Springs 03-30-2016Shaddus Maximus Flowing
Coltrell Flat 03-30-2016Shaddus Maximus Flowing
Hartman Camp 03-30-2016Shaddus Maximus Flowing
Willet Camp 03-30-2016Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Thacher Camp 03-30-2016Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Lady Bug Camp 03-30-2016Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Fish Creek Camp 03-30-2016Katie MendenhallFlowing
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Latest Camp Reports

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Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 04-30-2016 - by Matt Swider
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 04-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Matt Swider
Camp Description:Just a quick overnight, arrived after dark and gone by mid morning.  Cleared a couple of fallen trees from the trail toward Cottam at the side creek, which also had water, a trickle.  Beautiful camp, glad we got down there for a night.  Suspect water will be in blue canyon for at least another month.  

Did a quick hike down to the Santa Ynez river past Cottam, no water to see in the river.  Water in camp at Cottam.  Trail to Cottam a bit over grown, did a bit of trail clearing along the way.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Nice flow through the canyon. Could hear the water up in camp during the quiet of the night.
Weather Conditions:high low 60's, low high 30's
Forbush Camp Survey - 04-30-2016 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 04-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Both campsites were in good condition.  There is a leaf rake and shovel.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Several pools of clean water below lower campsite
Weather Conditions:Sunny, temps in high 70's
Little Caliente Spring Survey - 04-29-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Little Caliente Spring
Date: 04-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Pools were full and a nice stream of water was flowing in to them.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Sunny and 72* with a light wind.
Beartrap Camp Survey - 04-25-2016 - by Scott Williams
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 04-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Scott Williams
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Haddock Camp Survey - 04-25-2016 - by Scott Williams
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 04-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Scott Williams
Camp Description:
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:The creek is at a trickle. The pools are full but becoming stagnant.
Weather Conditions:
Three Mile Camp Survey - 04-25-2016 - by Scott Williams
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 04-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Scott Williams
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:The creek is at a slow trick now. The pools are full and not stagnant.
Weather Conditions:
Estrella Camp Survey - 04-23-2016 - by Hiker Tim
Link: Estrella Camp
Date: 04-23-2016
Surveyor Name:Hiker Tim
Camp Description:This camp has an upper area, 2 to 3 tents, and a lower area by the creek with space for 2 separate parties with multiple tents. All camps had fire pits. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Strong flow, dept in spots to 18", water was clear and cold.
Weather Conditions:High 69, low mid 50s
Pothole Spring Survey - 04-23-2016 - by Gordon A Jenkins
Link: Pothole Spring
Date: 04-23-2016
Surveyor Name:Gordon A Jenkins
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 04-23-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 04-23-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Decent water flowing in the creek
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Cottam Camp Survey - 04-23-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Cottam Camp
Date: 04-23-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Flowing water just upstream from Cottam Camp
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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Latest Trail Reports

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Prewitt Loop Trail Survey - 04-30-2016 - by Hiking Guy
Link: Prewitt Loop Trail
Date: 04-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Hiking Guy
Trail description:Consistent poison oak growth for the norther 6 miles of the loop.  Dozens of downed trees and growth of grass have obscured the trail around the middle ridge area, and it is difficult to follow.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:THICK with poison oak and stinging nettle. Dozens of fallen trees
Pothole Trail Survey - 04-24-2016 - by Gordon A Jenkins
Link: Pothole Trail
Date: 04-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Gordon A Jenkins
Trail description:Excellent condition...CREW Ojai just completed a 21-day spike, worked trail from ridge to Log Cabin camp and Devil's Gateway
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Reyes Peak Trail Survey - 04-21-2016 - by Josh Batt
Link: Reyes Peak Trail
Date: 04-21-2016
Surveyor Name:Josh Batt
Trail description:Found no markings to identify the trail from Haddock Campground. Trail is in the same condition as last surveyed on 5-15-15.  From Haddock campground to Haddock peak is fully overgrown with thorn bushes for about 1/4 mile before you reach the rock formations. The trail is hard to find near the rock formations below Haddock Peak.  And still several downed pines across the trail on the northern slope of Reyes Peak. 
Bring your hedge clippers!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Buckeye Trail Survey - 04-19-2016 - by Donald seawater
Link: Buckeye Trail
Date: 04-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Donald seawater
Trail description:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2DxCzlBkXs
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Buckeye Trail Survey - 04-19-2016 - by Donald seawater
Link: Buckeye Trail
Date: 04-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Donald seawater
Trail description:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2DxCzlBkXs
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Potrero John Trail Survey - 04-17-2016 - by Hiking Viking
Link: Potrero John Trail
Date: 04-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Hiking Viking
Trail description:Water was flowing steadily but a bit low. Wildflowers were beautiful. Area was green and lush.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Potrero John Trail Survey - 04-17-2016 - by Hiking Viking
Link: Potrero John Trail
Date: 04-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Hiking Viking
Trail description:Water was flowing steadily but a bit low. Wildflowers were beautiful. Area was green and lush.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Agua Blanca Trail Survey - 04-17-2016 - by Daniel Meinzer
Link: Agua Blanca Trail
Date: 04-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Daniel Meinzer
Trail description:Trail from Piru Creek to Log Cabin is bush-wacking and rock-hopping most of the way.  Trail has been washed out and is mostly non-existent.  Trail picks up occasionally closer to Piru Creek.  Where there is a trail, there are markers.  Watch out for poison ivy and stinging nettle.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Caldwell Trout Creek Trail Survey - 04-16-2016 - by Jeff Wheelwright
Link: Caldwell Trout Creek Trail
Date: 04-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Jeff Wheelwright
Trail description:Best to approach the TH from Lopez Lake rather than Pozo because Hi Mountain Road was in bad shape from the latter. In mid-April we hiked over three days to a point about half way up the mesa and back. Trail was in fine shape along Trout Creek, which has intermittent water. Trail to Buckeye Camp was only fair, with much poison oak to avoid and many step-arounds. Buckeye Camp has ample water. Trail from Buckeye to the mesa was occasionally hard to follow. Cattle have been keeping it open, but the meadows were lush and not overgrazed. Wildflowers were abundant everywhere. For a treat, look for a swath of rare snowdrop bushes on the north-facing slope at about 2K elevation west of the mesa--about 7 miles from the TH if you hike it straight.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 04-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 04-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Ojai Ranger District project to work the trail within the recent fire perimeter.  Worked from Oak Camp back down to the lower trail head.  Thanks to ORD, Ranger Heidi and the volunteers for their help.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
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