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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
Sulphur Spring - Zaca Lake 10-11-2107FedeFlowing
Sulphur Pot Camp 02-24-2018Mike SmithFlowing
Potrero Seco Camp 02-22-2018Anonymous SurveyorDry
Aliso Campground 02-19-2018Anonymous SurveyorDry
Estrella Camp 02-18-2018ElijahFlowing
Sheep Camp 02-18-2018Craig R. CareyTrickle
Sawmill Mountain 02-18-2018Craig R. CareyDry
Chula Vista Campground 02-18-2018Craig R. CareyDry
Lion Den Camp 02-18-2018Michael PrattTrickle
Silver Peak 02-18-2018Michael PrattDry
Upper Reyes Camp 02-17-2018John PalmisanoFlowing
Fish Creek Camp 02-17-2018Boy Scout Troop 1Trickle
White Oaks Campground 02-17-2018stephanieFlowing
China Camp Campground 02-17-2018StephanieDry
Buckeye Spring 02-17-2018Michael PrattFlowing
White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness 02-12-2018Dan STrickle
Manzana Camp 02-12-2018Dan SFlowing
Happy Hunting Ground Camp 02-12-2018Dan SDry
Coldwater Camp 02-11-2018Darrel ParkerFlowing
Coldwater Camp 02-03-2018Dan SFlowing
Deal Junction Camp 02-03-2018Craig R. CareyFlowing
Manzana Narrows Camp 01-28-2018AndrewFlowing
Milkcan Spring 01-28-2018La Panza RangersDry
Pine Valley Camp 01-27-2018HollyFlowing
Lost Valley Camp 01-27-2018AndrewFlowing
Fish Creek Camp 01-27-2018AndrewDry
Rays Camp 01-27-2018AndrewFlowing
Manzana Camp 01-27-2018AndrewFlowing
McKinley Spings Camp 01-20-2018Will Trickle
Big Cone Spruce Camp 01-16-2018Curt CraggFlowing
Pat Springs Camp 01-15-2018Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Ventana Double Cone 01-15-2018Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Pine Springs Campground 01-14-2018Craig R. CareyTrickle
White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness 01-14-2018dherrigTrickle
Santa Cruz Camp 01-14-2018Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Bluff Guard Station 01-14-2018Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Hog Pen Spring 01-13-2018Erin C.Trickle
Fox Mountain 01-13-2018Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Potrero John Camp 01-07-2018Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Rancho Nuevo Campground 01-06-2018Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Beartrap Camp 01-01-2018Tom MarshFlowing
Upper Reyes Camp 01-01-2018Tom MarshFlowing
Reyes Creek Campground 01-01-2018Tom MarshFlowing
Lost Valley Camp 12-31-2017Shaddus Maximus Trickle
Big Cone Spruce Camp 12-31-2017Shaddus MaximusFlowing
Manzana Narrows Camp 12-31-2017Shaddus MaximusFlowing
Manzana Camp 12-31-2017Shaddus MaximusFlowing
Rays Camp 12-31-2017Shaddus MaximusFlowing
Fish Creek Camp 12-31-2017Shaddus MaximusDry
Mission Pine Basin Camp 12-30-2017Shaddus Maximus Dry
Mission Pine Springs Camp 12-30-2017Shaddus Maximus Trickle
McKinley Spings Camp 12-30-2017Shaddus Maximus Trickle
Nira Campground 12-30-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness 12-29-2017Shaddus Maximus Dry
Lonnie Davis Camp 12-29-2017Shaddus MaximusFlowing
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc 12-29-2017Shaddus MaximusFlowing
Mansfield Camp 12-29-2017Shaddus Maximus Flowing
Fish Creek Camp 12-10-2017Shaddus Maximus Dry
Rays Camp 12-10-2017Shaddus Maximus Flowing
Manzana Camp 12-10-2017Shaddus Maximus Flowing
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Latest Camp Reports

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Sulphur Spring - Zaca Lake Survey - 10-11-2107 - by Fede
Link: Sulphur Spring - Zaca Lake
Date: 10-11-2107
Surveyor Name:Fede
Camp Description:The Zaca Ridge trail is quite overgrown in several sections.  The descent into the lake is very hard to follow, with thick brush everywhere and some large fallen trees.  The trail seems quite abandoned.  Once you reach the lake (if you do), it's paradise down there.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Sulphur Pot Camp Survey - 02-24-2018 - by Mike Smith
Link: Sulphur Pot Camp
Date: 02-24-2018
Surveyor Name:Mike Smith
Camp Description:Made it about 2.75 miles from the Big Falls trail head.  Trail then became impassable.  We had no machetes so we turned back,  Up until then. the trail was in great shape.  Bring extra socks due to the numerous water crossings.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Depth varies, but good flow
Weather Conditions:Clear and very cool
Potrero Seco Camp Survey - 02-22-2018 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Potrero Seco Camp
Date: 02-22-2018
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:The FS road up to the camp is wide, well-graded and very lightly trafficked. I encountered two other hikers and several trucks towing trailers with heavy equipment on them. It was very quiet when there was no traffic. Great day hike!
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Occasional clouds, breezy, and cool (guessing low 50's).
Aliso Campground Survey - 02-19-2018 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Aliso Campground
Date: 02-19-2018
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Great campground.  Currently green with grass.  We even heard a small drizzle on our tent on our second night there.  Even on President's Day weekend, the campground was not completely full. Cold night.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Estrella Camp Survey - 02-18-2018 - by Elijah
Link: Estrella Camp
Date: 02-18-2018
Surveyor Name:Elijah
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Camp Survey - 02-18-2018 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 02-18-2018
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:Troop 111's Pathfinders and High Adventure Teams stopped by at Sheep for a quick lunch during a cold training hike this past weekend. Camps in good shape; one tree down between kitchens 1 and 2. Spring is a trickle.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Low and slow
Weather Conditions:Cold.
Sawmill Mountain Survey - 02-18-2018 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Sawmill Mountain
Date: 02-18-2018
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:Spur trail to Sawmill in fine shape
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Cold and clear
Chula Vista Campground Survey - 02-18-2018 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Chula Vista Campground
Date: 02-18-2018
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:T111 (Ventura) spent 3 days at Chula Vista for the troop's second winter camp of the season. Camp was full on Saturday (including Scout units from Orcutt and Santa Clarita) but once Sunday night's storm blew in, we had the entire campground to ourselves.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Cold -- low of -1F!
Lion Den Camp Survey - 02-18-2018 - by Michael Pratt
Link: Lion Den Camp
Date: 02-18-2018
Surveyor Name:Michael Pratt
Camp Description:Cruickshank Trail between Cruickshank Camp and Lion Den is a bit overgrown, so lots of ducking under tree branches is required, but the trail otherwise remains passable.


Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:There is a pool of water without much flow, but plenty to filter.
Weather Conditions:
Silver Peak Survey - 02-18-2018 - by Michael Pratt
Link: Silver Peak
Date: 02-18-2018
Surveyor Name:Michael Pratt
Camp Description:The trail from the intersection with Cruickshank Trail and Silver Peak alternates between wide open and extremely overgrown with bushes, but the view from the peak is well worth it.

The trail itself does not go directly to the peak, but passes by just to the north of the peak. Just before the trail begins to go downhill again there is a pile of rocks denoting a small trail through the bushes to the peak ~50ft away.

The peak has great 360 degree views.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Silver Peak has no water source.
Weather Conditions:
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Latest Trail Reports

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Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail Survey - 02-24-2018 - by Sam Minard
Link: Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail
Date: 02-24-2018
Surveyor Name:Sam Minard
Trail description:A few trees down across trail. Trail good, good water .
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Devils Canyon Trail Survey - 02-18-2018 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Devils Canyon Trail
Date: 02-18-2018
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Report from a Sierra Club organized hike:

The North Tunnel trail is in nice shape except for about 100 yards right before the intersection with Devil’s Canyon. Here, the trail has been plowed and the brush has been spread out across the area, making it very difficult to pass through. The trail is often not visible. The Devil’s Canyon trail has a slide area right at the beginning and several trails have been made to go around this. Further, the trail is followable but overgrown, with a lot of downed trees and narrow footpaths. There is some water in the lower creek, along with poison oak and thistles.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail Survey - 02-17-2018 - by Tony G
Link: Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail
Date: 02-17-2018
Surveyor Name:Tony G
Trail description:As mentioned by Ozimec on 2/4/18 the trail is good shape, adding that water in the creek is flowing well from a third of the way down from Fig Rd. to Davey Brown campground.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Cold Spring Trail - North Survey - 02-17-2018 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cold Spring Trail - North
Date: 02-17-2018
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA volunteers continued work on the North Cold Spring Trail as part of a growing LPFA effort to work trails not closed by the Thomas Fire.  On this day we worked the top 0.5 miles from Cold Spring Saddle down towards Forbush.  The emphasis of the project was to clear brush with the hopes that we won't have to go back for another 5 years = we brushed it real good.  More follow up projects and volunteer opportunities will be upcoming.  Stay tuned!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
White Rock Trail Survey - 02-13-2018 - by FP
Link: White Rock Trail
Date: 02-13-2018
Surveyor Name:FP
Trail description:Parked car next to trailhead at Sunset Valley Rd.  Moderate, 3-mile climb to East Pinery Gate along Figueroa Mtn. Rd.  Then walked back down along the road to car.  Pleasant walk on a wintery, cool, day.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness Survey - 02-12-2018 - by Dan S
Link: Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness
Date: 02-12-2018
Surveyor Name:Dan S
Trail description:There was recently some work done on the trail, so it isn't hard to follow until you reach the Deck - the whole Lost Valley is dry EXCEPT a very tiny trickle (I think Vulture Spring) a few miles from the Hurricane Deck Junction.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Manzana Trail West (Lower) Survey - 02-11-2018 - by Josh Gustafson
Link: Manzana Trail West (Lower)
Date: 02-11-2018
Surveyor Name:Josh Gustafson
Trail description:no water at School House but there is water at Dabney
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Cold Spring Trail - North Survey - 02-10-2018 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cold Spring Trail - North
Date: 02-10-2018
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Trail good until mono jungle.  Multiple flags turning back and forth with no visible trail.  Much easier to hike the silted river bed 6 inch's to 2 ft worth of muddy silt highly suggest a reroutd above the jungle. I did however see tracks of bear and lion that looked to be stalking a previous hikers route.  ERie and awesome.  Fun times in the lp
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:cold spring to mono camp
Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail Survey - 02-04-2018 - by Ozimec
Link: Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail
Date: 02-04-2018
Surveyor Name:Ozimec
Trail description:A couple of downed trees, otherwise great trail conditions.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Zaca Peak Trail Survey - 02-01-2018 - by Erin C.
Link: Zaca Peak Trail
Date: 02-01-2018
Surveyor Name:Erin C.
Trail description:We tried to hike this trail from the top down from the Catway fire road, but only first half mile or so is doable. After that, there is a sign saying "Zaca Ridge Trail. Trail maintained by SBCOF.org  I tried a google search for them, but I could not find who SBCOF.org actually is?  Anyways, the trail gets really overgrown after that sign, so we turned around and go to the top of a  no name peak that is the peak right west of Zaca Peak (a trail up to that peak was visible and passable).  

This trail could be a very beautiful hike, but it looks like a forgotten trail for sure.  
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
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