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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
Forbush Camp 03-19-2017WayneGFlowing
Madulce Camp 03-19-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Coldwater Camp 03-18-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
White Ledge Camp - Red Reef Trail 03-18-2017BSA T-119Flowing
Haddock Camp 03-18-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Deal Junction Camp 03-18-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Lady Bug Camp 03-16-2017Daniel J. HallFlowing
Oak Flat Camp 03-15-2017Daniel J. HallFlowing
Potrero John Camp 03-12-2017James WapotichFlowing
Chorro Grande Camp 03-10-2017Dan WhelanDry
Oak Camp 03-10-2017Dan WhelanFlowing
Cow Spring Camp 03-05-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Matilija Camp 03-05-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
Forbush Camp 03-04-2017Paul CronshawFlowing
Maple Camp 03-04-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
Upper Matilija Camp 03-04-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
Middle Matilija Camp 03-04-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
Bear Creek Camp 03-01-2017Daniel J. HallFlowing
Forbush Camp 02-25-2017Michel GirouxFlowing
Colson Campground 02-25-2017NateFlowing
Aliso Campground 02-25-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Shady Camp 02-25-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
West Fork Lion Camp 02-25-2017James WapotichFlowing
East Fork Lion Camp 02-25-2017James WapotichFlowing
Mono Campground 02-25-2017edsafarisFlowing
Painted Rock Camp 02-24-2017Matt MFlowing
Lady Bug Camp 02-16-2017Aaron and GCFlowing
Whitaker Peak 02-16-2017Dave BurnettDry
Lady Bug Camp 02-15-2017Kevin FoxFlowing
Middle Matilija Camp 02-13-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 02-13-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Manzana Camp 02-13-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Middle Matilija Camp 02-12-2017Bryant K.Flowing
East Fork Lion Camp 02-12-2017Nick NameFlowing
Forbush Camp 02-12-2017Michael SFlowing
Willett Hot Springs 02-12-2017Kevin FoxFlowing
Piedra Blanca Camp 02-12-2017Mike makiFlowing
Twin Forks Camp 02-12-2017Mike MakiFlowing
Forbush Camp 02-05-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Sespe Hot Springs 02-05-2017anonymousFlowing
Bear Creek Camp 02-04-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Middle Camuesa Camp 02-03-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Rock Campground 02-03-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Potrero John Camp 01-29-2017Mike MakiFlowing
Forbush Camp 01-28-2017Day TripperFlowing
Middle Matilija Camp 01-28-2017TaliaFlowing
Potrero Camp 01-22-2017Josh IsaacFlowing
Balm of Gilead Camp 01-17-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Mono Campground 01-16-2017Shaddus MaximusFlowing
Forbush Camp 01-16-2017Shaddus MaximusTrickle
Middle Matilija Camp 01-16-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Lady Bug Camp 01-15-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Rock Campground 01-15-2017Shaddus MaximusFlowing
Upper Caliente Camp 01-15-2017Shaddus MaximusFlowing
Potrero Camp 01-15-2017Coyote DaveFlowing
Lost Valley Camp 01-15-2017Coyote DaveFlowing
Cottam Camp 01-14-2017Shaddus MaximusFlowing
Twin Forks Camp 01-14-2017Yellow MantisFlowing
Gridley Springs Camp 01-08-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Blue Canyon Camp 01-08-2017Joshua IsaacFlowing
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Latest Camp Reports

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Forbush Camp Survey - 03-19-2017 - by WayneG
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 03-19-2017
Surveyor Name:WayneG
Camp Description:

Both camps in good condition. Crew worked area recently cutting downed trees. Large wood pile at the 2nd camp site. A lot of blackflies in the area. Apple trees in bloom.

Trail in was in decent shape with only a few wash out spots. Trail into Blue Canyon is overgrown and washed out. Only ventured about a mile and turned back.

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Very Good flow
Weather Conditions:Cloudy with partial sun
Madulce Camp Survey - 03-19-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Madulce Camp
Date: 03-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Madulce is in great shape.  Showing a little bit of use but no overuse.  Signs of recent equestrian use at the main Station Campsite.  The Backpacker Campsite still has that one huge dead hazard pine tree lingering over camp which makes it sketchy to camp at.  Suggest staying at the Station Camp.  Tons of water in the creek, green grass in the fields and flowers on the plants.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Sunny, mid-60's, perfect.
Coldwater Camp Survey - 03-18-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Coldwater camp in good condition, lots of poison oak.  Saw a rattlesnake on trail on way in.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:river is 15 yards wide and knee deep...flow is moderate, crossable
Weather Conditions:
White Ledge Camp - Red Reef Trail Survey - 03-18-2017 - by BSA T-119
Link: White Ledge Camp - Red Reef Trail
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:BSA T-119
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Camp was in good shape with lots of clean water flowing.
Weather Conditions:
Haddock Camp Survey - 03-18-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Lots of bushwhacking on the trail to camp. According to a ranger we met along the trail, the trail has been closed since June 2016 due to the Pine Fire. However, the National Forest Service website stated that the trail was open. Certain areas of the trail were sketchy to camp, including parts with snow. Water was reliable and flowing near camp. Even though this campground doesn't seem to get much foot traffic, it seems like people still like to leave their trash behind. We found broken glass bottles, rusty cans and leftover cooking pans in the numerous fire pits. This area is definitely mountain lion country and prints were spotted all over the trail. The morning after camping, while packing up, a young buck carcass was discovered about 100 ft from where we setup camp. It wasn't fresh but still a shocking sight to see!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water level was a little low but still flowing
Weather Conditions:Sunny, 30s/40s at night
Deal Junction Camp Survey - 03-18-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Deal Junction Camp
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Brisk flow in both creeks
Weather Conditions:
Lady Bug Camp Survey - 03-16-2017 - by Daniel J. Hall
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 03-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Daniel J. Hall
Camp Description:Camp in good shape with Timber Creek flowing well.  Photos of water flow this date at http://tinyurl.com/n4af85e
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good, clear flow of Timber Creek
Weather Conditions:
Oak Flat Camp Survey - 03-15-2017 - by Daniel J. Hall
Link: Oak Flat Camp
Date: 03-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Daniel J. Hall
Camp Description:Good water, good camp and a safe, sane crossing into the camp on this date. 
Photos at http://tinyurl.com/n4af85e 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:knee deep crossing of the Sespe, swift in some places, into the camp
Weather Conditions:
Potrero John Camp Survey - 03-12-2017 - by James Wapotich
Link: Potrero John Camp
Date: 03-12-2017
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Creek and falls flowing
Weather Conditions:
Chorro Grande Camp Survey - 03-10-2017 - by Dan Whelan
Link: Chorro Grande Camp
Date: 03-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Dan Whelan
Camp Description:Camp itself till in great shape, just no water at all
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Completely Dry
Weather Conditions:
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Latest Trail Reports

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Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 03-25-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 03-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:A 6" goat trail has been cut across the slide 1-mile west of Lost Valley Trail along the Hurricane Deck Trail.  It remains sketchy to cross at best.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 03-23-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 03-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Trail is officially closed although the government forest service site says its open. Trail is easy to follow but is tough around the slide areas. The saddle to haddock has snow, 1shetchy hill to 3 mile, and the slide above twin forks is passable but scary as fork. I mapped the distance as 20.7 miles.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Hard...ish
Camuesa Connector Trail Survey - 03-20-2017 - by Arliss Crow
Link: Camuesa Connector Trail
Date: 03-20-2017
Surveyor Name:Arliss Crow
Trail description:The trail is in surprisingly good condition after the Rey fire and the heavy rains we have had.  There is one small section of trail that has slumped away but it is easy enough to get around.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Potrero Canyon Trail Survey - 03-18-2017 - by Jeff Wheelwright
Link: Potrero Canyon Trail
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Jeff Wheelwright
Trail description:I based at oak-dotted Negus Potrero for two nites. The trail from Manzana to the Deck is in very good shape, with only two fallen trees, easy to negotiate. Seasonal creek downslope east of the potrero was still flowing as of March 18 but it won't last. Wildflowers abundant because of the wet winter: prickly phlox, paintbrush, bush poppy, white-flowering buckbrush, California peony, spotted blue dick, and on the heights, in great swaths, goldfields.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Agua Blanca Trail Survey - 03-18-2017 - by Alan Coles
Link: Agua Blanca Trail
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Alan Coles
Trail description:We scouted Agua Blanca Trail from Blue Point to Log Cabin Camp.  We cleared the crossings of branches and debris, cleared some minor slides, cut a few small trees out of the trail and flagged the important locations.  Otherwise the trail is in the same shape that it has been in for several years.  It is not difficult to follow if you are able to find it.  The trail is overgrown with deep grass in places.  Going through the Devil's Gateway was not difficult and wading was below the knees.  Beautiful area now with abundant flowers.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Trail scout and repair
Dutra Trail Survey - 03-18-2017 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Dutra Trail
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Trail description:VWA & LPFA volunteers cleared the first 1.5 miles of the trail out of Dutra Flat Camp through the brushy section on the north side of the ridge. The trail past the barbed wire cairn and up the old road bed through the first few switchbacks is obvious for now. The trail through the brush north of the ridge is narrow, but it looks like a trail. After that it's an obvious fire break that follows the top of the ridge.

p.s. If hiking from the Coast Ridge Rd towards Dutra Flat, follow the road down the hill to Three Peaks Camp for 0.3 miles to where it turns sharply to the right. The trail goes straight and follows a fire break on top of a ridge.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Freshly cleared, good for now.
Deal Trail Survey - 03-18-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Deal Trail
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Boy Scout David Jones installed a new Dick Smith Wilderness sign at the wilderness junction along the Deal Trail.  This was part of an Eagle Scout project which also included repainting Los Padres Forest signs along Hwy 33.  Very cool project, great work David and thanks also to MPRD super volunteer Mark Subbotin for coordinating the effort.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Sespe River Trail Survey - 03-17-2017 - by Cairngorm
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 03-17-2017
Surveyor Name:Cairngorm
Trail description:I hiked from Piedra Blanca to Sycamore Flat. At Bear Creek and below, the water was over the stepping stones and I had to ford the creek.  I'd planned to go on to Hot Spring Canyon but didn't want to ford the creek four more times in each direction, and I heard Hot Spring Canyon was washed out. The landslide at Kerr Spring wasn't a problem. There are minor rock falls here and there, and the traverse of a steep loose  hillside a mile or so before Sycamore is more exciting than it used to be for a few feet. At Willett Hot Spring there's a good repair near the foot of the side trail, but another hairy traverse higher up. The spring is in great condition - robust plumbing giving a good flow, which means totally clear water in the tub, not the usual green liquid.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Lion Canyon Trail Survey - 03-17-2017 - by Daniel J. Hall
Link: Lion Canyon Trail
Date: 03-17-2017
Surveyor Name:Daniel J. Hall
Trail description:We hiked the trail from the top down to Middle Lion Camp, with a stop for the night at East Fork (which had flowing water).  The tread was good, especially considering the February storms.  No brush issues.  One large blowdown about half a mile above Middle Lion Camp which hikers can pass, but stock probably cannot.  Very little work needed, overall.  Regarding the spur trail to East Fork Camp, portions of it are in a streambed and it took a beating recently; all is passable by hikers, but probably not stock because of one blowdown across the trail. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Red Reef Trail Survey - 03-16-2017 - by Daniel J. Hall
Link: Red Reef Trail
Date: 03-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Daniel J. Hall
Trail description:We went from Sespe Creek to the top, with a night at Lady Bug (where there was water flowing).  From Sespe Creek to Lady Bug, there were 8 large blowdows across the trail, several small ones and a small rockslide.  All were passable for hikers, but some will not be for stock.  From Harris Tunnel to about a 100 yards past the crossing of Timber Creek, many brushy areas on the trail.  From Lady Bug to the top, there were 4 large blowdowns across the trail, all passable for hikers, but some not by stockTread the entire distance was surprisingly good considering the February storms.  Photos of the rockslide and significant blowdowns at http://tinyurl.com/n4af85e
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
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