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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.



275 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.


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Latest Water Report

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Recent Water Reports - Sorted by camp name:
Name ▾ Date Surveyor Water Report
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp 4-10-2008Valerie NortonFlowing
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp 06-14-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp 05-22-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Alder Creek Camp - Sespe 06-09-2014M. JonesFlowing
Alder Creek Camp - Sespe 09-07-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Alejandro Camp 01-18-2013 Valerie NortonTrickle
Ant Campground 02-08-2014Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Ant Campground 04-22-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Arroyo Seco Campground 08-11-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationStagnant
Barlow Flat Campground 09-02-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Beartrap Camp 04-05-2014Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Beartrap Camp 05-01-2014LPFAFlowing
Beartrap Camp 04-11-2014LPFA
Beartrap Camp 07-14-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Beartrap Camp 10-11-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Big Cone Spruce Campground 03-21-2014Valerie NortonFlowing
Big Cone Spruce Campground 09-26-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Big Cone Spruce Campground 10-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Big Pine Campground 06-15-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Big Pine Campground 09-30-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationStagnant
Big Pine Campground 11-13-2009M. JonesFlowing
Bluff Guard Station 08-06-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Bluff Guard Station 08-31-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Cedar Creek Campground 05-24-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Choro Grande Camp 05-12-2014Bryan ConantTrickle
Chula Vista Campground 08-05-2014CamperDry
Coldwater Campground 08-16-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationStagnant
Coldwater Campground 08-31-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Cottam Campground 01-20-2014Anonymous SurveyorDry
Cottonwood Campground 02-08-2014Logan BeckstrandTrickle
Cow Spring Campground 06-09-2014M. JonesTrickle
Cow Spring Campground 09-07-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Davy Brown Campground 06-21-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Dome Springs Campground 02-13-2014Nectar BigfootDry
Don Victor Campground 07-19-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
East Fork Lion Campground 05-17-2014Hike Los PadresTrickle
East Fork Lion Campground 08-17-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationStagnant
Fish Creek Campground 05-22-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Fish Creek Campground 05-02-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Fish Creek Campground 10-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Fishbowls Campground 05-24-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Forbush Campground 02-22-2014The BeemanDry
Forbush Campground 05-20-2014Hike Los PadresStagnant
Forbush Campground 10-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Haddock Campground 05-01-2014LPFAFlowing
Haddock Campground 07-05-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Haddock Campground 08-31-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Haddock Campground 10-11-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Heath Campground 06-21-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Indian Creek Campground 05-25-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Indian Creek Campground 07-04-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationStagnant
Jackson Campground 09-13-2014cbhikerFlowing
Kings Campground 12-02-2012Hike Los PadresDry
Little Mutau Campground 02-12-2014Steven CalkinsFlowing
Little Pine Spring Campground 02-22-2014Torrey BeckstrandFlowing
Log Cabin Campground 09-06-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Lonnie Davis Campground 09-27-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Madulce Camp 06-21-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Madulce Campground 6-27-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Madulce Campground 10-25-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Mansfield Campground 2014-05-24Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Manzana Campground 05-24-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Manzana Campground 10-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Manzana Narrows Campground 05-24-2014Matty CalFlowing
Manzana Narrows Campground 09-27-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Manzana Narrows Campground 03-29-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Manzana Narrows Campground 10-27-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Manzana Schoolhouse Campground 04-20-2014Anonymous SurveyorDry
Manzana Schoolhouse Campground 05-04-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Matilija Campground 07-31-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Matilija Campground 10-4-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
McKinley Spings Campground 04-12-2014LPFAFlowing
McKinley Spings Campground 09-29-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
McKinley Spings Campground 09-26-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Meadow Campground 2014-09-26Los Padres Forest AssociationStagnant
Meadow Campground 2014-05-25Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Meadow Campground 06-28-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Mesa Spring Campground 2014-09-07Anonymous Surveyor
Mesa Spring Campground 2009-07-14Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Middle Lion Campground 2014-05-17Hike Los PadresFlowing
Middle Lion Campground 06-10-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Middle Matilija Campground 08-17-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Middle Matilija Campground 10-4-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Mission Pine Basin Campground 09-27-2014Los Padres Forest Association
Mission Pine Springs Campground 09-29-2014bardleyFlowing
Mission Pine Springs Campground 09-26-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Mission Pine Springs Campground 09-26-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Nira Campground 04-20-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Nira Campground 08-31-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Nira Campground 10-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Painted Rock Campground 11-01-2013Bryan ConantDry
Painted Rock Campground 03-02-2014LPFATrickle
Painted Rock Campground 05-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationStagnant
Pat Springs Campground 11-29-2013Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Peidra Blanca Campground 05-01-2014LPFAFlowing
Peidra Blanca Campground 06-21-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Peidra Blanca Campground 09-22-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Pelch Campground 06-27-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Pens Campground 06-04-1994M. JonesFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 01-10-2014M. JonesFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 05-24-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 08-04-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Pine Ridge Campground 01-20-2014Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Potrero Campground 08-31-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Potrero John Campground 07-28-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Potrero Seco Campground 01-26-2014Anonymous SurveyorDry
Rasberry Campground 08-09-2014Craig R. CareyTrickle
Rasberry Campground 09-21-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Rasberry Campground 10-16-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Redwood Campground 01-19-2014wilderness 12Flowing
Reyes Creek Campground 08-12-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Reyes Peak Campground 08-09-2014Craig R. Carey
Santa Lucia Memorial Park Campground 10-27-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Shaddy Campground 09-07-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Sheep Campground 08-01-2014bardleyTrickle
Skyes Campground 09-02-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
South Fork Campground - Sisquoc 03-22-2014Paul CronshawFlowing
South Fork Campground - Sisquoc 03-11-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Terrace Creek Campground 09-02-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
The Pines Campground 10-1-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Twin Forks Campground 05-01-2014LPFAFlowing
Twin Forks Campground 07-06-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Twin Forks Campground 08-08-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Twin Forks Campground 09-22-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Upper Bear Campground 05-11-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Upper Caliente Campground 04-22-2014Valerie NortonFlowing
Upper Reyes Campground 05-01-2014LPFAFlowing
Upper Reyes Campground 04-11-2014LPFAFlowing
Upper Reyes Campground 07-01-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Upper Reyes Campground 10-11-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Upper Santa Ynez Campground 04-11-2014LPFAFlowing
Upper Santa Ynez Campground 06-25-2014Richard HumphreyStagnant
West Fork Lion Campground 08-17-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationStagnant
White Ledge Campground 03-27-2014M. JonesFlowing
White Ledge Campground 04-28-2014LPFAFlowing
White Ledge Campground 05-03-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationStagnant
White Ledge Campground 0000-00-00Los Padres Forest AssociationDry

Latest Camp Reports

Please click on a report below to view the survey

Pens Campground Survey - 06-04-1994 - by M. Jones
Link: Pens Campground
Date: 06-04-1994
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Camp Description:Prior to the Zaca Fire burning over 240,207 acres in 2007 Indian Creek contained one of the largest trout populations in the LPNF (personal observation). Historical highlight: This camp was so named because of some barbed wire stock pens that were there at one time. They were possibly used by Jose Moraga who operated a mine at the narrows of Indian Creek, but it is more likely that they were used by the Clark and Canet Company which maintained a cattle range on Loma Pelona just to the east of this area. (Source; A Campers Guide to the Tri-County Area. Robert Burtness, 1981).
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The headwaters of Indian Creek typically contains cold, clean water all year.
Weather Conditions:75* and sunny
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Big Pine Campground Survey - 11-13-2009 - by M. Jones
Link: Big Pine Campground
Date: 11-13-2009
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Camp Description:

Historical highlight:

Because of its spring and protected location, this site replaced the Windy Gap Camp used by the first visitors to the area. The Hartman brothers used it as a hunting camp until the Forest was closed during World War II. It was also used by the Civilian Conservation Corp during the construction of the Buckhorn Road. During this time the spring was boxed in with a corrugated iron culvert pipe. Since the water in it is often contaminated, it’s better to go west down the little draw to the bottom of the camp area where there is another spring. Should this be dry, go about 2/10’s of a mile northwest through the old horse corral to the big spring. (Source A Camper Guide to the Tri-County Area, Robert Burtness 1981).

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:OK when we were there, best to always filter water
Weather Conditions:65* and sunny
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Santa Lucia Memorial Park Campground Survey - 10-27-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Santa Lucia Memorial Park Campground
Date: 10-27-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Information from Ventana Wilderness Alliance
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Madulce Campground Survey - 10-25-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Madulce Campground
Date: 10-25-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:A scouting mission to Madulce Camp revealed that it is BONE DRY down there.  Even the spring box that was installed about 4 months ago was dry.  All plumbing appears to be in place, just no water.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:


Madulce Campground Survey - 6-27-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Madulce Campground
Date: 6-27-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:The LPFA lead a work project down to Madulce Camp in the middle of summer.  We fixed the old spring box, see photos below:

https://www.facebook.com/LosPadresForestAssociation/posts/341381952653402

When we left the spring was flowing at about 1 gallon per minute.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Spring box fixed and working nicely.
Rasberry Campground Survey - 10-16-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Rasberry Campground
Date: 10-16-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Photos by Bardlero of Ojai.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Water in the wine barrel spring box
Weather Conditions:
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Wine barrel spring box

Wine barrel spring box


Camp view

Camping
Middle Matilija Campground Survey - 10-4-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Middle Matilija Campground
Date: 10-4-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Information from Ojai Ranger District
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Matilija Campground Survey - 10-4-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Matilija Campground
Date: 10-4-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Information from the Ojai Ranger District
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
The Pines Campground Survey - 10-1-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: The Pines Campground
Date: 10-1-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Information from the Ojai Ranger District
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Only water at second crossing from bottom
Weather Conditions:
Log Cabin Campground Survey - 09-06-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Log Cabin Campground
Date: 09-06-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:The LPFA scouted the trail and camp for a Working Vacation Trail Project in November 2014.  More information can be seen here:

http://bit.ly/1pcaIwk
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water flowing from Log Cabin through the Devils Gate
Weather Conditions:Hot, sunny in the low 90's
Images:

Log Cabin Camp
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Latest Trail Reports

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Madulce Trail Survey - 06-27-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Madulce Trail
Date: 06-27-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Still about a dozen downed trees.  Here is a trail report map:

http://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=405d93a1872f47a99f9ebf24202c1006
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:







Madulce Peak Trail Survey - 10-25-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Madulce Peak Trail
Date: 10-25-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The LPFA and 100 Peaks People organized a trail project on 10/25 to clear the trail from Buckhorn Road to Madulce Peak.  We brushed the trail and worked on the tread over the entire trail.  Great work was done BUT there are still many large downed trees that need to be logged out.  More work is needed.

Great time had by all and the views were awesome.  The trail is now in the best shape its been in over the past decade or so.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
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The crew at Alamar Saddle
Boulder Canyon Trail Survey - 10-16-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Boulder Canyon Trail
Date: 10-16-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The Great Bardlero of Ojai was out doing his thing and removing trees from Boulder Canyon.  
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Bardlero Photo
Aqua Blanca Trail Survey - 09-06-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Aqua Blanca Trail
Date: 09-06-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA scouted in advance of a trail project in November 2014.  There was no water from Kesters until you got to the Devils Gate.  More information:

http://bit.ly/1pcaIwk

This trail does not have the necessary NEPA to do trail work, so the trail is slowly but surely going away.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:The trail could use work but is followable.
Pothole Trail Survey - 09-06-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Pothole Trail
Date: 09-06-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA scouted from Agua Blanca up to the Potrero for a future trail project.  Information here:

http://bit.ly/1pcaIwk
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Mission Pine Trail Survey - 10-22-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Mission Pine Trail
Date: 10-22-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The LPFA hosted a trail project to clear the trail from Windy Gap west towards Mission Pine Basin.  We were able to get to the bottom of the Rattlesnake Canyon Switchbacks.  The trail is good to that point.  Unfortunately the worst part of the trail is from the Rattlesnake Basin up the next mile.  

We are hoping to schedule a followup trip to start on that part of the trail in the next few weeks.  More to come......

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped:  Curt Cragg, Mike Smith, Beeman, Rik C, James Wapotich, etc.....
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

That is the trail, west side of Rattlesnake Basin. Photo courtesy Beeman

Looking back at the Rattlesnake Switchbacks. Photo courtesy Beeman


Bushwhacking along East Mission Pine Trail. Photo courtesy Beeman

And after two days of trail work. Photo courtesy Beeman


So rewarding! Photo courtesy Beeman
Alamar Trail Survey - 10-02-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Alamar Trail
Date: 10-02-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:test
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Condition details:test
Red Reef Trail Survey - 10-11-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Red Reef Trail
Date: 10-11-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:

OJAI RANGER DISTRICT TRAIL PROJECT

by Heidi Anderson

Yesterday’s project was on the Red Reef Trail in honor of Don Borad.  The ten of us ventured up Sisar Road to access the trail to White Ledge Camp.  (That was the toughest part of the day due to the poor condition of the road!)  The group hiked to the White Ledge Camp and started the brushing project ¼ mile above the camp working our way back to the lower trailhead.  There was a noticeable climb in the temperature around noon.  Group did an great job staying focused on improving the access on the trail. Thanks to all that attended!

There is water at the camp.  Walk beyond the sites to find the stream and definitely bring a filter.

Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Bull Ridge Trail Survey - 04-01-07 - by M. Jones
Link: Bull Ridge Trail
Date: 04-01-07
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Trail description:Just stopped to take a picture
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
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View south of Rattlesnake Potrero from Sierra Madre Road and Bull Ridge Trail
Alder Creek Trail Survey - 06-09-2014 - by M. Jones
Link: Alder Creek Trail
Date: 06-09-2014
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Trail description:Not much shade, full sun exposure on most of trail
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
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Photo taken at approx. 4.5 mile mark, view south

Photo taken at approx. 4.5 mile mark, view east toward Dough Flat


Photo taken at approx. 5.5 mile mark, view north

trail sign approx. 5.85 miles from Dough Flat
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It has been a while since we camped at Sage hill, but nobody else has replied, so here goes.   First, there is creek to cost, on a cement platform, in the road.   If there have been heavy rains, crossing could be a problem.   this is a group camp, with… read more...
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10/20/2014 VWR Road Patrol along Buckhorn RdChokecherry is flowing nicely with crystal clear water read more...
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Author's website: www.LPForest.org
Used an approach from the west side starting at the gate on Trail Canyon just north of where Snowy Creek OHV Trail enters and followed the ridge around in a long loop.  Quite easy to pass along deer trails.  The peak is very long and flat, but the highest… read more...
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Very small spring coming out of the mountain, but, very sweet and clear. It's just a little south of Sespe River trail. read more...
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Hiked through here as part of three day backpack trip.  Trail was great.  Saw a bear. read more...
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Author's website: www.LPForest.org
LPFA TRAIL SURVEY
The trail is in really good shape with very few issues. The only problems are that the trail is getting overgrown again at the Murietta Grapevine Spring, which will need to be reworked just about every year. There is one 14"…
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Author's website: lpforest.org
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