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.See All Trails →
Mountain Biking Trails This updated list on Mountain Biking Trails enables you to find a new trail to shred anytime; we have included all non-wilderness and O.H.V areas in this section.See All MTB Trails →
O.H.V. Trails We got you covered on the O.H.V areas, including google earth view of all trails, slope gains and losses, so you can be prepared for your next off road adventure.O.H.V. Trails →
Southern California Outdoor Enthusiasts.Thank you for taking the time to visit Hike Los Padres. This website was created by and for outdoor adventurists, explorers and enthusiasts of both the Northern and Southern portions of the Los Padres National Forests. This website is new and still under construction, so please be patient and also let us know how we can make it better.
The Los Padres is located in Southern California with 1,257 Miles of trails on 1,762,400 acres, and 875,000 acres of protected wilderness. Its a really big forest and this was a giant task of a site to create, so please help out in any way by sharing your knowledge and information that you are willing to share.
I know that many places in the forest are appreciated for their remoteness and the fact that they are visited by very few people. Some areas get no more than 5 to 10 visitors a year, and I assure you that those places will most likely remain that way. But the forest trails and facilities are in a steady and rapid decline, and it is clear that government funding is dwindling fast for places like our backcountry wilderness areas. But if we can get a few more people to visit these remote locations, we may be able to ensure that they will stay open for generations to come.
All forests and wild places have a fine line or a dual edge sword: too many people leads to crowding and trash. However too few people leads to diminished trails, camp closures, and funding cuts. It takes a very short amount of time for the chapparel to reclaim the land and laugh at any attempts to penatrate its wall of thorns. So lets find that balance and get the funding the Los Padres deserves.
I hope this website will be viewed as a positive resource and a tool for many to enjoy the subtle beauty and dynamic ecosystems that make the Los Padres such a special place to recreate.
Every submission will help form a database of shared knowledge and information and Hike Los Padres was started for this very reason, to share information with like minded people. So as we form a database from visitor surveys on items like: Water levels in dry and wet years, trail conditions, potential hazards, shared stories, legends, history and adventures of explorations- we create a better understanding of the forest and how to make it a better place.
- John Ziegler - Founder of Hike Los Padres.
Please be careful and always remember to pack extra water for any trip! Many Trails listed may be unmaintained, always plan ahead, check a weather report, know your risks and level of ability.