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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
Fishbowls Camp 08-27-2016Anonymous SurveyorStagnant
Miranda Pine Campground 08-25-2016Jack Owen, JrDry
Bates Canyon Campground 08-25-2016Jack Owen, JrDry
Twin Forks Camp 08-22-2016Ken WickershamFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 08-22-2016Ken WickershamFlowing
Blue Canyon Camp 08-20-2016Erin CarrollDry
Bear Creek Camp 08-19-2016Anonymous SurveyorStagnant
Willet Camp 08-19-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Mono Campground 08-15-2016Byrdie BoyStagnant
Matilija Camp 08-15-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Middle Matilija Camp 08-15-2016Anonymous SurveyorDry
Upper Matilija Camp 08-15-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Big Pine Camp 08-14-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Chokecherry Spring 08-13-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationStagnant
Bates Canyon Campground 08-11-2016Jack Owen, JrDry
Bear Creek Camp 08-09-2016Colin RiordanStagnant
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp 08-09-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Cross Camp 08-07-2016Josh IsaacFlowing
Jackson Hole Camp 08-07-2016Josh IsaacFlowing
Big Cone Camp 08-06-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Big Cone Camp 08-06-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Murietta Camp 07-31-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Estrella Camp 07-29-2016DanielFlowing
Spruce Creek Camp 07-29-2016DanielFlowing
Brookshire Campground 07-28-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Brookshire Campground 07-28-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Alder Creek Camp - Silver Peak Wilderness 07-27-2016Anonymous SurveyorDry
Mesa Spring Camp 07-17-2016AlexFlowing
Mt. Mars 07-16-2016Steve CypherDry
Dutra Flat Camp 07-16-2016Steve CypherTrickle
Fishbowls Camp 07-16-2016Anonymous SurveyorStagnant
Cedar Creek Camp 07-16-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Bluff Guard Station 07-16-2016Anonymous SurveyorDry
Big Pine Camp 07-16-2016Jasonn BeckstrandTrickle
Lower Bear Camp 07-16-2016jasonn beckstrandFlowing
Upper Bear Camp 07-16-2016jasonn beckstrandFlowing
Ballard Camp 07-14-2016J DeVineTrickle
Prewitt Ridge Campground 07-14-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Chalk Peak Campground 07-14-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Manzana Camp 07-13-2016Nick DincelliDry
Manzana Narrows Camp 07-13-2016Nick DincelliStagnant
Mission Pine Springs Camp 07-10-2016JamesFlowing
West Fork Lion Camp 07-09-2016Mark J.Stagnant
Middle Lion Campground 07-09-2016Mark J.Flowing
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura 07-09-2016Anonymous SurveyorDry
Cow Spring Camp 07-09-2016Anonymous SurveyorDry
Shady Camp 07-09-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Sheep Camp 07-09-2016Avid HikerTrickle
Figueroa Campground 07-08-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Sheep Camp 07-03-2016random guyTrickle
East Fork Lion Camp 07-03-2016Kyle RDry
East Fork Lion Camp 07-03-2016Kyle & VictoriaDry
Dripping Springs 07-03-2016"Oh Three"Stagnant
Sespe Hot Springs 07-03-2016"Oh Three"Flowing
Upper Reyes Camp 06-25-2016EricoFlowing
Beartrap Camp 06-25-2016EricoFlowing
Chokecherry Spring 06-25-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Cow Spring Camp 06-24-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Dripping Springs 06-24-2016Anonymous SurveyorStagnant
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura 06-24-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
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Latest Camp Reports

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Fishbowls Camp Survey - 08-27-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Fishbowls Camp
Date: 08-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:We ended up not staying because the campsite was lousy with mosquitoes & other flying bugs and our boys were exhausted. We did end up pumping from the stagnant water through our filter and no one has reported any diarrhea. 
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Water is stagnant with a film on it.
Weather Conditions:
Miranda Pine Campground Survey - 08-25-2016 - by Jack Owen, Jr
Link: Miranda Pine Campground
Date: 08-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Jack Owen, Jr
Camp Description:Camp was clean and in good shape.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:90 degrees, wind from the southwest at 15 mph.
Bates Canyon Campground Survey - 08-25-2016 - by Jack Owen, Jr
Link: Bates Canyon Campground
Date: 08-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Jack Owen, Jr
Camp Description:Bates Canyon Road is repaired and now open from the campground up to Sierra Madre Road.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Twin Forks Camp Survey - 08-22-2016 - by Ken Wickersham
Link: Twin Forks Camp
Date: 08-22-2016
Surveyor Name:Ken Wickersham
Camp Description:Water quality looked good.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow for a drought stricken area.
Weather Conditions:Hot and dry.
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 08-22-2016 - by Ken Wickersham
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 08-22-2016
Surveyor Name:Ken Wickersham
Camp Description:I plugged up my filter with this water. Not enough shade here.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Low flow. Needs filtering.
Weather Conditions:Hot and dry.
Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 08-20-2016 - by Erin Carroll
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 08-20-2016
Surveyor Name:Erin Carroll
Camp Description:Blue Canyon is bone dry already.  Pray for rain!  
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Bear Creek Camp Survey - 08-19-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Bear Creek Camp
Date: 08-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Nice camp spot, not too far of a trek from the trailhead. 
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Not moving but cleanish. Must be filtered to drink.
Weather Conditions:Very very hot and very very dry.
Willet Camp Survey - 08-19-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 08-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Beautiful and peaceful camp spot. This time of year it is very very hot and dry and there is limited water.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Very hot and dry
Mono Campground Survey - 08-15-2016 - by Byrdie Boy
Link: Mono Campground
Date: 08-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Byrdie Boy
Camp Description:Creek bed dry camp seems to be in good condition caution a few ticks sill hanging around. Trail to the dam is clear few pools at the base of the dam all of which are stagnant. Mountain lion tracks and scat all around the campground. Thick layer of oak leaves covering the ground extreme caution with fires.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:No flow left just small pools of water at the base of Mono Debris Dam
Weather Conditions:Hot Dry 80°+
Matilija Camp Survey - 08-15-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 08-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Nice pools and plenty of flow
Weather Conditions:
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Latest Trail Reports

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Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 08-24-2016 - by Bre Kapner
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 08-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Bre Kapner
Trail description:I got home from my hike with my dad today, and stumbled upon one of the photos on this website! I was stunned to see that he had snapped a picture in almost the same EXACT location! 

Anyway, the area is suuuuper dry back there. We made it to the "Leaving Public Land" signs at the road, just a little further than Horse Shoe Bend, and then went back for lunch at the picnic tables there. 

There is no water at the swimming hole by Horse Shoe, and the creek is super dry except for a few places where the water is stagnant and dirty. Namely, Cold water. A trickle exists to feed into the pool here, but the water is still too gross for our liking, so we pressed on.

Lots of bugs by any water source, tadpoles & mosquito larvae abound. Saw three deer, many tiny lizards and butterflies, two foxes, a rattle snake, hawks, and an eagle.

The trail is more thickly overgrown with dry brush than I have ever seen it & there are stickers everywhere. It was very hot today, but given the Rey fire, the air quality was not poor until late afternoon.

A few places exist where it may be difficult to follow the trail, especially in several of the dry creek crossings.

The Yucca is all dry, and there have obviously been horses in the area recently.

Bring LOTS of water if attempting this hike in the summer and be sure to wear good shoes, bring sunscreen and bug spray.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Same picture, different date!
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 08-24-2016 - by Bre Kapner
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 08-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Bre Kapner
Trail description:More Pics!

Side note, LOTS of poison oak.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 08-24-2016 - by Bre Kapner
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 08-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Bre Kapner
Trail description:
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 08-24-2016 - by Bre Kapner
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 08-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Bre Kapner
Trail description:This is totally the same spot right?
...
Thank you M. Jones!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:I'm not crazy ???? :D
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 08-24-2016 - by Friend of B
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 08-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Friend of B
Trail description:My friend, in a couple of the photos (blonde gal - "Bre"), has become obsessed with finding the "M. Jones" that posted on 4-11-2015 and(?) 4-23-2015, if you have any information on this guy/gal, please e-mail findingm.jones@gmail.com. Thank you.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Sespe River Trail Survey - 08-19-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 08-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Very little water. Found some at Bear Creek and Willet. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 08-13-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 08-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:No water in Sespe Creek...completely dry. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Sespe River Trail Survey - 08-13-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 08-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:No water in the creek. Went to the first 2 creek crossings to find both completely dry. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Arroyo Burro Trail North Survey - 08-09-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Arroyo Burro Trail North
Date: 08-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:All downed trees have been "removed" from the trail but there are still a handful of smaller trees/branches that could be removed with a Silkey hand saw.  The trail as a whole could use a Spring cleaning.  The tread needs work and brushing throughout PLUS some additional help on larger projects in select areas.  Would be a great trail to Adopt and work on over the years.  

Recent signs of horses along the trial, quite a bit of PO and even a few bear prints.  There was water along the lower stretches.  Good trail to mtn bike ride.
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Needs some work
Santa Cruz Trail Survey - 08-04-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Santa Cruz Trail
Date: 08-04-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:REPORT FROM RECENT MTN BIKER:

- Santa Cruz Trail from Little Pine to Upper Oso is in fine shape other than the usual shale slides along the south face and the white rock slides a little further down before Dead Dog Meadow.

- There is still a trickle of water in the 1mile stock trough.

Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Needs some work
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