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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
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
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
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
Manzana Narrows Camp 12-10-2017Shaddus Maximus Flowing
Alcove Camp 12-10-2017Shaddus Maximus Stagnant
Ballard Camp 12-08-2017Jasonn BeckstrandFlowing
Heath Camp 12-02-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
Willet Camp 11-30-2017Martin SchenkerTrickle
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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:
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!
Upper Reyes Camp Survey - 02-17-2018 - by John Palmisano
Link: Upper Reyes Camp
Date: 02-17-2018
Surveyor Name:John Palmisano
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:steady flow of water down the creek
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 02-17-2018 - by Boy Scout Troop 1
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 02-17-2018
Surveyor Name:Boy Scout Troop 1
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Water available 100 yards downstream of camp
Weather Conditions:
White Oaks Campground Survey - 02-17-2018 - by stephanie
Link: White Oaks Campground
Date: 02-17-2018
Surveyor Name:stephanie
Camp Description:Recreation.gov shows this is a no fee campground.  Not so. It is now being managed by an external contractor and is $20 per night, no camp host. Campground is in good shape, but most sites only have sloped tent space, which makes it tough to get a good night's rest. Nearby Pine Ridge Trail is in excellent shape, maintained by a volunteer group. Recreation.gov also says no water - water was present from a spigot at the back of the campground, non potable.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:site in good quality
Weather Conditions:2/17 temp was 35 at night. 2/18 we got snow (sticking snow!) and it was 31 at 4pm.
China Camp Campground Survey - 02-17-2018 - by Stephanie
Link: China Camp Campground
Date: 02-17-2018
Surveyor Name:Stephanie
Camp Description:Site says that site 6-10 are only closed during inclement weather.  It was dry as a bone and closed.  Only sites 1-5 available. Also site says no fee campsite - was actually $20 per night, managed by an external contractor.  We ended up leaving because the only site available was a site next to campers doing shots at 4pm with their radio blaring.  The only other good sites were not really available because another camper had their truck parked right in the middle of all 3 sites.  We left and went to White Oaks, which was much nicer.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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Latest Trail Reports

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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
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
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 01-27-2018 - by Andrew
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 01-27-2018
Surveyor Name:Andrew
Trail description:Manzana Creek running well between Manzana Narrows and Lost Valley with the exception of the area around Fish Creek Camp. Trail is in great shape.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Alejandro Trail Survey - 01-20-2018 - by Colby Dixon
Link: Alejandro Trail
Date: 01-20-2018
Surveyor Name:Colby Dixon
Trail description:Went out to Alejandro with my bike today to get out into the backcountry. This loop does not disappoint. Alejandro canyon is lush and very remote feeling. Starting from the Colson saddle, the trail has recently been worked and is in very good shape until just before the campground. The creek is flowing nicely. The campground is inviting, I'll have to come back soon with overnight gear.

The trail out of the canyon is a steep hike-a-bike, but fairly easy to follow. However, both times I've been on this loop I've ended up in the same pickle that has tricked other trail users, topping out on the grassy ridgeline to the south of the saddle, with no trail. Dropping directly off the ridge from up there works pretty well, and the old road cut parallel to the ridge is obvious and easy to find. I picked up quite a few ticks on this middle portion of the loop.

The Weber trail is still marked but is in pretty bad shape. Lots of downed trees and brush, and the trail is falling away in the short exposed traverse. If only we could drive into La Brea canyon to work this trail more easily! There's one large tree at the bottom that would definitely take chainsaws to clear. Overall, the tread is pretty good, and it made for an exciting descent. 

La Brea and the road up Rattlesnake cyn are both in very good shape and have recently been plowed. There's some new-ish looking forest service signs at the intersection that get my hopes up that the forest service may be gearing up to increase access. Perhaps this is the result of the forest service's public La Brea discussions last spring. 

Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Needs some work
Tunnel Trail Survey - 01-20-2018 - by Erin C
Link: Tunnel Trail
Date: 01-20-2018
Surveyor Name:Erin C
Trail description:Rode up Gibraltar and hike-a-biked down Tunnel Trail.  The trail has a few flowy and rideable sections, but it is really more enjoyable on foot than on a bike.  I am sure the hardcore downhiller MTBers love this trail, but it is way too technical for a typical XC mountain bike. It appears that some people have been doing a lot of brushing work recently on the trail.  There is not much work to do on this trial.  It is in very good shape.  
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
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