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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
Willow Spring - Chimney Canyon 10-14-2017NateStagnant
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp 10-14-2017Jasonn BeckstrandFlowing
Fish Creek Camp 10-14-2017Forrest Dry
Lost Valley Camp 10-14-2017Forrest Trickle
Chokecherry Spring 10-11-2017Wesley WrightTrickle
Fishbowls Camp 10-08-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Sheep Camp 10-08-2017Erin CTrickle
Manzana Camp 10-08-2017CahikerchickFlowing
Nira Campground 10-08-2017CahikerchickDry
Manzana Narrows Camp 10-07-2017CahikerchickFlowing
Willet Camp 10-07-2017Heather SalvatoreStagnant
Rays Camp 10-06-2017CahikerchickFlowing
Fish Creek Camp 10-06-2017CahikerchickDry
Cliff Camp 10-04-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Sycamore Camp 10-04-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Abel Canyon Camp 10-04-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Miller Camp 10-04-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Jackson Spring 10-04-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp 10-02-2017Jasonn BeckstrandFlowing
Mission Pine Springs Camp 09-24-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Sheep Camp 09-23-2017GS Troop 12345Trickle
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp 09-19-2017Jasonn BeckstrandFlowing
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura 09-19-2017NickDDry
Shady Camp 09-19-2017NickDTrickle
Sheep Camp 09-17-2017MightyMTrickle
Thorn Meadows Campground 09-16-2017Jesse ADry
Jackson Hole Camp 09-16-2017FritzDry
Manzana Narrows Camp 09-16-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 09-16-2017Chris PechousTrickle
Heath Camp 09-14-2017Ben LakishFlowing
Blue Canyon Camp 09-11-2017Jared BreseeDry
Forbush Camp 09-11-2017Jared BreseeDry
Cottam Camp 09-11-2017Jared BreseeDry
Haddock Camp 09-07-2017Kevin HTrickle
San Antonio Camp 09-07-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Three Mile Camp 09-06-2017Kevin HDry
Cone Peak 09-03-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Big Cone Spruce Camp 08-31-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Mission Pine Springs Camp 08-24-2017NateTrickle
McKinley Spring - San Rafael Mountain 08-23-2017NateTrickle
Cedar Creek Camp 08-20-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Bluff Spring 08-17-2017Rick HumphreyFlowing
Lockwood Peak 08-17-2017Dave BurnettDry
Bluff Guard Station 08-17-2017Richard HumphreyFlowing
Cedar Creek Camp 08-11-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
The Pines Camp 08-11-2017Eldon WalkerDry
Sheep Camp 08-07-2017Ken ArnoldTrickle
Launtz Creek Camp 08-06-2017Juan c Jiménez Flowing
Kerr Spring - Sespe 08-06-2017PeterTrickle
Sheep Camp 08-05-2017Angeles ExplorerTrickle
Bluff Guard Station 08-05-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Forbush Camp 07-30-2017Paul CronshawTrickle
Oak Flat Camp 07-29-2017Anonymous SurveyorStagnant
Kerr Spring - Sespe 07-28-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Piedra Blanca Camp 07-24-2017EricoFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 07-24-2017EricoTrickle
Sheep Camp 07-23-2017Paul CroshawFlowing
Arroyo Seco Campground 07-23-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Llly Meadows Camp 07-22-2017Troop 128Flowing
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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:
Willow Spring - Chimney Canyon Survey - 10-14-2017 - by Nate
Link: Willow Spring - Chimney Canyon
Date: 10-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Nate
Camp Description:It looks like there were pipes in place to fill a cattle trough, but what little water was pooled and pretty stagnant. I wanted to filter some, but  did not want to risk clogging my water filter
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Very Muddy and contaminated
Weather Conditions:Hot and over 80 degrees
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 10-14-2017 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 10-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:

19 Oaks is starting to rebound after the Rey fire.  The plants are springing  back.

Currently there is an eagle scout project happening to fix up the Pit Toilet that burned and also the main camp.

If you get out there you can enjoy the new table.

We also encountered a large rattlesnake while doing some maintenance.

So be on the lookout

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Oso Creek is still low but good and clear. The trough is at a trickle
Weather Conditions:85 hot and buggy
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 10-14-2017 - by Forrest
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 10-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Forrest
Camp Description:Some stagnant-ish water at Lost Valley camp, a mile or so before Fish Creek but Fish Creek is completely dry.  Saw several deer. Saw lots of old bear scat, maybe a week old or so right around where Fish Creek comes into Manzana Creek. Trail is still in fine shape. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:BONE dry.
Weather Conditions:6am temp was about 39 but by noon it was 85
Lost Valley Camp Survey - 10-14-2017 - by Forrest
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 10-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Forrest
Camp Description:Camp is in good shape. Water is pump-able but I would pump and boil just to be sure. Right upstream from Lost Valley the water is flowing a bit more, it's less stagnant at least. Still only ankle deep though
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Some stagnant-ish pools right below camp. Upstream is a tad more flowing but overall it's pretty low.
Weather Conditions:weather was fine. High 30's in the early AM and mid 80s by noon.
Chokecherry Spring Survey - 10-11-2017 - by Wesley Wright
Link: Chokecherry Spring
Date: 10-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Wesley Wright
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Trough is full. Bugs floating on top, but the quality of the water is good.
Weather Conditions:
Fishbowls Camp Survey - 10-08-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Fishbowls Camp
Date: 10-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Camp Survey - 10-08-2017 - by Erin C
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 10-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Erin C
Camp Description:Lots of wind and falling pinecones at night and almost a full moon made it hard to sleep. Bring ear plugs!
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Both springs are flowing still! The spring on the right side is flowing nicely at about a half liter per minute.
Weather Conditions:Windy and cold at night, calm and warm during day
Manzana Camp Survey - 10-08-2017 - by Cahikerchick
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 10-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Cahikerchick
Camp Description:hiked thru here yesterday.  plenty of water running from Ray's Camp up to Manzana Narrows.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Nira Campground Survey - 10-08-2017 - by Cahikerchick
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 10-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Cahikerchick
Camp Description:The campground and restrooms are in great shape.  Campsites and fire rings are raked.  The new concessionaire is doing a good job of maintaining the campground.  

Surprisingly, there were no campers and only one car when we left on Friday and again when we returned on Sunday.  May be due to the warm weather predicted for the weekend.  We had the trail and camps all to ourselves.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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Latest Trail Reports

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Sespe River Trail Survey - 10-16-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 10-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:There was stagnant water at Bear Creek, although I recommend pushing on to Kerr Springs for cleaner water (still not moving). The trail up to Bear creek was extremely well marked, and between Bear Creek and Oak Flat was reasonable but a bit overgrown and hard to follow at a few points. Despite the dry river, the terrain was beautiful. There was also water at both Oak Flat and Willet. At Willet, there was a moving creek with much cleaner water. We couldn't find the hot spring, but maybe we just needed to look more closely at the map.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Willow Spring Trail Survey - 10-14-2017 - by Nate
Link: Willow Spring Trail
Date: 10-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Nate
Trail description:I have reviewed this trail before, and the trail is still in decent repair except for all the cow patties you will have to dodge. Willow Spring however is pretty dry. It is pretty much a mud puddle at this point. The cow trough has no water in it, and we were forced to turn around do to the water issue.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Reyes Peak Trail Survey - 10-10-2017 - by bardley
Link: Reyes Peak Trail
Date: 10-10-2017
Surveyor Name:bardley
Trail description: - open without obstruction from the trailhead at the end of pine mountain road to haddock mountain.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Zaca Peak Trail Survey - 10-07-2017 - by M. Jones
Link: Zaca Peak Trail
Date: 10-07-2017
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Trail description:

Hiked down the Zaca Peak trail from the north side off the Old Catway Jeep Road across from the Sulphur Spring trial head. Trail needs some work, there is a down tree crossing trail about  a 1/4 mile down the trial (@ N  34.779959°, W 120.019119°) that needs to be cut and another tree just past that location which fell over with its root ball blocking the trail at the junction where the trail heads west (@ N  34.779959°, W 120.019119°). Trails need a re-route around the fallen tree or saw cut and reconstruction.  Trail down from ridge is narrow and overgrown in places, lopper work and water bars are needed.

No water flowing at “Zaca Spring”, this spring is unnamed on topo-map and is impounded with spring box. 

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Jackson Trail Survey - 10-04-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Jackson Trail
Date: 10-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Trail was in pretty good shape.  There were unfenced cows (and a bull) at the uphill end near Sierra Madre Road.  Give livestock a wide berth if present.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Sweetwater Trail Survey - 10-02-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sweetwater Trail
Date: 10-02-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Sweetwater trail is exposed with little shelter from wind or sun.  Bring extra water since there is none on this trail.  
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Trail is easy to follow in most places. Needs some brush cleared, but footing is good.
Tunnel Trail Survey - 09-30-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Tunnel Trail
Date: 09-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:ValHikes account of working on the Tunnel Trail as part of National Public Lands Day 2017.  Thanks go out to Val and all the other trail workers.  THANK YOU!

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Mission Pine Trail Survey - 09-24-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Mission Pine Trail
Date: 09-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA is getting ready to host a Working Vacation at Mission Pine Spring in October 2017 and spent a day scouting the trail to make sure there are no downed trees that would block stock travel.  The trail is in great shape up to San Rafael Mtn due to 3-4 trail projects this summer spent on the first 1.5miles of the trail.  Above that is in great shape as well.  We cleared one downed tree out to MPS but other than that and small sections of manzanita encroachment the trail is in excellent shape!  Probably the best its been in decades.

The trail gets overgrown shortly after MPS and the focus of the Working Vacation will be to brush out beyond MPS towards the Basin.  INFO@LPForest.org if you'd like to help on the trail project.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail Survey - 09-24-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail
Date: 09-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Recent article about Fir Canyon - Davy Brown by ValHikes:

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Camuesa Connector Trail Survey - 09-19-2017 - by Gerry Ching
Link: Camuesa Connector Trail
Date: 09-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Gerry Ching
Trail description:This is a partial survey from the Santa Ynez River trailhead to the first lookout point 1.4 miles from the trailhead. Although this section of the trail is easy to follow, there are some sections that could stand a little clearing. At this time of year, the river is usually dry making the initial crossing easy. Heavy rains this spring erased the nice rock-lined pathway across the river, but the crossing is short and easy to follow. The first mile up to the point where the trail starts up the small canyon is in good shape, but virtually all water bars are gone. The next 0.1 mile into the canyon is also in good shape, but the grass is at least waist-high on either side of the trail. The segment starting a 1.1 mile to 1.2 mile is fine for hikers, but a little difficult for bikers as the trail is fairly deeply incised into the ground. Cutting the sides down to make it wider and installing some water bars would make it a lot easier for bikers. The remainder of the distance to the lookout area is in good, but slightly eroded shape.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
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