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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
Coldwater Camp 05-22-2016JamesFlowing
Potrero Camp 05-22-2016JamesFlowing
Fish Creek Camp 05-22-2016David Madajian (Scoutmaster Troop 4)Dry
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp 05-21-2016JamesTrickle
Matilija Camp 05-21-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp 05-17-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Bluff Guard Station 05-17-2016Jasonn BeckstrandTrickle
Brookshire Campground 05-16-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Raspberry Camp 05-15-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Upper Bear Camp 05-15-2016Jasonn BeckstrandFlowing
Ventana Camp 05-15-2016KaliFlowing
Roque Camp 05-15-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Madulce Camp 05-14-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Lady Bug Camp 05-14-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Chokecherry Spring 05-14-2016Jasonn BeckstrandStagnant
Redwood Camp 05-14-2016KaliFlowing
Coldwater Camp 05-13-2016Wayne GFlowing
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp 05-13-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Fishbowls Camp 05-12-2016Valerie NortonFlowing
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc 05-12-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Potrero Camp 05-11-2016Paul CronshawFlowing
Cachuma Mountain 05-11-2016Steve LynesDry
Cedar Creek Camp 05-10-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Upper Blue Canyon Camp 05-10-2016Dan Flowing
Mono Campground 05-10-2016DanTrickle
Upper Bear Camp 05-10-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Lower Bear Camp 05-10-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Cottam Camp 05-08-2016KelseyStagnant
White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness 05-07-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Matilija Camp 05-07-2016Jake NonnemakerFlowing
Coldwater Camp 05-07-2016Paul CronshawFlowing
Cottam Camp 05-03-2016TaylorTrickle
Piedra Blanca Camp 05-03-2016Anonymous Flowing
Sycamore Camp 05-03-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 05-02-2016Yellow MantisTrickle
Rays Camp 05-01-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Blue Canyon Camp 04-30-2016Matt SwiderFlowing
Forbush Camp 04-30-2016Paul CronshawTrickle
Little Caliente Spring 04-29-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Beartrap Camp 04-25-2016Scott WilliamsFlowing
Haddock Camp 04-25-2016Scott WilliamsStagnant
Three Mile Camp 04-25-2016Scott WilliamsTrickle
Santa Cruz Camp 04-25-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Estrella Camp 04-23-2016Hiker TimFlowing
Pothole Spring 04-23-2016Gordon A JenkinsFlowing
Blue Canyon Camp 04-23-2016James WapotichFlowing
Cottam Camp 04-23-2016James WapotichFlowing
Forbush Camp 04-23-2016James WapotichTrickle
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 04-23-2016Scott WilliamsFlowing
Santa Cruz Camp 04-23-2016John DeaconFlowing
Little Pine Spring Camp 04-23-2016John DeaconTrickle
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County 04-23-2016Ben CropFlowing
Cedar Creek Camp 04-23-2016M SubbotinFlowing
Oak Camp 04-22-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
P-Bar Flats Campground 04-22-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
White Ledge Camp - Red Reef Trail 04-20-2016Drew SmithTrickle
Fishbowls Camp 04-19-2016Rod HallinFlowing
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura 04-18-2016Brad AndersonFlowing
McKinley Spings Camp 04-17-2016Steve LynesFlowing
McKinley Mountain 04-17-2016Steve LynesDry
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Latest Camp Reports

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Coldwater Camp Survey - 05-22-2016 - by James
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 05-22-2016
Surveyor Name:James
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Manzana is flowing through coldwater.
Weather Conditions:70s & sunny.
Potrero Camp Survey - 05-22-2016 - by James
Link: Potrero Camp
Date: 05-22-2016
Surveyor Name:James
Camp Description:Good water at Potrero camp
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Manzana is flowing nicely
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 05-22-2016 - by David Madajian (Scoutmaster Troop 4)
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 05-22-2016
Surveyor Name:David Madajian (Scoutmaster Troop 4)
Camp Description:Campsite was in good shape.  Pit toilet was nice and had a privacy screen.  Fire pit with shovel.  Table in good shape. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:needed to go about 2 miles to get to water
Weather Conditions:Cold at night (40's)
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 05-21-2016 - by James
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 05-21-2016
Surveyor Name:James
Camp Description:Fill up at the final crossing before reaching schoolhouse.  There is no other water.

A large oak tree is blocking the trail into camp.  Hikers can fit under it easily, but I do not think stock could get around it.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Sisquoc Dry, Manzana dry after final crossing before schoolhouse
Weather Conditions:70s & sunny.
Matilija Camp Survey - 05-21-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 05-21-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Clear, cool water in creek. Flowing at campsite.
Weather Conditions:Cloudy 65 degrees during the day, Clear 45 degrees at night
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 05-17-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 05-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:The trail is in good condition to the camp.

Small pools near the camp.  Nothing deep.

19 Oaks camp clean up is underway.  This is an Eagle Scout Project.

Looking good.  Scout running the project will submit a full report when complete.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:the water is low but clear
Weather Conditions:72 and no wind
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 05-17-2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 05-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:during the afternoon and evening the creek is a trickle

early morning it is low but flowing.  Get your water in the morning
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:clear in the small pools. large pool has lots of decaying leaves
Weather Conditions:70
Brookshire Campground Survey - 05-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Brookshire Campground
Date: 05-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Good water in camp.

Report from FROG the Condor Trail thru-hiker
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Raspberry Camp Survey - 05-15-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Raspberry Camp
Date: 05-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:As per Ranger Heidi:
"the flow is drip, drip!"
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Upper Bear Camp Survey - 05-15-2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Upper Bear Camp
Date: 05-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good water for filtering
Weather Conditions:70
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Latest Trail Reports

Please click on a report below to view the survey

Agua Blanca Trail Survey - 05-22-2016 - by Alan Coles
Link: Agua Blanca Trail
Date: 05-22-2016
Surveyor Name:Alan Coles
Trail description:Removed trees and better defined trail at stream crossings from Piru Creek to Devil's Gateway.  Trail is passable and easy to follow but lack of use has allowed grass to obscure the path.  I noticed some false trails in the canyon bottom indicating that some hikers cannot find the true trail which is above the canyon bottom alternating on the north and south sides.  This might explain the previous erroneous report.  We have placed flagging to help locate the crossings.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Judell Trail Survey - 05-20-2016 - by Mark LaFevers
Link: Judell Trail
Date: 05-20-2016
Surveyor Name:Mark LaFevers
Trail description:Blind footing in much of the upper trail in tall grass, just turning brown. The Spring is dry, water is flowing at crossings about 3 miles down. From mile 2.5 down, half a dozen tree falls await sawyers, and a solid wall of poison oak requires dropping off trail into the creek to bypass. The rockslide and deep wash areas are passable to hikers, but the trail is hard to follow in sections for heavy ovegrowth and little apparent use. Despite the thigh high contact with brush the three of us picked up only two ticks between Santa Barbara Potrero and Heath Camp. No snakes, lots of bear scat from mile 3 down to Heath and beyond to Mansfield. Lots of poison oak on the Sisquoc Trail between the camps down stream to Skunk Camp, but passable, campsites in good condition with clearing tools in place at some. The Sisquoc is flowing and the pools at Cottonwood Camp are particularly nice. We enjoyed a 2 1/2 hour hike between S.B. Potrero and Heath, and 4 1/2 hours on the uphill leg between Cottonwood and S.B. Potrero, in mild temperatures high 70s and breezes.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:3 days 2 nights backpack
Pine Ridge Trail Survey - 05-16-2016 - by Kali
Link: Pine Ridge Trail
Date: 05-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Kali
Trail description:We hiked the entirety of the trail from China Camp down to Big Sur Station, camping at Redwood Camp and Ventana Camp along the way. The trail was easy to follow, but large sections of the trail between China Camp and Sykes were extremely overgrown. We had to push our way through thick brush through a majority of this section, though never lost the trail. We picked up some ticks along the way, so hikers in this section should exercise caution in that respect. Campgrounds and trail junctions were well marked and there were ample opportunities for restocking on water along the way. The section between China Camp and Sykes offered plenty of peace and solitude, with barely any other hikers and campers along the way.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:China Camp to Big Sur Station
Roque Canyon Trail Survey - 05-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Roque Canyon Trail
Date: 05-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:No trail down the canyon from Roque to Kerry Canyon.  The "official" trail goes up and over towards Flores but most hikers have just followed the canyon down through the narrows, over small waterfalls and rock-hopping down the canyon.

Report from FROG the Condor Trail thru-hiker
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Non existent
Kerry Canyon OHV Trail Survey - 05-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Kerry Canyon OHV Trail
Date: 05-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Water trickling down the canyon.  Trail is grassy but followable, not as bad as some of the other nearby trails but certainly not a trail where you could fall asleep and be able to follow the trail.

Report from FROG the Condor Trail thru-hiker
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Deal Trail Survey - 05-14-2016 - by Josh Henderson
Link: Deal Trail
Date: 05-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Josh Henderson
Trail description:This was my first time trying this trail. It's possible that I just wasn't looking in the right place but I couldn't follow this trail more than a couple of hundred yards. I saw the "Deal Connector Trail" further south on 33 which looked like a better bet, but by that time I'd just decided to call it a day.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Condition details:First Timer
Horse Canyon Labrea Trail Survey - 05-14-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Horse Canyon Labrea Trail
Date: 05-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Trail from the Sisquoc is really nice up Horse Canyon but quickly disappears as you head towards Roque.  There was water at just about all the canyon crossings.

Report from FROG the Condor Trail thru-hiker
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Non existent
Indian Trail - Dick Smith Survey - 05-13-2016 - by Alex Stone
Link: Indian Trail - Dick Smith
Date: 05-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Alex Stone
Trail description:The day started out really great we left the truck at the gate near little caliente and kept a swift pace keeping our eyes peeled for rattlesnakes of course.Once reaching the trail at the one mile mark not far beyond that is a pool of deep water and a culvert obviously manmade. The dogs cooled off and we continued up the creek. Between Pie Cyn. and lower buckhorn we came across fresh bear scat and tracks leading up the creek and continuing on the trail. Reaching Meadow camp the bench and stove are still intact and in good shape. Water was Slowly flowing I would say most areas aren't stagnant. The trail is just overgrown with grass mostly but is visible. One small oak tree was across the trail between here and indian camp. The Indian Camp was in good shape and we got the will to continue upstream another three quarters of a mile after a snack. The pools upstream were my goal but both of us succumbed to the heat and began feeling fatigued. We turned around and realized our water was running low too low. Lets just say the slog back was tough to the point of being so dehydrated I started feeling faint with cottonmouth, loss of sweat and breathing was labored i'd never felt so foolish in my life. BRING MORE WATER THEN YOU THINK YOU NEED. That dry heat and sun isn't a joke. Lesson learned...
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Sisquoc Trail Lower Survey - 05-12-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Sisquoc Trail Lower
Date: 05-12-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Water flowing entire extent of Sisquoc from Alamar down to Water Canyon.  Below Water Canyon the water dries up.  Trail in pretty good shape but not great.  Could not find Cliff Camp.

Report from FROG the Condor Trail thru-hiker
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Thorn Point Trail Survey - 05-08-2016 - by Erin C.
Link: Thorn Point Trail
Date: 05-08-2016
Surveyor Name:Erin C.
Trail description:This is my new favorite short hike in the Los Padres. Absolutely beautiful trail!  Tread is a bit "chunky" but easy to follow.  For Los Padres wilderness trail standards I would give this trail an 8.5 / 10.  

The lookout tower area is trashed. The summit would have a lot more appeal to me if there were no lookout tower or dilapidated outhouse at all and it was just simply restored back to its natural state.  Just my 2 cents.  
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
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