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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
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
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp 11-27-2017Dan HughleyDry
Coldwater Camp 11-27-2017Dan HughleyFlowing
Matilija Camp 11-25-2017Hugh WarrenFlowing
Timber Top Camp 11-25-2017Tony VelazquezDry
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc 11-25-2017Paul CronshawFlowing
Mansfield Camp 11-25-2017Paul CronshawFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 11-24-2017Jason SamuelsTrickle
Rays Camp 11-24-2017Tom HinshawFlowing
Twin Forks Camp 11-23-2017Jason SamuelsFlowing
Trail Springs Camp 11-23-2017Megan GeeTrickle
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 11-21-2017Chris PechousTrickle
Santa Cruz Camp 11-20-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Bear Creek Camp 11-20-2017Martin SchenkerStagnant
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc 11-19-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Potrero Camp 11-19-2017Craig R. CareyDry
Sage Hill Campground 11-18-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Nira Campground 11-18-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Potrero Camp 11-18-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Coldwater Camp 11-18-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
Haddock Camp 11-18-2017Chris PechousFlowing
Three Mile Camp 11-18-2017Chris PechousFlowing
Raspberry Camp 11-18-2017Chris PechousTrickle
Fishbowls Camp 11-18-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Cedar Creek Camp 11-18-2017Anonymous SurveyorStagnant
Villa Creek Camp 11-18-2017AndrewFlowing
Buckeye Camp 11-18-2017AndrewTrickle
Lower Cruickshank Camp 11-15-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Upper Cruickshank Camp 11-15-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Buckeye Spring 11-15-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Lower Cruickshank Camp 11-15-2017JBPonyGalTrickle
Chokecherry Spring 11-13-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Ant Camp 11-12-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 11-11-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Fishbowls Camp 11-11-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Big Cone Spruce Camp 11-11-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Upper Matilija Camp 11-11-2017Oh ThreeFlowing
Middle Matilija Camp 11-11-2017Oh ThreeFlowing
Matilija Camp 11-11-2017Oh ThreeFlowing
Ballard Camp 11-10-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness 11-10-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Manzana Narrows Camp 11-10-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Cedar Creek Camp 11-10-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Ant Camp 11-10-2017M. JonesDry
Maple Camp 11-10-2017Oh ThreeFlowing
Cow Spring Camp 11-10-2017Anonymous SurveyorStagnant
Dripping Springs 11-10-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Dripping Springs 11-10-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Bottochers Gap Campground 11-05-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Sheep Camp 11-05-2017Scott ETrickle
Kerr Spring - Sespe 11-05-2017Peter GreenTrickle
Bear Creek Camp 11-05-2017Peter GreenStagnant
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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:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 12-10-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 12-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Nearest water is up canyon near Ray's Camp.
Weather Conditions:
Rays Camp Survey - 12-10-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Rays Camp
Date: 12-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Excellent clear pools with flow right there at Ray's Camp.
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Camp Survey - 12-10-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 12-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Excellent clear pools with flow right there at Manzana Camp.
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 12-10-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 12-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Alcove Camp Survey - 12-10-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Alcove Camp
Date: 12-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Small pool just above campsite fed by a trickle from a nearby spring. Filter recommended.
Weather Conditions:
Ballard Camp Survey - 12-08-2017 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Ballard Camp
Date: 12-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:Trail to camp needs brushing and tread work.

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good clean water at the camp. Nice pool to dunk in below the camp
Weather Conditions:Clear, but smoke is moving in. 75F
Heath Camp Survey - 12-02-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Heath Camp
Date: 12-02-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:Troop 111's Pathfinders team spent a night at Heath during their service project weekend; camp was in good shape with plenty of water. Lows into the high 30s at night. Lots of bear signs on trail in.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Lower than usual, but still plenty.
Weather Conditions:Cold and clear
Willet Camp Survey - 11-30-2017 - by Martin Schenker
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 11-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Martin Schenker
Camp Description:One of the most lovely places to camp in Sespe Wilderness. The deserted ranch provides for some awesome scenery as well as places to stay. Came up here with the usual crew and couldn't help but notice- THE TRASH! please take it! don't just dump it in an old cabin! What was crazy was that most of the trash was freeze dried food bags, an extremely hard item to fold away and pack out. 
Water- There is an easy place to fill up water closer to the famous Willett Cabin (area near the pasture), if you notice when you walk along the fence closest to the mountain, there is a small stone pool that I assume is constantly provided with spring water. 
Hot Spring- not the warmest of hot springs, but will soothe the muscle soreness either way. be careful arriving there at night, as the trail up to the hot spring is very narrow and steep. 

Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:decent amount of water flowing down from the hot spring.
Weather Conditions:mid 70's at day, 40's at night.
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 11-27-2017 - by Dan Hughley
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 11-27-2017
Surveyor Name:Dan Hughley
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water to be found at the Schoolhouse. There is flowing water just before and after Dabney cabin in both directions.
Weather Conditions:Mostly Sunny 80s/50s
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Latest Trail Reports

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Matias Potrero Trail Survey - 12-03-2017 - by Erin C.
Link: Matias Potrero Trail
Date: 12-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Erin C.
Trail description:I had heard that this trail recently got some maintenance so I decided to ride the entire trail east to west from Angustora Road. Bad idea! Only 50% of this trail has been recently brushed.  The eastern half of this trail is just as heinous and evil as it was last time I rode this trail 4 years ago.  THIS TRAIL IS ONLY CLEARED OUT WEST OF MATIAS CONNECTOR TRAIL, DO NOT ATTEMPT THE EASTERN PORTION BETWEEN ANGUSTORA ROAD AND MATIAS CONNECTOR TRAIL UNLESS YOU LOVE BUSHWACKING.
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Needs some work
Cold Spring Trail - North Survey - 12-03-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cold Spring Trail - North
Date: 12-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Nice article by ValHikes showing some of the sites along the North Cold Spring Trail:

http://valhikes.blogspot.com/2017/12/travertine-pools-along-cold-spring-trail.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MomentsInDirtAndInk+%28Moments+in+Dirt+and+Ink%29
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Fernandez Trail Survey - 12-03-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Fernandez Trail
Date: 12-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:CCCMB worked on the Fernandez Trail doing brush work and made great progress.  Sections remain brushy and CCCMB plans to continue work in 2018.  If interested in helping contact CCCMB.
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Needs some work
Judell Trail Survey - 12-03-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Judell Trail
Date: 12-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA led a three day trail maintenance project down the Judell Trail from December 1-3, 2017.  We were joined by Ventura based Scout Troop 111 and Mt Pinos Ranger District Volunteers.  We accomplished solid trail work covering the top half of the trail, approx 2.5 miles.  Work included removing downed trees from the trail corridor, extensive brushing, tread repair, proactive felling of hazard trees and the installation of a new San Rafael Wilderness sign (see photo).  The bear seem to REALLY love the wilderness signs in this canyon, lets hope this one fares better than the previous ones and we get at least a decade of use from it. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Spruce Creek Trail Survey - 12-02-2017 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Spruce Creek Trail
Date: 12-02-2017
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Trail description:Spruce Creek Trail has been getting regular use and now has well-tromped paths through the meadows and around the blow-downs in the woods. There is some work being done to make getting past the landslide and 3 giant logs about a mile up from Salmon Creek safer. The moist ground makes footing safer crossing the slide right now.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Meadows are trampled, trail is easier to follow.
Toad Springs OHV Trail Survey - 11-24-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Toad Springs OHV Trail
Date: 11-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Trail description:

This OHV route has been closed (abandoned) for what seems like ages now, but still a nice walk from Nettle Spring to the mesa. 

The water at the upper Nettle Spring (~34.800998, -119.288481) was still flowing along the trail. The route has numerous trees down, but it's easy enough to just walk around them. Open country.

Route is easy enough to follow from the light foot traffic and occasional OHV trespass.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Another beautiful day!
Cone Peak Trail Survey - 11-23-2017 - by Megan Gee
Link: Cone Peak Trail
Date: 11-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Megan Gee
Trail description:Beautiful trail, we did it south to north on day 1 to get the challenge out of the way
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
North Coast Ridge Trail Survey - 11-23-2017 - by Megan Gee
Link: North Coast Ridge Trail
Date: 11-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Megan Gee
Trail description:Beautiful views, gorgeous landscape, trail required some bushwacking
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:The stretch between trail springs and Cook Springs was very overgrown but pretty easy to follow
Reyes Peak Trail Survey - 11-21-2017 - by Chris Pechous
Link: Reyes Peak Trail
Date: 11-21-2017
Surveyor Name:Chris Pechous
Trail description:Trail was a little rough in spots leaving Haddock Camp, but for the most part the trail was in great shape and easy to follow for its entire length. I saw no one and carried two liters of water from Haddock Camp and refilled from Raspberry Spring once I got to Reyes Peak Campground.  
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Pratt Trail Survey - 11-20-2017 - by Rick Bisaccia
Link: Pratt Trail
Date: 11-20-2017
Surveyor Name:Rick Bisaccia
Trail description:A group of 11 volunteers working with LPFA continued brushing towards lookout reaching the turn off to Valley View Camp.
A project in early October brushed down from the top, and will continue over two more work days.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
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