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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
East Fork Lion Camp 04-28-2017LoveNoteFlowing
Horseshoe Spring Campground 04-28-2017Rod HTrickle
Brookshire Campground 04-26-2017LightningrodFlowing
Little Pine Spring Camp 04-23-2017James WapotichFlowing
Hidden Potrero Camp 04-22-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Montgomery Spring 04-22-2017Jen Ogren Flowing
Flores Flat Camp 04-22-2017James WapotichFlowing
Santa Cruz Camp 04-22-2017James WapotichFlowing
Kellogg Camp 04-22-2017James WapotichFlowing
Pelch Camp 04-22-2017James WapotichFlowing
Manzana Narrows Camp 04-22-2017Benjamin YoungbloodFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 04-22-2017S. SampsonFlowing
Bear Creek Camp 04-21-2017John B.Flowing
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp 04-21-2017James WapotichFlowing
Cottam Camp 04-16-2017Donald TFlowing
Forbush Camp 04-16-2017Donald TFlowing
Coldwater Camp 04-15-2017NateFlowing
Potrero Camp 04-15-2017NateFlowing
Mission Pine Springs Camp 04-15-2017Terry JarrettFlowing
McKinley Spings Camp 04-15-2017Terry JarrettFlowing
Raspberry Camp 04-15-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Chorro Grande Camp 04-15-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Oak Camp 04-15-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Dry Canyon 04-14-2017Mike MakiDry
Cuyama Peak 04-14-2017Mike MakiDry
Bear Creek Camp 04-14-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
Chokecherry Spring 04-13-2017Captain NomadFlowing
Happy Hunting Ground Camp 04-07-2017CazFlowing
Alcove Camp 04-05-2017M SchlessTrickle
Manzana Camp 04-02-2017M SchlessFlowing
Rays Camp 04-02-2017M SchlessFlowing
Fish Creek Camp 04-02-2017M SchlessFlowing
Lost Valley Camp 04-02-2017M SchlessFlowing
Matias Potrero Camp 04-01-2017Valerie NortonTrickle
Big Pine Camp 04-01-2017Littleredridingwood Trickle
Chorro Grande Camp 04-01-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Oak Camp 03-30-2017Dan WhelanFlowing
Potrero Camp 03-26-2017Shaddus Maximus Flowing
Lower Bear Camp 03-20-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Forbush Camp 03-19-2017WayneGFlowing
Madulce Camp 03-19-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Alamar Saddle Camp 03-19-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Upper Bear Camp 03-19-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Coldwater Camp 03-18-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
White Ledge Camp - Red Reef Trail 03-18-2017BSA T-119Flowing
Haddock Camp 03-18-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Deal Junction Camp 03-18-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Lady Bug Camp 03-16-2017Daniel J. HallFlowing
Oak Flat Camp 03-15-2017Daniel J. HallFlowing
Potrero John Camp 03-12-2017James WapotichFlowing
Chorro Grande Camp 03-10-2017Dan WhelanDry
Oak Camp 03-10-2017Dan WhelanFlowing
Cow Spring Camp 03-05-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Matilija Camp 03-05-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
Forbush Camp 03-04-2017Paul CronshawFlowing
Maple Camp 03-04-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
Upper Matilija Camp 03-04-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
Middle Matilija Camp 03-04-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
Bear Creek Camp 03-01-2017Daniel J. HallFlowing
Forbush Camp 02-25-2017Michel GirouxFlowing
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Latest Camp Reports

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East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 04-28-2017 - by LoveNote
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 04-28-2017
Surveyor Name:LoveNote
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Horseshoe Spring Campground Survey - 04-28-2017 - by Rod H
Link: Horseshoe Spring Campground
Date: 04-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Rod H
Camp Description:Camp has not seen visitors in awhile due to road closure from the winter rains.  Visited the camp  as part of our backpack trip into Brookshire from the Willow Springs trail head on Hwy 166.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Water in the trough up the road from camp. Trickle in the creek just up stream from camp.
Weather Conditions:Sunny in the mid 70's
Brookshire Campground Survey - 04-26-2017 - by Lightningrod
Link: Brookshire Campground
Date: 04-26-2017
Surveyor Name:Lightningrod
Camp Description:Six of us packed into Brookshire from the Willow Springs trail head on Hwy 166.  Camp has not been used in awhile due to road closure from winter rains.  The Willow Springs trail down from the Lake Ridge trail needs brushing badly as it is rather overgrown.  Perfect weather.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow in the creek adjacent to camp
Weather Conditions:Low 70's with wind
Little Pine Spring Camp Survey - 04-23-2017 - by James Wapotich
Link: Little Pine Spring Camp
Date: 04-23-2017
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Spring faithfully flow, camp not burned in the Rey Fire. Watched a bear cruise by in the morning on the trail above camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Hidden Potrero Camp Survey - 04-22-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Hidden Potrero Camp
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Just cycled past, didn't stop to check for water in the tanks. Camp is destroyed from the Rey fire only charred bits of things remain.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Didn't check for water.
Weather Conditions:Sunny and warm
Montgomery Spring Survey - 04-22-2017 - by Jen Ogren
Link: Montgomery Spring
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Jen Ogren
Camp Description:The spring is .25 mi. west of Painted Rock Camp.  There is not a designated trail.
Look for a reservoir tank to the left of the trail, to the right of the tank you will find a hose to fill your canisters.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water is flowing steadily
Weather Conditions:70's - low 80's
Flores Flat Camp Survey - 04-22-2017 - by James Wapotich
Link: Flores Flat Camp
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Santa Cruz Creek flowing great
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Santa Cruz Camp Survey - 04-22-2017 - by James Wapotich
Link: Santa Cruz Camp
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Great water flowing in Santa Cruz Creek. Santa Cruz Falls are the best they've been in years.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Kellogg Camp Survey - 04-22-2017 - by James Wapotich
Link: Kellogg Camp
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Good water flowing in creek. The bears, however, are slowly reducing the table to scrap.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Pelch Camp Survey - 04-22-2017 - by James Wapotich
Link: Pelch Camp
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Good water flowing in Grapevine Creek
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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Latest Trail Reports

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Matias Potrero Trail Survey - 04-25-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Matias Potrero Trail
Date: 04-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Overgrown in grass and encroaching brush with 5-6 sections of narrow tread, 1 branch blocking the trail and 1 significant slide.  The trail is not stock passable at the moment and as a result is not seeing much (if any use).  It needs to be cleared so the trail users can beat the grasses down.

http://arcg.is/2ps83Kv
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Cone Peak Trail Survey - 04-23-2017 - by Carter Wilson
Link: Cone Peak Trail
Date: 04-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Carter Wilson
Trail description:Overall the trail is in fairly good shape. Poison Oak protrudes into trail in some locations, but otherwise is easily passable.

Road is still closed which adds 6 mi each way
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Some spots shrub is overgrown.
North Fork Lockwood Trail Survey - 04-23-2017 - by Mark S
Link: North Fork Lockwood Trail
Date: 04-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Mark S
Trail description:Hiked from trailhead at 3 Falls BSA Camp to just above Lily Meadows Camp.  Cleared trail of downed 16" dia. pine above Lily Meadows.  Cleared rock slide, minor tread work and brushing above the falls.  Good flowing water from bottom of falls to just above Lily Meadows.  
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Spruce Creek Trail Survey - 04-22-2017 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Spruce Creek Trail
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Trail description:

I hiked the Spruce Creek Trail east from Dutra Flat Camp to Baldwin Ranch Rd. on a perfect sunny afternoon. There is zero chance I would have been able to stay on the trail if not for a map printed from bigsurtrailmap.net. I’d have lost the trail in the meadows and not followed the sharp left before Turkey Sprs. But if you know where the trail is supposed to be, you can find it.

In response to Robert Gunn’s report of 4/16/17, the left option at the cairn west out of Dutra Flat Camp is the Murry Mine Track, which is the easiest route to Dutra Flat from Ragged Point Inn. I recently cleared this trail myself (you’re welcome) to allow packed horses to deliver dinner to a volunteer trail crew at Dutra Flat in March. Murry Mine Track connects to County Line Road at the top of the ridge and was the road to the Murry mercury mine near Dutra Creek in the mid 20th century. The Murry Mine Track and the Dutra Use Trail, the most direct trails from Ragged Point to Dutra Flat, can be seen at bigsurtrailmap.net – select “Big Sur Trailmap” vice “Trail Conditions”. Murry Mine Track from Ragged Point to Dutra Flat is ~ 6 miles of wide, scenic, easy trail, and Dutra Use Trail is narrow and steep, but only about 5 miles Ragged Point to Dutra Flat.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Faint in meadows, narrow through woods.
Sisquoc Trail Upper Survey - 04-22-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Sisquoc Trail Upper
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:Covers entire trail from Alamar Saddle to South Fork. Trail is fair enough to follow but dozens of downed trees on the upper section. A small slide is a little difficult to get around just above Lower Bear Camp. Poison Oak present but avoidable. A bit west of Logan Cyn the trail crew that has been working out of South Fork Station has completed some great work. Great trail from there on into South Fork. I'll also note it's difficult to get a good view of Sisquoc Falls from the trail. At least I was unable to see anything but the very top. I should have researched it more to find a good viewing spot. Still a wonderful trail. I was solo and did not see anyone on this section. All pics from my Condor Section hike from Santa Barbara Cyn to Manzana and out to NIRA.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Dozens of downed trees in the upper section. Good trail work complete in the lower.
Santa Barbara Canyon Trail Survey - 04-21-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Santa Barbara Canyon Trail
Date: 04-21-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:I second what Los Padres Forest Association reported from 3/18/2017. Still good water all the way to Heartbreak Hill. Couple of easy crossing trees down and a little brusy in some areas. Definitely a "Yellow" Bryan Conant map trail. Able to keep feet dry at all crossings. Saw two other hikers that day on top of Heartbreak Hill when I was about half way up. Made it to Lower Bear Camp that afternoon. First of a four day Condor Trail section hike to Manzana Schoolhouse and out at NIRA. Pics here if interested.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Madulce Trail Survey - 04-21-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Madulce Trail
Date: 04-21-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:Trail in good shape and easy to follow. A little patience need after leaving Madluce Camp but you'll find it. A few tress down but nothing significant. Easy to get around. This is a tough little trail. It's a good climb from Madule Camp to Buckhorn Big Pine Road. Be ready to do a little climbing, but the trail is good. Enjoyed the views to the south when the trail crested. First day of four day Condor Trail section hike from Santa Barbara Canyon to Manzana and out at NIRA Camp. Pics here. Good water at Madluce Camp.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 04-19-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 04-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Good article in the SB Independent about the NIRA - White Ledge - Deck - Lost Valley Loop.
By Richie Demaria

http://www.independent.com/news/2017/apr/20/white-ledgehurricane-deck-loop-weekend-warrior/
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Jackson Trail Survey - 04-18-2017 - by Jeff Wheelwright
Link: Jackson Trail
Date: 04-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Jeff Wheelwright
Trail description:The TH sign at Sierra Madre Road and Montgomery Potrero has collapsed. A large S.R. Wilderness sign a little ways off the road marks the actual start of the trail, but there was no trail because of the lush spring grass this year. Plus at least one of the distant trail marker posts had fallen over. You have to head for the grassy saddle in the SW. Don't be fooled by cow paths angling down to the south, as I was. Once over the saddle the trail is clear enough and the footing surprisingly good for such a precipitous descent. If you think you want to climb up this trail from the Sisquoc wearing a heavy pack, you ought to join the military or the circus.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Jackson Trail Survey - 04-18-2017 - by Jeff Wheelwright
Link: Jackson Trail
Date: 04-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Jeff Wheelwright
Trail description:I should have added to the above report that this is a gorgeous hike (going down).
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
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