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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
Brookshire Campground 07-28-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Brookshire Campground 07-28-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Alder Creek Camp - Silver Peak Wilderness 07-27-2016Anonymous SurveyorDry
Mesa Spring Camp 07-17-2016AlexFlowing
Mt. Mars 07-16-2016Steve CypherDry
Dutra Flat Camp 07-16-2016Steve CypherTrickle
Fishbowls Camp 07-16-2016Anonymous SurveyorStagnant
Cedar Creek Camp 07-16-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Bluff Guard Station 07-16-2016Anonymous SurveyorDry
Big Pine Camp 07-16-2016Jasonn BeckstrandTrickle
Lower Bear Camp 07-16-2016jasonn beckstrandFlowing
Upper Bear Camp 07-16-2016jasonn beckstrandFlowing
Ballard Camp 07-14-2016J DeVineTrickle
Prewitt Ridge Campground 07-14-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Chalk Peak Campground 07-14-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Manzana Camp 07-13-2016Nick DincelliDry
Manzana Narrows Camp 07-13-2016Nick DincelliStagnant
Mission Pine Springs Camp 07-10-2016JamesFlowing
West Fork Lion Camp 07-09-2016Mark J.Stagnant
Middle Lion Campground 07-09-2016Mark J.Flowing
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura 07-09-2016Anonymous SurveyorDry
Cow Spring Camp 07-09-2016Anonymous SurveyorDry
Shady Camp 07-09-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Sheep Camp 07-09-2016Avid HikerTrickle
Figueroa Campground 07-08-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Sheep Camp 07-03-2016random guyTrickle
East Fork Lion Camp 07-03-2016Kyle RDry
East Fork Lion Camp 07-03-2016Kyle & VictoriaDry
Upper Reyes Camp 06-25-2016EricoFlowing
Beartrap Camp 06-25-2016EricoFlowing
Chokecherry Spring 06-25-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Cow Spring Camp 06-24-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Dripping Springs 06-24-2016Anonymous SurveyorStagnant
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura 06-24-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Shady Camp 06-24-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Mission Pine Springs Camp 06-20-2016Curt CraggFlowing
Madrone Camp 06-20-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Upper Santa Ynez Camp 06-18-2016James WapotichTrickle
Murietta Camp 06-18-2016James WapotichDry
Sulphur Pot Camp 06-17-2016Green Machine (aka Perry Way)Flowing
Piedra Blanca Camp 06-16-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Twin Forks Camp 06-16-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 06-16-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Three Mile Camp 06-16-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Haddock Camp 06-16-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Manzana Narrows Camp 06-15-2016Amanda GrandfieldFlowing
Rays Camp 06-15-2016Amanda GrandfieldTrickle
Manzana Camp 06-15-2016Amanda GrandfieldFlowing
Lady Bug Camp 06-11-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Flores Flat Camp 06-11-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Santa Cruz Camp 06-11-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Sespe Hot Springs 06-11-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Sulphur Pots 06-11-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Upper Lopez Camp 06-11-2016Green Machine (aka Perry Way)Flowing
China Camp Campground 06-04-2016Reginald Carson Stagnant
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County 06-04-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Sheep Camp 06-04-2016M SubbotinTrickle
Madulce Camp 05-30-2016Steve CypherFlowing
Mesa Spring Camp 05-30-2016Coyote DaveFlowing
Meadow Camp 05-30-2016James WapotichStagnant
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Latest Camp Reports

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Brookshire Campground Survey - 07-28-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Brookshire Campground
Date: 07-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Still green, water trickling..lots of poison oak. Campsite fairly clean, intact. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:5gpm flow rate
Weather Conditions:90 degrees
Brookshire Campground Survey - 07-28-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Brookshire Campground
Date: 07-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Still green, water trickling..lots of poison oak. Campsite fairly clean, intact. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:5gpm flow rate
Weather Conditions:90 degrees
Alder Creek Camp - Silver Peak Wilderness Survey - 07-27-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Silver Peak Wilderness
Date: 07-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Nice drive up camp site from Willow Creek Rd. 3 sites with picnic tables and fire rings.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Dry as a bone
Weather Conditions:76 and Sunny
Mesa Spring Camp Survey - 07-17-2016 - by Alex
Link: Mesa Spring Camp
Date: 07-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Alex
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flow runs 35 feet down canyon then disappears. Saw "dead" bird...bring water filter.
Weather Conditions:Hot during day but nice in the evening.
Mt. Mars Survey - 07-16-2016 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Mt. Mars
Date: 07-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Camp Description:I hiked up Baldwin Ranch Road from Ragged Point Inn to get out of the fog. Clear and beautiful on road following ridge top. At the County Line Rd intersection you keep following the ridge north where you'll find the rough remains of a road or trail all the way to Mt. Mars and running down the other side. It's a bushwhack with some poison oak, but I did it in shorts with minimal bloodshed. The summit is flat, unmarked, and unimpressive, but there's a meadow with a great view on the west side. I saw where some have hiked the northeast ridge towards Dutra Flat - looked doable but rough.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Sunny & warm with heavy marine layer
Dutra Flat Camp Survey - 07-16-2016 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Dutra Flat Camp
Date: 07-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Camp Description:A pretty site with room for a crowd. A reliable pring feeds a trough. Fencing surrounds camp site and spring to keep cattle out.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Good water from a pipe feeding a trough.
Weather Conditions:
Fishbowls Camp Survey - 07-16-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Fishbowls Camp
Date: 07-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Hiked Fishbowls-Cedar Creek Loop. Occasional water in Piru Creek. No water at creek crossings at Fishbowls campsite.

Three trees down in approximately first 3 miles from Fishbowls TH. Trees easily passable.

All Fishbowls Campsites in very good condition/clean.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Upper pool mirky with layer of film on water
Weather Conditions:Sunny, 85 degrees
Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 07-16-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 07-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Campsites in good condition. Bear tracks on trail NE of camp
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Low water
Weather Conditions:Sunny, 85 degrees F
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 07-16-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 07-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:First time I have ever seen this pool empty
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at the pool
Weather Conditions:85
Big Pine Camp Survey - 07-16-2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Big Pine Camp
Date: 07-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:spring was clear and clean located 20 feet north of the well, next to the trail.
Weather Conditions:85
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Latest Trail Reports

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Boulder Canyon Trail Survey - 07-08-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Boulder Canyon Trail
Date: 07-08-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The Pine Fire continues to burn along the north face of Pine Mtn in the Sespe Wilderness.  Part of the fire attack was to construct an indirect fire line along the Boulder Canyon Trail.  Crews have completed this fire line from Ozena Fire Station to Pine Mtn Campground along the Boulder Canyon Trail.  It will be interesting to visit once the fire is wrapped up.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Madulce Peak Trail Survey - 07-03-2016 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Madulce Peak Trail
Date: 07-03-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Trail description:A large group from Sierra Club HPS worked on trail 7/3/16. Brush cleared, several small-medium sized logs removed. The tricky transition from traverse to switchbacks flagged & cairned. Still many large logs to climb over, and switchbacks just below ridge disappear, but trail is much easier to follow.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Challenging trail but currently easy to follow.
Salmon Creek Trail Survey - 06-14-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Salmon Creek Trail
Date: 06-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Article in the SB Independent about the Salmon Creek Trail, by Richie Demaria:

http://www.independent.com/news/2016/jun/14/salmon-creek-trail/
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Little Falls Trail Survey - 06-13-2016 - by Frank Kehl
Link: Little Falls Trail
Date: 06-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Frank Kehl
Trail description:My son and I hiked the lower portion of the Little Falls Trail today. We had just been here a few months ago, and conditions have noticeably changed since then. Water levels are dropping rapidly. The first crossing of Little Falls Creek just beyond the trailhead is now completely dry. The stream is still flowing, although sluggishly, above this point. Poison oak is encroaching on the trail, and it's hard to avoid it completely. The trail itself is still easy to follow, however. The unmarked side trail up to the base of Little Falls ends at a lovely pool with a very small (6' or so) waterfall about 100 yards short of Little Falls itself. Getting to the base of Little Falls from here would involve wading in the creek itself through very dense underbrush. While it's probably still doable, we didn't bother. My best guess is that Little Falls has either slowed to a trickle or stopped flowing altogether due to the drought.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Monte Arido Trail Survey - 06-11-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Monte Arido Trail
Date: 06-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:It is very easy to miss this trail. We hiked 1.25 miles past the turn off of Murietta Road, and started hiking along the headwaters of the Santa Ynez. Look left when you get to the top of Murietta Road. Stand on the bank to the left of the trail. You will see the trail snaking through the brush.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Passable but challenging.
Raspberry Trail Survey - 06-04-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Raspberry Trail
Date: 06-04-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Led by Ranger Heidi, the Ojai Ranger District hosted a National Trails Day event to work the Raspberry Trail from Pine Mtn Rd down to the Camp.  In addition to light tread work, they installed a new Sespe Wilderness Sign.  "Wahoo!"
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Franklin Trail North Survey - 06-04-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Franklin Trail North
Date: 06-04-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The LPFA joined forces with a plethora of other trail groups to host a trail project along the Franklin Trail as part of National Trails Day 2016.  We worked 1 mile of the trail from the Jameson Trailhead up to Alder Camp.  That section of trail is in great shape.

The upper section from Divide Peak OHV to Alder Camp has been worked recently by MTF.  It is passable but still needs some more work, what trail doesn't.  

All is all the trail is very very followable and is probably in better shape than its been in for quite some time.  Go get some!  More photos at the link below:


https://www.facebook.com/LosPadresForestAssociation/posts/521405164651079

There was water along the entire trail as well.


Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Buckeye Trail Survey - 06-01-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Buckeye Trail
Date: 06-01-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Ventana Wilderness Alliance worked the Buckeye Trail in Spring 2016 from Upper Cruikshank Camp to Buckeye Camp.  It is passable for stock.  Great work!  They also brushed the trail from Salmon Creek Station out to the Soda Springs junction.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Pine Ridge Trail Survey - 05-31-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Pine Ridge Trail
Date: 05-31-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Hiked an out and back from China Camp to Redwood Camp over memorial day weekend. Would not recommend this route (either hike in from Big Sur Station, or do a through-hike with shuttle from China Camp). As others have mentioned, the trail was mostly clear and well maintained from China Camp to Divide Camp. Between Divide Camp and Pine Ridge Camp there is significant overgrowth - the trail is visible at your feet, but you must bushwhack through (mostly) california lilac and (some) prickly plants and poison oak to get through. From Pine Ridge to Redwoods, the foliage changes, but you are still pushing your way through (mostly) prickly bushes and (some) poison oak. Doable, but would recommend long pants and possibly long sleeves (or be ok getting scratched-up/with poison oak exposure).

Water was flowing at Divide Camp (stream crosses the trail shortly after the turnoff for camp), Pine Ridge Camp (stream is beyond the main camp area - follow the path beyond the fire pit), and Redwoods. Also one additional water spot between Divide Camp and Bear Creek Connector trail. 

If you are considering doing this hike soon, be aware, its biting fly season - they're vicious and plentiful. There is a constant buzzing din from about 9:30am - 6:00pm, any rest stops result in swarms of 20+ flies,  and if you hit camp early, you may find yourself hiding in your tent until dusk. They did not respond to DEET. I would not hike again in these conditions, but if you're braving it - wear loose-ish long-sleeves and long pants (they bit right through my running leggings) and consider bringing a bug net for your head.


Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Overgrown
Mission Pine Trail Survey - 05-29-2016 - by Duane Waite
Link: Mission Pine Trail
Date: 05-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Duane Waite
Trail description:Hiked from McKinley Springs to Mission Pine Springs. The trail is in good shape except for near the summit where the tread can be difficult to spot. There are a few blow downs. The largest, about 18 inches in diameter, lies a quarter mile behind the San Rafael summit. I followed a set of mountain bike tracks up the trail from McKinley Saddle all the way down to Mission Pine Springs. There is no wilderness marker or sign at the trail head, so it's either missing or was stolen. Either way, some mountain bikers took it as a sign that what they did was ok.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
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