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Hiking Trails

Explore the hiking trails of the Los Padres National Forest. Combine trails to make loop trips, discover new trails for backpacking, or find new areas to explore for day hikes.

198 Hiking Trails
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Camps and Campgrounds

This updated list on camps enables you to find a new camp to visit anytime; we have included all car campgrounds and trail camps in this section.

277 Camps
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O.H.V. Trails

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56 OHV Trails
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Recent Water Reports
Location Date ▾ Surveyor Water Report
Madulce Camp 06-20-2015CondorStagnant
East Fork Lion Campground 06-19-2015Christian HammonTrickle
Mono Campground 06-17-2015Joshua IsaacDry
Bear Creek Camp 06-14-2015MikeFlowing
Bear Creek Camp 06-13-2015brianFlowing
Goat Camp 06-06-2015Eric Z.Flowing
Trail Springs Campground 06-06-2015Eric Z.Trickle
Meadow Camp 05-31-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Valley View Campground 05-29-2015Dan WhelanTrickle
Sheep Campground 05-25-2015SaraFlowing
Vincent Flat Campground 05-25-2015Joshua IsaacFlowing
Potrero John Campground 05-25-2015Dan WhelanFlowing
Mission Pine Springs Campground 05-25-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Santa Cruz Campground 05-24-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Trail Springs Campground 05-24-2015Joshua IsaacTrickle
Ojito Campground 05-24-2015Joshua IsaacFlowing
Goat Camp 05-24-2015Joshua IsaacFlowing
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura 05-23-2015Coyote DaveFlowing
Sunset Campground 05-23-2015Erin C.Flowing
Halfmoon Campground 05-23-2015Erin C.Flowing
Madulce Camp 05-22-2015Condor TrailTrickle
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp 05-22-2015Paul CronshawDry
Espinosa Camp 05-22-2015Joshua IsaacTrickle
Coche Camp 05-22-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Cedar Creek Camp 05-16-2015Michael S.Flowing
Blue Canyon Camp 05-13-2015Donnie TognazziniFlowing
Lower Buckhorn Campground 05-12-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Reyes Creek Campground 05-09-2015Arnold LevinFlowing
Beartrap Camp 05-09-2015Arnold LevinFlowing
Haddock Camp 05-09-2015Arnold LevinFlowing
Haddock Camp 05-09-2015Arnold LevinTrickle
Three Mile Campground 05-09-2015Arnold LevinFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 05-09-2015Arnold LevinTrickle
Big Pine Camp 05-09-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Fish Creek Camp 05-03-2015Paul CronshawDry
Manzana Camp 05-03-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Manzana Narrows Camp 05-03-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Lost Valley Campground 05-02-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Peidra Blanca Camp 05-02-2015Christian HammonFlowing
Mission Pine Springs Campground 05-02-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Mission Pine Basin Campground 05-02-2015Hike Los PadresDry
Big Pine Camp 04-29-2015Jeff B.Trickle
Santa Cruz Campground 04-25-2015JasperFlowing
Madulce Camp 04-25-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
White Ledge Campground 04-23-2015M. JonesFlowing
Manzana Camp 04-23-2015M. JonesFlowing
Sulphur Pot Campground 04-22-2015Anonymous SurveyorDry
Blue Canyon Camp 04-20-2015Valerie NortonFlowing
Cottam Camp 04-20-2015Valerie NortonDry
Sulphur Pot Campground 04-19-2015Jeaninne LittleFlowing
Fish Creek Camp 04-19-2015much improved!!Dry
Halfmoon Campground 04-19-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Willet Campground 04-18-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Nira Campground 04-18-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Chorro Grande Camp 04-18-2015Hike Los PadresDry
Oak Campground 04-18-2015Hike Los PadresDry
White Ledge Campground 04-11-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp 04-11-2015Tim MolloyDry
Upper Rancho Nuevo Campground 04-11-2015BCStagnant
Balm of Gilead Camp 04-11-2015Steve CypherDry
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Latest Camp Reports

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Madulce Camp Survey - 06-20-2015 - by Condor
Link: Madulce Camp
Date: 06-20-2015
Surveyor Name:Condor
Camp Description:The camp is in good condition.  SB canyon trall into camp is overgrown and very difficult approahing the camp. The the members of my group are strong and expllerienced hikers and took about 3 hours to locate and travel the last 2-3 miles. We left some cairns on the way out so godly that will help.  Also saw lots of bear sign on the way in so be prepared!
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Spring is not flowing. Found 1 pool clear enough to treat and filtered 10 liters
Weather Conditions:
East Fork Lion Campground Survey - 06-19-2015 - by Christian Hammon
Link: East Fork Lion Campground
Date: 06-19-2015
Surveyor Name:Christian Hammon
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Bottom waterfall/pool is completely dried up. If you climb up the dry creek to the next level up, there is water at a couple of small pools with ok water flow going into the top one. A nice place to sit and soak feet/fill up water jugs, but don't know how much longer it will last.
Weather Conditions:HOT 93 degrees F
Mono Campground Survey - 06-17-2015 - by Joshua Isaac
Link: Mono Campground
Date: 06-17-2015
Surveyor Name:Joshua Isaac
Camp Description:Large campsite, with ample room for big groups. 3 fire pits. About 1.5 miles from the hot springs. Trail from Forbush camp was a little overgrown for the last mile or so, but there are blue trail markers to guide your path.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:There was stagnant water ~2 miles back the trail towards Forbush, but the hot springs were flowing at Little Caliente
Weather Conditions:
Bear Creek Camp Survey - 06-14-2015 - by Mike
Link: Bear Creek Camp
Date: 06-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Mike
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water flowing slowly, several pools of water. A couple areas of water near camp are more than 5' deep. Filtered 10 liters of water within the group.
Weather Conditions:
Bear Creek Camp Survey - 06-13-2015 - by brian
Link: Bear Creek Camp
Date: 06-13-2015
Surveyor Name:brian
Camp Description:crowded, but water was clear and moving slowing along. 

80+ degrees during the day. low humidity. 

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Goat Camp Survey - 06-06-2015 - by Eric Z.
Link: Goat Camp
Date: 06-06-2015
Surveyor Name:Eric Z.
Camp Description:The camp is basically one big campsite with plenty of room for several tents. It has a nice view of the ocean.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The stream across the trail southeast of camp has plenty of water.
Weather Conditions:
Trail Springs Campground Survey - 06-06-2015 - by Eric Z.
Link: Trail Springs Campground
Date: 06-06-2015
Surveyor Name:Eric Z.
Camp Description:We didn't camp here, so we didn't survey the camp itself (we just took a look at the stream).
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:The stream running through camp has a trickle with a small pool.
Weather Conditions:
Meadow Camp Survey - 05-31-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Meadow Camp
Date: 05-31-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Camp looked clean, table in fair enough shape (for being as old as it is) but no water.  Nearest water was at Lower Buckhorn Camp.  There was no confirmation where the water started upstream along Indian Creek.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:high 80's, sunny and hot!
Valley View Campground Survey - 05-29-2015 - by Dan Whelan
Link: Valley View Campground
Date: 05-29-2015
Surveyor Name:Dan Whelan
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:good depth, lots of water but the flow is a trickle
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Campground Survey - 05-25-2015 - by Sara
Link: Sheep Campground
Date: 05-25-2015
Surveyor Name:Sara
Camp Description:On Memorial Day weekend, only one other camper was present.  There is a fantastic campsite at lower end nearest to a scenic viewpoint overlooking the valley.

One of the four campsites was impacted by a huge fallen tree lying across the firepit/stove area.  This is the second highest campsite.  There is another campsite just above which is not very visible from the trail.

The spring was flowing beautifully.

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:low 50s to low 70s, breezy
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Latest Trail Reports

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Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 06-19-2015 - by Paul E
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 06-19-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul E
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Lower trail is overgrown in places. Unavoidable poison oak. Fallen trees.
Manzana Trail Survey - 06-13-2015 - by Robert Feinberg
Link: Manzana Trail
Date: 06-13-2015
Surveyor Name:Robert Feinberg
Trail description:

Hiked the upper Manzana trail from Nira to Manzana Narrows. Spent the night and returned.

Trail is easy to follow and in good condition but a little overgrown in a few places. There's a tree down across the path in between Manzana and Manzana Narrows but there's plenty of room to go under it without bending over too far.

First water after Nira is at Rays Camp which is still flowing a little bit. Rays Camp doesn't appear to show on this map, but it's about a mile before Manzana Campground. Water still flowing at Manzana and Manzana Narrows.

Camp sites are all in good shape -- pretty clean. There's one small table kind of broken at one of the sites, Manzana I think.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Arroyo Burro Trail Survey - 06-07-2015 - by Caddo Mounds
Link: Arroyo Burro Trail
Date: 06-07-2015
Surveyor Name:Caddo Mounds
Trail description:

Much improved on south-facing private owned stretch compared to a couple of years ago thanks to some trail volunteers.  Could use some more work.  Probably can't be organized work by county or forest service because on private property.

Trail from SY river to E Camino Cielo is in usual good condition.  Trail down to Santa Barbara is not hard to follow and appears to be getting more use recently.

Available water at usual places on both sides.

Abundant poison oak at this time but very few ticks found.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Could use more lopping south-facing private section
Alejandro Trail Survey - 06-06-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alejandro Trail
Date: 06-06-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Started from Colson Canyon Road and was able to follow trail easily to Alejandro Camp. There were lots of briars and brambles along the trail and would recommend gators to keep them out of your boots. As I was eating at Alejandro Camp a large brown bear started toward the camp from the steep slope across the creek. I was able to scare it away by making noise, but he came back later that night. I tied my food in a tree about 100 yards from camp and he was not able to get to it. In the mourning I started out for Chuchudas Camp. About a mile or so after leaving Alejandro Camp the trail became non existent and I was unable to follow it to the next camp. This forced me to turn around and cut my trip short.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Gibraltar Trail Survey - 06-06-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Gibraltar Trail
Date: 06-06-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:As part of the LPFA National Trails Day project a crew of 5 volunteers worked the Gibraltar Trail about a mile west from the junction with the Cold Spring Trail.  We brushed the trail and fixed 2-3 of the slide sections.  Still work to be done out towards the mine.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Buckhorn Trail Survey - 05-30-2015 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Buckhorn Trail
Date: 05-30-2015
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Trail description:Trail maintenance work on Buckhorn Trail.  This hasn't happened in over 15 years.

The trail work started at Camuesa Rd and the Buckhorn Trail head.

This is the first of many multi-group run projects to open this trail back up for all users.

First project was to come in to log out the down trees that prevent horse and mountain bikes from enjoying the trail.  There was also a lot off brushing.

There will be 4 or more follow up projects throughout the next couple of years.

The goal is to re-open this once popular trail for everyone to enjoy.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:The first 4 miles to Lower Buckhorn need some work. But beyond lower buckhorn the trail fades away to almost nonexistent
Pratt Trail Survey - 05-29-2015 - by Dan Whelan
Link: Pratt Trail
Date: 05-29-2015
Surveyor Name:Dan Whelan
Trail description:All is good. Very dry. Still water at Valley View, but just a trickle of flow
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Big Falls Trail Survey - 05-25-2015 - by Frank Kehl
Link: Big Falls Trail
Date: 05-25-2015
Surveyor Name:Frank Kehl
Trail description:We hiked this trail on Memorial Day, going as far as Upper Big Falls. This segment of the trail is clear and in excellent shape. Poison oak lines both sides of the trail in most places, but is easily avoided. Lower Big Falls is still flowing - barely. Upper Big Falls has stopped flowing altogether, although the pool at the base of the falls still has plenty of water.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Tunnel Trail Survey - 05-24-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Tunnel Trail
Date: 05-24-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Large tree across the trail down near the bottom, about the last two miles before the dam, a ton of poison oak overgrown on the trail, can't get around it. Beautiful trail but needs to be cleared.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Needs clearing
Fishbowls Trail Survey - 05-24-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Fishbowls Trail
Date: 05-24-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:The trail was in good shape. I walked the entire loop and came across plenty of water in all of the expected locations. It had rained the day before I arrived so that may have accounted for the abundance of water. Cedar Camp and Fishbowl Camp were both in good condition. The fishbowls were flowing well.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
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Latest Comments

Hi Yamato - Your car should be fine.  Don't leave any valuables and no Adventure Pass will be needed.  Your bigger concern will be water availability and heat.  Have fun. read more...
Author's website: www.LPForest.org

Hi, I'd like to backpack this trail for 3 nights in August 2015 for my anniversary. However, I noticed it says to park next to "Summit School" with no mention of an adventure pass or how long you can park there. Will my car be alright parked there…

Very little "dripping" occurring at Dripping Springs right now but plenty of water for filtering in the pools below it. read more...
Cow Springs was flowing as of 5/21/2015. Tasting notes: hints of rust and fart but quite refreshing. read more...
Just a trickle from the spring on May 18, 2015.  There is a small crack in the spring box, however, and I was able to use a siphon to fill the bottles for my group (of 10) in conjunction with the trickle from the pipe below the spring. Trough was full… read more...
I visited Squaw Spring on Sunday, May 17, 2015, and it had a wonderful little water flow.  One has to walk upstream from the campsite area to find it, but it is there and pump-able and drinkable.  Last year in May of 2014, this was dry, so I was very… read more...
Sespe Hot Springs is a must see if you are heading down the Sespe trail.  It is like entering a lunar landscape, with so steam pouring out of the rocks and water pools and strange things growing in the pools of water.  Also, the camp sites are unique,… read more...
Currently, the spring itself is not easy to access; there is a lot of poison oak right in front of the water.  Be careful! read more...
Craig - what results did your kids find with regards to the water quality?  I bottled up a few gallons one March and it tasted great.  A week later my water bottles smelled of the nastiest sulfur you can imagine. read more...
Author's website: www.LPForest.org
Kids headed up to Bellyache earlier this month to research water quality for their school science project. Flowing great, as always. read more...
Author's website: www.craigrcarey.net
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