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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
Upper Reyes Camp 06-25-2016EricoFlowing
Beartrap Camp 06-25-2016EricoFlowing
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
Santa Cruz Camp 05-29-2016JamesFlowing
Mission Pine Springs Camp 05-29-2016Duane WaiteFlowing
Mesa Spring Camp 05-29-2016Coffman, KevinFlowing
Indian Creek Camp 05-29-2016James WapotichTrickle
Bill Faris Camp 05-29-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 05-28-2016Philip E. AnkromTrickle
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp 05-28-2016Cameron DStagnant
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp 05-28-2016Hannah StrongDry
Little Pine Spring Camp 05-28-2016JamesFlowing
Pens Camp 05-28-2016James WapotichTrickle
Poplar Camp 05-28-2016James WapotichDry
Bear Creek Camp 05-27-2016Hiking VikingFlowing
Sheep Camp 05-27-2016Coyote DaveTrickle
Bluff Camp - Santa Paula Trail 05-27-2016Rick and JamesTrickle
Beartrap Camp 05-26-2016Philip E. AnkromFlowing
Llly Meadows Camp 05-26-2016Coyote DaveTrickle
Coldwater Camp 05-25-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Potrero Camp 05-25-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Chorro Grande Camp 05-25-2016Drew SmithDry
Oak Camp 05-25-2016Drew SmithTrickle
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County 05-24-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
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
Madulce Camp 05-21-2016James WapotichTrickle
Madulce Camp 05-21-2016James WapotichTrickle
Madulce Camp 05-21-2016James WapotichTrickle
Upper Bear Camp 05-21-2016James WapotichFlowing
Mission Pine Springs Camp 05-21-2016Terry JarrettFlowing
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp 05-17-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Bluff Guard Station 05-17-2016Jasonn BeckstrandTrickle
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Latest Camp Reports

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Upper Reyes Camp Survey - 06-25-2016 - by Erico
Link: Upper Reyes Camp
Date: 06-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Erico
Camp Description:Stopped on my way to Beartrap. Hot in Camp Schideck / Reyes Creek. Nice and cool under the trees at Upper Reyes. Nobody else on the trail. No trash, no mess.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Cold, clear, flowing well.
Weather Conditions:Clean and warm.
Beartrap Camp Survey - 06-25-2016 - by Erico
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 06-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Erico
Camp Description:Hiked in from Reyes Creek Saturday AM. Very hot grinding up the ridges. Cool at Upper Reyes. lots of water there. Took me 1 quart to get from Reyes Creek to Beartrap. Arrived at noon, took a nap under the trees. Was thinking about finding my zip on pants legs, it was nice and cool under the big trees. Stream was 1 foot wide, a few inches deep. Filtered out of a few clear and flowing deep spots. Should be good for at least a few more weeks, if not a month.
 
Was firewood, but did not bother to make a fire.

No trash. Lots of butterflies, lady bugs, birds. Lots of gnats, and a few mosquitos. Bring bug spray! When the sun went down, bugs went away. No tent, lightweight sleeping bag. Got up early Sunday to climb up the first ridge in the shade. Only 4 Venture crew and 2 adult leaders seen all day Saturday or Sunday.

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Cold and Clear, good quality. Only a foot wide, alge on the parts drying out.
Weather Conditions:Clear and warm.
Mission Pine Springs Camp Survey - 06-20-2016 - by Curt Cragg
Link: Mission Pine Springs Camp
Date: 06-20-2016
Surveyor Name:Curt Cragg
Camp Description:Mission Pine Spring Crosscut Project
Hiked from McKinley Saddle to Mission Pine Spring to clear downed trees as reported in previous surveys.  There were 5 trees down from McKinley saddle to the MP Spring camp.  Four were cleared, two required re-routes including one that was cut to allow for a larger opening for the re-route.  We were unable to cut the large tree that is down about 1/4 mile east of the camp.  We did clean up the trail around it.
Camp was in great condition.  Ferns have re-grown making it a little hard to find the trail out of the camp toward MP Basin, but tread can be found.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Spring is flowing and good water in the basin.
Weather Conditions:Weather was clear and temps in the mid 70's
Madrone Camp Survey - 06-20-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Madrone Camp
Date: 06-20-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Trail completely over grown with tons of poison oak. Didn't even start.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Upper Santa Ynez Camp Survey - 06-18-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Upper Santa Ynez Camp
Date: 06-18-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:There is a trickle of water in the creek at the crossing near the camp, with refreshingly cold water in the pool. The camp however is buggy this time of year, better to wait until it gets too cold for them to camp there.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Murietta Camp Survey - 06-18-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Murietta Camp
Date: 06-18-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:No water at camp, there is good water about a half mile before the camp. That is, on the hike from the road along the trail, just when the trail first gets near the creek there's water there. The two crossings before camp and the camp itself however are dry.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Sulphur Pot Camp Survey - 06-17-2016 - by Green Machine (aka Perry Way)
Link: Sulphur Pot Camp
Date: 06-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Green Machine (aka Perry Way)
Camp Description:Was with my buddy on overnighter starting at Rinconada Trailhead and ending at East Cuesta Trailhead (shuttle trip). We previously attempted getting to Sulphur Pots twice, once from the south and once from the north. Both times we had to turn back due to excessive vegetation and poison oak. First time we tried was from north, starting at East Cuesta and going down into upper Lopez Canyon. We made it only a wee bit further than Upper Lopez camp on that trip. Next trip we started from Rinconada and went down Big Falls to Lopez canyon and got as far as we could before it was a complete jungle. This last trip we brought our pruners and spent about half of the day pruning vegetation including poison oak. We have carved tunnels through the vegetation and thoroughly removed any poison oak above mid-thigh or waist level. You will still need long pants and gaiters are recommended to keep PO off shoelaces. Ground cover PO is ubiquitous but bush PO is seriously trimmed back to allow a wide girth passage.

Water levels flowing at a very good rate still!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:flowing nicely, lots of water
Weather Conditions:cooler days on canyon floor and stars at night
Piedra Blanca Camp Survey - 06-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Piedra Blanca Camp
Date: 06-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Twin Forks Camp Survey - 06-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Twin Forks Camp
Date: 06-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 06-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 06-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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Latest Trail Reports

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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
Middle Sespe Trail Survey - 05-29-2016 - by Ritz
Link: Middle Sespe Trail
Date: 05-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Ritz
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Lots of bush whacking needed. Can be very difficult to find trail.
Stonehouse Trail Survey - 05-29-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Stonehouse Trail
Date: 05-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:The trail is reachable by first hiking about a mile on the Johnston Ridge Trail and taking lefts at the two junctions (second one marked by a sign). Johnston Ridge Trailhead was inaccessible to any cars without high clearance (Pickups, SUVs) due to the high water levels at the two creek crossings on the Grade Valley Road (Forest Rte 7N03).

Did not see the old Stone House Camp (not maintained) while hiking the trail, but there were viable options for camping near flowing water towards the end of the trail. Trail ends on an intersection with a Motorcycle Trail that goes along Piru Creek. Saw not a single other hiker on Memorial Day Weekend. Very secluded.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
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