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Deal Trail - Los Padres National Forest
Trail Distance 6.10 Miles

The Deal Trail is a 6 mile trail that is partially in the Dick Smith Wilderness, in Ventura County. The trail begins from Highway 33 and the completes at the Rancho Nuevo Trail (24W03).

Trail Details

  • Trail #: 24WO4
  • Wilderness Area: Dick Smith
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Mt. Pinos Ranger District
  • Trail-head Latitude: 34.67804
  • Trail-head Longitude: -119.36589
  • Trail Condition: Kind of Good - Little to no bushwacking and easily followable
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  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Camping
    • Day Hiking
    • Horseback Riding
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Wilderness Camping

Trail Stats

  • Total Elevation Gain: + 1386 feet.
  • Total Elevation Loss: - 1375 feet.
  • Overall Average Slope Gain: + 8 %.
  • Overall Average Slope Loss: - 6 %.
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Trail Camps

Deal Junction Camp (1300 feet)

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Survey Photos:

  • Subbotin - 02-02-2014

  • Subbotin - 02-02-2014

  • Craig R. Carey - 02-05-2017

  • Craig R. Carey - 02-05-2017

  • Craig R. Carey - 02-05-2017

  • Craig R. Carey - 02-05-2017

  • Mike Maki - 03-03-2017

  • Mike Maki - 03-03-2017

  • Mike Maki - 03-03-2017

  • Mike Maki - 03-03-2017

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-18-2017

  • M. Jones - 11-03-2017

  • M. Jones - 11-03-2017

Submitted Trail Reports

Deal Trail Survey - 01-07-2018 - by MSubbotin
Link: Deal Trail
Date: 01-07-2018
Surveyor Name:MSubbotin
Trail description:From the Hwy 33 the first 1/4 mi trail not clearly defined but cross drainage and head up Bear Canyon until finding more defined tread.  Trail easy to follow up to wilderness boundary and then dropping down into Deal Cyn.  Heading west/northwest down Deal Cyn trail is overgrown and brushy. Some flagging but in other places no discernible trail for approx 1.5 miles until canyon starts to narrow and flagging picks up again.  Trail typically can be found on east side of canyon floor.  Numerous downed trees cause walk arounds. Trail is easy to follow for approx 1.5 miles above Deal Camp, but not stock passable.  Trickle of flowing water in Deal Creek.  Deal Camp to Rancho Nuevo Trailhead is in excellent condition.  3 new fire rings at Rancho Nuevo Campground.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:thru hike from Hwy 33 up Bear Cyn, west & north on Deal Cyn to Deal Camp & exit Rancho Nuevo campground
Deal Trail Survey - 11-03-2017 - by M. Jones
Link: Deal Trail
Date: 11-03-2017
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Trail description:Overall trail is in good condition, a few minor areas where it is hard to find trail. Tree blocking trail about a 1/2 mile from Deal Canyon Junction Camp:  N34° 41.002' W119° 25.164' @ 3800ft  
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:There are a few pools of water along trail

Tree blocking trail
Deal Trail Survey - 03-18-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Deal Trail
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Boy Scout David Jones installed a new Dick Smith Wilderness sign at the wilderness junction along the Deal Trail.  This was part of an Eagle Scout project which also included repainting Los Padres Forest signs along Hwy 33.  Very cool project, great work David and thanks also to MPRD super volunteer Mark Subbotin for coordinating the effort.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work

Deal Trail Survey - 03-03-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Deal Trail
Date: 03-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:We did a clockwise loop up Deal Tr and down Rancho Nuevo and 3 miles on Hwy 33. Most of the work the Boy Scouts did Feb 5 in Bear Cyn held very well. Great work. A few trees down and stream crossings washed out but not a problem to find route. Bryan Conant's description of the trail is right on on his map. Easy to follow to the saddle/wilderness boundary then a little more route finding is required. More of the same for the wilderness section, washed out crossings and a few tress down but if you take your time and look you can usually find the trail. Many more pics here.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Not bad. Some down trees and wash outs.

Easy tree to get around

One of the wash outs. Not too many. Mostly at stream crossings.

Good flowing water!

What happens when a culvert gets clogged. Actually surprised to find this culvert up here.
Deal Trail Survey - 02-05-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Deal Trail
Date: 02-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Trail description:Worked the Bear Cyn section of the Deal Trail with Mark Subbotin's hard-hitting Super Bowl crew and Boy Scout Troop 111. Several trees removed, some erosion control, treadwork, and much clipping. A great weekend and great weather. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow

Deal Trail Survey - 05-14-2016 - by Josh Henderson
Link: Deal Trail
Date: 05-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Josh Henderson
Trail description:This was my first time trying this trail. It's possible that I just wasn't looking in the right place but I couldn't follow this trail more than a couple of hundred yards. I saw the "Deal Connector Trail" further south on 33 which looked like a better bet, but by that time I'd just decided to call it a day.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Condition details:First Timer
Deal Trail Survey - 02-02-2014 - by Subbotin
Link: Deal Trail
Date: 02-02-2014
Surveyor Name:Subbotin
Trail description:For good description of recent trail conditions, see http://valhikes.blogspot.com/2014/02/deal-trail.html
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Trail has recently been brushed and logged by UTMC (http://www.unitedtrailmaintainers.org/photos.aspx) from Hwy 33 to wilderness boundary. From there to Deal Camp general brushing needed but trail generally easy to follow.
Number of trees down:2

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Last Updated: Thursday, February 18, 2016

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