↣ Right click the map for location data.↣ Click a stream for Water Stats.
Exit Full Screen
Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail - Los Padres National Forest Trail Distance 3.00 Miles
The Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail is a 3 mile trail located near Figueroa Mountain, the trail starts at Davy Brown Campground, and passes numerous trail junctions, the trail then completes at Happy Canyon Road (7N07.2)
Wilderness Area:Non Wilderness Area
County:Santa Barbara County
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Ranger District
Water Sources:HAPPY CYN. 7N07.2
Trail Condition:Kind of Good - Little to no bushwacking and easily followable
There are a number of downed trees on the upper sections of Davy Brown Trail starting 0.3 miles from the top down to 1.5 miles from the top. The photos below show the trees with the first photos being closest (0.3) to the Fig Mtn Rd upper trailhead. In addition to the downed trees here are some notes from DB as well as the other nearby trails:
- Willow Spur Trail needs work, hillside sliding in places, lots of PO.
- Willow Spring Trail is getting really overgrown.
This is a very beautiful hike, incredibly serene and peaceful with some spectacular views and a Chumash mortar hole in a large rock about mid-way along the trail.
For the most part the trail is well maintained and easy to follow but there are a few junctions that are either unnamed (they only say trail) or unmarked altogether and it is easy to take a wrong turn at a trail junction (or miss the one you want to take) if you don't have a map. Since this was my very first time here I had to use my map (and my compass to orient it to north) and use terrain association to pick the correct trail where the Willow Spur & Munch Canyon Trails intersect the Davy Brown Trail. Some strategic trail markers could fix this problem. A friend took a wrong turn in January and ended up turning a 6 mile hike into a 10 mile hike because of this.
There were a couple of areas where trees were down across the trail and had to be climbed over (or under if you were small and didn't have a pack on). Also there were lots of areas with heavy poison oak that was either leaning into or across the trail (some machete work is needed to cut it back).
Overall this was a fabulous hike, especially since it was the day after
rain and all the creeks and streams were flowing heavily...it was
marvelous and I'll definitely hike it again!!!
Mode of transport:
Needs some work
Downed trees across the trail. Lots of poison oak on the trail. Needs named trail markers at trail junctions.
Between miles 0-1 trail is in fair to good condition, no work needed. Between Miles 1-2 sections of the trail are angled and loose and would be sketchy for those not sure footed. A little work could go a long way especially since the ground is soft now.
Also around mile 1.6-2 dormant poison oak is just waiting to take over the trail. Now would be an excellent time do some preventative removal.
Stream is low but running nicely and even saw a few trout darting around in bigger holes
Starting from Davy Brown, the first 3/4 mile was beautiful along the creek and relatively flat. You have to traverse the creek three to four times. At this point you can left or right. I went right and started towards Figueroa. The trail begins steep to very steep at this point. I am 53 and overweight and it really was quite a challenge. The climb has magnificent views and I have no regrets but be sure you are in good enough shape to make the climb to the peak. My legs were shaky on the traverse down the slope.
Thank you for taking the time to visit Hike Los Padres. This website was developed for adventurists, explorers and enthusiasts of both the Northern and Southern portions of the Los Padres National Forests.
When visiting the Los Padres always remember to pack extra water for any trip! Many Trails listed may be unmaintained, always plan ahead, check weather report, know your risks and level of ability.