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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.

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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.


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Recent Water Reports
Location Date ▾ Surveyor Water Report
Montgomery Number Three Spring 6-12-17Erica ReinheimerFlowing
Black Willow Spring 6-10-17Erica ReinheimerFlowing
Cedar Creek Camp 08-20-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Bluff Spring 08-17-2017Rick HumphreyFlowing
Cedar Creek Camp 08-11-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
The Pines Camp 08-11-2017Eldon WalkerDry
Sheep Camp 08-07-2017Ken ArnoldTrickle
Launtz Creek Camp 08-06-2017Juan c Jiménez Flowing
Kerr Spring - Sespe 08-06-2017PeterTrickle
Sheep Camp 08-05-2017Angeles ExplorerTrickle
Bluff Guard Station 08-05-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Forbush Camp 07-30-2017Paul CronshawTrickle
Oak Flat Camp 07-29-2017Anonymous SurveyorStagnant
Kerr Spring - Sespe 07-28-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Piedra Blanca Camp 07-24-2017EricoFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 07-24-2017EricoTrickle
Sheep Camp 07-23-2017Paul CroshawFlowing
Arroyo Seco Campground 07-23-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Llly Meadows Camp 07-22-2017Troop 128Flowing
Squaw Spring 07-21-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Sheep Camp 07-19-2017bardleyFlowing
Bear Creek Camp 07-16-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Matilija Camp 07-15-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County 07-15-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Lockwood Peak 07-12-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
San Guillermo Mountain 07-12-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Carrizo Springs Camp 07-08-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Chorro Spring 07-08-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Cedar Creek Camp 07-03-2017H. KetchumTrickle
Lady Bug Camp 07-03-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Bates Canyon Campground 07-03-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Raspberry Camp 07-03-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Forbush Camp 07-02-2017Anonymous SurveyorStagnant
Beartrap Camp 06-29-2017larry frassoldatiFlowing
Haddock Camp 06-29-2017larry frassoldatiFlowing
Three Mile Camp 06-29-2017larry frassoldatiFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 06-29-2017larry frassoldatiFlowing
Twin Forks Camp 06-29-2017larry frassoldatiFlowing
Sheep Camp 06-27-2017RichFlowing
Haddock Camp 06-26-2017Craig R. CareyTrickle
Three Mile Camp 06-26-2017Craig R. CareyTrickle
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 06-26-2017Craig R. CareyTrickle
Sheep Camp 06-25-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Sheep Camp 06-25-2017Troop 1Flowing
Upper Reyes Camp 06-25-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
Beartrap Camp 06-25-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
Flores Flat Camp 06-25-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Montecito Peak 06-22-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Willet Camp 06-15-2017larry frassoldatiFlowing
Pine Mountain Campground 06-14-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Coldwater Camp 06-11-2017MSchlessFlowing
Cottam Camp 06-10-2017SeedubyuhTrickle
Happy Hunting Ground Camp 06-10-2017Paul CronshawStagnant
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc 06-10-2017Paul CronshawFlowing
Coche Camp 06-10-2017Axel Flowing
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County 06-10-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Chorro Grande Camp 06-10-2017larry frassoldatiDry
Kellogg Camp 06-09-2017axel Flowing
Santa Ynez Peak 06-08-2017Jim YoungDry
Santa Ynez Peak 06-08-2017Jim YoungDry
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Latest Camp Reports

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Montgomery Number Three Spring Survey - 6-12-17 - by Erica Reinheimer
Link: Montgomery Number Three Spring
Date: 6-12-17
Surveyor Name:Erica Reinheimer
Camp Description:By my reckoning, this spring is not the spring next to the cabin in Montgomery portero.It is just over the hill, quite close by. It is a better water source than the cattle trough next to the cabin.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Black Willow Spring Survey - 6-10-17 - by Erica Reinheimer
Link: Black Willow Spring
Date: 6-10-17
Surveyor Name:Erica Reinheimer
Camp Description:By my reckoning, this is the spring next to the cabin on Montgomery Portero. The spigot near the cabin was dry, but the inlet to the cattle trough was flowing well. Fortunately, we had a shallow pan to catch the water before it went into the trough; then we filtered the water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 08-20-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 08-20-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Bluff Spring Survey - 08-17-2017 - by Rick Humphrey
Link: Bluff Spring
Date: 08-17-2017
Surveyor Name:Rick Humphrey
Camp Description:Jeep way from Santa Barbara Canyon to the Sierra Madre connector is great, and the route to Bluff is open with no issues, just some sections that are a bit roughed up after the dozer went through....Buckhorn jeep way from Bluff towards Upper Oso is closed due to rocks down about 1/2 out of Bluff camp.

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Spring behind Bluff is more than a trickle and lightly flowing, as were the Springs on top of West Big Pine...
Weather Conditions:
Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 08-11-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 08-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
The Pines Camp Survey - 08-11-2017 - by Eldon Walker
Link: The Pines Camp
Date: 08-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Eldon Walker
Camp Description:I have 50 years experience visiting The Pines camp and approximately 40 years worth of pictures. One can fairly say that The Pines camp no longer exists in a recognizable form as The Pines due to drought and bark beetle infestation.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Hot, 90 degrees + and dry on August 11, 2017.
Sheep Camp Survey - 08-07-2017 - by Ken Arnold
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 08-07-2017
Surveyor Name:Ken Arnold
Camp Description:Cool and breezy for 3 days.  All campsites in good condition.  Second shovel we have found left at a trail camp (also Madulce).  BIG bright moon.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Same as described by Angeles Explorer
Weather Conditions:Upper 40's, Upper 70's
Launtz Creek Camp Survey - 08-06-2017 - by Juan c Jiménez
Link: Launtz Creek Camp
Date: 08-06-2017
Surveyor Name:Juan c Jiménez
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Kerr Spring - Sespe Survey - 08-06-2017 - by Peter
Link: Kerr Spring - Sespe
Date: 08-06-2017
Surveyor Name:Peter
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Not a lot, but enough to get a few cups in a minute or so.
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Camp Survey - 08-05-2017 - by Angeles Explorer
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 08-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Angeles Explorer
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Spring flowing at approx 0.75 liters per minute
Weather Conditions:
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Latest Trail Reports

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Johnston Ridge Trail Survey - 08-05-2017 - by Mysol
Link: Johnston Ridge Trail
Date: 08-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Mysol
Trail description:The trail is easy to follow. We left at 2am and arrived to the Palm campsite by 4:30am we didn't need breaks on the way in since its fairly easy. The weather was warm even at night with a breeze. Hot springs are flowing perfectly but the cold steam near the trail head up to Johnston ridge trail head is low and ugly so I would recommend bring plenty of water. 
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Buckeye Trail Survey - 08-04-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Buckeye Trail
Date: 08-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Water at Buckeye Camp flowing well Aug4, 2017
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Jesusita Trail Survey - 08-03-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Jesusita Trail
Date: 08-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:We got a report from the trail running community of downed oak branches on the Jesusita Trail.  We cleared some rather large ones at the junction of Jesusita and Arroyo Burro and headed home after a good hours work.  Once back at home we realized that the reported downed oak was further up the trail.  Oh well, guess a return trip is in order.

There was a little flowing water at the junction of AB and Jesusita and a few stagnant pools lower down.  Brushing and grassing is needed in sections.  Lots of people out enjoying the trail on a warm Thursday evening.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 07-29-2017 - by Mats K
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 07-29-2017
Surveyor Name:Mats K
Trail description:Hiked from Cedar Creek Trailhead to Reyes Creek camp via Pine Mountain Lodge. The Cedar Creek Trail is in excellent condition all the way to Pine Mountain Lodge except for a couple of washed out sections as you descend from the summit leaving Grade valley behind. Signs need replacing in Pine Mountain Lodge and Three Mile camp. Some water is available in Pine Mountain Lodge, Three Mile, Haddock, Beartrap and Upper Reyes. Plenty of water in Bear Trap canyon which is also reflected in the amount of vegetation. Trail is in disarray in the upper bear trap canyon with washouts and overgrown trails. Perhaps better hiked in a season with less green. Trail from Beartrap to Reyes Creek camp is in good condition.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Cedar Creek TH to Reyes Creek Camp
Cerro Alto Loop Trail Survey - 07-26-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cerro Alto Loop Trail
Date: 07-26-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:What the fuck....this trail is hard and there's no warning that it is a) long and very steep b) slippery as fuck on the way down and c) not marked well. If you aren't an experienced hiker or in decent shape then I wouldn't go on this trail. Make sure to bring a lot of water, Yosemite level water, because it's sunny as fuck and you're going to sweat a lot. Bring food too if you don't want to pass out. Good luck not slipping and falling on all the fucking pebbles on the way down. Bring poles because that helps with that, but you still have to be super careful. We didn't think we were going to make it to the top but then we did and the view wasn't even worth it because it was foggy and the rest of the surroundings looked like we were in goddamn Africa. The view at .25 miles in is literally the same as the top except you don't get to see the foggy ocean. If you want to see the ocean go fucking drive to the beach, not this. Go to Yosemite if you want to hike because it's worth it 1 million times more than this shit.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:steep as shit
Santa Paula Canyon Trail Survey - 07-22-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Santa Paula Canyon Trail
Date: 07-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Due to fire and investigation 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Condition details:Trail closed
Santa Paula Canyon Trail Survey - 07-21-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Santa Paula Canyon Trail
Date: 07-21-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Trail Curently CLOSED 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Condition details:Forest Service has Closed this trail, it will be closed for weeks due to a major fire
Mt Pinos - Tumamait Trail Survey - 07-19-2017 - by bardley
Link: Mt Pinos - Tumamait Trail
Date: 07-19-2017
Surveyor Name:bardley
Trail description: - it is depressing to see how much the constant use of the switchback-cutting use trail down the western side of mt. pinos has almost become the route of choice.

- on my way to sheep camp, i followed a white-haired fellow traveler down that side and watched as he veered off trail onto the use trail before he reached any of the switchbacks.  i continued on the trail.  i watched as he came and went in and out of view all the way down and then lost sight of him.

- the funny thing is that i caught up and passed him just after the sawmill mountain uphill begins.  as most will tell you, bardley is not a fast hiker.  quite the contrary.

- in my opinion, that knucklehead should have known better and is only contributing to the lasting damage that will be left for future generations.  he saved himself zero time.

- rant off.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Franklin Trail North Survey - 07-15-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Franklin Trail North
Date: 07-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The LPFA spent a few hours clearing the Franklin Trail from the flume up to Alder Creek Camp.  The trail was in really nice shape but we cleared a few tight areas and brushed here and there as needed.  Most of our focus was spent clearing a tree that was spilling out across the trail about 40 yards below Alder Camp.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Buckeye Trail Survey - 07-10-2017 - by Alan Curtis
Link: Buckeye Trail
Date: 07-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Alan Curtis
Trail description:My son and I hiked up the Buckeye Trail to Buckeye Camp on July 8 2017.  There are spectacular views and we had the place to ourselves.  We met two hikers on the 9th as we were returning to the trail head.  There are a few sketchy spots on the trail with loose gravel and rock along steep drop offs.  I'm 58 and was carrying a 30 lb pack, so it is doable, but an easy hike this trail is not.  

There are two or three running water sources between the trail head and the camp.  They look seasonal so I wouldn't depend on these later in the year.  The last water source was about two miles from the camp.  I consumed 4 liters of water on the hike (it was 85-90 degrees) and was extremely happy to see water running out of the pipe at Buckeye Spring.  

There are two campsites around the meadow at Buckeye.  One of them has a rickety picnic table under a spread of huge oak trees.  This is the one closest to the spring.  A large snake was drowsing at the entrance to a hole in the base of the main tree so be careful, it's right next to the path from the table to the spring.  There was also some annoying TP litter at the base of one of the other trees.  The other site is 150 yards or so NW, and was a little nicer so we stayed there.  Swarms of gnats were a constant nuisance at both sites.

There is lots and lots of poison oak on this trail.  Most of it was avoidable, but a couple of spots had it hanging from both sides of the trail and it was basically impossible to get by without brushing some parts of your body.  I highly recommend long pants and hiking poles on this trail.

All in all it's a challenging but beautiful trail.      
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:A few downed trees and quite a bit of overly aggressive poison oak.
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