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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.

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.

205 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.

293 Camps
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O.H.V. Trails

We got you covered on the O.H.V areas, including Google maps view of all trails, slope gains and losses, so you can be prepared for your next off road adventure.

56 OHV Trails
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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
Sheep Camp 06-27-2017RichFlowing
Sheep Camp 06-25-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Sheep Camp 06-25-2017Troop 1Flowing
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
Valley View Camp 06-06-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Madulce Camp 06-04-2017DirgeFlowing
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County 06-02-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Heath Camp 06-02-2017Arliss CrowFlowing
Falls Camp 06-02-2017Arliss CrowFlowing
Haddock Camp 06-01-2017JDFlowing
Potrero Camp 06-01-2017Forrest Flowing
Sheep Camp 05-30-2017bardleyFlowing
Cow Spring Camp 05-30-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Reyes Creek Campground 05-29-2017Jeff CFlowing
Sheep Camp 05-28-2017Troop 119Flowing
Matilija Camp 05-28-2017AndrewFlowing
Cedar Creek Camp 05-28-2017Bryant KogerFlowing
Big Cone Spruce Camp 05-28-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Raspberry Camp 05-27-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Cottam Camp 05-27-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura 05-27-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Upper Reyes Camp 05-27-2017Paul M.Flowing
Three Mile Camp 05-25-2017bardleyFlowing
Fishbowls Camp 05-24-2017LightningrodFlowing
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp 05-24-2017Ryan CheneyFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 05-24-2017bardleyFlowing
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura 05-23-2017Erin cFlowing
Cedar Creek Camp 05-23-2017LightningrodFlowing
Happy Hunting Ground Camp 05-23-2017Ryan CheneyTrickle
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc 05-23-2017Ryan CheneyFlowing
Sycamore Camp 05-23-2017Ryan CheneyFlowing
Manzana Narrows Camp 05-22-2017Ryan CheneyFlowing
Valle Vista Campground 05-22-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Bear Creek Camp 05-21-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Choke Cherry Spring 05-21-2017MSchlessFlowing
Upper Santa Ynez Camp 05-21-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
East Fork Lion Camp 05-20-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
West Fork Lion Camp 05-20-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
The Pines Camp 05-20-2017Craig R. CareyDry
Madulce Camp 05-20-2017MSchlessFlowing
Alamar Saddle Camp 05-20-2017MSchlessDry
Upper Bear Camp 05-20-2017MSchlessFlowing
Log Cabin Camp 05-20-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Big Pine Camp 05-19-2017MSchlessTrickle
Squaw Spring 05-18-2017Kara HooperTrickle
Bear Creek Camp 05-18-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Alcove Camp 05-16-2017wehumananimalsStagnant
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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:
Sheep Camp Survey - 06-27-2017 - by Rich
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 06-27-2017
Surveyor Name:Rich
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Mid 70's in daytime with gentle breeze. Strong winds at night.
Sheep Camp Survey - 06-25-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 06-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Nice and cold!
Weather Conditions:Mostly hot, brief thunderstorm. H90/L60
Sheep Camp Survey - 06-25-2017 - by Troop 1
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 06-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Troop 1
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Cold and fresh
Weather Conditions:
Willet Camp Survey - 06-15-2017 - by larry frassoldati
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 06-15-2017
Surveyor Name:larry frassoldati
Camp Description:hotub is flowing and awsome
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:sespe creek is flowing ,, spigot has been altered and is flowing 1 gallon every 15 min. or so
Weather Conditions:hot 90 F
Pine Mountain Campground Survey - 06-14-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Pine Mountain Campground
Date: 06-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Pleasantly cool
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:None
Weather Conditions:Clear/Cool
Coldwater Camp Survey - 06-11-2017 - by MSchless
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 06-11-2017
Surveyor Name:MSchless
Camp Description:Quick overnight after work. Camp is in great shape. Good flow through the creek. Watched a full moon come up over the meadow. Pretty awesome.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow. Lots of algae.
Weather Conditions:Mid 50s overnight
Cottam Camp Survey - 06-10-2017 - by Seedubyuh
Link: Cottam Camp
Date: 06-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Seedubyuh
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Ankle Deep
Weather Conditions:
Happy Hunting Ground Camp Survey - 06-10-2017 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Happy Hunting Ground Camp
Date: 06-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Hiked through the camp on a day hike to South Fork. There is a coffee can with toilet paper that has been mauled by a bear. 

The fire ring has been repaired and there is a pan and bucket available for use.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Standing water is located in a few pools above and below the camp.
Weather Conditions:
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Latest Trail Reports

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Rinconada Trail Survey - 06-25-2017 - by Wamp Outdoors
Link: Rinconada Trail
Date: 06-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Wamp Outdoors
Trail description:June 25, 2017 We hiked Rinconada through to Little Falls Spring. Trail was completely clear and looked like some maintenance has been completed in recent months. After cresting the trail, the portion of trail / road is very rutted and loose heading down to LF Springs. NO WATER flowing anywhere - even at the springs. We left the TH around 3pm at 95+ temperatures and went through three quarts of water apiece. Yes, we were dripping!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
North Fork Lockwood Trail Survey - 06-23-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: North Fork Lockwood Trail
Date: 06-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Article featuring the North Fork Lockwood from the Santa Barbara Independent by Richie Demaria:

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Blue Canyon Trail Survey - 06-19-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Blue Canyon Trail
Date: 06-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:The trail down from Forbush to Blue Canyon was eroding in some areas making it difficult to traverse down the switchbacks into the canyon.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Blue Canyon from Forbush
Agua Blanca Trail Survey - 06-14-2017 - by Kevin K
Link: Agua Blanca Trail
Date: 06-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Kevin K
Trail description:Creek was easy to walk and relatively open from Ant Camp to big Narrows.  Had to do some searching but there are some small saw cuts and rock stacks to mark the route.  Maybe a mile or so from Ant Camp there is an actual trail down Agua Blanca but it disappears and you are rock hopping.  Water was flowing good along the entire Agua Blanca from Ant to Big Narrows except for one or two very short sections of creek bed.  Overall I'd  it is a moderate difficulty hike.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Blue Canyon Trail Survey - 06-10-2017 - by Seedubyuh
Link: Blue Canyon Trail
Date: 06-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Seedubyuh
Trail description:The section from Forbush Camp to Cottam Camp is in "lightly traveled" condition. The trail is largely overgrown, putting you in close proximity to Poison Oak and thistles. Some sections of the trail are eroded, particularly as you initially descend from Forbush Camp into the canyon.   
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Johnston Ridge Trail Survey - 06-09-2017 - by Tenderfoot
Link: Johnston Ridge Trail
Date: 06-09-2017
Surveyor Name:Tenderfoot
Trail description:The trail was easy to follow with a few branches on the way back that required noting. From the hotsprings back is a steep climb so prepare yourself. The hot spring was flowing a lot and cold water in the creek to the north. It took us 5 hours in and 6 back but I am slow. Saw a rattlesnake headng over to the palm tree campsite so pay attention.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Red Reef Trail Survey - 06-09-2017 - by James Lee Rea III
Link: Red Reef Trail
Date: 06-09-2017
Surveyor Name:James Lee Rea III
Trail description:HIked from trailhead atop Topa Topa down through Ladybug and attempted to make it to Willet hotsprings.  Trail was easily seen and passable until about a mile out from Harris Tunnel.  Up to this point there was almost no poison oak except for a very different looking strain that overgrew the trail in one particular spot.  But two miles out it became extremely thick and completely unavoidable.  Can't attest to whether or not it lets up but it did get progressively worse over a quarter mile.  Ended up hiking back to Ladybug.  Luckily there was water at a creek crossing a mile back from where we turned around.   If there hadn't been we'd have been pretty dehydrated trying to make it back to Ladybug.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Tequepis Trail Survey - 06-08-2017 - by Jim Young
Link: Tequepis Trail
Date: 06-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Jim Young
Trail description:Broadcast Peak and Santa Ynez Peak via Tequepis trail. 12.2 mi. total included ~0.5 mi. wandering around at trail head. Total time was 4 hrs, 45 min. Total elevation gain (as reported by GPS) was 3400'. Vertical gain was 3120'. Parked at small "Los Padres" designated are just below Circle V camp gate. 
Weather started as typical June overcast, but cleared to become quite warm. Trail was shady and cool for ~1.5 mi, then breaks out into chaparral with great  open views of Lake Cachuma and the back country. At the crest,  I scrambled up  the motorcycle hill climb track to Broadcast Peak. Footing was sketchy due to steepness with no switchbacks and loose dirt and rocks . Continued West on Camino Cielo road to another OHV trail on the ridge leading up to Santa Ynez Peak. Had lunch sitting under all the antenna equipment. Returned to Tequepis trail via Camino Cielo. 
On the descent, encountered about 25 young hikers on their way up. There's very little shade on the trail, so bring lots of sun protection and water. I expected to be disappointed about using Camino Cielo to complete the hike, but saw no one on the road. I was probably fortunate because it was a weekday. Views of Gaviota Coast are spectacular and worth the hike or drive.
PS-This is my first trip report, so feedback is appreciated. Mistakenly put into Santa Ynez Peak as camp survey, twice :-( )
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Santa Paula Canyon Trail Survey - 06-05-2017 - by Ellie
Link: Santa Paula Canyon Trail
Date: 06-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Ellie
Trail description:Trail was easy to follow, but littered with trash and graffiti. We picked up enough trash to fill an entire garbage bag. The water was flowing and cold. We also went for a swim in all three of the pools. Great hike if you can ignore the graffiti.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Mill Creek Trail Survey - 06-04-2017 - by Sourdough
Link: Mill Creek Trail
Date: 06-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Sourdough
Trail description:Lots and lots of debris in the creek, and along/above the banks, made it tough to find the trail from ~Lion Creek merge on up to my ending point. I made it as far as the National Forest boundary and figured I'd be fighting more of the same all the way to the top. Didn't see anyone else on the trail. Entered at 7.30a. Exited at 11.30p.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Rain runoff hit this trail/canyon hard
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