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Jackson Trail - Los Padres National Forest
Trail Distance 4.45 Miles

It was named after Mr. Jackson who ran cattle in the late 1890's on the Potreros on the crest of the Sierra Madre Mountains. The Jackson Spring is near the top of the climb the trail makes from Ed Montgomery's homestead on the Sisquoc River up to Montgomery Potrero where Josiah Montgomery, Ed's father, had a homestead. The trail starts at the Sycamore Camp (2000 feet) and thenclimbs passing Jackson Spring and Black Willow Spring to reach Montgomery Potrero.

Trail Details

  • Trail #: 27W05
  • Wilderness Area: San Rafael
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Trail-head Latitude: 34.83586
  • Trail-head Longitude: -119.75617
  • Trail Condition: Kind of Good - Little to no bushwacking and easily followable
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  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Horseback Riding
    • Panoramic Views
    • River
    • Wildlife Viewing

Trail Stats

  • Total Elevation Gain: + 3318 feet.
  • Total Elevation Loss: - 742 feet.
  • Overall Average Slope Gain: + 18 %.
  • Overall Average Slope Loss: - 10 %.
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Trail Camps

Sycamore Camp (2000 feet)

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Survey Photos:

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 05-03-2016

  • Jeff Wheelwright - 04-18-2017

Submitted Trail Reports

Jackson Trail Survey - 10-04-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Jackson Trail
Date: 10-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Trail was in pretty good shape.  There were unfenced cows (and a bull) at the uphill end near Sierra Madre Road.  Give livestock a wide berth if present.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Jackson Trail Survey - 04-18-2017 - by Jeff Wheelwright
Link: Jackson Trail
Date: 04-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Jeff Wheelwright
Trail description:I should have added to the above report that this is a gorgeous hike (going down).
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Jackson Trail Survey - 04-18-2017 - by Jeff Wheelwright
Link: Jackson Trail
Date: 04-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Jeff Wheelwright
Trail description:The TH sign at Sierra Madre Road and Montgomery Potrero has collapsed. A large S.R. Wilderness sign a little ways off the road marks the actual start of the trail, but there was no trail because of the lush spring grass this year. Plus at least one of the distant trail marker posts had fallen over. You have to head for the grassy saddle in the SW. Don't be fooled by cow paths angling down to the south, as I was. Once over the saddle the trail is clear enough and the footing surprisingly good for such a precipitous descent. If you think you want to climb up this trail from the Sisquoc wearing a heavy pack, you ought to join the military or the circus.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work

Jackson Trail Survey - 05-03-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Jackson Trail
Date: 05-03-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:

At the top of Jackson Trail there are no sign in sheets. No water except rain water in the trough at Lamar's cabin.  Lots of brome & hordeum in the portrero.  Carsonite trail markers are all down.  Jackson Trail is ok for stock, there is a big hole near the bottom that could be filled with rocks.

Mode of transport:Stock
Trail condition:Needs some work

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Last Updated: Monday, February 22, 2016

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