The Judell Trail descends from Santa Barbara Potrero into the San Rafael Wilderness to its terminus at the junction with the Sisquoc Trail. The trail has seen quite a bit of LPFA and VWR attention after the 2007 Zaca Fire but sees little traffic. As a result you should expect the trail to be very followable but overgrown in places. There are a few large washouts as you get closer to the Sisquoc but they have established reroutes that you can follow to get around them. The trail is very scenic and well designed. If you like trail design, this has it all from switchbacks to narrow gorges, cree crossings and big views. The upper part of the trail is regularly damaged by stock grazing and can make finding the start of the trail difficult. From the spring trough at Oak Spring, head west to the far side of the canyon and look for the tread dropping from that side. After a short ways you'll find the trail proper and from there you are off and running. Cattle follow the trail for the first mile or so into the canyon but stop after that, just about where you pass the wilderness sign. Speaking of the wilderness sign, it is a beauty. The sign along Judell is 'bearly' readable anymore due to the bear scratches that proliferate all over the sign. Very cool sign!
Judell is a great canyon, a very scenic with a wild feel and best of all it takes you to the splendor that is the Upper Sisquoc. It's a must for any Los Padres explorer. Make it happen!
Heath Camp, located at the junction of the Judell and Sisquoc Trails