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La Jolla Trail - Los Padres National Forest
Trail Distance 4.45 Miles

The trail runs from Sawmill basin on Figueroa Mountain Road, pass Ballard Camp in Birabant Canyon, then up the mountain side to La Jolla Spring and on up to the east side of Lava Peak and up to Zaca Peak Trail (30W18).

Trail Details

  • Trail #: 30W10
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Trail-head Latitude: 34.73581
  • Trail-head Longitude: -119.99996
  • Trail Condition: Bad - Trail may require some bushwhacking and/or searching for markers due to potential sub standard trail conditions
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  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Camping
    • Creek
    • Day Hiking
    • Panoramic Views
    • Spring
    • Wildlife Viewing

Trail Stats

  • Total Elevation Gain: + 2270 feet.
  • Total Elevation Loss: - 1677 feet.
  • Overall Average Slope Gain: + 18 %.
  • Overall Average Slope Loss: - 13 %.
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Trail Camps

Ballard Camp (2080 feet)

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Survey Photos:

  • M. Jones - 12-15-2017

  • M. Jones - 12-15-2017

  • M. Jones - 12-15-2017

  • M. Jones - 12-15-2017

  • M. Jones - 12-15-2017

Submitted Trail Reports

La Jolla Trail Survey - 12-15-2017 - by M. Jones
Link: La Jolla Trail
Date: 12-15-2017
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Trail description:

Trail is great shape coming down form Figueroa mountain road, once past the Ballard camp sites trail becomes hard to follow and non-existence in places. There is a fallen pine tree across the trail on way down canyon and a large section of valley oak blocking trail after Ballard Camp.

Fallen Pine tree at N34° 44.636' W120° 00.135',   2891 ft

Fallen Valley Oak tree at N34° 44.975' W120° 00.444',  2217 ft

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Good water flowing in and around Ballard Camp

View from top of trail

Pine tree blocking trail

Valley oak blocking trail
La Jolla Trail Survey - 12-11-2016 - by Connor Culhane (CCCMB)
Link: La Jolla Trail
Date: 12-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Connor Culhane (CCCMB)
Trail description:Rode from Fig Mtn Road down to just before the trail hits the creek and then back up the way I came down. Somewhat brushy in parts and some slumped tread. Great short ride.

 Connor Culhane (Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers)
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Brushy, slumped tread
La Jolla Trail Survey - 02-21-2016 - by Jeff Mahoney
Link: La Jolla Trail
Date: 02-21-2016
Surveyor Name:Jeff Mahoney
Trail description:The trail is fine down the canyon to the north turn up toward the spring. From there to the creek fork (.25 mile), it's fairly brushy. Nature has reclaimed much of the next mile up the ridge. Expect to crawl in many sections and push your way through mahogany and yucca. Cairns are provided more as a humorous aspect. Once at the top of the ridge highpoint, if you've had enough of the groveling, head east to the meadow for a pleasant and then steep---though brush-free---exit to the ridge road.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Condition details:Half the trail is in good to decent shape. The northern half, not so much...
La Jolla Trail Survey - 01-27-2016 - by Terrence Rogan
Link: La Jolla Trail
Date: 01-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Terrence Rogan
Trail description:This was a really nice hike down into a steep but very cool shaded canyon.  There was a trickle of water in the creek from the recent rains.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:One section had a tree to step over and two steep sections that were beginning to get washed out.

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Last Updated: Monday, February 22, 2016

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