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Santa Paula Canyon Trail - Los Padres National Forest
Trail Distance 6.05 Miles

Located in the Oaji Ranger District above Thomas Aquinas College. The Santa Paula Canyon Trail is a 6.05 mile trail in the Non Wilderness Area Wilderness in Ventura County . The trail starts at Thomas Aquinas College and climbs to connect the Last Chance Trail (21W09) and then continues to the Santa Paula Peak Trail (20W16). Please let us know if you have explored this trail recently.

Trail Details

  • Trail #: 21W11
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District
  • Trail-head Latitude: 34.44068
  • Trail-head Longitude: -119.0781
  • Water Sources: Santa Paula Creek - Seasonal
  • Trail Condition: Good - Trail is easy to follow and is in good shape
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  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Camping
    • Creek
    • Panoramic Views
    • Waterfall
    • Wildlife Viewing

Trail Stats

  • Total Elevation Gain: + 3755 feet.
  • Total Elevation Loss: - 369 feet.
  • Overall Average Slope Gain: + 13 %.
  • Overall Average Slope Loss: - 5 %.
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Survey Photos:

  • Ellie - 06-05-2017

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 07-22-2017

Submitted Trail Reports

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

Trail closed at highway
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
Santa Paula Canyon Trail Survey - 06-05-2017 - by Ellie

2nd punchbowl
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
Santa Paula Canyon Trail Survey - 04-06-2015 - by Dave Leoncavallo
Link: Santa Paula Canyon Trail
Date: 04-06-2015
Surveyor Name:Dave Leoncavallo
Trail description:The trail is easy to follow, though polluted, from Thomas Aquinas to Big Cone camp.  Turning east, it quickly becomes non-existent from Big Cone to La Cienaga.  We had to creek hop for most of the journey.  We had the help of GPS to guide us to the point in the creek bed where the trail materializes again up a wooded slope to the east.  Without the GPS, I don't know if we would have found the trail again.  Lots of poison oak along the way and not a soul to be found.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Thomas Aquinas to La Cienaga
Santa Paula Canyon Trail Survey - 06-08-2014 - by Nate Kirby
Link: Santa Paula Canyon Trail
Date: 06-08-2014
Surveyor Name:Nate Kirby
Trail description:This is a tale of two trails. The first half is trashed from overuse and the second has been totally neglected. Santa Paula Canyon trail up to Jackson Camp. The trail is wide and well traveled from Thomas Aquinas to Cross Camp above the Punch Bowl. The portion of the trail between Cross Camp and Jackson Camp is in very poor condition - heavily overgrown and difficult to follow. The contrast is amazing.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Brushy, overgrown, poison oak, washed out tread
People Seen:10-20

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Last Updated: Monday, February 29, 2016

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