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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:

http://www.independent.com/news/2017/jun/21/hike-sheep-camp-lockwood-valley/
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
Images:

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

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
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
Reyes Peak Trail Survey - 06-01-2017 - by bardley
Link: Reyes Peak Trail
Date: 06-01-2017
Surveyor Name:bardley
Trail description:no trail obstructions.
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note:  the use trail which follows the ridge from Reyes Peak to the junction of the Reyes Peak Trail - about 1 mile from the trailhead at the end of Pine Mtn Road - was used by firefighters during the Pine Fire.  they have remediated their 'damage' by placing cut vegetation over the trail making it somewhat difficult to follow in spots.  remember to stay high while going downhill (or up).
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note;  while at haddock mountain, met two backpackers coming up from haddock Camp.  said trail difficult to follow in spots.  used gps.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail Survey - 06-01-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail
Date: 06-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:REPORT that the Fig Mtn fire crews cleared all but one of the trees along the Davy Brown Trail.  The one remaining tree is the large pine that is 6-8ft above the ground over the trail.  C+++ tree!



Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Divide Peak OHV Trail Survey - 05-29-2017 - by Erin C
Link: Divide Peak OHV Trail
Date: 05-29-2017
Surveyor Name:Erin C
Trail description:Divide Peak "Road" is in good shape.  There is water in both of the small ponds along the road too.  
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Gibraltar Trail Survey - 05-29-2017 - by Rob Guzzon
Link: Gibraltar Trail
Date: 05-29-2017
Surveyor Name:Rob Guzzon
Trail description:This past winter took its toll, and much of the trail is grown in with very tall grass and other undergrowth including lots of poison oak. Maybe a half mile from the Junction with Cold Spring Trail there is a large section of washout where the trail has disappeared into a steep slope of loose gravel. There is also a very large landslide just west of the old mine, but it is easily passable. There were only a few instances where we were confused for a moment as to where the trail went, but without any work and another winter like this last one, this trail could quickly become very tough to follow.
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Didn't have too much trouble following the trail, but some landslides, washouts, and growth made it an adventure
Images:

trail disappeared into a gravel slope

beautiful view into Mono creek



some sections were very overgrown


large landslide just west of the mine
Matilija Canyon Trail Survey - 05-28-2017 - by Andrew
Link: Matilija Canyon Trail
Date: 05-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Andrew
Trail description:The trail was busy the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. I encountered other hikers about once every 10-15 minutes.  There was a campground with fireplaces near where I turned around. I would estimate that I went about halfway down the trail before heading back because my hiking partner was overheating. There seems to be a lot of confusion about whether this "trail" is open to the public, but according to this article there is access as of this post. However, the signage is a little confusing, so I included pictures showing where to go.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

This sign says that all trails go to the left up the hill. Your trail actually goes to the right towards the grove.

Go through this gate and continue through the groves along the road and be respectful of the ranchers land.


continue until the road narrows to a trail and keep going

the stream was flowing, although there was a lot of green vegatation/algae along the bottom


there are some nice views along this trail
Willow Spring Trail Survey - 05-28-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Willow Spring Trail
Date: 05-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:Use the data files at http://www.condortrail.com/maps.html and you get through this relatively easy. This was the last day of a four day Condor Trail section hike and I had concerns. I had spent much of the previous three days doing some cross country with some difficulty and knew there was a fair amount of cross country in this section. By following the GPS data from http://www.condortrail.com/maps.html I was able to stay out of the thick vegetation and was able to find the road beds with ease. This turned out to be much easier than anticipated. There are a few steep hills to climb but they are short and some full of Yucca. The section from Willow Spring to the trailhead at Hwy 166 is well travelled and easy to follow. Pics from this section of the Condor Trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:This is in regards to the section from below Brookshire Camp north to Willow Spring
Images:

View back down to Pine Canyon where trail starts

Typical trail condition


Looking back at route coming from Lake Ridge

Looking ahead towards Yucca hill to climb above Aliso Creek


Yucca Challenging hillside
Kerry Canyon OHV Trail Survey - 05-27-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Kerry Canyon OHV Trail
Date: 05-27-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:I found the trail, or lack there of, the most difficult of all the canyons I've hiked on the Condor Trail so far from Piru. Others have made the comment that it was not so bad. Maybe I missed something. Anyway, I found it chocked with difficult debris and vegetation and poison oak challenging banks more that others. Easy to follow the trail from Brookshire to Kerry Cyn/Roque Cyn confluence as I missed my turn up canyon and ended up at Lazy Camp. I got so frustrated ascending Kerry Canyon I Climbed the west slope below peak 3254 to get out of the canyon and took the road to Pine Flat. Trail down Pine Canyon seems cattle maintained and was not difficult to follow. I don't see how a bike or motorcycle could ever ascend Kerry Canyon. Pics from this section of Condor Trail
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Non existent (for me) up Kerry Cyn from confluence with Roque. Easy going down Pine Cyn
Images:

Start of Kerry Cyn at Roque Cyn

Vegetation choked


Bit of an open section outside of creek

Not Kerry Cyn Camp but an ice can stove I found further up and on west side of creek


Looking back down to Kerry Cyn after climbing out up slope
Indian Trail Survey - 05-27-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Indian Trail
Date: 05-27-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:Hike southbound as part of a four day section hike of the Condor Trail. Saw three cows. Seems cows and game have helped maintain this trail. I found it fairly easy to follow. Creek crossing had a little poison oak to avoid. Was able to keep my feet dry at all crossings. Pics from this section of the Condor Trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Mostly easy to follow because of cattle and game use. Could use some brushing.
Images:

Ice can stove and disappearing picnic table at northern end of trail

Upper reaches of trail


Easy travel. Some good shade.

Typical section
Sespe River Trail Survey - 05-26-2017 - by Kara Hooper
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 05-26-2017
Surveyor Name:Kara Hooper
Trail description:My group accessed the Sespe Trail via the Alder Creek Trail, from Dough Flat trailhead.  We brushed the trail coming up and out of the Alder Creek Drainage up through the steep uphill part of the trail. We also headed out to fix the slide that occurs on the side of the mountain coming out of the saddle and down into the Sespe.  Using a pickmatix, we worked to open up the footing and widen it to ensure safe passage. We also smoothed out the slide as best we could, and we left the pickmatix wedged into the tree that sits on the left side of the slide area for others to use.

The saddle area of this part of the Sespe trail needs significant brushing.  It is easy (but scratchy) to follow the trail through here.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Roque Canyon Trail Survey - 05-26-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Roque Canyon Trail
Date: 05-26-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:This is for the section along the Condor Trail from Roque Camp to Kerry Canyon. There is no trail but I found this one of the nicer canyons I've hiked along the Condor Trail to descend. I did not take the trail over to Flores Cyn. Probably could not have found it anyway. Stayed in the creek. It has some beautiful water features. Not to much in the way of choked sections. Some of the water features are a little tricky to descend but not impassable with care. A few dry sections but mostly flowing well after this past winter. More pics here.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Condition details:Trail does not exist but not a bad canyon to descend
Images:

Water Feature

Water Feature


Nice easy section

Not bad but more typical section


Water Feature. Easy section.
Alder Creek Trail Survey - 05-25-2017 - by Kara Hooper
Link: Alder Creek Trail
Date: 05-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Kara Hooper
Trail description:The beginning of the trail, through the Cow Springs Campsite and the Stone Corral, is easy to follow.  The decent down into the Alder drainage could use some brushing.  Last year, in 2016, a group of Thacher students and I brushed and cleared as much as possible from Alder Camp to the trail junction with the Sespe Trail.  This work held up well when we camp through it this year, which was nice to see.  However, you have to do some inventing of the trail at times in the stretch from the McDonald Camp sign to Alder Camp.  You are basically walking in the creekbed.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Horse Canyon Labrea Trail Survey - 05-25-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Horse Canyon Labrea Trail
Date: 05-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:This is only for the Horse Canyon and upper La Brea Creek down to Hiawatha. This was part of a Condor Trail section hike. I found the route up Horse Canyon easy, but it was in the creek, thus wet feet. The upper section of Horse Canyon was easy enough to cross-country navigate but there was no trail I could find. Same with going down to La Brea.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Unless you consider walking in the creek easy to follow I could not find any traces of a trail
Images:

Up the creek

Upper end Horse Canyon


La Brea Creek
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 05-24-2017 - by bardley
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 05-24-2017
Surveyor Name:bardley
Trail description:this reports from the piedra blanca trailhead to three mile camp.  the trail has no blockages.  it is easy to follow.  there is flowing water at piedra blanca camp, twin forks camp, pine mtn lodge camp (slow but steady) and three mile camp.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Sisquoc Trail Lower Survey - 05-24-2017 - by Ryan Cheney
Link: Sisquoc Trail Lower
Date: 05-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Ryan Cheney
Trail description:There is obvious evidence that the river has changed course recently. Also the section of trail after water canyon that goes above the  river valley to the north simply doesn't exist anymore. We followed both Bryan Conants most recent map and the USGS 7.5 maps. Where the trail supposedly goes up there is no trail. We managed to scramble up at a point and found absolutely no trail on the plateau. The trail needs a lot of work, markers or cairns. As it is now it is essentially a route finding bushwhack/ walk up the river.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Condition details:Portions of trail simply aren't there.
Alder Creek Trail Survey - 05-23-2017 - by Kevin Fox
Link: Alder Creek Trail
Date: 05-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Kevin Fox
Trail description:

From the Dough Flat trailhead to the junction with the Sespe River trail the Alder creek trail is clear and in good shape with no issues.

Cow Spring had some water flowing and the camp showed little signs of use

Dripping springs had water flowing but had considerable poison oak and a somewhat dangerous looking traverse to access.


Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Sespe River Trail Survey - 05-23-2017 - by Kevin Fox
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 05-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Kevin Fox
Trail description:

Conditions:

From the junction with the Alder Creek trail there is water found along the east fork of alder creek off and on until the junction with Alder creek then there is flowing water in alder creek until Shady Camp.  


Alder Creek campsite is in good condition and shows signs of light use.

From the Junction with Alder Creek trail until Shady Camp the trail makes many crosses of the river bed and about 20% of the time is directly in the river bed.  Despite no formal trail tread the trail is easy to follow and navigate.  There are no downed objects or other navigation hazards.


Shady camp is in good condition and shows signs of light use.  Someone has left a large tarp in the middle of the camp.  It is folded and and it is held in place with a large rock.


From Shady Camp to the high point of the trail at (34.5781, -118.9624)  there are signs of recent brush clearing work.  Where the trail has obviously been cleared it is wide open but where it has not been cleared a traveler needs to push aside some light brush to continue.  See picture below:

 

From the aforementioned high point of the trail down to where the trail meets the Sespe river there are a number of small slides that pose a challenge to navigation.  The worst one is located here: (34.5798, -118.9647).  There is one place where the trail tread has been destroyed for about 10 feet and another 20 to 30 feet of uneven rocks and debris that have fallen onto the trail tread on the uphill (north east) portion of the trail.  At the worst part of the slide people have walked to the uphill side to climb over a small dead tree and root ball.  The downhill side of this climb/rootball is the most dangerous part of the trail.  It was passable but I had a light pack and 2 poles to aid my balance.  This area is passable on foot but not with stock.  See a few pictures below taken of the slide:

 

                                 Slide @ (34.5798, -118.9647). From uphill side

 

                              Slide @ (34.5798, -118.9647). From downhill side

 

From this slide to the Sespe river there are a few other small slides but none pose nearly as great a hazard as the one above.  Below is an example of another slide found along this section of trail:

 

 

 

Once along the Sespe river the trail is easy to follow for a while until it crosses to the south side of the river bed.  Here, where the trail was high above the high water line it was easy to follow.  Unfortunately where the trail was below the high water line it is completely gone.  There are some cairns to be found but there are sections where there is no discernable path and the traveler must push through somewhat heavy, flood matted down brush.  The crossing back to the north side of the river has no clear route.  Once on the north side it can be hard to find the trail but once found it is in good condition until the junction with the Johnston Ridge Trail.


Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Survey from Dough Flat to Johnston Ridge
Buck Creek Trail Survey - 05-19-2017 - by Dave Burnett
Link: Buck Creek Trail
Date: 05-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Dave Burnett
Trail description:Hiked with a frequent hiking companion and good friend, Don.  We spent Thursday night at Little Mutau Trailhead in order to get an early start on Friday.  Great place to camp - level areas and a vault toilet.  No other facilities.
        Began our hike at 7 am.  First 1.5 to 2 miles is mostly easy to follow, but several dozen fallen tree block the way.  Most are easy to get around, over or under but some take a bit of effort.  This part of trail is easy to follow except through the many fallen trees past Stewart Mountain where the trail is almost non-existent.  Remainder of trail to White Mountain Ridge is easy to follow. (You leave Buck Creek Trail before this point.  I did not see the point where the trail turns down into Buck Creek Canyon. But I was not really looking for it either.)  After White Mountain Ridge, we had trouble finding the trail.  I had downloaded a track from the Hundred Peaks website which we were able to follow most of the time until here.  We bushwhacked down the slope towards Cobblestone, but at about noon, after traveling a little over 5 miles, we decided we would not be able to make it back to the TH Before dark.  So we reluctantly turned around.  Return was relatively uneventful, though scenery was magnificent.
          Weather was just about ideal.  Around 40 degrees overnight, about 50 when we started at 7 am and warming into the 80s by mid afternoon.  Finished hike at 5 pm and headed home.
          Road to the TH is very rutted after the pavement ends a mile or so past Piru Creek crossing..  High clearance vehicle is a necessity.
          We each took almost 4 gallons of water.  We humped 2 gallons each in about 1 1/4 miles the day before.  Next morning we carried another 2 gallons each, picked up one of our cached gallons and left those along the way, spaced a mile or so apart.  When we turned around, we each had nearly 3 gallons left including that cached.  As it turned out we each dumped almost 2 gallons rather than carry it back.  Obviously more than we needed, but had it been hotter and we had gone to the summit, it would have been adequate, but not an excessive amount for the hike.
          Major hazard on the hike was Yucca plants, especially on south facing slopes.  We saw no snakes or large mammals.  Some lizards, lots of butterflies and some annoying, but small, non-biting bugs.
           Great hike to take.  I recommend you be in excellent shape before attempting this hike.  And pick a day with good weather!  It could not have been much better for us but this is a very difficult hike.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:On Buck Creek Trail, starting from Buck Creek Trailhead to climb Cobblestone Mountain. We made it about 75-80% of the way to Cobblestone before turning back.
Images:

As close as we got. It was about 3/4 mile to the summit in a straight line. But would have required descending over 100 feet and then climbing back up 1,300 or so.

One of the nicer shadier portions of the trail. Also easiest to follow.


Red track is what we hiked on our return trip. (Not much different for the inbound trip.) Blue line is from Hundred Peaks website, mostly under the red line.

Profile of our return trip. About 1,400 ft net climb.


My friend next to a blossoming Yucca.
Bucksnort Trail Survey - 05-19-2017 - by Kara Hooper
Link: Bucksnort Trail
Date: 05-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Kara Hooper
Trail description:We hiked the Bucksnort trail from the Dough Flat trail down to Ant Camp.  It began in a very straightforward, easy to follow way for about the three quarters to one mile.  Once we crossed into a new drainage and began descending down the side of the mountain, it was a skinny path and overgrown in places.  However, we were able to stay with it.  Coming back up it the next day, it looks more foreboding than it actually is.  We came up the mountain in about one hour.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:a skinny trail that is at times hard to follow, but mostly easy to stick with.
Big Falls Trail Survey - 05-18-2017 - by Ryan Luis
Link: Big Falls Trail
Date: 05-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Ryan Luis
Trail description:Trail is in pretty good condition all the way to Big Falls. Creeks are very crossable without getting wet with a little rock hopping. Trail is overgrown with poison oak in areas from little falls to big falls and moderately overgrown from the bottom of Big Falls to the upper pools. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Pretty good condition to Big Falls, overgrown in areas
Johnston Ridge Trail Survey - 05-17-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Johnston Ridge Trail
Date: 05-17-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:As usual hot and dry, but the trail was wide enough all the way down. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Alder Creek Trail Survey - 05-12-2017 - by C Erin
Link: Alder Creek Trail
Date: 05-12-2017
Surveyor Name:C Erin
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Trail is good for 3 miles after dough flat trailhead. The hill section down to alder creek trail needs some love. We saw some thacher high school students heading out to do trail work
Images:

Mcgill Trail Survey - 05-11-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Mcgill Trail
Date: 05-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:The trail was in great shape with some moisture from recent rain. I started at the bottom and turned around at about 3.25 miles (prior to making it to the campground) so I'd be back at the truck before dark. Great little 2 hour hike. The trail is not very steep and can be ridden up by intermediate+ mountain bikers. As a rider myself I could see that going down on a bike would be epic.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Agua Blanca Trail Survey - 05-11-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Agua Blanca Trail
Date: 05-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:I day-hiked the Agua Blanca trail from Ant Camp to Pothole Spring and back, making it from Pothole Spring back to Ant Camp in 4 hours. Along the way there were a lot of broken branches, saw-cuts, rock stacks, and footprints in the sand and grass; plus a few sun-bleached ribbons scattered between them which I have a good eye for spotting (because they're micro-trash). I never felt like I was lost or bushwhacking. The junctions to Pothole Spring and Dough Flat trails were obvious to find and well-marked too. This trail has amazing scenery and was a great wilderness experience!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Red Reef Trail Survey - 05-10-2017 - by bardley
Link: Red Reef Trail
Date: 05-10-2017
Surveyor Name:bardley
Trail description:To clarify, this is the Red Reef Trail - Ojai side.  Currently there are about 10 dedicated parking spaces near the first gate ~ there are three gates total.  If using the trail on weekends get there early or park on Highway 150 and walk up.  The trail has a lot of grass covering the tread in places and overall is in need of major brushing.  There is flowing water at White Ledge Camp.  Passable to stock - must duck in places.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:




Fishbowls Trail Survey - 05-09-2017 - by Dave Burnett
Link: Fishbowls Trail
Date: 05-09-2017
Surveyor Name:Dave Burnett
Trail description:Excellent day for a hike from Fishbowls Trailhead to Cedar Creek Trailhead.  Total distance about 11.5 miles.  Time about 6 hours.  Trails are in excellent condition.  Some trees down as noted.  None are significant impediments.  Cool start at around 7:45 am.  Warmed a bit by noon which we spent on the ridge near junction of Fishbowls trail with Cedar Creek trail.  Two vehicles allowed avoiding ~2 mile walk along the road.  Fun hike with three friends.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Trees across the trail in about a dozen places on Fishbowls and Cedar Creek trails. None are difficult to step over or go around.
Images:

Lunch stop.

At Fishbowls Camp

Cedar Creek crossing near end of hike


Snow Flower. We saw several of these on both trails.
Gifford Trail Survey - 05-07-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Gifford Trail
Date: 05-07-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:This trail has never been easy. Cows do the maintainance here. Gifford spring has water in the trough.
Santa Barbara Canyon Trail Survey - 05-07-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Santa Barbara Canyon Trail
Date: 05-07-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA trail project clearing a large downed oak from the trail:

http://lpforest.org/santa-barbara-canyon-oak-tree-clearing/
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail Survey - 05-05-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail
Date: 05-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:There are a number of downed trees on the upper sections of Davy Brown Trail starting 0.3 miles from the top down to 1.5 miles from the top.  The photos below show the trees with the first photos being closest (0.3) to the Fig Mtn Rd upper trailhead.  In addition to the downed trees here are some notes from DB as well as the other nearby trails:

- Willow Spur Trail needs work, hillside sliding in places, lots of PO.
- Willow Spring Trail is getting really overgrown.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:







Thorn Point Trail Survey - 05-04-2017 - by Dave Burnett
Link: Thorn Point Trail
Date: 05-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Dave Burnett
Trail description:Hiked to Thorn Point with two friends shortly after gate was opened allowing access to Grade Valley Road.  Road was in fairly good shape.  Able to cross the four streams so hike started at the trailhead at Thorn Meadows campground rather at the first crossing.  Great day for a hike.  Cool to start at 8 am, but warmed up as the day went on.  Clear most of the time.  Trail is clear with only one small tree down.  In good shape all the way with a couple of spots sloped due to minor slides.  Easy to get across these.  Returned to trailhead about 1 pm.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

At the Tower

View to the South.
Franklin Trail South Survey - 05-04-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Franklin Trail South
Date: 05-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Recent Noozhawk article by Ray Ford talking about the history of the Franklin Trail and current status of the trail.  If you've not hiked Phase III, now is the time!  Just bring a lot of water......

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/reopening_the_historic_franklin_trail
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Sisquoc Trail Lower Survey - 05-02-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Sisquoc Trail Lower
Date: 05-02-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Two downed trees on the lower Sisquoc that are causing problems.  The first one is literally at the wilderness boundary just across the Manzana from the Schoolhouse.  The second one is about 2miles up the Sisquoc before the first river crossing.  See photos below.  Both trees will hopefully be removed during a LPFA trail project the first weekend of June.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

First one at the wilderness boundary.

Second one, a few miles up the Sisquoc Trail.
Willow Spring Trail Survey - 05-02-2017 - by Russ
Link: Willow Spring Trail
Date: 05-02-2017
Surveyor Name:Russ
Trail description:

I ride Willow Springs at least 2 times a week.  I believe it is the Santa Maria areas best single track and a good challenge for those experienced to the back-country.  The easy W.S. loop is once you get to the grassy-top area, ranch gate on your right, proceed along the defined single track about 500' to the top of the hill where the oaks are and turn right.  The trail becomes clearer in about 200' until it becomes an old road, and eventually a cattle trail.  Follow down to the creek where the srping water-catch traugh sits in the trees (I did drink from this and it was awesome!).  Continue the loop, cross the creek and make a left back up going east.  It becomes an old road and as you get near the top it veres to the left, joining another old road.  Continue heading north and follow back to the top knoll where you began the loop.  It is about 3 miles from bottom to top and the loop adds another 2.5 miles.  I can ride this on a Mt Bike, so a hiker can do this easily.

On Fridays I have all day to explore and have been as far as Treplett Mt by way of Old Sierra Madre Rd, past Plowshare, and down the road to Pine Flat CG, over Treplett and beyond, but there was not way to find the Willow Springs trail at Brooksirea CG, so I risked tresspassing to get back to 166.  I would REALLY like the forest service to rally local hiker and Mt Bikers to clear the entire Willow Springs trail to Brookshire camp, perhaps a loop option to get back up Porter Pk or the peak just north of it.  But the Horshoe Springs area is almost unreachable unless you live in Pine Canyon or have a motor on your machine.

Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Willow Springs loop...
Images:

Spring time at the Willow

The Willow Spring 4-21-2017


8.5 miles from W.S. trailhead is this north view, (2.5 miles shy of Sierra Madre Rd)
Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness Survey - 05-01-2017 - by Michel Giroux
Link: Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness
Date: 05-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Michel Giroux
Trail description:Went up the trail for about a mile and a half to cut the first tree that was blocking the way. Trail is in good shape to that point besides a slide near the beginning of the trail, sorry no pictures or coordinates.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Before

After
Santa Barbara Canyon Trail Survey - 04-30-2017 - by Abby Fitch
Link: Santa Barbara Canyon Trail
Date: 04-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Abby Fitch
Trail description:The gate at Reyes Ranch is still closed, so plan for an extra 4 miles each way on this hike from the closed gate (we were lucky to run into forest manager Joe Dura, our knight in shining pickup truck, who gave us a lift back to the gate on our way back out and saved us the walking from the trailhead).  

Trail is in good shape and easy to follow, except to note that it iS getting a bit brushy in spots - definitely wear your hiking pants- and that at the first water crossing the trail picks up to the left on the opposite bank - we missed that on the way out and walked downstream for almost a mile.  

Water everywhere - prepare to get wet on the numerous creek crossings - and the Maldulce campsite is in beautiful shape.  Saw a rattlesnake but no bears.  Have a great time!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Pine canyon

Full bloom


Stunning

Water everywhere


Green at last
Reyes Peak Trail Survey - 04-28-2017 - by bardley
Link: Reyes Peak Trail
Date: 04-28-2017
Surveyor Name:bardley
Trail description:This surveys the Reyes Peak Trail from its western terminus at the end of Pine Mountain Road (aka Reyes Peak Road) to Haddock Mountain.  Several obstructions were found and removed 5.1.2017.  There remains a fallen tree that was deemed too unsafe to try to remove.  It is easily walked around.  There is a fallen tree (fell several years ago) on the trail near Haddock Mountain where the buckthorn (a 15' length of it) encroaches.  Easily passed through or bring a lopper.  There is no water on this trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

easily walked around

buckthorn encroaches
Matias Potrero Trail Survey - 04-25-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Matias Potrero Trail
Date: 04-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Overgrown in grass and encroaching brush with 5-6 sections of narrow tread, 1 branch blocking the trail and 1 significant slide.  The trail is not stock passable at the moment and as a result is not seeing much (if any use).  It needs to be cleared so the trail users can beat the grasses down.

http://arcg.is/2ps83Kv
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Images:

Rancho Nuevo Trail Survey - 04-25-2017 - by C Day
Link: Rancho Nuevo Trail
Date: 04-25-2017
Surveyor Name:C Day
Trail description:see my survey of Deal Camp

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Most of the trail is fine as far as we went (Deal Junction) 2 trees across trail, some erosion at creek crossings
Images:







Cone Peak Trail Survey - 04-23-2017 - by Carter Wilson
Link: Cone Peak Trail
Date: 04-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Carter Wilson
Trail description:Overall the trail is in fairly good shape. Poison Oak protrudes into trail in some locations, but otherwise is easily passable.

Road is still closed which adds 6 mi each way
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Some spots shrub is overgrown.
North Fork Lockwood Trail Survey - 04-23-2017 - by Mark S
Link: North Fork Lockwood Trail
Date: 04-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Mark S
Trail description:Hiked from trailhead at 3 Falls BSA Camp to just above Lily Meadows Camp.  Cleared trail of downed 16" dia. pine above Lily Meadows.  Cleared rock slide, minor tread work and brushing above the falls.  Good flowing water from bottom of falls to just above Lily Meadows.  
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

16" dia. downed pine bucked w/ crosscut saw
Spruce Creek Trail Survey - 04-22-2017 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Spruce Creek Trail
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Trail description:

I hiked the Spruce Creek Trail east from Dutra Flat Camp to Baldwin Ranch Rd. on a perfect sunny afternoon. There is zero chance I would have been able to stay on the trail if not for a map printed from bigsurtrailmap.net. I’d have lost the trail in the meadows and not followed the sharp left before Turkey Sprs. But if you know where the trail is supposed to be, you can find it.

In response to Robert Gunn’s report of 4/16/17, the left option at the cairn west out of Dutra Flat Camp is the Murry Mine Track, which is the easiest route to Dutra Flat from Ragged Point Inn. I recently cleared this trail myself (you’re welcome) to allow packed horses to deliver dinner to a volunteer trail crew at Dutra Flat in March. Murry Mine Track connects to County Line Road at the top of the ridge and was the road to the Murry mercury mine near Dutra Creek in the mid 20th century. The Murry Mine Track and the Dutra Use Trail, the most direct trails from Ragged Point to Dutra Flat, can be seen at bigsurtrailmap.net – select “Big Sur Trailmap” vice “Trail Conditions”. Murry Mine Track from Ragged Point to Dutra Flat is ~ 6 miles of wide, scenic, easy trail, and Dutra Use Trail is narrow and steep, but only about 5 miles Ragged Point to Dutra Flat.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Faint in meadows, narrow through woods.
Images:

Spruce Creek Trail through meadow east of Dutra Flat.
Sisquoc Trail Upper Survey - 04-22-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Sisquoc Trail Upper
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:Covers entire trail from Alamar Saddle to South Fork. Trail is fair enough to follow but dozens of downed trees on the upper section. A small slide is a little difficult to get around just above Lower Bear Camp. Poison Oak present but avoidable. A bit west of Logan Cyn the trail crew that has been working out of South Fork Station has completed some great work. Great trail from there on into South Fork. I'll also note it's difficult to get a good view of Sisquoc Falls from the trail. At least I was unable to see anything but the very top. I should have researched it more to find a good viewing spot. Still a wonderful trail. I was solo and did not see anyone on this section. All pics from my Condor Section hike from Santa Barbara Cyn to Manzana and out to NIRA.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Dozens of downed trees in the upper section. Good trail work complete in the lower.
Images:

One of dozens slowing you down.

One of the easier ones


Not so fast...

When the going gets good!


It is a beautiful Trail
Santa Barbara Canyon Trail Survey - 04-21-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Santa Barbara Canyon Trail
Date: 04-21-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:I second what Los Padres Forest Association reported from 3/18/2017. Still good water all the way to Heartbreak Hill. Couple of easy crossing trees down and a little brusy in some areas. Definitely a "Yellow" Bryan Conant map trail. Able to keep feet dry at all crossings. Saw two other hikers that day on top of Heartbreak Hill when I was about half way up. Made it to Lower Bear Camp that afternoon. First of a four day Condor Trail section hike to Manzana Schoolhouse and out at NIRA. Pics here if interested.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Wayside at beginning of trail section after 3 mile hike in up road.

Trail on the lower section.


Good water

The "in the creek" section. Able to keep dry.


VIew north down the canyon from top of Heartbreak Hill
Madulce Trail Survey - 04-21-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Madulce Trail
Date: 04-21-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:Trail in good shape and easy to follow. A little patience need after leaving Madluce Camp but you'll find it. A few tress down but nothing significant. Easy to get around. This is a tough little trail. It's a good climb from Madule Camp to Buckhorn Big Pine Road. Be ready to do a little climbing, but the trail is good. Enjoyed the views to the south when the trail crested. First day of four day Condor Trail section hike from Santa Barbara Canyon to Manzana and out at NIRA Camp. Pics here. Good water at Madluce Camp.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Sign across creek from Madluce Camp

Some of the obstructions


Good climb! Trail coming up on side of ridge to left.

There are switchbacks down there (thankfully!).


View back to the southeast down Alamar Cyn at Madluce Peak
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 04-19-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 04-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Good article in the SB Independent about the NIRA - White Ledge - Deck - Lost Valley Loop.
By Richie Demaria

http://www.independent.com/news/2017/apr/20/white-ledgehurricane-deck-loop-weekend-warrior/
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
Images:

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
Salmon Creek Trail Survey - 04-16-2017 - by Robert Gunn
Link: Salmon Creek Trail
Date: 04-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Robert Gunn
Trail description:On April 13th we completed a Highway 1 closure-modified 3 day backpack loop through the southern section of Silver Peaks Wilderness. Salmon Creek trail is clear and in good condition from the trailhead to the junction with Spruce Creek trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Spruce Creek Trail Survey - 04-16-2017 - by Robert Gunn
Link: Spruce Creek Trail
Date: 04-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Robert Gunn
Trail description:Two teenagers and mom and dad enjoyed spring break by backpacking the Silver Peak Wilderness. Unaware of the Highway 1 closure 100 yards north of the Ragged Point Inn until we had already traveled from our home in Sacramento to San Luis Obispo county, we hoped that Cal Trans would let us walk up the last four miles from the road closure to Salmon Creek trailhead. A very friendly Cal Trans worker however turned us away, but was kind enough to share that people were hiking around the closure via Baldwin Ranch Road, which starts a few hundred feet south the Ragged Point Inn. The receptionist at the Inn was nice enough to give us permission to park our car in the Inn lot, and we hiked Baldwin Ranch Road east about 6 miles to where it meets the east end of Spruce Creek trail. Baldwin Ranch road by the way is a very steep at times fire trail that our 4-wheel drive would have been incapable of negotiating, and is blocked by a locked gate where it meets Highway 1. Other than the steep grades it is a scenic hike with lots of wild flowers and ocean views.
The actual junction with Spruce Creek trail is virtually impossible to spot, save for a weathered sign post facing west-bound travelers on Baldwin Ranch Road. It starts in a meadow with 2' tall grass and basically no track until the trail enters the forest. From that point on it is fairly easy to follow in daylight all the way to Dutra Camp, though nighttime hiking would be more difficult.
From Dutra Camp traveling west, there is Y intersection about 1/4 mile from Dutra Camp that is not signed. The path going left at the Y is slightly more traveled, has had some professional-looking trail clearing performed on it through a grove of manzanita in the the first 1/4 mile or so, and had a rock cairn indicating the left trail at the Y, so we took it. It was raining and misty and it took us an hour and a half or so to realize it was some other trail and wasn't going to take us to Salmon Creek. We hit the Y after a lunch at Dutra Camp, and eventually turned back and camped at Dutra Camp. The next morning we took the right arm of the Y after moving the rock cairn over to that arm, and this time were rewarded by crossing Dutra Creek near its headwaters as is shown on the Trails Illustrated map, and not on a much lower section of Dutra Creek where the left at the Y takes you (and that requires removing boots to ford). Looking at the map my best guess is that the left Y eventually ends up at Mount Mars, as we had followed it the day before to about 2100' elevation up onto a south-climbing ridge. It is not a trail in the sense of Spruce Creek or Salmon Creek trails, but rather a series of former logging(?) or ranching(?) roads utilized now with some pink ribbons to create a trail. Anyone following Spruce Creek trail from the west heading east would not have any problem with this Y intersection, and would know which arm to take on the way back, but this was our first time in the S.P. wilderness and entering as we did from Baldwin Ranch Road we missed the opportunity to figure it out the easy way!
Once into the Spruce Creek watershed the traveling was excellent with a surprisingly small number of trees down considering the winter rains, until we hit a major slide about a half mile from the Salmon Creek trail junction. It has 3 or 4 large fir tree blocking the hill, with approximately 100' of trail lost in the rock slide (photos attached). In drier weather it would be easier to scramble across it than in the rain that we had that day. There is a lot of loose rock, and the slide is steep enough in sections that the footing is questionable. Once across it the rest of the trail was clear down to the junction.
There is a fair amount of poison oak on sections of this trail. I brought hand pruners along and cleared out sections where the poison oak couldn't be gotten by without brushing into it, as my wife and daughter both have strong reactions to the oil. A few sections were so heavy and open grassland was nearby that it was easier to leave the trail and then rejoin it 20 or 30 yards later.
The hike out on Highway 1 to Ragged Point Inn was beautiful. Don't be deterred if you're thinking of visiting this wilderness by the highway closure! Hopefully we'll be fortunate enough to get to take another backpack through Silver Peaks soon. Happy hiking!

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Major slide near the Salmon Creek trail/Spruce Creek trail junction
Images:





Willow Spring Trail Survey - 04-16-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Willow Spring Trail
Date: 04-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Perfect day for this trail: not too not, still some wildflowers.  We had the same problem as the previous poster once we reached the high meadow.  The trail becomes lost in the grass.  The trail to the spring picks up at the corner of the fence and follows the fenceline downhill to your right.  This trail is a lovely way to get a feel for the Santa Barbara backcountry.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 04-15-2017 - by United Trail Maintainers of California
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 04-15-2017
Surveyor Name:United Trail Maintainers of California
Trail description:UTMC has worked 5 one day trips over the past couple of months on Piedra. Rigging work for large boulders and trees was done and landslide repair above Twin Forks, trees cut on the MPRD side and trees cut on the Ojai side, etc. We have the section between Haddock and Pine Mountain Lodge left to do and may or may not get to it this spring. Would like to see a close up of the smashed 3 Mile Camp sign for replacement. If you see Pine Fire Closure signs, take them down. We took down the MPRD side but we missed the one on the trail on the Ojai side. 
Mode of transport:Stock
Trail condition:Needs some work
Buck Creek Trail Survey - 04-15-2017 - by Mark
Link: Buck Creek Trail
Date: 04-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Mark
Trail description:Continued to clear downed trees incl. 23" diameter fir.  Hiked in 3.5 miles from Hardluck Campground until turnaround.  condition of the trail beyond is uncertain. Good water flow in Buck Creek & Piru Creek.  Trail is brushy and very narrow tread in first 3/4 mile up Buck Creek Canyon.  Flagging & cairns at creek crossings and in areas where trail is not discernible.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Trail maintenance project
Images:

cleared multi-trunk oak

cleared 23' dia. fir


View from turnaround point looking west up Buck Creek Cyn in general direction of Sewart Mtn.
San Ysidro Trail Survey - 04-15-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: San Ysidro Trail
Date: 04-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The Santa Barbara trail community ascended (and descended) on the San Ysidro Trail as part of California State Trails Day.  Great work was done up and down the trail.  Pictures are the proof:

Photos by Dave Everett (Multi-Use Trails Coalition):
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMKbXorUTTT11aqTOpw0XWcQm5KICrKXWkBmDukQYmAg83KkRaEldC1km3xGBplTQ?key=UC1RRENHQTFmLVhVYkY0X19qNW5SVVUzcE02eTN3

Photos by Mike Tarpey (SBMTV):
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMD8wQCU3AiBr8lbBErfZDmOq8qE5oo6lJ8xz4wP03-AMqeHdNdP9OSeB0bGhj_yw?key=cDFDUmN3cE1zWkcyN0pNM2RXaTl2dTBMZm4xQzhR
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Tinta OHV Trail Survey - 04-14-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Tinta OHV Trail
Date: 04-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:First three miles from the locked gate at Hwy 33 freshly graded to Tinta Camp. Still some water in Cuyama River. Lots of water in Tinta Creek. The trail past Tinta Camp is in good shape. Some areas a little brushy and some a little rutted. No poison oak! Easy to follow. I follow one set of motorcycle tracks all the way to Cuyama Peak. Water still flowing where the trail ends at Dry Canyon Road (8N19). Pics from a hike up Tinta to Cuyama Pk, down Dry Canyon, and out Santa Barbara Cyn.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

One of several Arizona crossings on freshly graded Tinta Trail

Roads end at trail start at Tinta Camp


Typical trail condition (good!) and water in Tinta Creek

Tinta Creek about 5 miles in


Trails end at Dry Canyon Road
Sespe River Trail Survey - 04-14-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 04-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Trail description:Hiked the Sespe Trail from PB TH to Bear Creek with the Troop 111 Scouts on Good Friday. Trail in great shape; flowers are popping (esp. the lupine and blue dicks). Water is plentiful.

Get 'em out there!


Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:




Mt Pinos - Tumamait Trail Survey - 04-11-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Mt Pinos - Tumamait Trail
Date: 04-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Trail description:Backpacked from Chula Vista to the edge of the Chumash Wilderness boundary on Saturday, 4/1/2017 en route to Lily Meadows. Snow near wilderness boundary was just deep to enough we thought better of it (we'd gotten a late start) and turned back, approaching from 3Falls instead.

Route was covered in snow the entire 2 miles to condor lookout. Glorious.


Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:





Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 04-08-2017 - by Jim Blakley
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 04-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Jim Blakley
Trail description:The trail has great views but is rather barren. Chaparral is still low after burning in Zaca Fire, but beginning to grow back thickly in spots.

About 2 miles west of the Potrero Trail junction the trail is lost in brush on a steep west-facing slope. Watch for the trail to switchback to south near top of slope. Follow this to the ridge to the south and then bushwhack straight down that ridge to the cut and flagged piece of trail at the bottom of the slope. This trail leads back north to where the trail continues west along the ridge top.

Further on, the trail enters an oak savanna and begins its final descent to the Sisquoc River. Here, the trail was hidden by lush grass in the upper, less steep part of the savanna.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:A faint path is visible in open areas, but it is hard to follow to non-existent in two spots
Images:

East up trail with Bald Mountian

West along trail and out over Sisquoc
Howard Creek Trail Survey - 04-06-2017 - by bardley
Link: Howard Creek Trail
Date: 04-06-2017
Surveyor Name:bardley
Trail description:

Several trail-blocking limbs were discovered on the trail during the survey and were removed.  Overall the tread is in good condition and minimal brushing is needed.  There is an approximate 100 yard long section where recent storms and inadequate water diversions created a one-foot (1') to three-foot (3') deep trench in the middle of the trail.  This section presents a hazard to passage of foot, stock and wheeled travelers.  There is also sloughing and some topping of the crib walls from up-slope soil further along the trail.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:needs tread work
Images:

rut

rut


northern trailhead
Matias Potrero Trail Survey - 04-03-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Matias Potrero Trail
Date: 04-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:GREAT article by ValHikes of her exploration along the Matias Trail.  The photos are fantastic, especially the closeups of the spiders.  Enjoy:

http://valhikes.blogspot.com/2017/04/matias-trail.html
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 04-02-2017 - by Miner
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 04-02-2017
Surveyor Name:Miner
Trail description:
As part of picking up the Pine Fire closure that I had to hike around last fall when completing the Condor Trail, I hiked the trail from Haddock camp to Piedra Blanca TH by Rose Valley.  Trail washed out a little along the creek at the bottom.   Not hard to follow since you know where you are going anyway.  Some foot traffic will likely correct this.  Big tree fell in 3 Mile Camp next to a fire pit.  Signs in camp are broken and on the ground.  By Pine Mtn Lodge camp, there is a brown closure post and a paper notice saying the trail is closed for Pine Fire, even though online it shows its been reopened since December 8th.  There are some new Burn area caution signs along the route.  A few down trees of various sizes across the trail before you hit the big descent.  Plenty of water along the creek and in the Sespe near the trail head.  Also saw a paper notice of the pine fire closure at the sign board where the Sespe River Trail and Piedra Blanca Trail join.  Those notices should be removed.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Down tree in middle of 3 Mile camp.

Broken 3 Mile Camp signs


Creek between 3 Mile & Hadock trail camps

Trail short ways south of 3 Mile Camp


Trail Closure brown post by Pine Mtn Lodge (left from Pine Closure)
Indian Trail - Dick Smith Survey - 04-01-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Indian Trail - Dick Smith
Date: 04-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Forest service road to get to mono camp or trail head to indian creek is closed with a forest gate closing it about 4 miles in where paved road ends. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Matias Potrero Trail Survey - 04-01-2017 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Matias Potrero Trail
Date: 04-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Trail description:Stopped looking from the signs and thinking that would be wonderful to hike and actually hiked it.  The thin trail clearly is not getting much traffic, but is obvious ever step of the way.  There are a few small landslides on it.  They could really use smoothing out, but are nothing that would stop the average hiker.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:3 or 4 small land slides, brushing
Tunnel Trail Survey - 04-01-2017 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Tunnel Trail
Date: 04-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Trail description:This is for the north part of the trail that is shown in the track but not covered in the detailed (and wrong: the Rattlesnake Connector is along that 20 minutes of easy between spotting the falls and being at the falls) description and not shown in the elevation profile.  So here is what it is like if you continue over the top and down the north side of the mountains:

Thin and getting thinner as the brush grows in.  Currently there is usually about a foot of clearance with brush often crossing.  One section is full of bayonets that cannot be completely avoided.  The tread is slanting more and more.  One spot is falling away, but not yet impossible to pass, but the brush above pushing people off the side does not help.  Unlike the front country stuff, this is a tread problem that can be fixed.

It needs a sign at the top. Currently the only marking is a cairn.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:intense need of brushing, yucca removal, tread recovery
Boulder Canyon Trail Survey - 04-01-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Boulder Canyon Trail
Date: 04-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:This was downhill. For the most part the trail was easy to follow. A couple of very annoying down trees and probably a dozen total. There is also a small slide near the bottom section that care must be taken to cross. Otherwise trail is in fairly good shape. Spotted a 3/4" PVC coupling on branch indication the trail to McGuire Spring. A few general pics of the trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:About a dozen down trees and one cautious slide. Fairly easy to follow.
Images:

Large tree down near top of trail.

Difficult oak down near bottom of trail.


Caution crossing this slide near bottom of trail.

White 3/4" PVC indicating trail to McGuire Spring.
Manzana Trail West (Lower) Survey - 04-01-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Trail West (Lower)
Date: 04-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Report from BSpencer:

- New slide located just before dropping down to Potrero Camp (see photo).
- Downed medium oak tree (see photo) just above Horseshoe Bend.
- Numerous additional downed smaller trees reported as well.
- Lots of water.
- Lots of trail users.
- Beautiful out there!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:


Reyes Peak Trail Survey - 04-01-2017 - by Miner
Link: Reyes Peak Trail
Date: 04-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Miner
Trail description:As part of picking up the Pine Mtn fire closure that I had to hike around last fall when completing the Condor Trail, I hiked the trail from Reyes Peak TH to Haddock trail camp.  Trail had patchy snow with snow banks between 3 - 50ft wide. No need for micro-spikes.  Couple of blow downs across the trail, but easy to go around except for a tree that fell lengthwise on the trail as you climb up near Haddock peak.  Areas the fire burned over are not a problem now, but will be in the future with erosion and down trees.  Trail is faint near Haddock Peak and I had to stop and look a little for the trail. When trail goes past the peak and starts to drop down, when it swings back along the north slope, trail very hard to find if not for footprints I saw.  Anytime it heading downhill, It looks like a run off channel rather than a trail.  Once it started down again, became easy to follow though eroded.  Some burned brush still have branches across the trail that need pruning.  Lower down, while easy to follow, the trail ledge on the hillside was narrow due to erosion.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Not hard to follow except for a few short spots.
Images:

Tree laying on the trail a little west of Haddock Peak.

Trail just after I found it again on top switchback on north slope.


Trail eroding down lower.
North Fork Lockwood Trail Survey - 04-01-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: North Fork Lockwood Trail
Date: 04-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Trail description:Backpacked from 3Falls to Lily Meadows the weekend of April 1 & 2, 2017.

WATER! North Fork Lockwood Creek is flowing as is seldom seen. So nice to see. The road between 3 Falls and the falls has recently been bladed, so smooth sailing there. Some brush and a few trees down between falls and just upstream from Lily Meadows, but nothing difficult to navigate.


Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:







Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 03-31-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 03-31-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:HIked from Piedra Blanca Trailhead to Haddock Camp. Piedra Blanca flowing well but crossing no problem. Poison Oak present but avoidable. I encountered three slides between Twin Forks and Haddock, all passable with care. Highest slide before Haddock most sever, use caution. A couple of down trees but nothing significant. Some pics.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Trail easy to follow. Some brushing. Slide above Twin Forks passable with care. Creeks flowing.
Images:

Lower slide mile or so above Twin Forks

Upper slide shortly before Pine Mtn Lodge


One of a few down trees

Beautiful view down canyon of Hines Peak


Slide shortly before Haddock.
Lion Canyon Trail Survey - 03-28-2017 - by Torrey Beckstrand
Link: Lion Canyon Trail
Date: 03-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Torrey Beckstrand
Trail description:Rose Lion Connector needs some brushing and some tread work, water bar clean out.

From the junction to the fork there is brushing needed, mainly sections of wild rose.

From the junction up to east fork camp.  there is one tree blocking stock.  there is also some tread work that is needed.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Hiked into East Fork Lion from Rose/Lion Connector
Images:

Log on the trail located at 34° 31.830' N, 119° 08.967' W
Aliso Loop Trail Survey - 03-28-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Aliso Loop Trail
Date: 03-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Nice article by ValHikes featuring Sage Hill Campground and the Aliso Loop Trail.  Enjoy......

http://valhikes.blogspot.com/2017/03/sage-hill.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MomentsInDirtAndInk+%28Moments+in+Dirt+and+Ink%29
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 03-25-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 03-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:A 6" goat trail has been cut across the slide 1-mile west of Lost Valley Trail along the Hurricane Deck Trail.  It remains sketchy to cross at best.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Images:

Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 03-23-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 03-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Trail is officially closed although the government forest service site says its open. Trail is easy to follow but is tough around the slide areas. The saddle to haddock has snow, 1shetchy hill to 3 mile, and the slide above twin forks is passable but scary as fork. I mapped the distance as 20.7 miles.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Hard...ish
Images:

Trees past bear but its getting cleaned up
Camuesa Connector Trail Survey - 03-20-2017 - by Arliss Crow
Link: Camuesa Connector Trail
Date: 03-20-2017
Surveyor Name:Arliss Crow
Trail description:The trail is in surprisingly good condition after the Rey fire and the heavy rains we have had.  There is one small section of trail that has slumped away but it is easy enough to get around.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Don Victor Trail Survey - 03-19-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Don Victor Trail
Date: 03-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:We flagged the top mile (the easy mile) of the Don Victor Trail from Madulce Camp down to the Don Victor Saddle.  This part of the trail is in fine shape but is no indication of the misery that awaits further on.  Once you drop down into the Mono watershed from the saddle the trail quickly disappears and becomes a complete bushwhack down to Mono Creek and out to Don Victor Valley.  At least the top mile is now well marked.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Images:

There are a few downfalls along the trail, but it is now flagged to the Don Victor Saddle.

Junction of Puerto Suelo and Don Victor Trail


MONSTER downed pine tree, probably 6ft diameter at the trunk and 4ft where it crosses the "trail".

Signage pointing away from Pine Creek and towards the Don Victor Saddle.


View from Don Victor Saddle into the Mono. This is where hell begins!
Madulce Trail Survey - 03-19-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Madulce Trail
Date: 03-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Trail is littered with dead limbs and trees along the canyon section of the Madulce Trail.  The brush along the chaparral section is well under control and in good shape.  Only a few downed trees along the pine section climb.  The final section from the Lookout Trail to the Buckhorn could use some brushing but is also in fine shape.

Beautiful trail and in really fine condition at the moment.

Trail report from SB Cyn TH up to Alamar Saddle:
http://arcg.is/2qcBErX
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Most complicated downed tree in the creek section.

Some tread from 2016 Working Vacation is looking good.


Largest downed pine along upper-middle section, not that big.

Small cribwall failure towards the top.


Dick Smith sign at the Madulce trailhead off Buckhorn Saddle.
Potrero Canyon Trail Survey - 03-18-2017 - by Jeff Wheelwright
Link: Potrero Canyon Trail
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Jeff Wheelwright
Trail description:I based at oak-dotted Negus Potrero for two nites. The trail from Manzana to the Deck is in very good shape, with only two fallen trees, easy to negotiate. Seasonal creek downslope east of the potrero was still flowing as of March 18 but it won't last. Wildflowers abundant because of the wet winter: prickly phlox, paintbrush, bush poppy, white-flowering buckbrush, California peony, spotted blue dick, and on the heights, in great swaths, goldfields.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Agua Blanca Trail Survey - 03-18-2017 - by Alan Coles
Link: Agua Blanca Trail
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Alan Coles
Trail description:We scouted Agua Blanca Trail from Blue Point to Log Cabin Camp.  We cleared the crossings of branches and debris, cleared some minor slides, cut a few small trees out of the trail and flagged the important locations.  Otherwise the trail is in the same shape that it has been in for several years.  It is not difficult to follow if you are able to find it.  The trail is overgrown with deep grass in places.  Going through the Devil's Gateway was not difficult and wading was below the knees.  Beautiful area now with abundant flowers.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Trail scout and repair
Dutra Trail Survey - 03-18-2017 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Dutra Trail
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Trail description:VWA & LPFA volunteers cleared the first 1.5 miles of the trail out of Dutra Flat Camp through the brushy section on the north side of the ridge. The trail past the barbed wire cairn and up the old road bed through the first few switchbacks is obvious for now. The trail through the brush north of the ridge is narrow, but it looks like a trail. After that it's an obvious fire break that follows the top of the ridge.

p.s. If hiking from the Coast Ridge Rd towards Dutra Flat, follow the road down the hill to Three Peaks Camp for 0.3 miles to where it turns sharply to the right. The trail goes straight and follows a fire break on top of a ridge.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Freshly cleared, good for now.
Deal Trail Survey - 03-18-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Deal Trail
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Boy Scout David Jones installed a new Dick Smith Wilderness sign at the wilderness junction along the Deal Trail.  This was part of an Eagle Scout project which also included repainting Los Padres Forest signs along Hwy 33.  Very cool project, great work David and thanks also to MPRD super volunteer Mark Subbotin for coordinating the effort.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Santa Barbara Canyon Trail Survey - 03-18-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Santa Barbara Canyon Trail
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Santa Barbara Canyon Trail is in really good shape by Dick Smith standards.  Someone has gone through and cut out around 30 trees (all but two) along the trail.  There remains brushy sections, that one section that literally goes through the creek and some severe ruts, but there is no trouble following the trail.  Heartbreak Hill remains a steep rutted slog but is still open after last years May Working Vacation trail work.  Water along the entire length of the trail.  The gate is still locked at Reyes Ranch, which does add an extra 4miles of hiking/riding the road in order to get to the trailhead.  Enjoy!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Signs of recent tree removal along the entire stretch of SB Cyn Trail.

One of two remaining downed trees along the trail (34.7416, -119.5668)


Dick Smith rose sections, ouch!

Heartbreak Hill, looking better than normal!


Views down to Madulce Camp and Madulce Peak (no snow)
Agua Blanca Trail Survey - 03-18-2017 - by Alan Coles
Link: Agua Blanca Trail
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Alan Coles
Trail description:Pictures for previous survey.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Typical trail condition.

Another example of trail.


Devils Gateway. Wading required but not difficult.

Log Cabin Camp


Log Cabin Camp
Sespe River Trail Survey - 03-17-2017 - by Cairngorm
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 03-17-2017
Surveyor Name:Cairngorm
Trail description:I hiked from Piedra Blanca to Sycamore Flat. At Bear Creek and below, the water was over the stepping stones and I had to ford the creek.  I'd planned to go on to Hot Spring Canyon but didn't want to ford the creek four more times in each direction, and I heard Hot Spring Canyon was washed out. The landslide at Kerr Spring wasn't a problem. There are minor rock falls here and there, and the traverse of a steep loose  hillside a mile or so before Sycamore is more exciting than it used to be for a few feet. At Willett Hot Spring there's a good repair near the foot of the side trail, but another hairy traverse higher up. The spring is in great condition - new robust plumbing giving a good flow, which means totally clear water in the tub, not the usual green liquid.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Lion Canyon Trail Survey - 03-17-2017 - by Daniel J. Hall
Link: Lion Canyon Trail
Date: 03-17-2017
Surveyor Name:Daniel J. Hall
Trail description:We hiked the trail from the top down to Middle Lion Camp, with a stop for the night at East Fork (which had flowing water).  The tread was good, especially considering the February storms.  No brush issues.  One large blowdown about half a mile above Middle Lion Camp which hikers can pass, but stock probably cannot.  Very little work needed, overall.  Regarding the spur trail to East Fork Camp, portions of it are in a streambed and it took a beating recently; all is passable by hikers, but probably not stock because of one blowdown across the trail. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Red Reef Trail Survey - 03-16-2017 - by Daniel J. Hall
Link: Red Reef Trail
Date: 03-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Daniel J. Hall
Trail description:We went from Sespe Creek to the top, with a night at Lady Bug (where there was water flowing).  From Sespe Creek to Lady Bug, there were 8 large blowdows across the trail, several small ones and a small rockslide.  All were passable for hikers, but some will not be for stock.  From Harris Tunnel to about a 100 yards past the crossing of Timber Creek, many brushy areas on the trail.  From Lady Bug to the top, there were 4 large blowdowns across the trail, all passable for hikers, but some not by stockTread the entire distance was surprisingly good considering the February storms.  Photos of the rockslide and significant blowdowns at http://tinyurl.com/n4af85e
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Arroyo Burro Trail North Survey - 03-15-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Arroyo Burro Trail North
Date: 03-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Report by George Williams, trail runner.  Couple downed trees along the AB Trail above Rancho Oso.  Coordinates on the photos below.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

N34.5246533,W119.7598892

N34.5242490,W119.7599491
Horn Canyon Trail Survey - 03-13-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Horn Canyon Trail
Date: 03-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Report from D. Jackson:

Horn Canyon: From Thacher School trailhead to the last (3rd or 4th stream crossing)…..Very good condition. Then, excellent shape climbing up the many wooden trail steps to the East, 1/4 mile up to the first switchback……due to very recent work using small shovels. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the students from the Thacher School who did the good work. Beyond the switchback to the left and climbing on to the Pines CG, the trail could use some brushing….as it is getting narrow in places. Also, the last 1/2 mile to the Pines….the long step section (due to the recent storm runoff) is very rocky and could use some smoothing. The Pines CG is in good shape….due to the very good work by the crews that came in to clear the dead pines.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Sespe River Trail Survey - 03-12-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 03-12-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:I recently hiked from Piru (Pothole Tr) to Piedra Blanca. I had read the 2/28 LPFA report of the dangerous section of trail that has slid just west of the saddle between Alder and Sespe. I approached the slide and decided it was too dangerous to cross. Many have crossed but I'm a chicken. I wish I would have taken better pics since the attached don't show the steepness of the area below the slide. If you fall here it is very bad. I found what I feel is a safe alternate (use at your own risk). Best if you're headed west since it's downhill. Climb the hill south of the saddle. Bit of a dense brush challenge but doable. Traverse over to just below hill 3067. Follow the ridge down to the river. You will also see an old road cut paralleling the ridge for a while but I stayed just above it on the ridge. Find your route along the river and join the trail where it comes down to the river as well. The south facing slope is sparsely vegetated and I never found myself on an uncomfortable slope. You could probably take the first ridge down as well but the upper section looked a little sketcy to me. Map
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Condition details:Alternate found around dangerous slide
Images:

View of slide from across ravine.

Same view just zoomed.
Manzana Trail West (Lower) Survey - 03-12-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Manzana Trail West (Lower)
Date: 03-12-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Hiked to school house on Saturday.  Some little/big changes to trail after massive flooding from the storms.  You will get wet walking out there.  Lots of new poison oak growth along the trail.... be careful.
Tail at Cody gate (on hill over looking property) is very over grown, hard to see and a lot of poison oak.  This part of trail needs to be clean, if not many will walk the road and climb the Cody gate.  Which I assume is not want anyone wants.


Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Buck Creek Trail Survey - 03-11-2017 - by Mark
Link: Buck Creek Trail
Date: 03-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Mark
Trail description:Started to remove downed trees off trail above confluence with Piru Creek.  After first creek crossing going up Buck Creek canyon no visible tread and scattered cairns.  Went approx 1/2 mile further cutting trees and flagging before turning back.  Good flowing water in Buck Creek.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Images:

Downed trees just before first creek crossing were removed

Upper limit of trail recon and downed trees removed


View looking down canyon towards Piru Creek and DWR gaging station at narrows
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 03-10-2017 - by Dan Whelan
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 03-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Dan Whelan
Trail description:Lots of washouts. Water bars need help. Several areas of the trail were destroyed in recent rains in the fire area, leaving lots of rocks and ruts. Above Oak camp the trail is 80% good. There are a few washouts to be fixed and water bars to be cleared. Brush is growing in on about 20% of trail. Another year some ares may be hard to pass 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:The recent rain was not to kind to this trail
Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness Survey - 03-10-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness
Date: 03-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The Lost Valley trail was extensively damaged by this winter’s storms between where the trail first turns north into the canyon and approximately the right edge of the map. Much of the degradation is minor, scattered, but persistent throughout this portion of trail. It consists of fallen branches and small trees, slumps and slides, and rocks in the tread from baseball to microwave oven sized. In lower portions of the trail the stream has cut downward leaving large steps or in one case a several foot tall wall.  There are a few smaller downed trees that are along the trail and not included in the photos.

ABOVE VULTURE SPRING
I didn’t take photos or coordinates, but between Vulture Spring and eastern side of the next side canyon the road bends around, there are two 8 inch pines crossing the trail and a large, dead manzanita bush with an 8 in trunk making a more challenging obstruction.

Report by Blakley
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Locations labelled on this map.

010, An approximately 18 inch pine, located as you start up LV.


009, An 18-24" pine trunk, located as the trail starts to turn east.

008, A major, difficult to circumvent combination pines and slide. Pines are 18 inches or less, located on Wallace slide section.


Slide below Vulture Springs, same location as years past.
Pothole Trail Survey - 03-10-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Pothole Trail
Date: 03-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:Uphill section of trail was easy to follow but very overgrown with the recent winter rains. Just need a dozen or so people to hike it and the trail will be in better shape. Once over the top, downhill section was in excellent shape. A couple of minor wash outs from recent storms but nothing major. One tree down after corrugated shed. Hike pics
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Very overgrown on grassy uphill section
Images:

Overgrown section

Down tree below corrugated shed
Agua Blanca Trail Survey - 03-10-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Agua Blanca Trail
Date: 03-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:This is for the section from Log Cabin Camp to Ant Camp. If you were to try and actually follow the "Trail" it would be hard to follow. I had a hard time trying to find any reasonable trace of the trail and ended up walking in the creek for most of the section. Recent flooding has obliterated where the trail would cross  the stream but it also scoured out the stream channel so it was fairly easy to travel up the stream. Some choke points occurred but noting major stopping you. I'd estimate it took me about 8 hours to go from Log Cabin Camp to Ant Camp. Big Narrows was beautiful. Hike pics
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Recent flooding has obliterated visible crossings. Overgrown
Images:

Walk up the creek when open like this

One of the easier debris piles to get around
Blue Canyon Trail Survey - 03-08-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Blue Canyon Trail
Date: 03-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:George Williams ran all of Blue Canyon (from Romero-Juncal to Romero-Camuesa, or whatever those roads are called). Basically passable, but with a couple of low priority things that could be improved.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Upper Blue Canyon The old landslide got worse and is undercutting the trail bed a little. N34.4914927, W119.5846066

Upper Blue At a stream crossing, a tree has fallen across the trail, took me a while to figure out where the trail had been (but getting around it was easy once I did that) N34.4916616,W119.5907165


Blue between Romero and Cottam Large tree across trail, well defined path around tree N34.4938072,W119.6055800

Blue between Romero and Cottam debris on trail, not really an issue except it is immediately followed by a downed tree (next shot) N34.4948203,W119.6084772


Blue between Romero and Cottam immediately after previous shot N34.4948203, W119.6084772
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 03-08-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 03-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Got two reports last week from different sides of the Deck.  Lets start from the west (Schoolhouse) and head east:

- George reported a large snarl of downed trees just as you start the Deck coming from the Sisquoc side, see photo below.  The rest of the trail out to Potrero was in good (normal) shape.

- Blakley reported that there is an impassable washout/slide located about 1mile west of the Lost Valley Trail on the Deck.  See photo below.  If you've hiked the Deck, you know this section.  It's been scary to cross for years now.  It would be nice to establish a way around the slide.  Careful if you head out there.  The rest of the Deck out to White Ledge is as usual, brushy but better than it has been.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Images:

George Williams - 34.8250322,-119.9936887

photo Blakley
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 03-08-2017 - by Jim Blakley
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 03-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Jim Blakley
Trail description:The first 2 miles of trail west from White Ledge are relatively easy to follow although it is occasionally necessary to cast around a bit to find the trail. The terrain is mostly south facing and open, with brush encroaching at times. The trail is wide open for the half mile it is on the north face of hill 4101. After that it becomes quite brushy, with branches continually reaching across the trail. It isn't hard to get through, there are just a lot of branches to push aside.

West of the Lost Valley junction the trail is more open. However, it is completely impassible about 1 mile west of the junction, where it turns sharply north, crosses a saddle, and climbs a steep hill. Where the trail crossed the eastern face of this hill a landslide has carried away the tread leaving a shear drop down a hundreds of foot high cliff. The western side of the hill and the ridge between are also too steep and exposed, especially as they are composed of rotten shale, to allow safe passage.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:White Ledge to Lost Valley passable, western 2 miles quite brushy, trail totally gone 1 mile west of Lost Valley Junction
Images:

Hill where slide carried away the trail
Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 03-07-2017 - by Jim Blakley
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 03-07-2017
Surveyor Name:Jim Blakley
Trail description:The trail along the creek is in reasonably good shape. Relatively easy to follow, but with brush beginning to encroach from sides. There are a couple of easily bypassed fallen trees. A short, perhaps quarter mile section on the downstream side of the big bend is quite brushy, with a number of fallen branches and trees. Above that, the trail is in quite good shape (thanks LPFA crew!). The climb up to the road is clear. The creek is flowing the entire way to the camp and the spring at the camp is flowing well.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Heavy brush and fallen trees for a short distance near the big bend, otherwise a few fallen a, aviodable trees and encroaching brush
Aliso Loop Trail Survey - 03-06-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Aliso Loop Trail
Date: 03-06-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Report from C Orr: some major slides after the winter storms, one in particular where the trail is gone.  They have since been repaired.
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Trail Gone! Photo COrr
North Fork Matilija Trail Survey - 03-05-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: North Fork Matilija Trail
Date: 03-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Trail description:

The intrepid mountain men of Boy Scout Troop 111 (Ventura) backpacked the length of the Upper North Fork (from Cherry Creek Road at Hwy 33 to lower Matilija TH) Friday 3/3 to Sunday 3/5.

Trail overall is still very navigable, though there are sloughs, debris, wash-outs, gullying, and storm damage, as well as a few trees down both on Cherry Creek Road and on the wilderness trail. Survey report will be filed with ORD shortly. Water ABUNDANT – very few of the crossings are manageable with dry feet. There was much wading (and joy!). ;-) 

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:







Sespe River Trail Survey - 03-04-2017 - by Naked Gary and the gang
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 03-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Naked Gary and the gang
Trail description:Trail is in good condition besides rock slide after crossing bear creek camp. PACK YOUR TRASH AND DAM SOCKS OUT!! 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Hippies can't pack out trash
Images:

Sespe River Trail Survey - 03-04-2017 - by Hikezin DeNude
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 03-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Hikezin DeNude
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Rain has made rocks fall like men on the trail after Bear Creek. All in all, trail is in good shape, minus the abundance of swingin dongs at every other swimming hole. Sespe is the best!
Images:

Deal Trail Survey - 03-03-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Deal Trail
Date: 03-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:We did a clockwise loop up Deal Tr and down Rancho Nuevo and 3 miles on Hwy 33. Most of the work the Boy Scouts did Feb 5 in Bear Cyn held very well. Great work. A few trees down and stream crossings washed out but not a problem to find route. Bryan Conant's description of the trail is right on on his map. Easy to follow to the saddle/wilderness boundary then a little more route finding is required. More of the same for the wilderness section, washed out crossings and a few tress down but if you take your time and look you can usually find the trail. Many more pics here.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Not bad. Some down trees and wash outs.
Images:

Easy tree to get around

One of the wash outs. Not too many. Mostly at stream crossings.


Good flowing water!


What happens when a culvert gets clogged. Actually surprised to find this culvert up here.
Rancho Nuevo Trail Survey - 03-03-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Rancho Nuevo Trail
Date: 03-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:This report is only for the lower section from Hwy 33 to Deal Junction. We cam down this section as part of a loop up Deal Tr, down Rancho Nuevo, and 3 miles on Hwy 33. The lower section of Rancho Nuevo is beautiful! Trail is easy to follow. Lots of water after our winter rains. More pics here.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:A few downed trees and washed out stream crossiings
Images:

Lots of stream crossings washed out. If you look hard enough you can find the trail on the other side.

Beautiful Trail!


Lots of water.

Great trail!


One of the more difficult obstacles.
Cold Spring Trail - West Fork Survey - 02-28-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cold Spring Trail - West Fork
Date: 02-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:An unknown group or person(s) cut a tread across the slide on West Fork Cold Spring.  They did a nice job and the tread should hold for the foreseeable future.  There remains a large chunk of slide precariously hanging on above the slide that will eventually wipe out the new temporary tread.  Ultimately a reroute might be the best approach but for the time being a solution has been found.  Probably don't want to hang out on the slide though.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:




Cold Spring Trail - North Survey - 02-28-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cold Spring Trail - North
Date: 02-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Photos by Trail Runner George showing the Cold Spring Trail damage.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

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This is just coming out of Forbush Canyon on the way to the Grotto. A bit trickier. N34.4980263, W119.6354316


This is the worst, it's just below the Grotto, where there used to be a landslide a couple of years ago. (looking North) N34.5076619, W119.6321773

Same slide, looking from South: N34.5076619, W119.6321773
Gibraltar Trail Survey - 02-28-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Gibraltar Trail
Date: 02-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Slide on the Gibraltar Trail, reported by Trail Runner George!
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Large landslide across the road between the Mercury Mine and Gidney Creek. Probably 6~8ft high. Not too difficult to cross though. N34.5233338, W119.6625103
Sespe River Trail Survey - 02-28-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 02-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Some bad news to report along the Sespe.  We had two reports come in this week showing substantial slides on different sides of the Sespe River Trail.  Both were in places where there has been historical slide damage:

1. KERR SPRINGS: The pictures pretty much tell the story.  This section of trail is just upstream from Kerr Spring and was reworked about 5-7 years ago.  The trail went along the base of a large slide and it looks like all the rain made that slide active once again.

2. SESPE SADDLE: The trail heading from Alder Creek to the Sespe, just as you head West and crest at the Saddle the trail wraps around to the north with some pretty dramatic exposure.  This section of trail was worked a few years back but remained narrow and scary.  It was reported this week as impassable, even making backpackers retreat rather than risk passing along the slide.  We've seen backpackers have to drop crosscountry down to the Sespe here as well in years past.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Images:

Sespe Map of Current Slides, Tom Harrison Basemap

Photo JMartinez; Kerr Spring Slide


Photo JMartinez; Kerr Spring Slide

Photo KMiller; Sespe Saddle looking West, note the high flow along the Sespe.
Cold Spring Trail - Middle Fork Survey - 02-28-2017 - by Gregory Johnson
Link: Cold Spring Trail - Middle Fork
Date: 02-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Gregory Johnson
Trail description:The trail is rutted out in the middle of the trail.  Looks like someone placed sandbag in the first third of the trail but are broken open.  I removed several yuccas that had fallen across the trail.  There are two fallen bushes that need to be cut but are passable over.  I only hike from the top (road) down to the 2800 foot elevation, no name peak
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Trail needs some work, damage from the rains.
Images:

one of the bushes down

another one down
Blue Canyon Trail Survey - 02-25-2017 - by Veronique Lisi
Link: Blue Canyon Trail
Date: 02-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Veronique Lisi
Trail description:The switchbacks right after forbush camp have slided and the trail is no longer passable at this place:
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Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Slided trail, unsafe to cross if at all possible

View of the switchbacks from the top
Cold Spring Trail - North Survey - 02-25-2017 - by Veronique Lisi
Link: Cold Spring Trail - North
Date: 02-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Veronique Lisi
Trail description:
Took a hike down from Camino Cielo. Trail is generally in good condition with some area needing some work: 
Cold spring trail from Camino Cielo to Forbush
Good shape, one slide right before Forbush camp that is passable at position: 
34.495632,-119.636147

Cold Spring Trail after forbush, up to mono
Good shape, one passable slide at this position:
34.498072,-119.635311

Farther, right after the emerald pools, almost at the junction with Gibraltar trail, there is a slide that I consider not passable but I think some people would be able to fix it. You would need to cut some trees and shovel some loose rocks. Some trail supports are missing

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

passable slide right after forbush camp

Slide near the gibraltar trail fork


another view of the slide near gibraltar trail fork

Slide right before Forbush
Sespe River Trail Survey - 02-25-2017 - by Keith Miller
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 02-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Keith Miller
Trail description:We were attempting to access sespe creek from dough flat trail head, but got turned around just after climbing out of alder creek on the sespe river trail.  After crossing the saddle between the two, the first drainage crossing to the west is severely washed out and not safely passable.  We attempted to cross, but the hillside is not stable and we turned around at the beginning where there is a bit of exposure (if one were to slide off the trail as they would go over a 15ft cliff).  The trail continuing west looked like it was in reasonably good shape, but a little overgrown.  Climbing up from alder creek was relatively easy to follow, but overgrown near the saddle
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Matilija Canyon Trail Survey - 02-24-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Matilija Canyon Trail
Date: 02-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:The trail is open. The recent rains have made this an epic hike!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Images:







Lopez Canyon Trail Survey - 02-24-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Lopez Canyon Trail
Date: 02-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:I hiked in from Mt Lowe Side. I followed the switchbacks down the hillside till the trail met up with a partially running stream  At this point the trail shared space with the intermittant stream bed.  This year was a exceptionally wet winter and the trail was mush at this point and too overgrown to continue.  There are several downed trees blocking the path and lots of encroached overgrowth making the tail very narrow in places.  This trail needs some attention to be feasible again.  i cleared a flew blockages where i could, however, the main blockage was too large for me to deal with without tools.  5" plus logs across pathway near trail head down about 1/8th of a mile.  I did not reach the first camp, turned back because the trail was too overgrown
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Images:

downed trees

trail turns to intermittent streambed
Rattlesnake Trail Survey - 02-19-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Rattlesnake Trail
Date: 02-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA cleared approximately 10 downed trees between Gibraltar Rd and Tin Can Meadow.  The trail is clear other than one HUGE boulder that is blocking the trail about 1/3mile below Gibraltar Rd.  It is easy enough to get around the boulder.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Bucking one of the larger oak snags, down safely in the trail.

One of the messier 20 yard sections that took an hour to clear.
Snyder Trail Survey - 02-19-2017 - by Michel Giroux
Link: Snyder Trail
Date: 02-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Michel Giroux
Trail description:The trail sustained some damage from the recent storm. Two trees are blocking the trail and I removed a lot of branches that fell into it. The water breaks were not enough to retain all that water and it created ruts in a lot of places. There is also a few landslides, mostly minor besides one that might be dangerous for mountain bikers. See pictures.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

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34.529484,-119.791155
Sespe River Trail Survey - 02-15-2017 - by Kevin Fox
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 02-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Kevin Fox
Trail description:Trail is in great shape to Bear Creek camp.  Then in good shape, with the above mentioned gillies, from Bear to Willet.

I hiked from Piedra Blanca to Willet on Saturday 2/11. There had been rain on Friday 2/10 and off and on during the day on Saturday with some of the side creeks dying the whole Sespe a chocolaty brown.  Attempting the 2 crossings of the Sespe between PB and Willet were significant factors for a number of people that day.  There were a few groups that either got to Bear creek and stayed put or decided to turn around and return to the car not willing to risk the river.  These folks were a bit disappointed to not make the hot springs.   Exploration of the canyon beyond Willet was restricted as no one was willing to attempt the third river crossing due to depth and speed.

In an effort to help those who come next, see links to the two stream gauges below:
 javascript:nicTemp(); - This is upstream from Piedra Blanca TH
javascript:nicTemp();    - This is below the canyon carved by the Sespe

On 2/11 the Sespe near Wheeler springs was at 100cfs and the Sespe near Filmore was at 380 cfs.  At these levels, on a 6'3" guy, the first river crossing at Bear Creek was thigh deep and moving quickly.  The second river crossing was waist deep but moving slowly.  Dogs are not a good idea at these flows.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Sisquoc Trail Lower Survey - 02-15-2017 - by Richie DeMaria
Link: Sisquoc Trail Lower
Date: 02-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Richie DeMaria
Trail description:Hiked to Water Canyon late January 2017. Somewhat brushy on section between Manzana Schoolhouse and Bald Mountain's west terminus before the trail meets the Sisquoc River. One large tree fall about halfway through.

Trail around Water Canyon can be somewhat easy to lose, but the camp is directly across where Water Canyon Creek flows into the Sisquoc River.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:




Lion Canyon Trail Survey - 02-14-2017 - by Kevin Fox
Link: Lion Canyon Trail
Date: 02-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Kevin Fox
Trail description:Trail is in good shape with water available in a few places.  No down trees to speak of.  Unfortunately someone took a horse up this trail in recent wet weather and did a bit of damage to the tread.  It's nothing that makes it impassible but it is a shame that this damage could have been avoided with a little patience.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Red Reef Trail Survey - 02-14-2017 - by Kevin Fox
Link: Red Reef Trail
Date: 02-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Kevin Fox
Trail description:Trail tread is in great shape from the Sespe all the way up to the ridge.  There are a few down trees along the way.  The worst is just above the timber creek crossing and just above Lady Bug Camp.  Lots of water available along the trail right now!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:


Above timber creek crossing
North Fork Matilija Trail Survey - 02-13-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: North Fork Matilija Trail
Date: 02-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:I did a quick overnight solo backpacking trip to Middle Matilija Campground. It was my first solo trip and my first time camping in Los Padres. The hike itself was easy, however due to recent rains, the stream was deep and flowing rapidly which made stream crossings challenging. Most stream crossings were impossible to cross without getting your feet wet. Adding to that, there are many stream crossings (I didn't count but there were at least 10). Also, there were two small rockfalls and a fallen tree on the trail around the last mile before the campground but they were easily passable. The bugs were not too bad, mostly small flies and very few mosquitoes. I did see a few ticks, one on my socks after I removed them and one on my pants after going through some bushes around the campsite, so watch out for those. Overall, it was an enjoyable trip but I'd be wary of taking anyone not quite nimble enough to hop across stream rocks without beefing it.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Easy hike to Middle Matilija apart from challenging stream crossings
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 02-13-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 02-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:We got a report from Bardley of Ojai of some slides and damage along the Piedra Blanca Trail from the Piedra Blanca Trailhead up to Pine Mountain Lodge - see photos.

• Great water flow along the creeks, you will get wet at the first crossings.
• Snow along the upper reaches.
• A few trees down, especially along the upper stretch.
• The big 75' landslide is about 1.25miles above Twin Forks Camp.

Additional upcoming storm will probably cause more damage.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Near Twin Forks, photo Bardley of Ojai

One of the smaller slides above Twin Forks, photo Bardley of Ojai


The large slide about 1.25miles above Twin Forks, photo Bardley of Ojai
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 02-13-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 02-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Trail report by Bard of Goleta from NIRA to Manzana Narrows along the Manzana Trail.  Trail is good shape other than a few trees across the trail.  Water flow was large, waist deep in places.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Crossing just above Ray's Camp, photo Bard

Downed branch across table at Manzana Camp, photo Bard


Tree blocking trail at crossing between Manzana and Manzana Narrows, photo Bard

Manzana Narrows Camp, photo Bard


Alcove / Manzana Falls, photo Bard
Santa Barbara Canyon Trail Survey - 02-12-2017 - by Kevin Pietrzak
Link: Santa Barbara Canyon Trail
Date: 02-12-2017
Surveyor Name:Kevin Pietrzak
Trail description:Water water everywhere! We had to wade a number of the creek crossings as the creek was too high for rock hopping. The trail was in good shape and easy to follow. The roses haven't taken over... yet. Thanks to all the folks who have been working on the trail! There were about 10 trees down between the TH and Madulce. A couple of trees were down at creek crossings which made for awkward fording. Next time I'm bringing a saw. Manzanita and silk tassel were in bloom but otherwise a little early for spring. It was very nice to see all the green in the hills and water in the creeks

I was taken aback by the abundance of trash along the trail, almost entirely beverage containers (water bottles, beer/soda cans, gatorade, pedialyte, etc.) My girlfriend and I packed out all we could find. In total we brought back 83 plastic bottles, 34 aluminum cans, a glass bottle and a small trash bag of non-recyclables. Both of our packs doubled in volume with all the trash. While I'm glad people are taking care of themselves and staying hydrated I wish they would show the same respect for the Los Padres and their fellow hikers. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Manzana Trail West (Lower) Survey - 02-11-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Manzana Trail West (Lower)
Date: 02-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Lead a group of Scouts. Only made it too Potrero because the creek was so swollen with a brisk current. Didn't want to take any chances with a kid that was not mine.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Big Falls Trail Survey - 02-11-2017 - by Timmy Puerling
Link: Big Falls Trail
Date: 02-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Timmy Puerling
Trail description:We took the Rinconada Trail to Big Falls Trail. All the streams were gushing with water, making the multiple creek crossings difficult. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:





Sisquoc Trail Lower Survey - 02-08-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Sisquoc Trail Lower
Date: 02-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Article in the Santa Barbara Independent about the Lower Manzana, Lower Sisquoc and Western Deck, by Richie Demaria:

http://www.independent.com/news/2017/feb/08/beyond-manzana-schoolhouse/
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Rattlesnake Trail Survey - 02-08-2017 - by Gabriel Lockwood
Link: Rattlesnake Trail
Date: 02-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Gabriel Lockwood
Trail description:I encountered five downed trees between Gibraltar Road and the meadow at Tin Can Flat. Most of the trees had multiple branches, 5-6" at their thickest points, and required me to duck below them to advance on the trail. Photos below show the downed trees from Gibraltar Road down to the meadow. Quickest access would be from Gibraltar Road.

There was also a little poison oak reaching into the trail. See photo below.

(If someone felt like cutting another down tree on the same hike, there is one on the section of Tunnel trail from between the end of the Rattlesnake Connector and Angostura Pass, closer to the Rattlesnake Connector. See last photo below.  I'll also post about it on Tunnel Trail.)
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Downed trees & poison oak
Images:

Downed tree

Downed tree


Poison oak

Downed tree


Downed tree (Tunnel Trail)
Tunnel Trail Survey - 02-08-2017 - by Gabriel Lockwood
Link: Tunnel Trail
Date: 02-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Gabriel Lockwood
Trail description:There is a small downed tree (5-6" thick) on Tunnel Trail between the Rattlesnake Connector and Angostura Pass, closer to the Rattlesnake Connector trail.

Other than that the trail seemed in good shape. That said, I finished the last two miles heading uphill as the sun set and darkness fell, so I may have missed something. There was definitely some water and ruts on the trail from water runoff.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Downed tree
Images:

Downed tree

Pano


Sunset
Cold Spring Trail - West Fork Survey - 02-07-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cold Spring Trail - West Fork
Date: 02-07-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:WINTER 2016-2017
There is a larger slide that has developed on the West Fork Cold Spring Trail about a mile down from Gibraltar Rd just above the switchbacks above the tunnel.  The slide is about 100ft long and has completely taken out the trail over that length.  The trail is flagged off on both sides but people have been scampering across the high-side of the slide and making it across.  The Forest Service is planning on sending a Geologist out to view the slide on 2/14 and will provide recommendations at that point.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Looking across the slide from the up-trail side.

The approach from the up-trail side, looks like another 10ft might be ready to go down as well.


The rest of the trail is in great shape and has been collecting the water as designed. Great work to SBMTV and others who have worked the trail over the past years.

Silky strands of sunset!
Cold Spring Trail - North Survey - 02-06-2017 - by Josh Isaac
Link: Cold Spring Trail - North
Date: 02-06-2017
Surveyor Name:Josh Isaac
Trail description:We hiked out from Cold Spring trailhead on Camino Cielo at around 3pm. At ~4 miles we encountered our first river crossing. At somewhere around 4.5 miles we spotted trail markers but couldn't see the trail due to the large amount of water flow directly over and around the trail. As it got dark (around 5:30), we were unable to find where the trail was at all, and started relying on the Avenza PDF map I had on my phone. With "only" a mile left, we decided to push forward, though by this point the Mono Jungle was in full force, the river fully swollen. We stumbled around picking our way through for ~2 more hours before finally breaking through into Mono campground (~730pm). The trail was completely covered in 2-3 feet of water and knee-deep mud, which forces us to proceed barefoot - which the branches and thorns made painful. Heading to higher ground wasn't possible due to yuccas, berry vines, and impassable brush.

Not recommended if it has rained recently!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Condition details:Mono Jungle fully flooded - trail completely under water
Deal Trail Survey - 02-05-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Deal Trail
Date: 02-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Trail description:Worked the Bear Cyn section of the Deal Trail with Mark Subbotin's hard-hitting Super Bowl crew and Boy Scout Troop 111. Several trees removed, some erosion control, treadwork, and much clipping. A great weekend and great weather. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:





Willow Spring Trail Survey - 02-04-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Willow Spring Trail
Date: 02-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Trail at the start from highway 166 is easy to follow and only has one path. Atfter about 2 miles the trail goes from oak to a brush type tree that looks like manzanita. Continue up and through a gate at about 2600 ft and it opens up to high, reasonably flat pasture land. At this point, it is a great spot to stop and rest and enjoy the views, but the trail, which was so easy to follow becomes obscure because of a dirt road and we never found the original path.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

view from the pasture at the top
Sespe River Trail Survey - 01-31-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 01-31-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:We received a report from the Sespe Trail from a couple who hiked from Piedra Blanca down to Willet.  Trail is in typical good shape with a few sections that are being rutted by the rain (I think there are already pictures of those sections here on HLP).  Crossings were not too hard but did require your feet to get wet.

The biggest issue was that the spur trail up to the hot springs was washed out and sketchy enough for them not to make it up to the hot spring - wow!


Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Sulphur Spring Trail Survey - 01-31-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Sulphur Spring Trail
Date: 01-31-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:

Sulphur Spring Trail January 31, 2017

Survey of top 1.2 miles of trail.

The trail was generally in good shape except for downed trees. It only needs occasional minor tread repair. There is thick chaparral for the first ¾ of the first switch to the east, but afterwards only sporadic brush issues. Lower down the trail passes through large amounts of poison oak, often 6-8 foot tall bushes. While it was relatively clear now with the leaves off, a significant amount of pruning will probably be required to keep the path open after it leafs out.


Report by: Blakley

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Dry oak fallen across trail in an awkward location in a gully with no viable reroute. 28” dia.

A 18”dia maple trunk and burl in trail. It will probably be very difficult to remove, but there isn’t a good alternative. There is a 10’ cliff on the uphill side and a steep, rocky drop on the other.
Aliso Loop Trail Survey - 01-30-2017 - by Chris Orr
Link: Aliso Loop Trail
Date: 01-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Chris Orr
Trail description:Removed tree from Aliso Ridge Trail (2nd switchback or southern switchbacks).  Main trunk off trail on upslope will need to be removed at some time.
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Before

After
Potrero John Trail Survey - 01-29-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Potrero John Trail
Date: 01-29-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Trail description:Trail in great shape. May need some brushing after this winters heavy rains and growth occurs. About 1/4 mile past camp a small car sized boulder cam down from the hiill and landed ring smack in the middle of the trail. Had not been but a few days earlier.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Grab a walikng stick and start hiking!

Boulder on the trail past camp.


Boulder path...

Snow on the trail!
Aliso Loop Trail Survey - 01-28-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Aliso Loop Trail
Date: 01-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Trail description:The Green Bars of Ventura Boy Scout Troop 111 hiked the loop from Sage Hill — great weather, and recent rains have greened things up considerably. A few small slides on the upper stretch, and one tree down across the southern switchbacks, but no major damage from the rains.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:







Pothole Trail Survey - 01-28-2017 - by Eric
Link: Pothole Trail
Date: 01-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Eric
Trail description:The trail was a bit overgrown due to the recent rains, but well maintained and easy to follow, especially once you make it up to the ridge. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Beginning of Pothole Trail looking back on Piru Canyon rd

On the ridge looking east from Pothole Trail


Looking west coming down toward the Pothole

Approaching the Pothole
Manzana Trail West (Lower) Survey - 01-15-2017 - by Coyote Dave
Link: Manzana Trail West (Lower)
Date: 01-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Coyote Dave
Trail description:Trail was in excellent shape down to Portrero Camp and had clearly been worked on recently. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Horn Canyon Trail Survey - 01-08-2017 - by Josh Lee Pasholk
Link: Horn Canyon Trail
Date: 01-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Josh Lee Pasholk
Trail description:

We went hiking on a Sunday after the rain. There were quite a few other hikers on the trail and there must have been horses hours before as we saw lots of fresh horse droppings. A few mountain bikers as well

Horn Canyon is a steep unforgiving hike in many ways. It doesn't mess around at all. I'd estimate that the elevation gain from the trailhead to The Pines campground where we went is about 1500 to 1700 feet in just 2 or 3 miles, which is a lot.

The trail was pretty muddy in some sections especially where it's torn up from the horses. This is pretty expected and didn't deter us in the least. Other than that it was easy to follow and wasn't slippery other than the ground being a little soft in places.

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Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Trailhead.

First Creek Crossing.


Trekking up the last section before The Pines.

Second Creek Crossing.


View from near The Pines
Red Reef Trail Survey - 01-08-2017 - by Carlos Davidson
Link: Red Reef Trail
Date: 01-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Carlos Davidson
Trail description:Backpacked Jan 8-11. Heavy rain on night of 8th and 10. Trail in great shape. Up Sisar canyon, went as far as junction with Santa Paula canyon trail (Last Chance Trail). Also took side spur to top of Topatopa bluff.

On backside of Topatopa bluff lots of bear scat on the trail.

Water available just below where trail first crosses upper reach of Santa Paula creek - just east of spur trail to top of Topatopa bluff.

Great views into Sepse and out to Channel Islands with constantly changing clouds.


Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

View from near Topatopa summit to south

View from near Topatopa summit across Oxnard plain to ??? Island
Gridley Trail Survey - 01-06-2017 - by Josh Pasholk
Link: Gridley Trail
Date: 01-06-2017
Surveyor Name:Josh Pasholk
Trail description:Hiked up to Gridley Springs camp after a day of rain. Ground was still pretty wet with sitting water here and there. Not too muddy on the trail for the most part. Lots of cars on the trailhead. Saw plenty of hikers and mountain bikers. Very cold in the shade, getting down to around 48 degrees. Trail was in really good shape.

Saw the Ojai fritillary just sprouting up in many areas. I want to hike back up and check on the progress soon!

Check out my blog post on this hike for more pictures if you'd like!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Trail Head

Rocky Steps


Looking up the canyon

Ojai fritillary


View from up there
Murietta Trail Survey - 01-03-2017 - by Matt Swider
Link: Murietta Trail
Date: 01-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Matt Swider
Trail description:Hiked up the trail to the forest rte 5N13 up to the spring of the right side of the road.  Trail from a bit past the Murietta camp to the road was a bit overgrown in areas, but still very passable.  Once we got on the road we encoutered a downed oak tree limb that blocked the road.  Fortunately I brought a hand saw and we cleared about half the road, see the pictures.  Just below the spring a few hundred yards we encountered the biggest ladybug gathering I have ever seen.  And I have seen some pretty good sized ones on the trails in the area.  About 20 feet on both sides of the road were loaded with lady bugs.  

Had hoped to hike up to the divide but one in our group was tiring, so we turned around at the spring.  
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

oak limb blocking road

Road now partially cleared

At the spring


Forest Rte 5N13 view
Horn Canyon Trail Survey - 01-02-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Horn Canyon Trail
Date: 01-02-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Trail description:Walked the Horn Cyn Trail en route to the Morgan Barnes today. Route's in great shape aside from all the dog leavings along the trail (CARRY IT OUT, FOLKS!). Good water in the first and second crossings. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Potrero John Trail Survey - 12-29-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Potrero John Trail
Date: 12-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Great writeup by ValHikes featuring some of the sights and sounds (if you look really carefully) of the Potrero John Trail:

http://valhikes.blogspot.com/2016/12/potrero-john.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MomentsInDirtAndInk+%28Moments+in+Dirt+and+Ink%29
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Ortega OHV Trail Survey - 12-26-2016 - by EH
Link: Ortega OHV Trail
Date: 12-26-2016
Surveyor Name:EH
Trail description:Rode the trail yesterday. Trail is in good shape. There are lots of loose rocks, but that is normal for this trail. The bushes in the forrest section (mile ~1 to ~2) seemed adequately trimmed, and caused no hindrance. There was no wash-out of the trail from the rain storm on 12/23/16 and 12/24/16. All the rocky sections had dried up sufficiently for the tires to get good traction while going up them. The last few hills before the campground (6 miles in) was covered with snow. Also, most of the trail section from the campground to the intersection with Cherry Creek Rd (mile 6 to 9) was snow covered. 

Cherry Creek Rd is currently closed, so you have to ride back down the same way.

Regarding seasonal closure of this trail: I called the Ojai Ranger district office and they confirmed that this trail does not close seasonally. They might close it if a storm washes out the trail, but then it will be posted at the trail-head.
Mode of transport:O.H.V.
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
American Canyon Trail Survey - 12-25-2016 - by Jon-Erik Storm
Link: American Canyon Trail
Date: 12-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Jon-Erik Storm
Trail description:Trail was in good shape on 12/25/2016, with a couple of streams running across that took some luck to cross dry. Easy enough to follow. Before Coyote Hole there is a rocky area that might confuse, but it's minor.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Buckhorn Trail Survey - 12-18-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Buckhorn Trail
Date: 12-18-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Upper buckhorn burned in the Rey fire but is holding up nicely. It looks like someone left their tools on the trail, which appear to have survived the fire. The trail gets over grown once you reach the first creek.
Images:







Camuesa Connector Trail Survey - 12-18-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Camuesa Connector Trail
Date: 12-18-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:




Adobe Trail Survey - 12-17-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Adobe Trail
Date: 12-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Main trail is very easy to follow.  There isn't much shade and there is no water so plan accordingly.  Great views from the top, no poison oak, overall quite nice.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 12-17-2016 - by Matt Swider
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 12-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Matt Swider
Trail description:I hiked this trail with a friend on Dec 17/18.  We left early morning from the Piedra Blanca trallhead, and hiked past Twin Forks camp a 1/2 mile or so to one of the water crossings, where we ate breakfast.  28F at 8am in the drainage.  WE say our first snow evidence shortly after that.  Snow was never deaper than an inc or two at most anywhere on the trail.  The hike to Pine Mountain Lodge was very pleasant in the cool morning air.  Up top there was plenty of water to go around.  We did not fill water anywhere along the trail, but I fell like we never hiked more than 20 minutes or sow before crossing another small stream or coming near water somewhere along the way.  We ate lunch at 3 mile, where unfortunately there is a lot of litter.  It was 34F in the shade at 3 mile.  Shortly after 3 mile, we ventured off trail a bit and found a beautiful waterfall with a huge pool at the bottom.  Icicles on rocks at the not of the waterfall made this very picturesque.  A bit later we hike through the burn area and hadock camp.  There we encountered a dead dear that appeared to be a recent kill.  Then up and over the saddle and down into the drainage for beartrap creek.  This creek had surprisingly little water in it compared to all the water we saw up top.  Hadock had at least 4 different streams running through it, or at least it seemed that way.  But there was sufficient water for drinking and cooking.  The trail to beartrap was a bit overgrown in places, which I kind of expected based on previous trips.  WE camped with our group, BSA troop 26, at Beartrap on the 17th.  The hike out on the 18th was pleasant, but not nearly as picturesque as the hike in. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

water flow above Twin Forks

some big cat prints on the way up to Pine mountain lodge


Plenty of snow up top

waterfall with big pool


somebody's lunch . . .
Cold Spring Trail - East Fork Survey - 12-13-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cold Spring Trail - East Fork
Date: 12-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:SBMTV held a bike & work trail project down the Cold Spring Trail from East Camino down towards Montecito Peak.  Most of their work was focused on working tread below the Gibraltar Fire (Oct 2015) burn area.  Nice work SBMTV!  Thank you........
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
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
White Rock Trail Survey - 12-10-2016 - by Connor Culhane (CCCMB)
Link: White Rock Trail
Date: 12-10-2016
Surveyor Name:Connor Culhane (CCCMB)
Trail description:Good shape, fun ride. Getting a little brushy in lower sections. I carried my bike through the muddy, clay soil parts in the middle.

Connor Culhane (Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers)
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Lion Canyon Trail Survey - 12-07-2016 - by Hikerdawg
Link: Lion Canyon Trail
Date: 12-07-2016
Surveyor Name:Hikerdawg
Trail description:Started the hike at the campground.  The trail is clearly marked up to the first creek crossing.  There are a few side trails, but across the creek it becomes more pronounced.  The water in the creek is flowing near the crossing and is quite cool as i stepped off a rock and into it just to verify my thoughts.  The overall trail condition is good with a healthy dose of poison oak.  https://www.facebook.com/Hikerdawg/videos/10212169761665774/
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Potrero John Trail Survey - 12-04-2016 - by Don Jackson
Link: Potrero John Trail
Date: 12-04-2016
Surveyor Name:Don Jackson
Trail description:
Trail is in generally good condition and now clear of downed tree and lean-to. Water condition on creek is low, but flowing well...with many pools.
1. At 1.6 mile up, could use a trail sign to identify campground on other side of the creek.
2. For safety, there is need to rebuild the creek crossing from the trail to the campground, especially going down from the trail to the creek.
3. Campground and stove is in good shape.....very clean and welcoming.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Last 1/3 mile before campground could use some brushing to widen the trail.
Images:

Down tree blocking the trail…..looking up-trai

Cleared trail…..looking up-trail


Down tree blocking the trail…..looking down-trail

Cleared trail……looking down-trail
Potrero John Trail Survey - 11-29-2016 - by Jim Kenney
Link: Potrero John Trail
Date: 11-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Jim Kenney
Trail description:Decided to just knock this one off of the list.  The start of the trail is well maintained and easy to follow.  The creek is flowing nicely easily forded.  There is a tree across the trail at about the 1/4 mile mark.  The walk around is a little challenging.  If you head up this way, bring a saw to clear the trail.  i may head up there to do it in the next couple of weeks to complete it.  TICKS are alive and abundant.  Check yourself and if you take a pet check them also.  I took my dog and removed about 10 by the time i got back to the truck.  
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Nice little Day hike
Images:




Matilija Canyon Trail Survey - 11-26-2016 - by Joe C
Link: Matilija Canyon Trail
Date: 11-26-2016
Surveyor Name:Joe C
Trail description:Open access once again. Day hike from N. Fork Matilija/Murrietta trailhead to Matilija falls. Nice to see some creeks and pools on the way to the falls with decent flow. Trail was in great shape until about 2 miles from first falls. Thanks to the spray paint and cairn help, whomever!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness Survey - 11-25-2016 - by Erin C
Link: Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness
Date: 11-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Erin C
Trail description:First time exploring this trail. For Los Padres Standards this trail is in good shape. The cut into the slope from the old road is still very visible. The slope of this trail is gentle and would be a very good MTB trail. Too bad it is wilderness so you can only walk it or horse it. The spring has just a trickle of water but it is flowing very slightly.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:


Thorn Point Trail Survey - 11-25-2016 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Thorn Point Trail
Date: 11-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Trail description:Day trip to Thorn Point lookout with Troop 201 Lady Mountaineers. Cold, breezy, perfect day. Trail is outstanding condition — a few recently-downed trees have been removed in the lower section (thx VWRs!). No obstacles to top.

See also https://www.flickr.com/photos/umotamba/albums/72157675849954530
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:







Middle Sespe Trail Survey - 11-24-2016 - by Jay Rock
Link: Middle Sespe Trail
Date: 11-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Jay Rock
Trail description:Thanksgiving Day 2016

I stared at the interior Trail Head and walked it out and back. Having never been here before it was a bit confusing to find.  From the parking lot you'll start a trail and start down into the valley, you'll cross over the creek bed (dry as of this writing) and pick up the trail on the other side.  You'll ascend and wind around a bit but you'll come to the conjunction of the trials as marked with a wooden sign. see below.
The trail is more or less flat through the middle with good footing about 97% of the way.
50 degrees but no shade, I imagine it's a killer hot trail during the summer.
This time of the year, there is ice in the shade at the bottom of valleys and it was very chilly.
Trail varies in width from almost 6ft wide to single file. 
Low brush, some signs of deer, but mostly birds with a few scattered lizards.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Walk on the way from parking lot - very cold in the shade, frozen mud and ice in ditches.

Trail Head - Middle sespe seems like it's lightly used, I didn't see anybody on it, but it was only one day.


Looking back towards parking lot. you can make out the road on the top/middle right as it cut backs and descends into the trees. Parking lot would be behind trees on left.

Example of trail straight aways, note lack of shade. Straight aways are bookended by cutbacks that snake around dry feeder stream beds.
Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 11-22-2016 - by Curt Cragg
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 11-22-2016
Surveyor Name:Curt Cragg
Trail description:The Los Padres Forest Association Volunteer Wilderness Rangers spent two days clearing trees and some brush off of the Big Cone Spruce Trail.  Both the upper and lower camps were also cleaned up.  This trail is now passable from the Manzana Junction to the camps and up to McKinley Road.  There is still some brush clearing that needs to be done but all of the large fallen trees have been cleared as of 11/20/16.

There was flowing water in the creek above the upper camp and just below the lower camp.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Large Oak cleared from blocking trail

40-50 smaller trees cut and cleared


Working with a crosscut saw

Big Cone Trail Crew...Thanks Guys!
Lion Canyon Trail Survey - 11-21-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Lion Canyon Trail
Date: 11-21-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Monte Arido Trail Survey - 11-19-2016 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Monte Arido Trail
Date: 11-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Trail description:Ascended the Monte Arido Trail with BSA Troop 111 on a recent service project. Steep, and recent fireline work during the Rey Fire has resulted in many of the old switchbacks being brushed in, so it's even steeper than usual (if you can imagine that). Great views once we hit the Ocean View OHV route!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:




Santa Cruz Trail Survey - 11-19-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Santa Cruz Trail
Date: 11-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA scouted the Santa Cruz Trail to assess and document damage from Upper Oso to Little Pine post Rey Fire.  There are extensive slides covering the trail almost never-ending.  The BAER teams have removed most of the dead fallen trees but we'd expect more to come at any time, that is where there are still trees.  There was water flowing in Oso Creek below 19 Oaks.  19 Oaks was annihilated but amazingly one of the tables survive, the new crapper wasn't so lucky.  The slides progressively get sketchier above Dead Dog Meadow with exposure and very uneven ground.  Don't even think about riding your bike.  The cribwall section is not looking good.  It felt like 3/4 of the wood support burned but is still somehow holding together.  That being said it felt like it could fail altogether at any moment.  We basically had to run through that section and hope it wasn't our time.  Above the cribwalls the trail remains bad with sections that look like someone took a giant eraser and wiped the trail off the side of the mountain.  The cattle trough is gone, burned and melted, although there is still a seep water at the spring box.  Portions of the upper mile of trail did not burn.  Heading down towards Little Pine Spring felt the sketchiest and we opted not to go that way, instead climbing to Little Pine and Happy Hollow.  Happy Hollow fared quite well and may have been part of a backburn operation.  It is a mess of dozer tread around the bowl but most of the surviving trees from Zaca remain alive.  It needs time to come back.  All in all quite depressing and a lot of work needed to bring this trail back.  But more than anything it will need time.  What we learned from Zaca is that it takes a few years (3-5 depending) for the earth to settle and plants to regrow to the point where they can support a trail again.  But we'll chip away and do what we can to bring it back when the time is right.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Images:

View looking down at 19 Oaks from below Dead Dog Meadow.

Slides above Dead Dog Meadow. This section was one of the worst with football size rocks.


The view of the suspended cribwalls.

The cribwalls. Half burned and failing.


Bet you don't recognize this? It's the horse trough section of the Santa Cruz Trail. Trough melted.
Fishbowls Trail Survey - 11-17-2016 - by Dave Burnett
Link: Fishbowls Trail
Date: 11-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Dave Burnett
Trail description:

                Our hike started about 7:45 am.  It was a cool, crisp day with temperature 37 degrees at the start.  Very sunny and completely clear.  We saw nothing in the sky all day other than birds, the nearly full moon and an occasional high flying aircraft.  Our plan was to hike at least to Fishbowls Campsite.  In fact we hiked about 0.6 miles past the campsite to a high sunny ridge for lunch.  Total one way distance was 6.4 miles of the 7.8 mile length of the trail.  Returned to the trailhead at about 2:30, still clear, sunny and warmed to 65 degrees.

                No difficulty following the trail except at one point about 3.25 miles from the trailhead.  The trail descends a steep, three foot bank towards the creek bed.  One path stays on the south side of the creek, which we took.  The correct path crosses the creek.  So we had a short detour around a small hill, but soon got back on track.

                We noted a couple of obstacles on the path.  One was a 2 foot diameter tree lying across the trail about 100 yards beyond the Sespe Wilderness boundary.  The other was a fallen tree about ¼ mile before the Fishbowls campsite.  More details on both of these in the images.

                All-in-all a great hike.  Trail appears to be lightly used.  However, we saw no one from the time we left the Lockwood Valley Road until our return there except one person in a pickup truck driving near the trailhead.  There was also very little trash along the trail.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

The trail beyond our lunch spot. Great views all around from this ridge.

An ancient signpost. The post has bolts in it that apparently held a sign. Remnants of the sign are scattered on the ground, but we were unable to determine what it may have once said. Speculating that perhaps this was once the boundary of the Sespe Wilderness. Does anyone know the real answer?


Two foot diameter pine log fallen across the trail. Image was taken on our return trip from the west side of the log. Location is N34° 39.514', W119° 8.646', about 100 yards inside the Sespe Wilderness.

Fallen pine tree about ¼ mile before Fishbowls Campground. Location is N34° 38.749', W119° 9.873'. This tree apparently fell very recently based on the fresh cedar branches from the tree it fell through.


Cleaning up the fallen pine tree. Many branches were broken off by the fall. We moved all the larger branches off the trail and were able to break most of the other obstructing branches off the trunk. Trail is easily passable.
Sisquoc Trail Upper Survey - 11-15-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Sisquoc Trail Upper
Date: 11-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Report covers the Sisquoc Trail from South Fork to Cottonwood.
No water at South Fork, first water is 30-40mins up towards Cottonwood.  There was water at Skunk.  No water between Skunk and Cottonwood.  There was water at Cottonwood.  27 downed trees between South Fork and Cottonwood.

Report LGomes
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Piru OHV Trail Survey - 11-14-2016 - by Oh Three
Link: Piru OHV Trail
Date: 11-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Oh Three
Trail description:Piru Creek trail, 20W07 is actually a good backpacking or day hike trail, especially in the Winter after the other access roads are closed for Lockwood Valley, Alamo Mountain, etc. There are some of those annoying long up and down bumps that you find on motorcycle trails. You can access 20W07 year around on Gold Hill road through Hungry Valley OHV. It's 4.8 miles from start to Sunset Camp. See separate review. Then another 1.9 miles to junction with Stone House trail. I haven't done the last segment to Halfmoon Camp. The trail is wonderful to Sunset (very slightly overgrown in parts), and then good to Stonehouse trail. Right after Sunset Camp, there's a wash from the north that basically wipes out the trail. Do NOT follow gypsy motorcycle trail up the mountain. That knucklehead just looped around, u-turned, and came back. Just cross the wash on your own, then head downhill to the brush along the creek to find the trail again. The trail is obvious once you cross that wash. From Sunset to Stonehouse it's good, all the fallen trees have been cut away. The trail leaves the creek a few times but it's not hard to follow. You have the giant pines in there. Jeffrey pines? Beautiful rock cliffs. Little or no water right now. Fill up at Lockwood Creek at Sunset Camp, which is flowing strong. I've taken Boy Scouts from Gold Hill to Sunset each of past 2 years, and it's well received. *Easy* enough for the youngest, and wild scenic and varied enough for the older Scouts. There were fresh mountain lion prints, and I've seen them twice in the past on this trail. Cuidado!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Cedar Creek Trail Survey - 11-10-2016 - by Dave Burnett
Link: Cedar Creek Trail
Date: 11-10-2016
Surveyor Name:Dave Burnett
Trail description:Cedar Creek Trail hike on 11/10/16 with friend, Bob.  We started the hike at about 7:45 am with temp at 32 degrees and no wind.  We finished at 12:30 pm with temp at 75 degrees and still no wind.  Skies were clear all day with only minimal cloudiness.  A very pleasant day to hike.  Lots of evidence of brush clearance along the trail and especially on the ridge comprising the upper portion of the hike.
    We did not hike the entire trail, but rather had lunch and turned around about 1/4 mile beyond the junction with the Fishbowls Trail. Ascending (green track on the map included), we followed the trail.  Descending (red track) we followed a recently cleared fire break which followed the ridge for the upper portion of the hike.  This saved about 1.2 miles and a lot of time. (We had a minor emergency that required us to return a bit earlier than intended originally.)   Ascending was 4.4 miles and descending was 3.2 miles.
       Trail was in very good shape all the way up.  Ridge was similarly easy to follow descending, although much steeper than following the switchbacks which begin shortly past Cedar Creek Campground.  This is a challenging hike, but very enjoyable.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Cedar Creek Trail (partial - 4.4 miles) Ascending track is green. Descending track is red.

Huge fallen granary tree. Hundreds of storage holes. Hiking friend Bob shown.


A distant view of Thorn Point Fire Lookout Tower. Tower is about 2 miles away,

Reviewer at the high point of the hike. Thorn Point Fire Lookout Tower is far in the distance. Picture also shows an example of the fire break clearance.


An unusual rock formation along the ridge descending.
Alejandro Trail Survey - 11-05-2016 - by Matt Grant
Link: Alejandro Trail
Date: 11-05-2016
Surveyor Name:Matt Grant
Trail description:I did this hike November 5, 2016 one week after a decent amount of rain.  Throughout the 5.6 mile hike, I encountered 4 fallen trees (3 badly blocking the trail) and a number of areas where I couldn't find the trail at all.

Overall, the trail is in good shape but anytime I came to a field, the trail was pretty much non-existent.  A number of times, I had to bushwhack my way back using my GPS and a couple of times, I was off the trail for a good 30 minutes or so looking for it. 

A couple of the fallen trees were easy to get around, but 2 of them had to be crossed climbing over trunks and branches.

Since the rainfall, there was a small trickle of water in the creek about 1.5 miles into the hike but I wouldn't plan on that being there for very long unless we continue to get rain. 

Overall, it was a good day hike.  The trail definitely needs some work to clean it up and mark the trail better.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Fallen Trees and Overgrown Fields creates challenges
Images:

Fallen Tree blocking trail

Another Fallen Tree
Manzana Trail West (Lower) Survey - 11-05-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Trail West (Lower)
Date: 11-05-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Curt Cragg reported numerous downed trees along the Lower Manzana Trail.  Only water sources are at Coldwater and Dabney.  LPFA is organizing a trail project to start working on the downed trees.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Lots of downed trees across the trail. Passable for hikers but not stock.
Mission Pine Trail Survey - 10-31-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Mission Pine Trail
Date: 10-31-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA led a 10-day Working Vacation performing trail work from McKinley Saddle out to the Rattlesnake Canyon drainage past Mission Pine Basin.  We spiked at Mission Pine Basin Camp and worked out from there.  We also worked the top mile of the Santa Cruz Trail down from the Basin.

The trail is in really nice shape to Mission Pine Spring, it then becomes a little brushy in sections but very passable all the way to West Big Pine.  It is stock passable at the moment.  Water at Mission Pine Spring, no water at Mission Pine Basin.  We scouted the Fall Canyon Trail and while it remains passable, it is getting real brushy.

More photos available at the LPFA Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/LosPadresForestAssociation/posts/619910411467220?notif_t=like¬if_id=1481555349387696
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Santa Cruz Trail Survey - 10-31-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Santa Cruz Trail
Date: 10-31-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA Working Vacation based out of Mission Pine Basin worked the top mile of the Santa Cruz Trail from Mission Pine Basin down to where the ACE crew wrapped up work in 2015.  The trail is in really fine shape at the moment.  No water at Mission Pine Basin.

Photos of the whole Working Vacation here:
https://www.facebook.com/LosPadresForestAssociation/posts/619910411467220?notif_t=like¬if_id=1481555349387696
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Thorn Point Trail Survey - 10-27-2016 - by Dave Burnett
Link: Thorn Point Trail
Date: 10-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Dave Burnett
Trail description:Trail is in very good shape.  A single log to easily step over about 1/4 mile from trailhead, otherwise clear.  No washouts.  Easily able to drive all the way to the trailhead unlike this time last year, when we chose not to try to get past the stream crossing that is ~2 miles from the trailhead.  Excellent weather.  Although cloudy overhead, the horizontal visibility was good in all directions.  Started hike about 8 am with jacket that came off in the first mile.  Shirt sleeve weather at the tower by 11 am.  Spent about an hour at the tower before heading back to the trailhead
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

View toward Rose Valley

Big pine cones


Tower is open. Unfortunately not well kept. Lots of trash.
Sellers Potrero Trail Survey - 10-19-2016 - by Mike Splain
Link: Sellers Potrero Trail
Date: 10-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Mike Splain
Trail description:

Since the (apparently) older route that ascends the nose of the ridge below Sellers Potrero isn't given mention here, I'll start with that description & then move on to the Sellers Potrero Trail proper.

Section- Wilderness boundary to Sellers Potrero Trail- This route, apparently an abandoned jeep road, alternates between open &very brushy, but is never very hard to follow. A few downed trees complicate progress, but the tread is always easily discernible.

Section- Sellers Potrero Trail from Wilderness boundary to junction of (historic?) trail described above- Trails is generally in excellent condition, with some encroaching vegetation & a bit of deadfall. Minimal restoration needed, but all could likely be accomplished with loppers & a small hand saw.

Section- aforementioned junction to Balm of Gilead Camp- Trail is generally in good condition, but 3 downed oaks force detours. As I recall, all are large enough to necessitate crosscut saws for removal. Some brushing would be helpful here & there as well. Once in the canyon, poison oak abounds; Balm of Gilead Camp was basically bone dry, save for a tiny puddle of standing water (& this was just after a heavy rain). Campfire ring needs hazard reduction to clear vegetation & dry grass, camp toilet is completely defunct & somewhat dangerous as the platform looks rotted & could collapse under weight, recommend filling it in, decommissioning, burning wood & packing out the seat/hardware.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
American Canyon Trail Survey - 10-18-2016 - by Mike Splain
Link: American Canyon Trail
Date: 10-18-2016
Surveyor Name:Mike Splain
Trail description:This is a fine trail & it's generally in excellent shape. Some preemptive brushing along its upper reaches would be helpful, especially above around 3,400' elevation, where it enters a side canyon below Peak 3,827. Some standing pools of water were present near the junction with the Castle Crags Trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Castle Crags Trail Survey - 10-18-2016 - by Mike Splain
Link: Castle Crags Trail
Date: 10-18-2016
Surveyor Name:Mike Splain
Trail description:

Section- American Canyon Trail junction to Machesna Mountain summit spur-

Besides a few cattle trails in the blue oak woodlands, this section of the trail is wide open & easily followed.

Side note- The unofficial dozer line/spur to Machesna Mountain ranges from wide open to heavily overgrown bushwhacking, but stellar views from Santa Lucia Peak (Ventana Wilderness) to the San Rafael, Sierra Madre, Thorn Point, Mount Pinos & the Carrizo Plain/Temblor Range make it well worth the effort.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
North Fork Matilija Trail Survey - 10-17-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: North Fork Matilija Trail
Date: 10-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:spent two night on this trail. excellent trail and easy to follow up until middle matilija camp. after that trail is still obvious to follow but is slightly overgrown. water flowing up until middle matilija camp. upper matilija camp had water trickling, but still plenty to filter.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Trail is in good shape up to middle matilija camp. after that minor bushwacking
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 10-17-2016 - by Eldon Walker
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 10-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Eldon Walker
Trail description:Hiked from Piedra Blanca trailhead to Pine Mountain Lodge. Trail in good shape with some minor overgrowth and lush Poison Oak at the stream crossings. Some nice trail repair on the climb up the North Fork of Piedra Blanca creek to Pine Mountain Lodge. There is a usable pool of water at the entrance to Pine Mountain Lodge. Water flowing in Piedra Blanca Creek at Twin Forks and Piedra Blanca camps.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Looking back toward Piedra Blanca trailhead from near the bottom of the North Fork Piedra Blanca Creek climb, 10-17-2016.

A usable pool of water at Pine Mountain Lodge camp, 10-17-2016.
Big Falls Trail Survey - 10-17-2016 - by Mike Splain
Link: Big Falls Trail
Date: 10-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Mike Splain
Trail description:

Section- Trailhead on Lopez Creek Road to upper falls-

There's some graffiti, trash & evidence of drunken gun play (sign damage, etc.) at the trailhead, the entire flat area near the gate could use a clean-up. Between the trailhead and the upper falls, there's a good amount of bottles, cans & scattered trash (including toilet paper) that needs cleaning up. The trail appears well-used with very little brushing or tread work needed, however, users have created "shortcuts" around 2 switchbacks that need to be decommissioned, a small amount of work would help to repair damaged tread and back slopes.

Section- Upper falls to Hi Mountain Road-end-

This section needs varying degrees of brushing, but tread is generally in good shape. There is evidence of recent motorcycle trespass near the Santa Lucia Wilderness sign & gun damage to the carsonite sign at the road-end. A metal reinforced gate, tank-traps, etc. at the road-end could be helpful in keeping motorcyclists off the trail.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Little Falls Trail Survey - 10-17-2016 - by Mike Splain
Link: Little Falls Trail
Date: 10-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Mike Splain
Trail description:This trail is easy enough to follow, but could use some brushing along its entire length. There's also some deadfall, perhaps 3 larger trees warranting a crosscut saw, including 1 very complex live oak.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Tequepis Trail Survey - 10-15-2016 - by Matt Grant
Link: Tequepis Trail
Date: 10-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Matt Grant
Trail description:Well maintained and traveled trail.  No water in creeks however small day hike. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Howard Creek Trail Survey - 10-08-2016 - by Katie
Link: Howard Creek Trail
Date: 10-08-2016
Surveyor Name:Katie
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:


Pratt Trail Survey - 09-30-2016 - by Christian Olson
Link: Pratt Trail
Date: 09-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Christian Olson
Trail description:The trail is very easy to follow and is well marked. It is slightly over grown in a couple places though. Just to let you know Nordoff Tower is 6 miles one way.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Lion Canyon Trail Survey - 09-25-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Lion Canyon Trail
Date: 09-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA partnered with the Forest Service, Ventura based Boy Scout Troop 111 and REI to host a National Public Lands Day project on September 23-25, 2016.  We accomplished working the trail from Middle Lion Camp up to both East and West Lion Camps.

NOTE: We did not work the first crossing just above Middle Lion.  The first crossing is confusing with an old road and multiple user-trails making it tough to determine which trail is which.  We are hoping to head back out there and finish it up sometime soon.

Check out FB for more information about the project:
https://www.facebook.com/LosPadresForestAssociation/posts/616355325156062
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Lion Canyon Trail Survey - 09-21-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Lion Canyon Trail
Date: 09-21-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Trail report from the Middle Lion Campground to the two backpackers camps in advance of an upcoming trail project for National Public Lands Day:

https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=245a4bd1fe69454ca730e16b385ea721
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Johnston Ridge Trail Survey - 09-17-2016 - by Oh Three
Link: Johnston Ridge Trail
Date: 09-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Oh Three
Trail description:I did Johnson Ridge, from trailhead to Hot Springs and back, Sept 17-18, 2016. It's cleared of brush and easy, well, *easy* except for two things: 

It's confusing as you cross the Stonehouse trail valley. There's too many trails, cattle tracks, roads, fences, etc. Just aim to keep the same compass direction crossing that little valley as you came into it. Yes, like Shaddus Maximus said, go left on 1st choice, but when you come up out of the creek, then you take the right path. 

The other thing that is not *that* easy, is coming back uphill out of the Hot Springs. Whoa! Most of your elevation gain is in 1st couple miles. It's a south facing ridge, and you can bake your brains out. But anyone who hikes Los Padres National Forest knows about that! I strongly suggest hitting the trail before the sun. After 2-3 miles of nonstop climbing, it's basically level back to trailhead, maybe a couple hundred up and down.

I last hiked Johnson Ridge in its last year as a motorcycle trail, 1994? God bless Bill Clinton for locking up Sespe and a lot of other land as Wilderness. Back then Johnson Ridge was an old car road, seriously rutted out by the dirt bikes. Now it's a nice trail, with just the right amount of switch backs. Little or no erosion. Excellent job NF rangers! Is there a volunteer group that puts in work? There must be. God bless them! 

Last time I hiked it, and this time, -- nobody else on the trail. That's wilderness!


Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Picture of little me as a shadow on a big uphill. Grinding!
Tunnel Trail Survey - 09-15-2016 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Tunnel Trail
Date: 09-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Trail description:We hiked down the back side from Gibraltar Road to the dam for the Wednesday night hike. To say it is getting a little long on the sides would be an understatement, it needs a good cutting. At first, the only real problem is the level of slick bay leaves, but it gets worse. Oak stretches out over the trail at common human height all over the place. One spot is an absolute gauntlet of yucca spikes. Lower down, poison oak is taking over. As the trail turns north at the bottom, there is an oak across it.  Below the oak, there are a number of smaller trees (under 1 foot) that have come down on the trail. These are found especially at the creek crossings. Tread is getting soft at the top and could use some rocks in a couple washes. Coming in around the top of Devils Canyon after the Matias junction, the tread needs a lot of work.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:back side: trees down, vegetation is getting difficult to pass in spots
American Canyon Trail Survey - 09-15-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: American Canyon Trail
Date: 09-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Article from the SLO New Times by Trevor Dias:

http://www.newtimesslo.com/art/14339/discovering-the-tuckedaway-american-canyon-trail-in-los-padres-national-forest-/
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 08-24-2016 - by Bre Kapner
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 08-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Bre Kapner
Trail description:I got home from my hike with my dad today, and stumbled upon one of the photos on this website! I was stunned to see that he had snapped a picture in almost the same EXACT location! 

Anyway, the area is suuuuper dry back there. We made it to the "Leaving Public Land" signs at the road, just a little further than Horse Shoe Bend, and then went back for lunch at the picnic tables there. 

There is no water at the swimming hole by Horse Shoe, and the creek is super dry except for a few places where the water is stagnant and dirty. Namely, Cold water. A trickle exists to feed into the pool here, but the water is still too gross for our liking, so we pressed on.

Lots of bugs by any water source, tadpoles & mosquito larvae abound. Saw three deer, many tiny lizards and butterflies, two foxes, a rattle snake, hawks, and an eagle.

The trail is more thickly overgrown with dry brush than I have ever seen it & there are stickers everywhere. It was very hot today, but given the Rey fire, the air quality was not poor until late afternoon.

A few places exist where it may be difficult to follow the trail, especially in several of the dry creek crossings.

The Yucca is all dry, and there have obviously been horses in the area recently.

Bring LOTS of water if attempting this hike in the summer and be sure to wear good shoes, bring sunscreen and bug spray.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Same picture, different date!
Images:

Same Place as one of the other photos! AMAZING!



Succulent!

Horse Shoe Picnic Table


Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 08-24-2016 - by Bre Kapner
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 08-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Bre Kapner
Trail description:More Pics!

Side note, LOTS of poison oak.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:







Leaving Horse Shoe.
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 08-24-2016 - by Bre Kapner
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 08-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Bre Kapner
Trail description:
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:







Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 08-24-2016 - by Bre Kapner
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 08-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Bre Kapner
Trail description:This is totally the same spot right?
...
Thank you M. Jones!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:I'm not crazy ???? :D
Images:

Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 08-24-2016 - by Friend of B
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 08-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Friend of B
Trail description:My friend, in a couple of the photos (blonde gal - "Bre"), has become obsessed with finding the "M. Jones" that posted on 4-11-2015 and(?) 4-23-2015, if you have any information on this guy/gal, please e-mail findingm.jones@gmail.com. Thank you.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Sespe River Trail Survey - 08-19-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 08-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Very little water. Found some at Bear Creek and Willet. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 08-13-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 08-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:No water in Sespe Creek...completely dry. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Sespe River Trail Survey - 08-13-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 08-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:No water in the creek. Went to the first 2 creek crossings to find both completely dry. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Arroyo Burro Trail North Survey - 08-09-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Arroyo Burro Trail North
Date: 08-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:All downed trees have been "removed" from the trail but there are still a handful of smaller trees/branches that could be removed with a Silkey hand saw.  The trail as a whole could use a Spring cleaning.  The tread needs work and brushing throughout PLUS some additional help on larger projects in select areas.  Would be a great trail to Adopt and work on over the years.  

Recent signs of horses along the trial, quite a bit of PO and even a few bear prints.  There was water along the lower stretches.  Good trail to mtn bike ride.
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Needs some work
Santa Cruz Trail Survey - 08-04-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Santa Cruz Trail
Date: 08-04-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:REPORT FROM RECENT MTN BIKER:

- Santa Cruz Trail from Little Pine to Upper Oso is in fine shape other than the usual shale slides along the south face and the white rock slides a little further down before Dead Dog Meadow.

- There is still a trickle of water in the 1mile stock trough.

Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Photo Noe
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 08-03-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 08-03-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Recent report from Santa Barbara Edhat.  Seems there is still water out there if you look in the right places:

http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?nid=172956
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Buckhorn Trail Survey - 08-02-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Buckhorn Trail
Date: 08-02-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Got a report from a hiker who took the Buckhorn Trail from the bottom up towards Indian Creek.  There is no flowing water but a few isolated pools that still have water in them.  Could use some brushing but otherwise the trail is in good shape up to Lower Buckhorn Camp.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Horn Canyon Trail Survey - 07-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Horn Canyon Trail
Date: 07-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The lower trailhead for Horn Canyon Trail was changed in July 2016 from the parking area within Thacher School to the street just outside Thacher.  You'll notice it when you see it and soon you'll probably forget that the old trailhead was ever an option.  We're reporting this information within HikeLosPadres for historical purposes.  Good stuff to keep and report.

This was reported by Heidi of the Ojai Ranger District.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Boulder Canyon Trail Survey - 07-08-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Boulder Canyon Trail
Date: 07-08-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The Pine Fire continues to burn along the north face of Pine Mtn in the Sespe Wilderness.  Part of the fire attack was to construct an indirect fire line along the Boulder Canyon Trail.  Crews have completed this fire line from Ozena Fire Station to Pine Mtn Campground along the Boulder Canyon Trail.  It will be interesting to visit once the fire is wrapped up.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Madulce Peak Trail Survey - 07-03-2016 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Madulce Peak Trail
Date: 07-03-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Trail description:A large group from Sierra Club HPS worked on trail 7/3/16. Brush cleared, several small-medium sized logs removed. The tricky transition from traverse to switchbacks flagged & cairned. Still many large logs to climb over, and switchbacks just below ridge disappear, but trail is much easier to follow.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Challenging trail but currently easy to follow.
Big Sur Trail Survey - 06-25-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Big Sur Trail
Date: 06-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Salmon Creek Trail Survey - 06-14-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Salmon Creek Trail
Date: 06-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Article in the SB Independent about the Salmon Creek Trail, by Richie Demaria:

http://www.independent.com/news/2016/jun/14/salmon-creek-trail/
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Little Falls Trail Survey - 06-13-2016 - by Frank Kehl
Link: Little Falls Trail
Date: 06-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Frank Kehl
Trail description:My son and I hiked the lower portion of the Little Falls Trail today. We had just been here a few months ago, and conditions have noticeably changed since then. Water levels are dropping rapidly. The first crossing of Little Falls Creek just beyond the trailhead is now completely dry. The stream is still flowing, although sluggishly, above this point. Poison oak is encroaching on the trail, and it's hard to avoid it completely. The trail itself is still easy to follow, however. The unmarked side trail up to the base of Little Falls ends at a lovely pool with a very small (6' or so) waterfall about 100 yards short of Little Falls itself. Getting to the base of Little Falls from here would involve wading in the creek itself through very dense underbrush. While it's probably still doable, we didn't bother. My best guess is that Little Falls has either slowed to a trickle or stopped flowing altogether due to the drought.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Monte Arido Trail Survey - 06-11-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Monte Arido Trail
Date: 06-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:It is very easy to miss this trail. We hiked 1.25 miles past the turn off of Murietta Road, and started hiking along the headwaters of the Santa Ynez. Look left when you get to the top of Murietta Road. Stand on the bank to the left of the trail. You will see the trail snaking through the brush.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Passable but challenging.
Raspberry Trail Survey - 06-04-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Raspberry Trail
Date: 06-04-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Led by Ranger Heidi, the Ojai Ranger District hosted a National Trails Day event to work the Raspberry Trail from Pine Mtn Rd down to the Camp.  In addition to light tread work, they installed a new Sespe Wilderness Sign.  "Wahoo!"
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Franklin Trail North Survey - 06-04-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Franklin Trail North
Date: 06-04-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The LPFA joined forces with a plethora of other trail groups to host a trail project along the Franklin Trail as part of National Trails Day 2016.  We worked 1 mile of the trail from the Jameson Trailhead up to Alder Camp.  That section of trail is in great shape.

The upper section from Divide Peak OHV to Alder Camp has been worked recently by MTF.  It is passable but still needs some more work, what trail doesn't.  

All is all the trail is very very followable and is probably in better shape than its been in for quite some time.  Go get some!  More photos at the link below:


https://www.facebook.com/LosPadresForestAssociation/posts/521405164651079

There was water along the entire trail as well.


Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:




Buckeye Trail Survey - 06-01-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Buckeye Trail
Date: 06-01-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Ventana Wilderness Alliance worked the Buckeye Trail in Spring 2016 from Upper Cruikshank Camp to Buckeye Camp.  It is passable for stock.  Great work!  They also brushed the trail from Salmon Creek Station out to the Soda Springs junction.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Pine Ridge Trail Survey - 05-31-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Pine Ridge Trail
Date: 05-31-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Hiked an out and back from China Camp to Redwood Camp over memorial day weekend. Would not recommend this route (either hike in from Big Sur Station, or do a through-hike with shuttle from China Camp). As others have mentioned, the trail was mostly clear and well maintained from China Camp to Divide Camp. Between Divide Camp and Pine Ridge Camp there is significant overgrowth - the trail is visible at your feet, but you must bushwhack through (mostly) california lilac and (some) prickly plants and poison oak to get through. From Pine Ridge to Redwoods, the foliage changes, but you are still pushing your way through (mostly) prickly bushes and (some) poison oak. Doable, but would recommend long pants and possibly long sleeves (or be ok getting scratched-up/with poison oak exposure).

Water was flowing at Divide Camp (stream crosses the trail shortly after the turnoff for camp), Pine Ridge Camp (stream is beyond the main camp area - follow the path beyond the fire pit), and Redwoods. Also one additional water spot between Divide Camp and Bear Creek Connector trail. 

If you are considering doing this hike soon, be aware, its biting fly season - they're vicious and plentiful. There is a constant buzzing din from about 9:30am - 6:00pm, any rest stops result in swarms of 20+ flies,  and if you hit camp early, you may find yourself hiding in your tent until dusk. They did not respond to DEET. I would not hike again in these conditions, but if you're braving it - wear loose-ish long-sleeves and long pants (they bit right through my running leggings) and consider bringing a bug net for your head.


Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Overgrown
Alamar Trail Survey - 05-30-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Alamar Trail
Date: 05-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA led two trail projects in 2016 to work the Alamar Trail.  First was in April 2016 focused on clearing the top 2miles of the trail.  We logged out dozens of fallen dead coulter pines and brushed as much spiny ceonothus as we could get our hands on.

The second project was completed in May 2016 and involved an 8-person ACE Crew who spent three weeks working the trail above and below Bill Faris.  For complete report of conditions check the Facebook link below:

https://www.facebook.com/LosPadresForestAssociation/posts/614186805372914
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:


Santa Barbara Canyon Trail Survey - 05-30-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Santa Barbara Canyon Trail
Date: 05-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The LPFA led two trail projects along Santa Barbara Canyon Trail in 2016.  The trail should be very followable from start to finish but expect sections of brush-pushing and having to fight back the California Rose.  All in all, it should be in good shape and great shape by Dick Smith measures.  Go and get some.....

More information and photos can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/LosPadresForestAssociation/posts/617391001719161
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Mission Pine Trail Survey - 05-29-2016 - by Duane Waite
Link: Mission Pine Trail
Date: 05-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Duane Waite
Trail description:Hiked from McKinley Springs to Mission Pine Springs. The trail is in good shape except for near the summit where the tread can be difficult to spot. There are a few blow downs. The largest, about 18 inches in diameter, lies a quarter mile behind the San Rafael summit. I followed a set of mountain bike tracks up the trail from McKinley Saddle all the way down to Mission Pine Springs. There is no wilderness marker or sign at the trail head, so it's either missing or was stolen. Either way, some mountain bikers took it as a sign that what they did was ok.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Mountain bike tracks between San Rafael Summit and Mission Pine Springs
Middle Sespe Trail Survey - 05-29-2016 - by Ritz
Link: Middle Sespe Trail
Date: 05-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Ritz
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Lots of bush whacking needed. Can be very difficult to find trail.
Stonehouse Trail Survey - 05-29-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Stonehouse Trail
Date: 05-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:The trail is reachable by first hiking about a mile on the Johnston Ridge Trail and taking lefts at the two junctions (second one marked by a sign). Johnston Ridge Trailhead was inaccessible to any cars without high clearance (Pickups, SUVs) due to the high water levels at the two creek crossings on the Grade Valley Road (Forest Rte 7N03).

Did not see the old Stone House Camp (not maintained) while hiking the trail, but there were viable options for camping near flowing water towards the end of the trail. Trail ends on an intersection with a Motorcycle Trail that goes along Piru Creek. Saw not a single other hiker on Memorial Day Weekend. Very secluded.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Puerto Suelo Trail - Dick Smith Survey - 05-29-2016 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Puerto Suelo Trail - Dick Smith
Date: 05-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Trail description:We cleared less than a mile of trail from Madulce Camp. The trail disappears into thick coenothus & scrub oak as it climbs to the Puerto Suelo saddle. The trail is flagged, but the bushwhacking is so gruesome none of us were willing to push through to the saddle.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Cleared 3/4 mile from Madulce Camp
Poplar Trail Survey - 05-29-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Poplar Trail
Date: 05-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA trail projects working the Poplar Trail from Pens Camp up and over to the Mono-Alamar Trail junction.  The trail is now very passable and clear but more brushing is needed, mostly on the Indian Creek side.  We led two projects along the trail.  The first in April and the second in late May.  More photos at the LPFA Facebook page below:

https://www.facebook.com/LosPadresForestAssociation/posts/618307491627512?notif_t=like¬if_id=1481309113196993
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 05-28-2016 - by Cameron D
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 05-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Cameron D
Trail description:From the Manzana Schoolhouse, the first mile or so is overgrown but followable. Then small pieces of blue marker start appearing (occasionally) as the trail rapidly disappears. It was possible, but difficult, to follow and involved a lot of backtracking, searching for markers or cut branches, and "feeling" the tread with hiking poles. I was hoping the brush would thin and the trail would become more obvious near the top, but no such luck. I followed the trail to where it seemed to wrap around the finger of the ridge a bit and leveled off; I'm not sure if it was the top of the main ridge or a sub ridge.

Worse than the trail finding were the fox tails or whatever type of grass has the small spiky seeds. I gave up clearing them within the first few minutes on the trail. By the time I got back down my feet resembled a porcupine turned inside out. I had to cut the mesh on my shoes just to get all of them out and they sliced up my ankles. Wear shoes with no mesh if you want to try the trail!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Very difficult & time consuming to follow. Hardly passible (if at all)
Madulce Trail Survey - 05-28-2016 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Madulce Trail
Date: 05-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Trail description:LPFA volunteers spent several days clearing the lower part of the trail out of Madulce Camp. It is easy to follow now until the brush grows again next winter. There are several logs across the trail in the pine forest below the intersection with Maducle Peak Trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Many fallen logs on upper trail
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 05-25-2016 - by Drew Smith
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 05-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Drew Smith
Trail description:The wildflowers are wonderful in the recent burn area. Very abundant and I counted 31 types.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Madulce Peak Trail Survey - 05-24-2016 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Madulce Peak Trail
Date: 05-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Trail description:Over 30 logs in the trail - some very large & complex. Several places have thick brush requiring bushwhacking. The switchbacks leading to the ridge are difficult to find, and you can easily follow the tracks of people who missed them.  The switchbacks are faint and often lost beneath deadfall. The trail is flagged, so look carefully for flagging.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Rough, challenging trail
Arroyo Burro Trail North Survey - 05-23-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Arroyo Burro Trail North
Date: 05-23-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Val Hikes blog post about the North Arroyo Burro Trail. Great read and really spectacular photos.  Enjoy:

http://valhikes.blogspot.com/2016/05/arroyo-burro.html
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Agua Blanca Trail Survey - 05-22-2016 - by Alan Coles
Link: Agua Blanca Trail
Date: 05-22-2016
Surveyor Name:Alan Coles
Trail description:Removed trees and better defined trail at stream crossings from Piru Creek to Devil's Gateway.  Trail is passable and easy to follow but lack of use has allowed grass to obscure the path.  I noticed some false trails in the canyon bottom indicating that some hikers cannot find the true trail which is above the canyon bottom alternating on the north and south sides.  This might explain the previous erroneous report.  We have placed flagging to help locate the crossings.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Judell Trail Survey - 05-20-2016 - by Mark LaFevers
Link: Judell Trail
Date: 05-20-2016
Surveyor Name:Mark LaFevers
Trail description:Blind footing in much of the upper trail in tall grass, just turning brown. The Spring is dry, water is flowing at crossings about 3 miles down. From mile 2.5 down, half a dozen tree falls await sawyers, and a solid wall of poison oak requires dropping off trail into the creek to bypass. The rockslide and deep wash areas are passable to hikers, but the trail is hard to follow in sections for heavy ovegrowth and little apparent use. Despite the thigh high contact with brush the three of us picked up only two ticks between Santa Barbara Potrero and Heath Camp. No snakes, lots of bear scat from mile 3 down to Heath and beyond to Mansfield. Lots of poison oak on the Sisquoc Trail between the camps down stream to Skunk Camp, but passable, campsites in good condition with clearing tools in place at some. The Sisquoc is flowing and the pools at Cottonwood Camp are particularly nice. We enjoyed a 2 1/2 hour hike between S.B. Potrero and Heath, and 4 1/2 hours on the uphill leg between Cottonwood and S.B. Potrero, in mild temperatures high 70s and breezes.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:3 days 2 nights backpack
Images:

Tall grass

Detour to bypass poison oak


Water at crossings in lower half

Lots of widlflowers
Pine Ridge Trail Survey - 05-16-2016 - by Kali
Link: Pine Ridge Trail
Date: 05-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Kali
Trail description:We hiked the entirety of the trail from China Camp down to Big Sur Station, camping at Redwood Camp and Ventana Camp along the way. The trail was easy to follow, but large sections of the trail between China Camp and Sykes were extremely overgrown. We had to push our way through thick brush through a majority of this section, though never lost the trail. We picked up some ticks along the way, so hikers in this section should exercise caution in that respect. Campgrounds and trail junctions were well marked and there were ample opportunities for restocking on water along the way. The section between China Camp and Sykes offered plenty of peace and solitude, with barely any other hikers and campers along the way.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:China Camp to Big Sur Station
Roque Canyon Trail Survey - 05-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Roque Canyon Trail
Date: 05-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:No trail down the canyon from Roque to Kerry Canyon.  The "official" trail goes up and over towards Flores but most hikers have just followed the canyon down through the narrows, over small waterfalls and rock-hopping down the canyon.

Report from FROG the Condor Trail thru-hiker
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Non existent
Kerry Canyon OHV Trail Survey - 05-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Kerry Canyon OHV Trail
Date: 05-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Water trickling down the canyon.  Trail is grassy but followable, not as bad as some of the other nearby trails but certainly not a trail where you could fall asleep and be able to follow the trail.

Report from FROG the Condor Trail thru-hiker
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Deal Trail Survey - 05-14-2016 - by Josh Henderson
Link: Deal Trail
Date: 05-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Josh Henderson
Trail description:This was my first time trying this trail. It's possible that I just wasn't looking in the right place but I couldn't follow this trail more than a couple of hundred yards. I saw the "Deal Connector Trail" further south on 33 which looked like a better bet, but by that time I'd just decided to call it a day.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Condition details:First Timer
Horse Canyon Labrea Trail Survey - 05-14-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Horse Canyon Labrea Trail
Date: 05-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Trail from the Sisquoc is really nice up Horse Canyon but quickly disappears as you head towards Roque.  There was water at just about all the canyon crossings.

Report from FROG the Condor Trail thru-hiker
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Non existent
Indian Trail - Dick Smith Survey - 05-13-2016 - by Alex Stone
Link: Indian Trail - Dick Smith
Date: 05-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Alex Stone
Trail description:The day started out really great we left the truck at the gate near little caliente and kept a swift pace keeping our eyes peeled for rattlesnakes of course.Once reaching the trail at the one mile mark not far beyond that is a pool of deep water and a culvert obviously manmade. The dogs cooled off and we continued up the creek. Between Pie Cyn. and lower buckhorn we came across fresh bear scat and tracks leading up the creek and continuing on the trail. Reaching Meadow camp the bench and stove are still intact and in good shape. Water was Slowly flowing I would say most areas aren't stagnant. The trail is just overgrown with grass mostly but is visible. One small oak tree was across the trail between here and indian camp. The Indian Camp was in good shape and we got the will to continue upstream another three quarters of a mile after a snack. The pools upstream were my goal but both of us succumbed to the heat and began feeling fatigued. We turned around and realized our water was running low too low. Lets just say the slog back was tough to the point of being so dehydrated I started feeling faint with cottonmouth, loss of sweat and breathing was labored i'd never felt so foolish in my life. BRING MORE WATER THEN YOU THINK YOU NEED. That dry heat and sun isn't a joke. Lesson learned...
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:





Sisquoc Trail Lower Survey - 05-12-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Sisquoc Trail Lower
Date: 05-12-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Water flowing entire extent of Sisquoc from Alamar down to Water Canyon.  Below Water Canyon the water dries up.  Trail in pretty good shape but not great.  Could not find Cliff Camp.

Report from FROG the Condor Trail thru-hiker
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Thorn Point Trail Survey - 05-08-2016 - by Erin C.
Link: Thorn Point Trail
Date: 05-08-2016
Surveyor Name:Erin C.
Trail description:This is my new favorite short hike in the Los Padres. Absolutely beautiful trail!  Tread is a bit "chunky" but easy to follow.  For Los Padres wilderness trail standards I would give this trail an 8.5 / 10.  

The lookout tower area is trashed. The summit would have a lot more appeal to me if there were no lookout tower or dilapidated outhouse at all and it was just simply restored back to its natural state.  Just my 2 cents.  
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:




Cruickshank Trail Survey - 05-08-2016 - by Sherri
Link: Cruickshank Trail
Date: 05-08-2016
Surveyor Name:Sherri
Trail description:

This is my first time trail reporting.

We started our hike at Cruickshank trailhead at PCH on Sunday. We hiked along this trail to the Buckeye junction. Then we hiked along the Buckeye trail to the Buckeye Camp that sits next to the spring. Spent one night there. Second day we retraced our hike on Buckeye trail but then continued on to Villa Creek Camp. Spent one night there. Trails were all clear, Villa Creek was full flowing. The spring at Buckeye Camp was also flowing but we did not feel comfortable dipping into water from the trough as there were unidentified organisms there. Instead, we captured our water from just above the trough.

We also did a short hike beyond Villa Creek Camp heading toward Alder Creek Camp. This trail was very overgrown and probably where I came into contact with the poison oak that I later broke out from. There are beautiful views if you don't mind pushing through the overgrowth.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

View from Cruickshank Trail

Buckeye Camp


Villa Creek

Ready to pack it out from Villa Creek Camp


Trail to Alder Creek Camp
Potrero Canyon Trail Survey - 05-06-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Potrero Canyon Trail
Date: 05-06-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Noozhawk article about the Potrero Trail by Dan McCaslin.  Enjoy the read:

http://www.noozhawk.com/homes_lifestyle/article/dan_mccaslin_west_hurricane_deck_day_hike
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Murietta Trail Survey - 05-03-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Murietta Trail
Date: 05-03-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Trail is fine until camp but overgrown up to the fire road. Lots of poison oak. No water. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Murietta Trail Survey - 05-03-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Murietta Trail
Date: 05-03-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Trail is fine until camp but overgrown up to the fire road. Lots of poison oak. No water. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
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
Images:

Pothole Trail Survey - 05-02-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Pothole Trail
Date: 05-02-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:
TRAIL UPDATE:
The Ojai Ranger District hired The CREW (http://www.thecrew.org/) to work for three weeks from the Sespe Wilderness Boundary down to Log Cabin Camp.  That section is now 100% stock passable and in the best shape it's been in for years and years, if not decades.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Prewitt Loop Trail Survey - 04-30-2016 - by Hiking Guy
Link: Prewitt Loop Trail
Date: 04-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Hiking Guy
Trail description:Consistent poison oak growth for the norther 6 miles of the loop.  Dozens of downed trees and growth of grass have obscured the trail around the middle ridge area, and it is difficult to follow.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:THICK with poison oak and stinging nettle. Dozens of fallen trees
Murietta Trail Survey - 04-30-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Murietta Trail
Date: 04-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Ojai Ranger District organized twelve volunteers to work on the Murietta Trail. Eight from the lower trailhead with hand tools and four from the top using a chainsaw.  There is still another one to two days of work, but a great start and improvement.  
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Pothole Trail Survey - 04-24-2016 - by Gordon A Jenkins
Link: Pothole Trail
Date: 04-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Gordon A Jenkins
Trail description:Excellent condition...CREW Ojai just completed a 21-day spike, worked trail from ridge to Log Cabin camp and Devil's Gateway
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Reyes Peak Trail Survey - 04-21-2016 - by Josh Batt
Link: Reyes Peak Trail
Date: 04-21-2016
Surveyor Name:Josh Batt
Trail description:Found no markings to identify the trail from Haddock Campground. Trail is in the same condition as last surveyed on 5-15-15.  From Haddock campground to Haddock peak is fully overgrown with thorn bushes for about 1/4 mile before you reach the rock formations. The trail is hard to find near the rock formations below Haddock Peak.  And still several downed pines across the trail on the northern slope of Reyes Peak. 
Bring your hedge clippers!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Buckeye Trail Survey - 04-19-2016 - by Donald seawater
Link: Buckeye Trail
Date: 04-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Donald seawater
Trail description:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2DxCzlBkXs
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Buckeye Trail Survey - 04-19-2016 - by Donald seawater
Link: Buckeye Trail
Date: 04-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Donald seawater
Trail description:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2DxCzlBkXs
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Potrero John Trail Survey - 04-17-2016 - by Hiking Viking
Link: Potrero John Trail
Date: 04-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Hiking Viking
Trail description:Water was flowing steadily but a bit low. Wildflowers were beautiful. Area was green and lush.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Potrero John Trail Survey - 04-17-2016 - by Hiking Viking
Link: Potrero John Trail
Date: 04-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Hiking Viking
Trail description:Water was flowing steadily but a bit low. Wildflowers were beautiful. Area was green and lush.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Agua Blanca Trail Survey - 04-17-2016 - by Daniel Meinzer
Link: Agua Blanca Trail
Date: 04-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Daniel Meinzer
Trail description:Trail from Piru Creek to Log Cabin is bush-wacking and rock-hopping most of the way.  Trail has been washed out and is mostly non-existent.  Trail picks up occasionally closer to Piru Creek.  Where there is a trail, there are markers.  Watch out for poison ivy and stinging nettle.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Images:

Caldwell Trout Creek Trail Survey - 04-16-2016 - by Jeff Wheelwright
Link: Caldwell Trout Creek Trail
Date: 04-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Jeff Wheelwright
Trail description:Best to approach the TH from Lopez Lake rather than Pozo because Hi Mountain Road was in bad shape from the latter. In mid-April we hiked over three days to a point about half way up the mesa and back. Trail was in fine shape along Trout Creek, which has intermittent water. Trail to Buckeye Camp was only fair, with much poison oak to avoid and many step-arounds. Buckeye Camp has ample water. Trail from Buckeye to the mesa was occasionally hard to follow. Cattle have been keeping it open, but the meadows were lush and not overgrazed. Wildflowers were abundant everywhere. For a treat, look for a swath of rare snowdrop bushes on the north-facing slope at about 2K elevation west of the mesa--about 7 miles from the TH if you hike it straight.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Snowdrop bush west of Caldwell Mesa
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 04-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 04-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Ojai Ranger District project to work the trail within the recent fire perimeter.  Worked from Oak Camp back down to the lower trail head.  Thanks to ORD, Ranger Heidi and the volunteers for their help.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Photo Ranger Heidi
Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 04-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 04-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:"big cone spruce was indeed quite overgrown"
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Pothole Trail Survey - 04-16-2016 - by Daniel Meinzer
Link: Pothole Trail
Date: 04-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Daniel Meinzer
Trail description:Maintenance was in progress during our hike.  Expect it to be in very good shape.  Water was present at pothole spring.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:


Alder Creek Trail Survey - 04-11-2016 - by Nicolas M
Link: Alder Creek Trail
Date: 04-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Nicolas M
Trail description:Running stream about 1.5 mile in in (looks like this one could dry soon). Water trickle at dripping spring in the descent to the gorge. Running water in most of the gorge. Stream was 1 inch deep average at the bottom, stronger at Shady with pretty strong waterfalls just behind shady (it had rained for 3 days the previous days).

There is vegetation overgrowth in parts of the trail, on the descent to the gorge and in the gorge itself, slowing the pace quite a bit. Could use a trim!!

The trail once at the bottom was tough to find and follow, making for extra slow progress as I was beelining and zigzaging all through it - Bless the trail angels that dotted it with rock cairns to make it easier to find. I would stay one day at the bottom to make more cairns and make the existing ones a little taller if I had the leisure.

Many beautiful campsites along the gorge. I made it to shady and I can tell it's a well loved place.

Warning, One big beehive at hip height in the rock face right by the trail 2/3rd of the descent - the trail goes about 4 feet from the hive, with no real options going wider. Walk peacefully and swiftly by it.. Also one big beehive in one of the camps -  but there are many camps to choose from.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Vegetation is overtaking the trail in sections. Finding - and staying on the trail in the gorge is tough.
Images:







Shady camp Maybe ? :)
Caliente Trail Survey - 04-11-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Caliente Trail
Date: 04-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Recent article by Richie DeMaria about a journey up Caliente Canyon:

http://www.independent.com/news/2016/apr/11/east-camino-cielo-upper-caliente-canyon/
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 04-10-2016 - by Kevin Madden
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 04-10-2016
Surveyor Name:Kevin Madden
Trail description:The 1st  1.6 miles is in a recent burn area, but the trail has been marked well, Water at Oak camp, no water at the top spring.
GREAT, GREAT hike with not one person
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail Survey - 04-10-2016 - by Steve Lynes
Link: Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail
Date: 04-10-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Lynes
Trail description:This is a very beautiful hike, incredibly serene and peaceful with some spectacular views and a Chumash mortar hole in a large rock about mid-way along the trail.

For the most part the trail is well maintained and easy to follow but there are a few junctions that are either unnamed (they only say trail) or unmarked altogether and it is easy to take a wrong turn at a trail junction (or miss the one you want to take) if you don't have a map. Since this was my very first time here I had to use my map (and my compass to orient it to north) and use terrain association to pick the correct trail where the Willow Spur & Munch Canyon Trails intersect the Davy Brown Trail. Some strategic trail markers could fix this problem. A friend took a wrong turn in January and ended up turning a 6 mile hike into a 10 mile hike because of this.

There were a couple of areas where trees were down across the trail and had to be climbed over (or under if you were small and didn't have a pack on). Also there were lots of areas with heavy poison oak that was either leaning into or across the trail (some machete work is needed to cut it back).

Overall this was a fabulous hike, especially since it was the day after rain and all the creeks and streams were flowing heavily...it was marvelous and I'll definitely hike it again!!!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Downed trees across the trail. Lots of poison oak on the trail. Needs named trail markers at trail junctions.
Images:







Sisquoc Trail Upper Survey - 04-09-2016 - by Sonia Connors
Link: Sisquoc Trail Upper
Date: 04-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Sonia Connors
Trail description:
We hiked this trail from Heath Camp to South Fork Camp, camping at Skunk.  Spring was in full bloom with so many wild flowers!  Most of the river crossings were easy to find the trail on the other side - many marked with cairns or flagging.  Some had overgrown poison oak in the way.  The grass was knee to hip high in some places, and we continued down stream just looking for a little "U" among the grasses to see where the trail could be.  Although it seemed likely to miss the trail in these conditions, we were able to keep on it.  Just upstream from South Fork there is a section with many,  many downed Alders - really tough for our pup to get through, as her paws slipped through all the branches.  Saw one rattlesnake snoozing by the river when we were trying to find an alternate route past some poison oak.   Thank you to all of the people working so hard to keep this trail and the campsites in such great condition !!!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:


Trail in the grass to the left of the giant burned out Oak trunk


Trail camouflaged in short grasses

Crossing between Skunk and South Fork


Trail upstream from South Fork
Cold Spring Trail - East Fork Survey - 04-09-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cold Spring Trail - East Fork
Date: 04-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The Multiuse Trails Coalition led a trail project to work the upper portion of the Cold Spring Trail that had been damaged by the Gibraltar Fire.  Photos tell a thousand words, enjoy!  Thanks everyone for all your hard work:

https://picasaweb.google.com/109897793293855676170/GibraltarFireUpperColdSpringTrailRestoration?feat=content_notification#
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Sweetwater Trail Survey - 04-07-2016 - by Tom Plymale
Link: Sweetwater Trail
Date: 04-07-2016
Surveyor Name:Tom Plymale
Trail description:From the trailhead at Sierra Madre past Smoking Rocks the trail is in pretty good shape and could use some brushing and tread work in spots. When you descend from the  high point  to the river  is where the worst sections are due to failed tread and clogged drains. There are  numerous areas where there is exposed rock and the  trail narrows to chutes which could be dangerous for stock. The lower section took a terrible beating last summer during the strong storms. There is no water along this trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Sisquoc Trail Lower Survey - 04-02-2016 - by Katie Mendenhall
Link: Sisquoc Trail Lower
Date: 04-02-2016
Surveyor Name:Katie Mendenhall
Trail description:The trail is easy enough to follow through the grasslands, although it's very overgrown. You can follow the path of grass that's about a foot shorter than the surrounding grass. There are places where you will loose the trail completely and just need to route-find with the map. Be sure to use trekking poles or a walking stick through the grass to avoid startling a snake!

The trail is most difficult to follow as you cross through the riparian woodland around the Sisquoc. Look for faded red flagging or cairns and know that the trail usually crosses straight across the river and climbs up the bank to the grasslands.

It would help immensely if the dense foliage and branches were trimmed back a bit directly at the river crossings.

There are places where the poison oak bushes are creeping into the trail, but it's still possible to avoid them.

About 1/8th of a mile from the Manzana Schoolhouse Camp is a large downed pine (same one listed in the 5/2014 survey), but it's very easy to walk around it.

There was good water in the Sisquoc all along this section of the trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

You can see the trail winding on the left side of the river.

Look for this faded red flagging near river crossings



Cairns can be spotted at riverbed crossings, but you have to look carefully!
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 04-01-2016 - by Sonia Connors
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 04-01-2016
Surveyor Name:Sonia Connors
Trail description:
Hike from South Fork to Nira.  Trail was in excellent condition with plenty of water and many wildflowers!  This steep trail between the Alcove and Manzana Narrows had big patches dense with poppies and chia - beautiful color combination!  The section between White Ledge and the Alcove had creek crossing with water in it - and many tadpoles.  Thank you to all that maintain this beautiful trail!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:







Lion Canyon Trail Survey - 03-31-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Lion Canyon Trail
Date: 03-31-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Red Reef Trail Survey - 03-30-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Red Reef Trail
Date: 03-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Coming up from the Sespe drainage, the first couple of miles on the Red Reef are the most challenging. The trail is choked with poison oak and ticks seem to be everywhere. ("Check yourself before you wreck yourself" folks.) There are also a number of downed trees, about 4-5 which required me to get down on hands and knees and crawl under. There is one large downed oak tree which required a tricky "climb" through its canopy, which was lying across the trail. Having said all of that, however, the tread is very easy to follow, even through this lower section that largely follows the creek bed. As you climb higher, the trail gets better and better, thanks to recent trail work. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Indian Trail - Dick Smith Survey - 03-30-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Indian Trail - Dick Smith
Date: 03-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The trail to Indian Camp from the Meadow Camp is getting marginal. It isn’t too hard to follow, but it is down to just a break in the brush to push through in some stretches. Otherwise, not bad.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Cedar Creek Trail Survey - 03-29-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cedar Creek Trail
Date: 03-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:One large downed tree about 3/4 of a mile east of Pine Mountain Lodge camp, and another couple of smaller downed trees east of Cedar Creek camp. None of these present much of challenge to make your way over or around. Otherwise, the trail is in excellent condition. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Johnston Ridge Trail Survey - 03-29-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Johnston Ridge Trail
Date: 03-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:This trail is an excellent shape. There is one confusing moment, however: When dropping south down from the trailhead, you cross the dirt road running east/west to Mutau Flat. On the other side of the road, there appears to be two ways to go (left of right) and there is no trail sign posted. Stay to the left. The trail will quickly become apparent again as you cross the sandy wash here. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 03-28-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 03-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Trail description:Hiked from the Piedra Blanca trailhead up to Pine Mountain Lodge camp. Trail is in excellent shape with no downed trees, slides or washouts. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Judell Trail Survey - 03-28-2016 - by Sonia Connors
Link: Judell Trail
Date: 03-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Sonia Connors
Trail description:Upper half of trail was in excellent shape.  Green grasses and wildflowers abundant, as well as plenty of bear scat and a rattler.  Occasional water in creek in the lower half.  There is an established campsite about half way down (we named it Hail Flat because is was hailing while we stayed there).  Lower half has a few sections of fallen trees and overgrown poison oak.  Watch out for the alluring sandy creek bed - I sunk thigh deep in "quick sand" !!!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Upper Judell

Rattlesnake on upper Judell


Hail Flat Campground (we named this)

Judell Trail sign from Heath Camp
Thorn Point Trail Survey - 03-27-2016 - by United Trail Maintainers of California
Link: Thorn Point Trail
Date: 03-27-2016
Surveyor Name:United Trail Maintainers of California
Trail description:Cleared the trail of trees. Trail in good condition.
Mode of transport:Stock
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Bull Ridge Trail Survey - 03-26-2016 - by C Contreras
Link: Bull Ridge Trail
Date: 03-26-2016
Surveyor Name:C Contreras
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Condition details:Trailheads have been closed off due to land purchase by petroleum company
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 03-26-2016 - by United Trail Maintainers of California
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 03-26-2016
Surveyor Name:United Trail Maintainers of California
Trail description:Cleared trees and performed spot limbing trail maintenance from Reyes Creek to Haddock. Very brushy betwen Haddock and Beartrap. Trail is stock passable to Haddock.
Mode of transport:Stock
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Brushy betwen Haddock and Beartrap
Blue Canyon Trail Survey - 03-25-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Blue Canyon Trail
Date: 03-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Recent blog post from ValHikes, well worth the read for anyone heading into Blue Canyon.  Actually, well worth the read for anyone:

http://valhikes.blogspot.com/2016/03/blue-canyon.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MomentsInDirtAndInk+%28Moments+in+Dirt+and+Ink%29
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Sespe River Trail Survey - 03-24-2016 - by Fredrick W Heiser
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 03-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Fredrick W Heiser
Trail description:Trail from the last crossing of the Sespe River to Shady Campsite in mostly good but one section by the river badly overgrown  and a landslide on the uphill making things dicey. Not for people with acrophobia or vertigo.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Good for most of the time but where it is bad it is horrible.
Manzana Trail West (Lower) Survey - 03-20-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Manzana Trail West (Lower)
Date: 03-20-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Over all the trail was in very good shape but the poison oak is getting a little heavy on the Cody bypass area.   and the water was flowing well at Shcoolhouse
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Manzana Trail West (Lower) Survey - 03-20-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Manzana Trail West (Lower)
Date: 03-20-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Over all the trail was in very good shape but the poison oak is getting a little heavy on the Cody bypass area.   and the water was flowing well at Shcoolhouse
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Cozy Dell Trail Survey - 03-19-2016 - by Graham
Link: Cozy Dell Trail
Date: 03-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Graham
Trail description:

Beautiful hike on the way up to nordoff peak. Lots of blossom at the moment, and a lot of healthy poison oak off to the side of the trails so watch out!

unfortunately there is a large oak tree that has recently fallen across the trail. see attached photos below.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Oak down at end of trail
Images:


North Fork Matilija Trail Survey - 03-19-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: North Fork Matilija Trail
Date: 03-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:A group of 52 Ventura County boy and girl scouts led by Craig Carey joined Ranger Heidi to clean up graffiti along the lower portions of the Matilija Trail.  Great work everyone!   
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Photo Ranger Heidi
Manzana Trail West (Lower) Survey - 03-18-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Manzana Trail West (Lower)
Date: 03-18-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Water flowing from Trailhead all the way to Manzana Schoolhouse.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Cedar Creek Trail Survey - 03-13-2016 - by United Trail Maintainers of California
Link: Cedar Creek Trail
Date: 03-13-2016
Surveyor Name:United Trail Maintainers of California
Trail description:When the snow clears, we will bring rigging gear up and remove large down trees closer to Pine Mtn Lodge. 1 large tree and one rootball to be removed by Lancaster Outreach Center crew April 16th with UTMC. Trail due for brushing. Some light treadwork performed.
Mode of transport:Stock
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Cleared trail of downed trees with the exception of large blockages below Pine Mtn Lodge
Mono-Alamar Trail Survey - 02-29-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Mono-Alamar Trail
Date: 02-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA scouted and flagged the Mono Alamar Trail from Mono Narrows up to the Poplar/Alamar Trail junction at the bottom of Loma Pelona.  The Mono-Alamar Trail is in great shape from the trailhead at Romero Camuesa up to the Narrows but the final few miles up the Caracole are in bad shape.  Expect serious bushwhacking, some crawling and a lot of stopping and looking for signs of the trail.  We flagged the trail extensively in advance of a CCC trail crew working this section in spring 2016.  There was water at Mono Narrows but no other water up the canyon.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Images:

View down from the Caracole into Mono Narrows

Expect a lot of this as you head up the Caracole. The tread is there but you're bushwhacking and unable to see your feet


And expect this as well: downed trees and brush over the trail everywhere

There is an old camp about 3/4 of the way up from the Narrows called Caracole Camp


Signage at the junction of Mono-Alamar Trail, Poplar Trail and Alamar Trail
Buck Creek Trail Survey - 02-29-2016 - by Geoff
Link: Buck Creek Trail
Date: 02-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Geoff
Trail description:I started this trail from the seasonal gate closure about 3.2 miles northeast of Hardluck Campground. The pavement overall wasn't too bad to hike on since the asphalt is old, raveling, potholed and some areas were covered by sand. Hardluck campground looks like it's seen better days. The trailhead at the south end of the campground is easy to find and is marked by a wooden sign. The first ~2.3 miles follows Piru Creek and the trail is easy to follow. The trail conditions change along Buck Creek. Overall, the trail from Piru Creek to Buck Creek Spring is easy to fairly easy to follow with a few areas of challenging route finding. While some sections are in good shape, other sections include slope washouts, overgrown vegetation and there are several fallen logs to climb over. Someone has marked portions of the trail with orange survey tape. I found most challenges along the trail to be between Buck Creek Spring and the ridge road. The vegetation is overgrown along portions of the trail before the switchbacks. I located the start of the switchbacks and followed them for a good few turns. At some point I lost the trail and ended up bushwhacking to the old dirt road. After returning home I reviewed my GPS track with historical imagery in Google Earth. It turns out I was on the last switchback, but must have lost sight of the trail and ended up at a higher elevation. The rest of the trail along the ridge was very easy to follow. It's a beautiful canyon and really just needs a lot of trail work. There was clear water in Buck Creek until about 118.858591°W 34.641120°N. Upstream from that area the creek was dry and I couldn't find any water near Buck Creek Spring.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Conditions range from easily followed to few route finding challenges and some bushwacking.
Images:

Along the road from the seasonal gate closure to Hardluck Campground.

The trail along Piru Creek.


Looking downstream along the lower portion of the trail.

About a half mile downstream from Buck Creek Spring (dry?). Note orange survey tape.


Hiking up to the switchbacks.
Poplar Trail Survey - 02-28-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Poplar Trail
Date: 02-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Beginning around Blue Jay camp the trail deteriorates significantly.  Lots of encroaching brush, and numerous tree falls (some of which are impassible to stock users).  PO is just starting to bud out making it sometimes difficult to see/avoid.

Tricky sections, at creek crossings in particular, are flagged.  Not too hard to stay on the trail... just slow going picking your way through snags, thorns and brush.

Plenty of running water in the creek the entire way.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Poplar Trail Survey - 02-28-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Poplar Trail
Date: 02-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:
THIS IS THE PORTION OF THE POPLAR TRAIL BETWEEN BLUFF CAMP AND PENS CAMP

Trail is good by Dick Smith standards but still needs a lot of work.  There are a few downed trees which require climbing through, some thin trail tread, the usual California rose and some difficult creek crossings.  All is all you won't feel like you are lost more than 20seconds at a time but expect some slower than "normal" going.  Not a whole lot of poison oak this time of year, but this trail can get thick with it.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Upper section near Bluff. Trail in good shape.

One badly rutted section. Need to get the water flowing off the trail here.


Typical post fire white thorn ceonothus tunnel.

Upper Indian Creek showing off her stuff.


Between Poplar and Pens you get great views.
Poplar Trail Survey - 02-28-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Poplar Trail
Date: 02-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:
THIS IS THE PORTION OF THE POPLAR TRAIL THAT CONNECTS INDIAN CREEK WITH THE MONO-ALAMAR TRAIL

This trail is sometimes referred to as the Alamar Hill Trail, most of the old signage shows it as Alamar Hill Trail.  The trail leading from Pens up towards the Lomas is hard to follow, if not completely gone.  There are some flags but the recent washouts have filled the creeks in with enough silt to make traveling through the creekbed easier than trying to follow the "trail".  Be careful as the trail heads up the northern creekbeds and not the larger ones.  I suggest bringing a GPS or detailed topo map.  People have gotten lost in here.  Once you get out of the creek and onto the switchback section it is pretty easy to make it to the Lomas.  You'll still get lost but not for much more than a minute or two.

Once at the Lomas it is equally as hard to follow the trail down towards Alamar Hill.  There are metal posts set across the canyon that you can follow.  Be sure to head as far to the left (north east) as you can as you head down the Lomas.  The trail is near the "spring" at the far north east side.  If you can follow the metal posts then you are going the right way.

Don't expect to find any water between Indian Creek and at least Alamar Creek or Mono Narrows and during summer months there may be no water out here at all.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Images:

The washout creek section between Pens and the Lomas

Looking down from the Lomas into Indian Creek and towards Pens Camp


Looking down the Lomas towards Mono Narrows and Alamar Hill

One of the metal posts marking the way down the Lomas


Junction of Poplar, Alamar and Mono-Alamar Trails
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 02-27-2016 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 02-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Trail description:Hiked the middle portion of the Deck from Potrero to Lost valley Trails. This was the first time I've done this hike when there was a tread with footprints to follow. Hardy individuals have been lopping the brushy parts, and I wasn't even bleeding when I got to the end. Still a very challenging hike with several opportunities to get off trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Not as epically brutal as it used to be.
Mission Pine Trail Survey - 02-27-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Mission Pine Trail
Date: 02-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Hiked the far east end of the trail from Windy Gap to West Big Pine and back.  Easy to follow the entire way if perhaps a little brushy at times.  A couple of small tree falls across the trail but no major impediment to travel.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness Survey - 02-27-2016 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness
Date: 02-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Trail description:The washouts have had quite a bit of traffic and are easily navigable. But the waist-high bushes and hundreds of rocks that have rolled onto the tread have become annoying and slow you down. Vulture spring is running but there are no pools from which to collect water - mostly just a wet spot in a washout. I hiked this as the last leg of a Middle Hurricane Deck loop. I thought the middle section of Hurricane Deck was in better shape.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Rough & slow
Potrero John Trail Survey - 02-27-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Potrero John Trail
Date: 02-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Ojai Ranger District led a trail project along Potrero John clearing the trail to the camp.  Great work by Ranger Heidi and the volunteers!  THANK YOU
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Photo Ranger Heidi
Blue Canyon Trail Survey - 02-26-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Blue Canyon Trail
Date: 02-26-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:VWR sawyer crew removed all downed trees along the Blue Canyon Trail between Escondido Trailhead and Cottam Camp.  See photos for specifics.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

BEFORE

AFTER


BEFORE

AFTER
Caliente Trail Survey - 02-26-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Caliente Trail
Date: 02-26-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:VWR sawyer team removed downed trees along the trail between the trailhead and the Oasis Pool.  Brushing is still needed and trail work but all trees were removed.  See photos.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

BEFORE

AFTER
Bucksnort Trail Survey - 02-25-2016 - by Mark Subbotin
Link: Bucksnort Trail
Date: 02-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Mark Subbotin
Trail description:Easy to follow first 1.4 lies from junction of Alder Creek Trail to where it begins descent into Agua Blanca drainage.  Next 1.2 miles drop steeply; trail is narrow, brushy, several slides, switchbacks gone in several places; flagging placed at possible areas of confusion but trail not difficult to follow.  Upon reaching creek crossing grade flattens out to sign marking junction with Agua Blanca trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

trail sign at start of Bucksnort trail

typical lack of trail tread


discernible tread in most locations

sign at junction w/ Agua Blanca trail near Ant Camp
Potrero John Trail Survey - 02-23-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Potrero John Trail
Date: 02-23-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:VWR project to remove one large stump which hung over the trail and several smaller trees.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
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...
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 02-21-2016 - by Troop 26
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 02-21-2016
Surveyor Name:Troop 26
Trail description:Pretty good trail all the way to piedra blanca camp. Well maintained with no bush to walk through. There is a fallen tree on the side of the trail though which should be cleaned up but does not obstruct the path. The trail begins to lose shape as you go past the camp. We had to walk through a little bit of brush on parts of the trail leading to pine mountain lodge. There was also some more fallen trees which may present a hazard should their condition progress.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

The brush past twin forks we had to walk through

Fallen tree by the the trail which is hard to maneuver around


More downed trees along the trail

hazardous trail area with loose rock


more trees near top which were fallen
Arroyo Burro Trail Survey - 02-20-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Arroyo Burro Trail
Date: 02-20-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:VWR project along the lower part of the North Arroyo Burro Trail.  Under the guidance of Mike Smith and Chris Orr, we cleared 3 downed trees and constructed water control structures over the first mile of the trail coming from the river.  There are still at least two downed trees along the upper section......
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Chris Orr leading safety JHA talk at trailhead.

WCS briefing and review.


Mike Smith clearing the trail.
Howard Creek Trail Survey - 02-16-2016 - by Geoff
Link: Howard Creek Trail
Date: 02-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Geoff
Trail description:Great trial wonderful views from the ridge
Mostly shaded but no water
Ensure  you look for trial on the left about .5 miles from parking on the road fire road.  We  missed it initially 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Cold Spring Trail - North Survey - 02-15-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cold Spring Trail - North
Date: 02-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Recent report from Val Hikes about her exploration of North Cold Spring Trail.  Good read with some great photos:

http://valhikes.blogspot.com/2016/02/gorilla-rock.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MomentsInDirtAndInk+%28Moments+in+Dirt+and+Ink%29
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Potrero Canyon Trail Survey - 02-15-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Potrero Canyon Trail
Date: 02-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA led a trail project to work the Potrero Trail from the Manzana up to the Hurricane Deck.  We had 21 volunteers over a 3-day weekend working on brushing the trail and restoring damaged trail tread by fixing over 200 water control structures.  The trail was in great shape at the completion of the weekend.

More information on the LPFA Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/LosPadresForestAssociation/posts/613302722127989
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Before & After along the upper Potrero Trail, just below the Deck. Photo Beeman

The Potrero Trail Sign


Fixing the trail drainage along the Potrero Trail.
Sespe River Trail Survey - 02-13-2016 - by JO
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 02-13-2016
Surveyor Name:JO
Trail description:Hiked to Willet's.  There were 71 cars in the parking lot by 10 AM.  Lot's of water coming out of piedra blanca creek crossing.  Plenty of water coming down all of the side canyons too, if sespe creek water isn't your flavor of water that you prefer.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

piedra blanca creek and sespe river trail

Anyone know if that's San Rafael peak poking up in the background?
Caliente Trail Survey - 02-13-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Caliente Trail
Date: 02-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA Patrol scouting Caliente Trail for an upcoming Scouts project.  Lots of brushing needed, many downed trees once you get into the jungle above the dam.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:







Lion Canyon Trail Survey - 02-12-2016 - by JO
Link: Lion Canyon Trail
Date: 02-12-2016
Surveyor Name:JO
Trail description:Started at Nordoff Ridge and came down the trail.  Trail is in excellent condition.  It got narrow in a few spots, but no downfalls.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

below nordoff ridge on Lion Canyon trail. Sespe drainage in background.

Lion Canyon trail tread
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.
Sespe River Trail Survey - 01-23-2016 - by Chester
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 01-23-2016
Surveyor Name:Chester
Trail description:Hiked to Willet two weekends in a row, water flowing through most parts of the Sesepe which was good to see. a couple sections with serious rain water erosion and some trees blocking the path about a 1/4 past bear creek after you cross the creek. see pictures.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

The Beautiful Sesepe

erosion approx 7miles from trail head


erosion approx 7miles from trail head

downed trees nr bear creek
Blue Canyon Trail Survey - 01-23-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Blue Canyon Trail
Date: 01-23-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Recent Noozhawk article by Dan McCaslin about a hike down into Blue Canyon and beyond.  Worth a read if you are looking to explore the area:

http://www.noozhawk.com/homes_lifestyle/article/dan_mccaslin_upper_santa_ynez_river_via_blue_cottam_camps
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Last Chance Trail Survey - 01-18-2016 - by JO
Link: Last Chance Trail
Date: 01-18-2016
Surveyor Name:JO
Trail description:The last chance to travel the Last Chance Trail above Jackson Camp, may have passed.  Above the turn off to Jackson camp, a kind, benevolent hiker has left 2 ropes at the big trail slide that occurred in the 2005 flood, to aid hikers in getting up and out of the rock faced drainage where it appears the trail ends.  There is the section (maybe .5 mile) between Jackson Hole and the ridge where the trail leaves the creek where no trail seems to exist, where rock hopping and bushwhacking prevail.  Once you get on the ridge the trail improves a bit.  Be on the lookout for a car sized boulder with a cairn looking pile of rocks on the top.  Don’t head for this, you need to be above this.  We lost the trail in this spot and ended up on the side of a steep, loose, and dangerous scree slope.  There is a trail, but it’s not obvious.  At a certain point the trail crosses a wide brush-less open area with a sign post without the sign.  Is there somebody out there that knows what destinations with mileages were on that sign?  After this area the trail gets worse.  We managed to arrive at Last Chance camp at 2:30 PM having left the car at 5:30 AM.  We wanted to reconnoiter the trail to Topa Topa that a woman professor at Aquina's college established or even the old route to the Red Reef trail that meets it near Hines peak, but visibility was about 25 yards.  Lost the trail more times on the return than on the ascent.  If you’ve been to LCC before, you might be able to find it again.  If you’ve never been there, but are an above average map reader you might have a 50-50 chance.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Started at T Aquinas College on hwy 150. Turned around at Last Chance Camp. Couldn't see to navigate to Red Reef Trail.
Images:

first rope

2nd rope


car sized boulder to stay above

cliff looking into SP creek from Last Chance ridge trail


signpost without the sign
Willow Spring Figueroa Trail Survey - 01-15-2016 - by M. Jones
Link: Willow Spring Figueroa Trail
Date: 01-15-2016
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Trail description:

Willow Spring Figueroa trail is in good condition. Davy Brown creek has a small but steady low flow at the campground and more flow in the middle of the canyon, no water up at Willow Spring.  Machete and lopper work was done clearing trail for about 2 miles, large downed pine tree (30”) blocking trail at N34° 45.067',  W119° 58.167', elevation 2533 feet.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:




North Fork Matilija Trail Survey - 01-14-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: North Fork Matilija Trail
Date: 01-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:A recent article in Noozhawk by Dan McCaslin from a hike he took along the Matilija Trail:

http://www.noozhawk.com/homes_lifestyle/article/dan_mccaslin_hiking_north_fork_trail_to_middle_matilija_camp
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
North Fork Matilija Trail Survey - 01-09-2016 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: North Fork Matilija Trail
Date: 01-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Trail description:The Cubs of Pack 3179 had a great (soggy) hike from Matilija TH to Middle Matilija, with an extended rock-hopping break at both camps and lunch at the crossing near the guerrilla camp. Cleared some fallen alders and mountain mahogany from the trail about 3/4 miles from MM. Tread in good shape; crossings manageable. Could use some light brushing but otherwise all good. Good flow in creek the entire way. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:




Manzana Trail West (Lower) Survey - 01-07-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Trail West (Lower)
Date: 01-07-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Passing along a report from the Forest Service:

LOWER MANZANA TRAIL
- There are two trees down
- One about ½ mile before Coldwater, about 12” diameter, can hop over.  
- The other is about ½ mile past Coldwater and is about 8” but chest high. It looks like it’s been there a while though and there’s already a makeshift hiker trail around it.
- Everything is crossable up to Coldwater, after that you’ll get wet to Schoolhouse.
- Trail is in really good shape.
- Campgrounds look good, other than the usual graffiti at Nira.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 01-03-2016 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 01-03-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Trail description:Trail is currently tough to hike because of constantly over, under & through blown down trees. Most could be removed by a guy with a Silky saw and lots of time, but there are a few larger logs and one big tangle of an old oak just below camp. The steep trail up the hill is still in pretty good shape.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Numerous blown down trees
Images:

Lots of smaller trees across trail.

One large oak across trail.
Santa Cruz Trail Survey - 01-02-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Santa Cruz Trail
Date: 01-02-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:

Report from Susie T:

- Hiked from Upper Oso to Santa Cruz Station

- The trail tread was in generally in good shape thanks to the LPFA work done this year. Rideable and hikeable.

- There are 6 areas on the 40 Mile Wall that are probably going to completely wash out with the next rain. At the present time they are just narrow areas, almost washed out but are hikeable. They are all in the center of the “40 Mile wall’.

- All the cribbed areas are holding well.

- There are about 6 gaps and holes in the tread along the front side of Little Pine at the scree slides. 

- The slides on the Big Crib Wall are the same as always…no better…no worse. The uphill cribbing is still collapsing inwards onto the trail.

- No brushing needed. Just two overhanging branches that I couldn’t reach.

Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Santa Cruz Trail Survey - 01-01-2016 - by BeccaVT
Link: Santa Cruz Trail
Date: 01-01-2016
Surveyor Name:BeccaVT
Trail description:We camped in the Little Pine Spring camp, which happily still had running water, so we could stay in the area for an extra night (otherwise we would have used up everything we packed in). However, it's pretty clear this is the only water around for miles; the creeks are totally dry. Because of that, the spring is probably the main water source for animals in the area. We saw relatively fresh tracks, and are pretty sure we heard a large-ish animal walking around the camp at night, crunching on all the dry leaves. My guess based on the tracks is either a coyote or a bobcat. We moved camp up closer to the saddle the second night, to avoid 1) potentially meeting/surprising said animal, or 2) scaring it away from its water source.

The trail down to Little Pine Spring is very eroded and sandy, and also very steep. We basically had to slide down the trail, using our trekking poles like ski poles. With the rain coming this week, it will almost certainly completely wash out. It's also pretty hard to follow in places - there are several false turns. In some places there are blue ribbons tied to the brush to guide the way, but they could be much better. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:There are several places on the trail that are very sandy/eroded and are likely to wash completely out with the rain this week.
Big Pine Trail Survey - 12-30-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Big Pine Trail
Date: 12-30-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Trail is very overgrown – pants a must; should also wear gators and longs sleeve shirt. Water only available at the top. Great views all the way up. The trail disappears for a small section - stay on top of the ridge and it'll be easy to spot again. Good amount of snow and ice near Pat Spring.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Trail is very overgrown and can disappear from your feet if you're not careful
Images:




San Ysidro Trail Survey - 12-25-2015 - by Aaron Songer
Link: San Ysidro Trail
Date: 12-25-2015
Surveyor Name:Aaron Songer
Trail description:creek is lightly flowing, more flow further up canyon
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Gridley Trail Survey - 12-23-2015 - by HikeLosPadres
Link: Gridley Trail
Date: 12-23-2015
Surveyor Name:HikeLosPadres
Trail description:Rode the first few miles of the trail up from the trailhead.  Trail was in great shape, the cool air was perfect for riding and the views were their usual spectacular selves.  We could hear water down in the creek but there was no safe way to get down to it.  We saw a few other mountain bikers and some hikers.
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 12-18-2015 - by LPFA : Bard
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 12-18-2015
Surveyor Name:LPFA : Bard
Trail description:RAIN!  Forecasted, and meterologists were correct.

No water problem on this HD trip.

Cold, had to keep moving.  Hiked in the clouds, fun, but limited views.

Trail tread easy to follow.  Muddy/slippery after continuous rain squalls.

Slept in rain, ate in rain, hiked in rain.

AWESOME trip!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:H.D. Trail from Portrero to Sisquoc River
Images:


Santa Barbara Canyon Trail Survey - 12-18-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Santa Barbara Canyon Trail
Date: 12-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:See report below:

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 12-15-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 12-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Recent article by Dan McCaslin about the Lower Manzana Trail below NIRA Camp:

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/dan_mccaslin_coldwater_camp_on_lower_manzana_creek
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Howard Creek Trail Survey - 12-12-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Howard Creek Trail
Date: 12-12-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The Ojai Ranger District led a trail project along the Howard Creek trail on December 12, 2015.  They worked starting from 1/2 mile up the trail towards the top.  There are plans to complete the first 1/2 mile at a later date.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Photo Ranger Heidi
Agua Blanca Trail Survey - 12-11-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Agua Blanca Trail
Date: 12-11-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:VWR's Mark and Mickey removed a large fallen oak from the lower part of the trail before the wilderness boundary.  The AB trail is in fair shape and makes a great weekend loop trip along with the recently worked Pothole Trail.

Information courtesy of the Ojai Ranger District.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Willow Creek Trail Survey - 11-29-2015 - by Frank Kehl
Link: Willow Creek Trail
Date: 11-29-2015
Surveyor Name:Frank Kehl
Trail description:We hiked down from the trailhead on Los Burros Road. The trailhead is unmarked, but fairly easy to find. The trail starts out as an old road which gradually deteriorates before switching to singletrack at the Silver Peak Wilderness boundary. There are no signs along the trail, but the junctions are easy to find. The trail itself is in great shape all the way to the second campsite along Willow Creek, where we turned around. There is plenty of water in Willow Creek. The old swinging bridge on Willow Creek is completely gone. The two campsites along Willow Creek are in great shape and seem to get a fair amount of use. Both sites have a grill and fire pit. Campsite #2 also has a picnic table, but it's pretty dilapidated.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Unmarked start of the trail on Los Burros Road.

End of the old road and start of single-track trail near the wilderness boundary.


Trail split: main trail on the right. The left branch goes down to the old swinging bridge site.

Willow Creek Camp #1.


Willow Creek Camp #2.
Alejandro Trail Survey - 11-28-2015 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Alejandro Trail
Date: 11-28-2015
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Trail description:The trail is in pretty good shape for a remote trail that sees a few bikes and fewer hikers. Some evidence of clearing along the creek in the canyon. Past the camp it was not hard to find where the trail leaves the creek and heads to the ridge. 

I got suckered by the cow/bike trail at the downed tree mentioned by James Wapotich. I got to the ridge too high, and not at the saddle to the left as the real trail does. Knew I was in the wrong place when there was no road. The bike trail vanished in the woods and I bushwhacked a little way down the La Brea side until I hit the road and found the carsonite "TRAIL" sign marking the top of the Weber Trail. Weber Trail was skinny but obvious all the way to La Brea Creek.

Heed the warning to follow the signs & flagging past the camp and head towards the ridge, go left and not right at the downed tree, and the trail is pretty easy to follow.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Pine Ridge Trail Survey - 11-28-2015 - by Chester
Link: Pine Ridge Trail
Date: 11-28-2015
Surveyor Name:Chester
Trail description:

Heavily travelled trail in good condition# We did a two night trip camping at terrace creek and hiking to the Sykes hot springs on day two#

All three pools were full of water but there were a lot of people## you won’t find solitude on this trail, however there are great views and a lush environment#

I think the "very-strenuous" difficulty is overstated, it was a relatively easy trail all the way to the hot springs with only a few strenuous sections#


Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Rancho Nuevo Trail Survey - 11-22-2015 - by Chester
Link: Rancho Nuevo Trail
Date: 11-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Chester
Trail description:

Trail was in good condition all the way to the deal junction camp, apart from a small downed tree across the trail about 1/2 a mile from the trail head.

Once past deal junction the trail became increasingly difficult to follow, some markers were present which helped however after a mile from the deal junction camp I began to lose track of the trail only to rejoin it later.. this happened multiple times until I turned back.

once past deal junction I counted an additional 4 trees down across the trail.


Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Images:

Mission Pine Trail Survey - 11-21-2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Mission Pine Trail
Date: 11-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Trail description:Trail is in good condition and easy to follow. There are 4 downed trees between San Rafael Mountain and Mission Pine Springs ranging in size from 14 - 28".  A 5th tree is hung up across trail about 1/4 mile below Mission Pine Springs Camp.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:4 downed trees
Images:

Register at McKinley Saddle marks the western end of the Mission Pine Trail

Downed Tree #2 near San Rafael Peak


Hiking in the solitude of big pines. A Sierra Nevada experience!

View to the East: Manzana River and Hurricane Deck.


Snow on trail traversing the northern slope of San Rafael Mountain.
Alder Creek Trail Survey - 11-21-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Alder Creek Trail
Date: 11-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Ojai Ranger District project to install carsonite Condor Sanctuary signs along the west boundary of the Alder Creek Trail.  They are spaced every 1/4mile from the Dough Flat Trailhead to just past Cow Springs.

Trail is in great shape to Cow Springs.

And a report here from Valerie Norton about the project.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Photo Ranger Heidi
Murietta Trail Survey - 11-20-2015 - by Bryan Conant
Link: Murietta Trail
Date: 11-20-2015
Surveyor Name:Bryan Conant
Trail description:Trail is very brushy from the road down to the camp.  Some branches in the trail.  Both creek crossings are hard to follow, especially with a bike.  The trail gets much better as you get below the camp.  Hot in the sun and cool in the shade.  A great short hike out of Ojai.  Didn't see another person.
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Needs some work
Roque Canyon Trail Survey - 11-20-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Roque Canyon Trail
Date: 11-20-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Trail is easily lost. The roque camp is either washed away 
or non existent.  Water was trickling in the canyon. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:trail is overgrown and easily confused with cattle trails.
Images:





Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 11-20-2015 - by LPFA : Bard
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 11-20-2015
Surveyor Name:LPFA : Bard
Trail description:No Water!  Ever.

Trail tread easy to follow.  Thanks for trail ribbon markers.  Lost trail a few times, got down on the ground and looked for saw cuts on chapparal.  Not easy to do with a 4 day backpack loaded with H20.

Unreal views with clear air.

Strong commitment with friends.  Safe trip.

Spring on Lost Valley Trail; murky
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:H.D. Trail from White Ledge to Lost Valley
Images:

Agua Blanca Trail Survey - 11-15-2015 - by Mark Subbotin
Link: Agua Blanca Trail
Date: 11-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Mark Subbotin
Trail description:Ojai Ranger Dist. recon/survey; hiked from Kester Cabin to Log Cabin Camp through the Devils Gateway.  Creek crossings were flagged.  Trail is generally easy to follow, but be extra alert at creek crossings to pick up trail on opposite side and where trail climbs back out of creek bottom onto south slope.  Devils Gateway had knee high water.  Water flowing at Log Cabin Camp and up Potholes Trail to Potholes Cabin.  
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Devils Gateway
Pothole Trail Survey - 11-15-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Pothole Trail
Date: 11-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Ojai Ranger District patrol of the Pothole Trail.  There is good water along the bottom of the canyon, including water at the Pothole Cabin.  There will be a few weeks of trail work by the CREW along this trail later this fall.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Poplar Trail Survey - 11-14-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Poplar Trail
Date: 11-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Trail is in poor shape after about a mile from Bluff. Brush reaches across trail in many places. Also lots of downed branches and trees – we had to break a way through for hikers, not passable for equestrians. No indication Blue Jay, Poplar or Pens have been used recently. Indian Creek dry except flowing for a stretch above Blue Jay
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 11-12-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 11-12-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:
FROM A RECENT HIKING PARTY WHO WENT FROM MANZANA NARROWS TO BIG CONE SPRUCE CAMP:

The trail up to Big Cone Spruce needed trail maintenance.  We cleared the blowdowns we could, but there are still a few on that stretch.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Franklin Trail North Survey - 11-10-2015 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Franklin Trail North
Date: 11-10-2015
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Trail description:The raspberries weren't making it hard to find the trail this time, so that's a plus.  Otherwise, it is practically the same as three years ago.  Downed trees (under 12") and a small spring make it not entirely obvious which way the trail goes toward the bottom and it looks like some people have looked for it climbing rather than up the canyon a few hundred more feet before climbing.  There are more trees down above this (all under 24") and some of them are still growing.  Above the first set of switchbacks is a slide area with improvements to hold in the trail, but half of these have failed and the other half have so much extra sluff that it feels a little dangerous.  There are a couple spots near the top where the trail bed is failing, too, but otherwise it is good and obvious.  Well, I thought it was obvious.  Some switchbacks have been cut the last 5 feet or so.  One spot where it crosses a dry creek shortly has seen many feet go up the creek instead of the trail on the other side, but the trail comes back quickly and it is currently flagged in this location.  Brush is stabby from both sides, especially over the mile above camp.  Different from 3 years ago: the front side exists!  Another plus.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:trees down, narrow tread
Images:

failing trail supports, was like this 3 years ago too

growing very low bridge, could be complicated to remove


scenery
Mono-Alamar Trail Survey - 11-10-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Mono-Alamar Trail
Date: 11-10-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA in conjunction with the Forest Service hired a California Conservation Corp (CCC) crew to work the Mono-Alamar Trail from the up-canyon side of Ogilvy Ranch up to Mono Narrows.  They completed work up to the old Upper Mono Campground, which is about 200 yards short of the Narrows.  FANTASTIC work to say the least.  Check out more information here:

https://www.facebook.com/LosPadresForestAssociation/posts/466617746796488
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness Survey - 11-07-2015 - by Jeff Mahoney
Link: Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness
Date: 11-07-2015
Surveyor Name:Jeff Mahoney
Trail description:Photos from the follow-up trip.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Lost Valley storm damage - daylight survey
Images:

Slide at 34.777962, -119.906432

Wash at 34.775174, -119.889575


Log crossing at 34.774575, -119.890133

Vulture Spring


Looking down from the spring
Thorn Point Trail Survey - 11-04-2015 - by Dave Burnett
Link: Thorn Point Trail
Date: 11-04-2015
Surveyor Name:Dave Burnett
Trail description:

Thorn Point Hike

            Hike started at the last stream crossing, ~4,830 ft elev before turning onto Forest Road 7N038, adding about 1.8 miles each way to the hike.  This 1.8 miles is an easy hike to the Thorn Point trailhead.  The first 1.6 miles on the trail is undulating, but only a slight additional gain to ~5,400 ft elev.  At 1.6 miles from the trailhead the trail steepens significantly, following switchbacks generally to the south to an elevation of 6,575 ft at 3.1 miles from the trailhead.  The remaining 0.6 miles climbs ~360 ft to the tower at 6,935 ft.  Total distance from the car is 5.6 miles and an elevation gain of ~2,100 feet mostly in the last third of the hike.

            The entire trail is very easy to follow, so navigation is not much of an issue.  Lots of great views and rest stop locations along the way.  Trail is in very good shape, although there are a few fallen trees blocking the way in the first mile from the trailhead.  These are easy to get around or over.  There was no sign of any water along the trail.

            This hike was strenuous, but very pleasant and rewarding.  Starting at 9 am, the temp was about 37 degrees at the car.  By noon at the tower, the temp was about 45 with light wind.  There was a small amount of snow at the higher elevations on protected north slopes.  The snow was delivered by the storm two days before our hike.  Views at the Tower were spectacular.  Tower is in poor repair but felt safe to climb.  Look out for rusty nails and broken boards, though.  Careful where you step on the walkway.  It feels sturdy, but there could be weak spots.

            After about an hour at the Tower and signing the summit register, we headed back to the car at 1 pm.  A lot easier going down!  We arrived at the car at 4 pm.  There are a number of geocaches along the road to the trailhead which I was happy to find.  This added about 45 minutes to the hike back.

            In addition to views at the Tower, much of the trail also affords views of massive rock formations and a variety of types of vegetation.  It is hard to believe this trail gets so little use.  We saw no one else on the trail and the prior signatures on the summit register were from late September.  The big drawback is likely the long drive to the trailhead along the mostly unpaved road from Lockwood Valley Road.


Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Thorn Point Lookout

Light dusting of snow near summit in protected location


View to Anacapa & Santa Cruz Islands - about 45 miles SW.

Ranger accomodations
Aliso Loop Trail Survey - 11-04-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Aliso Loop Trail
Date: 11-04-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Report from Ranger Rik:

Picked up all blow down limbs on trail. Trail is in good shape with little water damage. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail Survey - 11-03-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail
Date: 11-03-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Report from the Santa Ynez Women's Hiking Group:

Largish branch down over the trail just after you start heading up from the stream along the upper section.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Lion Canyon Trail Survey - 10-30-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Lion Canyon Trail
Date: 10-30-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Super volunteers Ranger Rik and Mickey spent a day clearing the top section of the Lion Canyon Trail above Ojai.  They brushed the top 0.5 miles of trail.  More work needed below but the trail is very VERY passable by LP standards.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Brushing, photo Rik

Before, photo Rik


After, photo Rik

Awesome views into the Sespe, photo Rik
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 10-30-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 10-30-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:
SECTION FROM POTRERO TO MANZANA SCHOOLHOUSE
Report from BQJ:

Trail disappears for about 1/8 mile at midway spot. Flagging provides some direction here but brush work needed to reestablish trail route. One steep section close to Potrero Trail could stand to be rerouted to avoid excessive erosion (not sure if this is allowed). Switchbacks down into the river valley are fairly clear but some treadwork may be helpful in spots.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Manzana Trail West (Lower) Survey - 10-30-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Trail West (Lower)
Date: 10-30-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LOWER MANZANA FROM NIRA TO MANZANA SCHOOLHOUSE
Report by BQJ

Three large trees down that we could not move. Two on the road about half way between schoolhouse and where the road leaves the trail and one about half way between where the road leaves the trail and Potrero. Chainsaw or cross-cut saw will be necessary for removal. The creek was flowing but passable by hopping rock to rock. Water level seemed to be about 4-6 inches deep with  signs of maximum water level during the storm reaching 6-12 inches higher. No significant tread damage due to storm.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Cozy Dell Trail Survey - 10-29-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cozy Dell Trail
Date: 10-29-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The Ojai Ranger District in conjunction with Engine 51 successfully removed two downed trees from the Cozy Dell Trail.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Photos Ranger Heidi

Photos Ranger Heidi


Photos Ranger Heidi
Boulder Canyon Trail Survey - 10-18-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Boulder Canyon Trail
Date: 10-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Recent article by ValHikes about a hike up Boulder Canyon.  Enjoy:

http://valhikes.blogspot.com/2015/10/boulder-canyon.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MomentsInDirtAndInk+%28Moments+in+Dirt+and+Ink%29
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Potrero Canyon Trail Survey - 10-18-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Potrero Canyon Trail
Date: 10-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:
Report from BQJ:

Minimal encroachment of vegetation. Some light tread work may help along slopes but nothing significant
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Sespe River Trail Survey - 10-17-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 10-17-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Last Chance Trail Survey - 10-12-2015 - by Jeremy Scarlett
Link: Last Chance Trail
Date: 10-12-2015
Surveyor Name:Jeremy Scarlett
Trail description:Trail is little difficult to find out of Cross Camp but once on it, there is pink tape markers and then mostly small cairns to make the way. There was a tin box with notes in in, looks like no one had been by since August 2015. We only went up about a mile past Cross Camp, didn't make it to Jackson Hole. Trail was a little brushy in spots, recommend long pants and sleeves.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 10-11-2015 - by Ranger Rik
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 10-11-2015
Surveyor Name:Ranger Rik
Trail description:Trail is in good shape from the Reyes Creek Trailhead side.  VWR brushed the trail from Reyes Creek to 1 mile past Beartrap.  Some rutting has developed in the tread but other than that it's good to go!
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Potrero John Trail Survey - 10-11-2015 - by Ranger Rik
Link: Potrero John Trail
Date: 10-11-2015
Surveyor Name:Ranger Rik
Trail description:Water was found in the lower portion of the trail just above Hwy 33.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Manzana Trail West (Lower) Survey - 10-06-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Trail West (Lower)
Date: 10-06-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:There is a slow but consistent trickle of water near Dabney Cabin.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Sisquoc Trail Upper Survey - 10-04-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Sisquoc Trail Upper
Date: 10-04-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Trail in "relatively good shape" from Heath down to South Fork.  No slides or extreme obstacles to report.

There is water just below Heath, at Cottonwood and at Skunk Camp.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Judell Trail Survey - 10-04-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Judell Trail
Date: 10-04-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Trail is very passable and in good shape.  Some stagnant water in Judell Creek.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 10-04-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 10-04-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Trail is in good shape from NIRA out to South Fork Station.  There is no water between NIRA and Manzana Narrows.  From the Narrows to South Fork there is only water at the spring above the switchbacks.  We do not know if there is water at Lonnie Davis.

Routes that are low and near the creek need burshing and tread.  Routes that are upper need some slough tread work. But there are no blow outs.

Section from Fish to Ray's camp needs the most bushing.

There is a tree down before Ray's camp, 4ft crosscut needed.

There is one small tree blocking the trail before Manzana camp.

Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Brushy section between Fish and Ray's - photo Beckstrand

Downed tree before Manzana Camp - photo Beckstrand


Downed tree before Ray's Camp - photo Beckstrand

Closeup of tree at Ray's Camp - photo Beckstrand
Mcgill Trail Survey - 10-03-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Mcgill Trail
Date: 10-03-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:From the trail head this was an elevation gain of 1,760 feet. We hiked and it was a gradual up hill hike. I didn't see any other hikers. Mostly mountain bikers. On the way up there must have been about 20 biker pass us.  On the way down we only had a couple pass us. This is not a trail I would recommend for first time hikers unless you are starting at McGill campground and walking down. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Trail head

Trail Path


The View



Toad Springs OHV Trail Survey - 10-03-2015 - by RSO McCabe
Link: Toad Springs OHV Trail
Date: 10-03-2015
Surveyor Name:RSO McCabe
Trail description:The trail is in good condition till the old slide. There is a big oak tree down across the trail, it is passable by hikers but not stock. There is an old wooden trail sign marking the turn up and over the slide area. The trail is marked by too many ducks. Got to the junction and headed for Mesa Springs. Was close but running out of daylight and trail is very difficult to find at the turn off the mesa. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Sespe River Trail Survey - 10-03-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 10-03-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Hiked from Piedra Blanca Trailhead down past Bear Creek.  Trail is in great shape.  The creek is not flowing but there are a few pools between Bear and PB if you know where to look.  Beautiful day!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Dry pools upstream from Bear Creek, photo Benjamin Roudenis
Poplar Trail Survey - 09-27-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Poplar Trail
Date: 09-27-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA VWR patrol from Bluff down to Indian Narrows.  No water along entire stretch of trail but there was some water at the Narrows.  Trail is hard to follow in places and we got off the trail a few times going in each direction.  Work is certainly needed.  The rose is thick at the moment as well.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Images:

Photo Curt Cragg
Alamar Trail Survey - 09-27-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Alamar Trail
Date: 09-27-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA Trail Project as part of National Public Lands Day on September 24-27

We worked the trail from Alamar Saddle down about 2 miles into the canyon.  The trail beforehand was a mess of armor piercing spiny ceonothus.  Over the course of the weekend we cut out 239 trees and brushed the trail to standard for approximately 1.5miles.  Still more work is needed to make the trail perfect but we made a HUGE dent. 

Future trail projects are scheduled to continue work down the entire length of Alamar Canyon.  Stay tuned and thanks to all the volunteers!
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Happy volunteers at basecamp, Bluff Cabin

Alamar Canyon, showing the matchsticks of downed coulter pines and thick brush


First we sent down sawyer teams, who cleared 239 trees from the trail

Next came the brushing and tread team


End result.... Boo yay!
Mt Pinos - Tumamait Trail Survey - 09-26-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Mt Pinos - Tumamait Trail
Date: 09-26-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:The hike up to Mt. Pinos lookout was pretty easy and well kept. Our group ended up hiking to the Sawmill Peak. The trail was easy to follow until you turn off to go up to the peak.  There is a little pink flag and a some logs lining the turn off. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Start to Mt. Pinos

Trail path is wide and easy


Trail head to Tumamait

Small switchbacks down


View from Sawmill Peak
Cold Spring Trail - North Survey - 09-26-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cold Spring Trail - North
Date: 09-26-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:
National Public Lands Day project along Cold Spring Trail above Santa Barbara.  Photo stream below from the Santa Barbara Multiuse Trails Coalition:

https://picasaweb.google.com/109897793293855676170/NationalPublicLandsDay2015ColdSpringTrail?feat=directlink#
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Photo Santa Barbara Multiuse Trails Coalition
Sisquoc Trail Upper Survey - 09-25-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Sisquoc Trail Upper
Date: 09-25-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA VWR Patrol to check on the work needed along the trail from Alamar Saddle down to Bear Meadow.  There were about 4 downed trees, nothing massive.  The work done by the earlier trail project was really good.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Rock water support along trail above Upper Bear

Trail Corridor


Downed Trees

Downed Trees


Downed Trees
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 09-22-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 09-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Bardley of Ojai patrolled the Chorro Grande Trail after the Chorro Fire.  Nature is doing her thing and there are new plants that are already over 24" tall, amazing.  The trail was burned but not annihilated.  Also surprisingly, there was some water pooled in parts of the creek.  Sadly one of the large twin "sentinel" pines near the top is dead.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Photo Bardley of Ojai

Photo Bardley of Ojai


Photo Bardley of Ojai

Photo Bardley of Ojai
Arroyo Burro Trail Survey - 09-19-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Arroyo Burro Trail
Date: 09-19-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The trail is pretty narrow at the moment with quite a bit of brush grabbing at you, at least compared to other front country trails.  There are three downed trees along the trail:

Tree #1: 34.5123, -119.755
This is the first tree you come across as you head down the trail, it is also the nastiest.  There is NO WAY for horses to pass through here and even a hiker is going to have to brave an off trail bypass that takes you directly through some thick poison oak.  Clearing the tree will involve loppers, a hand saw and a 3-4ft crosscut saw or chainsaw.

Tree #2: 34.5227, -119.7597
This is the second tree and it's hardly any obstacle at all.  Bikers might have to dismount to get around it but all other user groups can easily walk over it.

Tree #3: 34.5254, -119.7594
Similar to tree #2, this doesn't pose much of an obstacle but should be removed all the same.

The LPFA will try to schedule a work project to focus on the trail in the coming weeks/months.  It would be good to drop the volunteers off at the top and have them walk down while they work.  Pick them up at the bottom 2hrs later.  Stay tuned for updates.........
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Tree #1

Tree #2


Tree #3
Boulder Canyon Trail Survey - 09-13-2015 - by Chester
Link: Boulder Canyon Trail
Date: 09-13-2015
Surveyor Name:Chester
Trail description:

I started at Ozena station and made it up to the woodland but not as for as the spring. The trail was easy to follow but a little lose and narrow at certain sections. It may have been a little harder to traverse if I had more than a day pack on.

Great trail, great views.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Sisquoc Trail Upper Survey - 09-06-2015 - by LKasko
Link: Sisquoc Trail Upper
Date: 09-06-2015
Surveyor Name:LKasko
Trail description:We walked only a few miles, from Heath camp to Skunk camp. Just E of Skunk camp there was a washed-out dry crossing which, despite 2 plastics hung, was confusing. Closer to Mansfield than to Skunk, there was water at a stream crossing which went underground immediately both up and downstream. Near Mansfield, there was a downed tree on the E side of the river just before a dry stream crossing when headed W. E of Mansfield, from the high bluff above the river, I could see water below.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

downed tree near Mansfield

E of Mansfield, water below
Judell Trail Survey - 09-05-2015 - by LKasko
Link: Judell Trail
Date: 09-05-2015
Surveyor Name:LKasko
Trail description:Beautiful trail! Thanks for all the maintenance. No trouble following the trail; had to look around from Oak Spring (dry) but picked out the trail easily. Good signs. Walked down the canyon on Saturday, Sept 5, and back up on Monday, Sept 7. At Heath camp found good water in a fairly deep pool (about 1 foot+ deep) about 100 yds downstream from Heath. There was also scummy water in the Judell canyon, most noticeably at the 4th trail crossing of the canyon stream north of Heath camp (photo below.)
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Judell Canyon water at 4th trail crossing north of Heath Camp. Small amount but plenty for a good filter.

Same as above: Judell Canyon water at 4th crossing north of Heath.


Judell Canyon: some water, shallow, a short distance farther north than previous photos, visible from trail.

Photo of the Judell Canyon while walking the trail.
Mcgill Trail Survey - 08-23-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Mcgill Trail
Date: 08-23-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Trail description:The McGill Trail is in perfect shape for mountain biking, the well built banks on each of the turns allow you to flow around the corners without hitting the brakes. I rode from McGill camp to the trail head on Cuddy Valley Road. If you have not ridden this trail yet, I highly recommend this trail to anyone interested in finding a new Mountain Biking Trail. 
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 08-12-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 08-12-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:
The Chorro Fire was started on August 2, 2015 near the Hwy 33 Trailhead.  The fire burned 282 acres over the next 10 days until it was 100% contained on August 12.  More information can be seen here:

Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Chorro Fire Perimeter Showing Chorro Grande Trail and Pine Mountain
Buckhorn Trail Survey - 08-09-2015 - by Chris Ferrier
Link: Buckhorn Trail
Date: 08-09-2015
Surveyor Name:Chris Ferrier
Trail description:
The LPFA trail work in May was obvious. Some of the cuttings, however were in the middle of the trail. As with any LP trail, additional brush clearing would be a be a help. We were grateful for the work that was done. It was clear that this was a big effort.

No water along the Buckhorn between the Indian Trailhead and Lower Buckhorn.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Ortega OHV Trail Survey - 08-08-2015 - by Phil Pulley
Link: Ortega OHV Trail
Date: 08-08-2015
Surveyor Name:Phil Pulley
Trail description:Ortega Trail is maintained by the "Ojai Valley Dirt Riders" a motorcycle club that was founded and organized for the sole purpose of keeping Ortega Trail open year round for the adventurous riders who enjoy it's many challenges.  We have since branched out to help with OHV trail maintenance in other areas of the Los Padres National Forest. From the South the Ortega Trailhead is 1.5 miles north of Wheelers Campground/Visitor Center on Hwy 33.  This single track motorcycle trail is 6 miles long (up to the Ortega Camp Site) and has sections that are very steep, rough and rocky making it very deserving of it's black diamond (advanced rider only) status. Beyond the Ortega Camp Site the remaining 3 miles of trail is an old jeep road that is currently only open to motorcycles and should be Ok for intermediate level riders who would need to access the trail from the North Trailhead via Cherry Canyon Road (3 miles long).  The North Ortega Trailhead is at the end of Cherry Canyon Road.  Cherry Canyon Road is off of Hwy 33 just South of the old Pine Mountain Inn.  Ortega Camp is a remote rustic camp site that has 5 metal fire rings and 2 picnic tables but one of two tables is in very bad shape and not of much use.  

The trail and camp are open and useable at this time.

Intersecting hiking trails: Dry Lakes Ridge Trail and Matilija Canyon Trail. 

Mode of transport:O.H.V.
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:







Middle Sespe Trail Survey - 07-26-2015 - by Donna Spencer
Link: Middle Sespe Trail
Date: 07-26-2015
Surveyor Name:Donna Spencer
Trail description:     Well here we go again, off on another beautiful hike when the dreaded monster of plants take charge.  I was enjoying the expansive views when I dropped into Rainbow Valley and the sage brush plant obscured the trail.  Then when climbing through a knoll, jest before the only major climb, ran into 6' to 7' overgrowth of plants.  So I turned around and went back to the Sespe Trail Head at Rose Valley.   However I will make another trip and try this hike from Highway 33.  Overall this was a beautiful hike, I am just threating to bring a battery powered hedger and take care of business.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Just passed Rainbow Valley 6' to 7' tall plants overgrown on the trail (at the knoll).
Lopez Canyon Trail Survey - 07-26-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Lopez Canyon Trail
Date: 07-26-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:The 1-06-15 report should be 7/26/15
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:The 1-06-15 report should be 7/26/15
Rinconada Trail Survey - 07-18-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Rinconada Trail
Date: 07-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:VWR Sandy and Bill removed a fallen tree from the trail.  Very hot day, many of the oaks are showing stress from the drought.
Mode of transport:Stock
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Photo Bill and Sandy
Kirk Creek Trail Survey - 07-18-2015 - by Jesse Williams
Link: Kirk Creek Trail
Date: 07-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Jesse Williams
Trail description:The trailhead is right outside the Kirk Creek campground and is easy to follow.

A few things to note:

The distances listed may be misleading. We had a Fitbit that read around 4 miles when we reached the first campground (Esperonsa).

The first water on the trail was about 1/4 mile up from this campground and is a small trickle across the trail which I was easily able to fill up my camelbak with.

Most of the upper part of the trail is lined with poison oak so pants are a must. Other than that, it's very clear with only a couple of small rocks that you have to step over.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Buckeye Trail Survey - 07-17-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Buckeye Trail
Date: 07-17-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Trail description:Below is an article from the Monterey County Weekly about a Summer 2015 backpack along the Buckeye Trail.  Worth a read if you are looking at this trail:

http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/blogs/monterey-naturally-part-v-a-night-beneath-the-stars-on/article_87184dba-2b50-11e5-9898-9b23670a0ecc.html
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Rancho Nuevo Trail Survey - 07-12-2015 - by Donna Spencer
Link: Rancho Nuevo Trail
Date: 07-12-2015
Surveyor Name:Donna Spencer
Trail description:     Well if your into geology I firmly believe you'll love this on.  The canyon walls speak with strata folds and castle like structures.  The first section from Rancho Nuevo Campground to Deal Junction was not a concern.  However once passed Deal you'll have to bring your patience.  I only got maybe a mile passed Deal when I had to give up DUE TO HEAVY WILD ROSE BUSHES clogging the trial, which was about hip high.  I am sorry I did not want to end up as nature's pin cushion.  Bu overall was a great hike full of solitude and geological interest.  The Canyon floor is covered with wide array of plant life, however the Zaca Fire did scare parts of the canyon walls.  If you don't have 4wheel drive vehicle like I did plan on an extra 1.5 miles of un-shaded fire road to campground. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:This trail from Deal to Upper Rancho will need some heavy WEED WRACKING due to overgrown WILD ROSE BUSHES.
Sisquoc Trail Upper Survey - 07-12-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Sisquoc Trail Upper
Date: 07-12-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA 3-day trail project to clear the trail from Alamar Saddle down to Lower Bear.  We removed 20 trees, including one very large one that was causing a substantial reroute and erosion concerns.  We also spent a substantial amount of time clearing the trail through the ceonothus jungle just upstream from Bear Camp.  Trail is in good shape.

Water was found at Upper Bear and Lower Bear, no water at Bear Camp.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

The big tree BEFORE

The big tree DURING


The big tree AFTER

Some more cleared trees


The trail project base camped at Alamar Camp
Deal Connector Trail Survey - 06-29-2015 - by Volunteer Wilderness Ranger
Link: Deal Connector Trail
Date: 06-29-2015
Surveyor Name:Volunteer Wilderness Ranger
Trail description:Super volunteer Mickey cut out three trees along the Deal Connector Trail.  The trail is clear from Hwy 33 to Bear Trail.  The trail could use some brushing but is in great shape.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Thorn Point Trail Survey - 06-27-2015 - by Donna Spencer
Link: Thorn Point Trail
Date: 06-27-2015
Surveyor Name:Donna Spencer
Trail description:  From start to finish this hike has a little bit of everything.  This hike was great for geology / plant life / and ever changing views.  This hike also is a great workout, straight up ever changing switch backs.  The tower area can serve as a great overnight camp site.  I did see that previous overnighters have used the old water tank base as a fire pit.  I also saw a well used shovel and broom on the side of the tower supply shed.  Just be careful numerous rusted nails and broken glass in the area.  However you will be treated to a Gods Eye View of the area from the tower.  This one is must hike trail.  Further do bring water (due to water in the creek has a heavy alkali presence and extremely dry past the creek.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Fishbowls Trail Survey - 06-25-2015 - by Donna Spencer
Link: Fishbowls Trail
Date: 06-25-2015
Surveyor Name:Donna Spencer
Trail description:   If you like serenity and solitude, you will love this hike.  Once you finish the small climb up and over into the watershed.  You will treated to island of pine forest and oak tress.  While navigating the creek area be mindful of (pink or yellow) tape for trail directions.  Two areas of trail has been washed out, however easily found tape shows you the way.  The Fishbowls Campground is an excellent site, graced with beautiful rock formation and forest.  However depending on water levels (the day that I went) was disappointing.  However great hike I did it as a loop to Cedar Creek Trail Head and was picked-up by my DAD.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 06-19-2015 - by Paul E
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 06-19-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul E
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Lower trail is overgrown in places. Unavoidable poison oak. Fallen trees.
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 06-16-2015 - by Donna Spencer
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 06-16-2015
Surveyor Name:Donna Spencer
Trail description:  This was a great trail from start to finish, if you want a good workout start from Highway 33 and climb to Pine Mountain Road.  Only iffy section will be from lower campground through the canyon with tall grasses.  However this hike has excellent views and majestic pine trees and rock formation from Chorro Spring Campground to Pine Mountain Road. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Manzana Trail West (Lower) Survey - 06-13-2015 - by Robert Feinberg
Link: Manzana Trail West (Lower)
Date: 06-13-2015
Surveyor Name:Robert Feinberg
Trail description:

Hiked the upper Manzana trail from Nira to Manzana Narrows. Spent the night and returned.

Trail is easy to follow and in good condition but a little overgrown in a few places. There's a tree down across the path in between Manzana and Manzana Narrows but there's plenty of room to go under it without bending over too far.

First water after Nira is at Rays Camp which is still flowing a little bit. Rays Camp doesn't appear to show on this map, but it's about a mile before Manzana Campground. Water still flowing at Manzana and Manzana Narrows.

Camp sites are all in good shape -- pretty clean. There's one small table kind of broken at one of the sites, Manzana I think.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Arroyo Burro Trail Survey - 06-07-2015 - by Caddo Mounds
Link: Arroyo Burro Trail
Date: 06-07-2015
Surveyor Name:Caddo Mounds
Trail description:

Much improved on south-facing private owned stretch compared to a couple of years ago thanks to some trail volunteers.  Could use some more work.  Probably can't be organized work by county or forest service because on private property.

Trail from SY river to E Camino Cielo is in usual good condition.  Trail down to Santa Barbara is not hard to follow and appears to be getting more use recently.

Available water at usual places on both sides.

Abundant poison oak at this time but very few ticks found.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Could use more lopping south-facing private section
Madulce Trail Survey - 06-07-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Madulce Trail
Date: 06-07-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:

VWR Patrol

Hiked the trail from the Buckhorn Road to Madulce Camp and flagged any bad spots. We encountered at least 18 downed trees across the trail, with the largest diameter at approximately 36 inches. Mostly pine, but some hardwood as well. The first mile needs occasional tread work and brushing. The second mile has the majority of the downed trees with spots of very thick brush. The third mile needs the most brushing. We found a 350 lb bear lounging in the middle of the trail in the meadow about a quarter mile above camp. The foxtail was the thickest I’ve seen in a while, so gaiters are highly recommended. All the creek crossings were dry. 

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Trail collage, Jenkins

Trail collage, Jenkins
Sisquoc Trail Upper Survey - 06-07-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Sisquoc Trail Upper
Date: 06-07-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:

VWR PATROL

We hiked from Alamar Saddle to Lower Bear Camp. We encountered about a dozen trees down across the trail and very thick ceanothus in the meadow near Middle Bear. There is a hazard tree located near the top of the switchbacks leading down to Lower Bear. Portions of the switchbacks between Middle and Lower Bear need tread work. The waterfalls near Lower Bear has some water flowing. 

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Downed trees and waterfalls, Jenkins
Alejandro Trail Survey - 06-06-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alejandro Trail
Date: 06-06-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Started from Colson Canyon Road and was able to follow trail easily to Alejandro Camp. There were lots of briars and brambles along the trail and would recommend gators to keep them out of your boots. As I was eating at Alejandro Camp a large brown bear started toward the camp from the steep slope across the creek. I was able to scare it away by making noise, but he came back later that night. I tied my food in a tree about 100 yards from camp and he was not able to get to it. In the mourning I started out for Chuchudas Camp. About a mile or so after leaving Alejandro Camp the trail became non existent and I was unable to follow it to the next camp. This forced me to turn around and cut my trip short.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Gibraltar Trail Survey - 06-06-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Gibraltar Trail
Date: 06-06-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:As part of the LPFA National Trails Day project a crew of 5 volunteers worked the Gibraltar Trail about a mile west from the junction with the Cold Spring Trail.  We brushed the trail and fixed 2-3 of the slide sections.  Still work to be done out towards the mine.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Brushing well done.
Cruickshank Trail Survey - 06-01-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cruickshank Trail
Date: 06-01-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The Ventana Wilderness Alliance completed the trail to pack stock standards from Highway 1 to Upper Cruickshank Camp in Spring 2015.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Buckeye Trail Survey - 06-01-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Buckeye Trail
Date: 06-01-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Ventana Wilderness Alliance completed the trail from Upper Cruickshank Camp to Villa Creek Camp to hiker/pedestrian standards in Spring 2015.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Buckhorn Trail Survey - 05-30-2015 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Buckhorn Trail
Date: 05-30-2015
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Trail description:Trail maintenance work on Buckhorn Trail.  This hasn't happened in over 15 years.

The trail work started at Camuesa Rd and the Buckhorn Trail head.

This is the first of many multi-group run projects to open this trail back up for all users.

First project was to come in to log out the down trees that prevent horse and mountain bikes from enjoying the trail.  There was also a lot off brushing.

There will be 4 or more follow up projects throughout the next couple of years.

The goal is to re-open this once popular trail for everyone to enjoy.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:The first 4 miles to Lower Buckhorn need some work. But beyond lower buckhorn the trail fades away to almost nonexistent
Images:







Pratt Trail Survey - 05-29-2015 - by Dan Whelan
Link: Pratt Trail
Date: 05-29-2015
Surveyor Name:Dan Whelan
Trail description:All is good. Very dry. Still water at Valley View, but just a trickle of flow
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Big Falls Trail Survey - 05-25-2015 - by Frank Kehl
Link: Big Falls Trail
Date: 05-25-2015
Surveyor Name:Frank Kehl
Trail description:We hiked this trail on Memorial Day, going as far as Upper Big Falls. This segment of the trail is clear and in excellent shape. Poison oak lines both sides of the trail in most places, but is easily avoided. Lower Big Falls is still flowing - barely. Upper Big Falls has stopped flowing altogether, although the pool at the base of the falls still has plenty of water.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Lower Big Falls from on the trail

Pool at the base of Upper Big Falls (currently not flowing)
Tunnel Trail Survey - 05-24-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Tunnel Trail
Date: 05-24-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Large tree across the trail down near the bottom, about the last two miles before the dam, a ton of poison oak overgrown on the trail, can't get around it. Beautiful trail but needs to be cleared.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Needs clearing
Fishbowls Trail Survey - 05-24-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Fishbowls Trail
Date: 05-24-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:The trail was in good shape. I walked the entire loop and came across plenty of water in all of the expected locations. It had rained the day before I arrived so that may have accounted for the abundance of water. Cedar Camp and Fishbowl Camp were both in good condition. The fishbowls were flowing well.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

The first fishbowl

Cedar Creek


Piru Creek

Overlooking the Sespe Wilderness
Howard Creek Trail Survey - 05-23-2015 - by Dan Whelan
Link: Howard Creek Trail
Date: 05-23-2015
Surveyor Name:Dan Whelan
Trail description:Trail is in great shape. There are some spots where the annual grasses and plant have closed the trail in but still very easy to follow and pass.
No water on trail 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness Survey - 05-23-2015 - by theejackalope
Link: Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness
Date: 05-23-2015
Surveyor Name:theejackalope
Trail description:Three day loop hike Memorial Day weekend, 2015
Day 1: Nira to White Ledge via Lost Valley Trail and Hurricane Deck (East) (5/23/15)
Day 2: White Ledge to Manzana Narrows, with out and back to South Fork (5/24/15)
Day 3: Manzana Narrows to Nira (5/25/15)

LV/HD
Lost Valley Trail from Nira in great shape for the most part. Water near Nira, and generally around within first mile or so of trail.

LVT generally easy to follow until it gets into the chaparral up near/on the Deck. Near the campsite at the big U turn, be sure to look for the blue tape on the tree across the creek to follow the trail. Once up on/near the Deck, you will also need to keep a keen eye on things to follow the trail in relatively open country. Once it gets into the thick scrub, though, markers are generally visible.

There is pooled water throughout the first few miles of LVT; what we presume to be Vulture Spring (about 20 minutes up from the campsite at the big U turn) is flowing steadily but scantily. You could get water there but it will take a long time; suggest bringing all your water from Nira (or if in the other direction from White Ledge). 

No water, of course, on the Deck.  Definitely had to do some chap-bashing, but no need for true bushwacking or machetes. We owe a BIG THANKS to the trail crews and others who have made the way across the deck clear; this is especially true the closer you get to White Ledge. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK!!! It wasn't an easy hike, but it certainly wasn't grueling or life-threatening either.  A great balance.

Ample pools of water at White Ledge, though not flowing and also ample horse poop.  So bring your filters / treatement (!) if you want to use this water.

Finally, as often noted, don't trust any estimates of mileage on these trails, especially the signage. Allow more time than you think.  We're strong hikers, and at a moderate pace on a hot day it took about 8 hours from Nira to WL. We had expect 6 based on posted mileage and conditions.

South Fork from White Ledge


Clear trail all the way down to the Fork, and good flowing water around the Fork.  Low levels, but steady and ample.  Signs say it is two miles from WL to SF, but we're thinking more like 3. Didn't tightly validate with our map, though.  Allow 1.5 hours to SF from WL, the same going back.

WL to MN
Good trail, easy to follow.  Assuming a three hour hike from WL to MN, there is accessible water early on the trail, as well as apprx. halfway.  Ample flowing water at Manzana Narrows; worth waiting for rather than pumping along the way (as long as you're not totally out, of course).

MN to NIRA

Good trail, easy to follow. Suggest filling water at MN or Nira, rather than counting on it on this stretch of the trail.  There might be water along the way, but we didn't actively check; most things looked dry.

About three hours from MN to NIRA.

Beautiful loop!  Lots of variety and challenge. Estimate of total miles (with side trip to/from SF): 30.  

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Manzana Trail West (Lower) Survey - 05-22-2015 - by Caddo Mounds
Link: Manzana Trail West (Lower)
Date: 05-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Caddo Mounds
Trail description:Water good enough to Dabney Cabin on 5/22/2015 but did not see any more after that to Schoolhouse.  Heard there was some water west of Schoolhouse at beaver dam but did not confirm.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Alder Creek Trail Survey - 05-21-2015 - by Coyote Dave
Link: Alder Creek Trail
Date: 05-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Coyote Dave
Trail description:Hiked Alder Creek Trail from Dough Flat to Alder Creek and continued on down Alder Creek to the Sespe.  Trail was in great condition and easy to follow.  No water at Squaw Flat but grape vines are starting to fruit.  There is plenty of water at Cow Springs if you hike up the wash 30 yards or so.  Dripping Springs was barely dripping but had water in the pools at its base.  East Fork Alder Creek was dry.  The main fork of Alder was flowing nicely all the way to the confluence with the Sespe.  
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Alder Creek Trail Survey - 05-20-2015 - by Kara Hooper
Link: Alder Creek Trail
Date: 05-20-2015
Surveyor Name:Kara Hooper
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:from the junction with the MacDonald trail, the trail through the Alder Creekbed is hard to navigate. Also, once you get up out of the alder drainage and head into the Sespe, there is a very large slide that makes the trail difficult to navigate while on the side of the mountain.
Roque Canyon Trail Survey - 05-19-2015 - by Condor Trail Association
Link: Roque Canyon Trail
Date: 05-19-2015
Surveyor Name:Condor Trail Association
Trail description:Got a report from a thru-hiker.  The trail from Roque Camp down to Kerry Canyon is non-existent.  No sign of a trail, take the path of least resistance and make your way down the canyon.  It is passable but expect to run into thick brush and dead ends.  There was water at Roque Camp and along most of the canyon as it heads downstream towards Lazy Camp.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Devils Canyon Trail Survey - 05-18-2015 - by Gerry Ching
Link: Devils Canyon Trail
Date: 05-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Gerry Ching
Trail description:

Hiked the Matias Potrero - Devil's Cyn loop today. The eastern segment of the Matias trail is in relatively good shape. Overgrown in spots, but the tread is always visible. The junction of the Matias and Devil's Cyn trails is marked with a large metal sign which doesn't mention the Devil's Cyn trail. Go left and downhill from this junction.

The Devil's Cyn trail descends fairly steeply. The section 0.3 miles from the junction is overgrown with tall grasses, but can be followed easily with care. Several downed trees (0.8 mile from end of trail) across the path requires going around or over. The last 0.4 mile involves 4 stream crossing with lots of poison oak. Long pants and long-sleeved shirts highly recommended. The track is a little hard to see, but followable. There is a trail sign where the trail meets Paradise Rd, but the sign doesn't identify the trail.

Did this loop without a car shuttle, parking the car at the Matias Potrero trailhead. Utilizing the shortcut trail down to the Red Rock parking lot, total mileage with 8.6 miles.

The day was near perfect for this hike. Cool, in the low 70s with a fresh breeze. Oh, a fair number of ticks encountered. Note: the Matias/Devil's Cyn route as marked on the 1995 topo quad is quite accurate.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Devil's Cyn trail needs work
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 05-17-2015 - by Julie
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 05-17-2015
Surveyor Name:Julie
Trail description:Hiked from Nira to White Ledge along Manzana Trail. Next day hiked Hurricane Deck to Lost Valley trail back to Nira. Water in Manzana Creek up to Big Spruce turn off, then only standing water to White Ledge.
The first 2 miles of Hurricane deck were clear and easy to follow. The last last 1-2 miles was very overgrown and not well marked - to the point I contemplated whether I was on an actual trail any longer. No water along this whole section.
Lost valley trail in good condition. No water along here either.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

King Snake along Manzana Creek

White Ledge Camp
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 05-16-2015 - by Jeremiah Swider
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 05-16-2015
Surveyor Name:Jeremiah Swider
Trail description:Lots of poison oak crowding the trail.  In some places we had to push through bushes but for a majority of the hike it was a fine trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Overgrowth of plants in some places, including poison oak.
Images:

Walking through the bushes crowding the trail



plants in the way
Cold Spring Trail - North Survey - 05-16-2015 - by Fred L
Link: Cold Spring Trail - North
Date: 05-16-2015
Surveyor Name:Fred L
Trail description:Started at the head on Mount.rd. Hard to follow trail due to lack of signs/marking. Ended up getting lost and hiking Santa Ynez trail. Goal was Mono Camp, but Gibraltar Reservoir and River dried out. Some pockets of murky water, so water filter highly recommended. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Lack of signs
Reyes Peak Trail Survey - 05-15-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Reyes Peak Trail
Date: 05-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Trail condition out of Haddock Campground to Haddock Mountain.  Are at times impassable due to plant encroachment, just after the main incline approach to the rock formation area.  Leading to Haddock Mountain rock pile (ducks) are hard to spot and need to re-worked.  Also I counted about (5) down trees across the trail from Haddock Mountain to Reyes Peak.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Santa Cruz Trail Survey - 05-15-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Santa Cruz Trail
Date: 05-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The LPFA in partnership with the Forest Service hired an American Conservation Experience (ACE) crew to work the Santa Cruz Trail from Kellogg Camp up towards Mission Pine Basin.  They accomplished 3.11 miles of trail work, clearing what was once a brush slog into a great wilderness trail once again.

More information here:
https://www.facebook.com/LosPadresForestAssociation/posts/464739166984346
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Franklin Trail South Survey - 05-13-2015 - by Gerry Ching
Link: Franklin Trail South
Date: 05-13-2015
Surveyor Name:Gerry Ching
Trail description:

Phase 2 of the trail just opened to the public. The Phase 2 route is entirely on a dirt fire road. Great views of Carpinteria for most of the distance.

Total distance (Phases 1 & 2) is now 5.2 miles. Total elevation gain is about 1700 feet but since the route dips down into minor and moderate canyons, cumulative elevation gain is about 2300 ft. Be sure to allow enough time (about 6 hrs) to do the round trip with a lunch stop. There is a nice bench and lookout at the 3.2 mile point,

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Matias Potrero Trail Survey - 05-12-2015 - by Jeff B.
Link: Matias Potrero Trail
Date: 05-12-2015
Surveyor Name:Jeff B.
Trail description:Ridden several times between Feb. and May of 2015: trail is in very good shape, and some brushing (particularly of poison oak) has been done. Beautiful and easy to follow.
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Buckhorn Trail Survey - 05-12-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Buckhorn Trail
Date: 05-12-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:
The LPFA scouted the Buckhorn Trail in advance of an upcoming trail project.  We'll be out there in late May 2015 clearing the brush and mainly logging out any fallen trees.  The trail is quite nice from the lower trailhead up to Lower Buckhorn.  From there up to the road is a different story.  It's brushy, covered by PO in certain places, lots of downed trees and somewhat hard to follow.  The last bit up through the chaparral to the road is very overgrown.  Be sure to look for the flagging and it is recommended that you go down the trail rather than up the trail.  All that being said, its a beautiful canyon, very wild and well worth exploring.  Here are some photos from the trail patrol:

http://arcg.is/1PG7dwg
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Sespe River Trail Survey - 05-11-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 05-11-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Trail description:Water along the entire stretch of the Sespe from Piedra Blanca to Alder Creek.  The trail is wide open most of the way but starts to get overgrown as you approach Alder Creek at the last crossing of the Sespe.  It is brushy on the last drop down to Alder at Shady Camp.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 05-10-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 05-10-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Trail description:Still some water along the lower section of the trail.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Grapevine Trail Survey - 05-10-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Grapevine Trail
Date: 05-10-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:LPFA led a quick project to clear the first mile of the Grapevine Trail from the Buckhorn Rd down to the first creek crossing.  Looking good!
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:


Agua Blanca Trail Survey - 05-10-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Agua Blanca Trail
Date: 05-10-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The Ojai Ranger District VWR's cleared the large rock slide along Agua Blanca Trail.  See before and after photos.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Photo Ranger Heidi

Photo Ranger Heidi
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 05-09-2015 - by Arnold Levin
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 05-09-2015
Surveyor Name:Arnold Levin
Trail description:19.3 Miles and 8-1/2 hours traversed with shuttle @ Lion's Camp and Reye's Creek. Me and three other friends did it with many pic's of water taken for future reference. Please be aware that water sources change due to weather.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Water Source

Water Source-


Water- Haddock Camp

Piedras Blancas Creek


3 Mile Camp- Water along camp
Santa Cruz Trail Survey - 05-09-2015 - by Jeff B.
Link: Santa Cruz Trail
Date: 05-09-2015
Surveyor Name:Jeff B.
Trail description:Rode the Santa Cruz singletrack from the junction with Camuesa Road up to Alexander Saddle, then continued on down to Santa Cruz Camp and returned the same way. The trail is in great shape for it's entire length, with the 40 Mile Wall section being a particular highlight. Also, it's well worth the short trek down to Little Pine Spring. 
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Johnston Ridge Trail Survey - 05-09-2015 - by Nico
Link: Johnston Ridge Trail
Date: 05-09-2015
Surveyor Name:Nico
Trail description:Hiked the trail from the Sespe River up to the Hot Springs.  Plenty of hot water pouring into the canyon from the various springs.  Poplar Creek was dry and only a tiny trickle of water was running in the unnamed canyon just west of Johnston Ridge.  I did not check Coldwater Creek.

Lots of people milling about the Hot Springs now with Grade Valley Rd open.  
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Gibraltar Trail Survey - 05-07-2015 - by Jeff B.
Link: Gibraltar Trail
Date: 05-07-2015
Surveyor Name:Jeff B.
Trail description:Rode this from the mine out to Cold Springs Trail: it's in very good shape right now, and is very easy  to follow.
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Madulce Peak Trail Survey - 05-06-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Madulce Peak Trail
Date: 05-06-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:I read that this trail was worked on last fall, but it's hard to tell that it was because there are lots of down trees, areas where the trail is overgrown and one section that is washed out.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Many down trees, trail overgrown and hard to follow.
Rancho Nuevo Trail Survey - 05-03-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Rancho Nuevo Trail
Date: 05-03-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Trail description:UTMC continued their assault on the trails within the MPRD, this time focusing on Rancho Nuevo.  UTMC completed the goal of clearing all trees from the trailhead to Upper Rancho Nuevo.  Trail is good to Deal Junction but gets brushy after that with washouts.  Upper Rancho Nuevo is stock passable but only for experienced stock crews.  If you hike this trail, please bring some flagging and mark the hard parts so we can keep people going the same direction.

GREAT WORK!
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Big Falls Trail Survey - 05-02-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Big Falls Trail
Date: 05-02-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:VWR patrol report of the Big Falls trail.  Trail brushy and hard to follow.  Reports of recent hiker needing to be rescued.  Also reports of trash at the falls.

Would be nice to have a more official report complete with photos and then organize a project to fix the trail.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Mission Pine Trail Survey - 05-02-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Mission Pine Trail
Date: 05-02-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Like sands through the hourglass, trees continue to fall.  Another 15-20 downed pines were seen along the Mission Pine Trail between the Buckhorn Rd and West Big Pine.  Most were in the 18-30" range.

A project is planned to remove these trees later this spring.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

photo Humphrey

photo Humphrey


photo Humphrey

photo Humphrey


photo Humphrey
Santa Barbara Canyon Trail Survey - 05-01-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Santa Barbara Canyon Trail
Date: 05-01-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Trail description:Mount Pinos Volunteer Wilderness Rangers patrolled the SB Cyn Trail and removed a few downed trees before Heart Break Hill.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Before

After
Cerro Alto Loop Trail Survey - 04-29-2015 - by Meghan Sheen
Link: Cerro Alto Loop Trail
Date: 04-29-2015
Surveyor Name:Meghan Sheen
Trail description:Beautiful trail, absolutely stunning view from the summit. 360* views of SLO, Morro Bay, Atascadero, and beyond. Seriously, killer views and worth every ounce of sweat to get there.

Trail was well traveled and maintained. Saw California Newts, a young rattler, banana slugs, wildflowers and butterflies. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

View towards Morro Bay from the summit

Trail shot


Trail shot

trail shot


view from the top towards SLO
Arroyo Burro Trail Survey - 04-26-2015 - by Jeff B.
Link: Arroyo Burro Trail
Date: 04-26-2015
Surveyor Name:Jeff B.
Trail description:Note that this surveys the section of trail from E. Camino northward (downhill toward the SY River). Trail is in generally good shape, and is easy to follow- but poison oak is abundant in numerous locations. Exercise due caution.
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Judell Trail Survey - 04-26-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Judell Trail
Date: 04-26-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:
April 2015

The LPFA hosted a 10-day Working Vacation to work the Judell and Upper Sisquoc Trails.  We spent 3 days on the Judell making it stock passable.  Cleared trees, removed a few slides and brushed to make it passable and to standard.  The trail is in great shape, especially after having stock traveling up and down the trail at least half a dozen times over the 10 days.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Top of Judell, outside the wilderness

Best San Rafael sign


Trail along a higher section above the creek

The famous Judell oak


Switchbacks into Rattlesnake Alley
Snowy OHV Trail Survey - 04-25-2015 - by kevracer
Link: Snowy OHV Trail
Date: 04-25-2015
Surveyor Name:kevracer
Trail description:A bunch of volunteers and I just finished clearing this trail yesterday of all the fallen burned trees. Upper half of trail is a nice easy ride through whats left of the forest. bottom half is double black diamond for experienced riders only.
Mode of transport:O.H.V.
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

upper entrance to snowy trail

view from about midway down snowy trail
Santa Barbara Canyon Trail Survey - 04-25-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Santa Barbara Canyon Trail
Date: 04-25-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:
• Most of the crossings along SB Canyon had water.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail Survey - 04-23-2015 - by Meghan Sheen
Link: Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail
Date: 04-23-2015
Surveyor Name:Meghan Sheen
Trail description:Good shape, easy to follow, found some fun things along the trail like an old cabin remnant and a few Chumash Mortar bowls. 198trailscrew
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:







Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 04-23-2015 - by M. Jones
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 04-23-2015
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Trail description:

Hiked the upper Manzana trail from Nira to about ¾ mile past White Ledge Camp. GPS said 27.6 mile day trip after some exploring in a unnamed drainage down canyon past White Ledge Camp.

Overall trail is in good condition. There was water at Nira and Lost Valley camp site but none in the creek until Rays Camp. Manzana and the Narrows both and had good water. There was also a little flow about a ½ mile past the unofficial “alcove” camp in the drainage and at the waterfall before heading up to the top of white ledge canyon.  There was no water at Happy Hunting Ground but was a small stagnant pool about a ¼ past the camp site. Where the trail enters the canyon ¾ of a mile before White Ledge Camp it can be hard to follow in places, rock ducts and flags mark the path through the creek bed sections. At this point there was also a little flowing water which continued all the way down canyon.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:





Lopez Canyon Trail Survey - 04-22-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Lopez Canyon Trail
Date: 04-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:I planned a trip to backpack on this trail and it turned out to not work.  First if you enter from the northwest, you have to hike in an extra 4 miles due to closed gate.  I planned to drive in on the south east due to ranger recommendation.  I was not able to make it due to running water (Yes water in CA ruined my trip LOL ) crossing the road.  I later learned that there were several river crossings.  So if you plan to take this hike from the High Lopez road then be ready to have a high clearance 4x4 vehicle. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Munch Canyon Trail Survey - 04-22-2015 - by Meghan Sheen
Link: Munch Canyon Trail
Date: 04-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Meghan Sheen
Trail description:We took Munch Canyon Trail from Sunset Valley road all the way to Davy Brown Trail. It was in good shape, looks as though someone has recently brushed it all the way up. Some spots of loose rock and old washouts were a little slippery to negotiate  but overall a good day hike.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:







Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 04-19-2015 - by Shriner
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 04-19-2015
Surveyor Name:Shriner
Trail description:Trail seemed obvious but needed some brushing. Turned around after having enough of the tick fest. Incomplete report
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Ticks and brush are await.
Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 04-19-2015 - by Shriner
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 04-19-2015
Surveyor Name:Shriner
Trail description:Trail seemed obvious but needed some brushing. Turned around after having enough of the tick fest. Incomplete report
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Ticks and brush are await.
San Antonio Trail Survey - 04-19-2015 - by Richard Shiers
Link: San Antonio Trail
Date: 04-19-2015
Surveyor Name:Richard Shiers
Trail description:I started my backpacking trip on Nacimiento Furguson Rd. I hiked up Cone Peak road and then hit the San Antonio trail down to Fresno Camp which is as far as I made it. This trail has not been used much in years and it was quite the adventure. It was completely overgrown and covered with poison oak and blowdowns. Lots of climbing under and over dead trees and even bushwhacking through poison oak almost the entire mile and a half down this trail to Fresno Camp. The trail completely disappeared when I got down to the camp. I found two old campsites at Fresno Camp and there was still water flowing in the San Antonio river. The camp was pretty cool though since I was looking for solitude and this was definitely the place. However, I would not recommend this trail unless you are looking for a challenge and if you want to go further on to San Antonio camp, good luck because I couldn't find the trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Seldom used trail. Poor quality.
Images:

One of many blowdowns

Overgrown trail


Campsite

Lots of poison oak


More poor trail conditions
Yellowjacket OHV Trail Survey - 04-18-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Yellowjacket OHV Trail
Date: 04-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Trail description:UTMC, VCMC and Bakersfield Trailblazers worked together to remove all downed trees across the route.  Completely cleared, they took out 65 trees over 4 days of work.  Nicely done!
Mode of transport:O.H.V.
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Matias Connector Trail Survey - 04-16-2015 - by Jeff B.
Link: Matias Connector Trail
Date: 04-16-2015
Surveyor Name:Jeff B.
Trail description:Trail is easy to follow in either direction, but needs some work, as it is quite loose and rocky in places. 
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Needs some work
Sunset Valley Trail Survey - 04-14-2015 - by Meghan Sheen
Link: Sunset Valley Trail
Date: 04-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Meghan Sheen
Trail description:Map incorrect, Sunset Valley trail is 2.5 miles from Sunset Valley road to Munch Canyon. Trail is in good shape, well maintained and easy to follow. Has been recently brushed and several downed trees cut back.  I have attached picture of sign at trailhead and gps mapping of current route.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Trailhead at sunset valley rd showing milage to munch canyon trail

ascending from sunset valley to sunset valley rd


Map of actual trailhead to munch cyn


good view from sunset valley
White Rock Connector Trail Survey - 04-14-2015 - by Meghan Sheen
Link: White Rock Connector Trail
Date: 04-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Meghan Sheen
Trail description:First mile or so could use some very serious brushing. Trail itself is easy to follow but branches make it difficult. We made it through all the way to Munch Cyn. There is water along the trail, as well as a pretty substantial amount of poison oak. Last half towards Munch cyn looks recently brushed. Several burned out widowmaker trees along the route that are pretty unstable.

Also important to note the actual trail mileage is 1.268 (miles), not 2.32 as shown on the popup/title.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Needs brushing, first mile or so from White rock.
Images:

down the trail

watersource


burned over trees

More burned over trees
White Rock Trail Survey - 04-14-2015 - by Meghan Sheen
Link: White Rock Trail
Date: 04-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Meghan Sheen
Trail description:Good trail, very easy to follow. Water in white rock canyon. Cool abandoned mine equipment and remnants of a mining cabin about .80 miles into the trail from Pinery road.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Trail shot

trail shot


trail shot

mining remnants


mining remnants
Munch Canyon Trail Survey - 04-14-2015 - by Meghan Sheen
Link: Munch Canyon Trail
Date: 04-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Meghan Sheen
Trail description:We covered a about a mile from Sunset Valley up to White Rock Connector. Trail was easy to follow and in good shape. Water in Munch Creek. Lots of alligator lizards out and about today.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

old gate at base of trail

us at the junction of munch canyon and white rock connector
Pothole Trail Survey - 04-12-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Pothole Trail
Date: 04-12-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Report from the Ojai Ranger District:

The CREW continued work on the Pothole Trail and have now completed 90% of the trail from the wilderness boundary (ridge) down to the Agua Blanca to trail standards.  If you are going to backpack the Pothole Trail, now is a great time.  The CREW will be back in the Fall to wrap up that last 10%.

More information about the CREW:
http://www.thecrew.org/
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Photo Ranger Heidi

Photo Ranger Heidi


Photo Ranger Heidi
Aliso Loop Trail Survey - 04-11-2015 - by Constance
Link: Aliso Loop Trail
Date: 04-11-2015
Surveyor Name:Constance
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Agua Blanca Trail Survey - 04-11-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Agua Blanca Trail
Date: 04-11-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Report from the Ojai Ranger District

- There are some downed trees, none larger than 15" in diameter.
- Water levels on the AB were good
- Brush quite thick in many areas
- Tread is fair except for a rockslide that is about 2.5miles up the single track

Hoping to schedule a project to clear the slide.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Water at second crossing, photo Ranger Heidi

The new slide, photo Ranger Heidi
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 04-11-2015 - by M. Jones
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 04-11-2015
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Trail description:

Surveyed the lower Manzana trail from Sunset Valley road past Manzana Schoolhouse campground to the old Wells Homestead on the Horse Canyon La Brea trail

Over-all the entire trail in in good condition and well-trimmed with easy traveling due to the low water levels. There are no obstructions, slip-outs, slides or trees blocking the trail.  At the time of survey there was low water at every crossing but one from Sunset Valley road to Dabney Cabin. Just below Dabney cabin had the most reliable, deepest pools of water which disappeared just after the Cody property

Historic notes for the area:

Dabney Cabin, 1914 Alder log cabin (Charles William Dabney). Used by the Dabney family for trout fishing, by Johnny Franzina on round-ups; lion trapper Paul Nogues from the early 1920’s until the 1940’sand by Midland school students. Saved by interested county residents from demolition by USFS in October 1969. (Ontiverous, Erlinda, pg.358 1990)

 Wheat Homestead. H. P Wheet [Wheat] was born in April 1822, in New Hampshire. He died in 1903 and is buried in a eucalyptus grove in Oceano. His wife, Elizabeth, was born in Canada c1828 and s also buried in in Oceano (D. c1900) The Wheets lived in Michigan and Wisconsin before moving to California [Sears-Woon Family Genealogy]

“Old man Wheet” wore his hair long, what little of it there was, as he was bald except for a little top-knot and a scanty fringe that extended to his shoulders. He had an extensive vocabulary of cuss words and chewed great quantities of tobacco which he would spit all over the floor. He despised doctors and medicine and claimed to have divine healing powers. Most of his relatives had great respect for him, but the rest of the folks looked upon him as a humbug [Santa Maria Historical-Society, c1905].

Hiram Preserved Wheat was one of the most prosperous and colorful of the pioneers. He claimed his home stead in 1885; could neither read nor write, and considered himself a healer…..He laid down the proper rules for diet; no pork, no lard, no coffee, and –most important—no milk for adults. One story he told of the cures he had concerned a man who had drank milk all his life. The patient was puffed up like a balloon, unable to walk. Old Man Wheat gave him a good pounding, and then squeezed his toes. The accumulated milk streamed out, he was able to walk and was cured [Jeannette Lyons, 1974].

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:







North Fork Lockwood Trail Survey - 04-11-2015 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: North Fork Lockwood Trail
Date: 04-11-2015
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Trail description:Trail in fine shape by LPNF standards, but could use some minor brushing at crossings above falls and there's some failing cribwall at the south end of the meadows (I am organizing a Scout service project for the Fall to address).

Water is scarce; we were able to filter from a mucky stretch of the main spring below camp, but I can't imagine that will last much longer.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Judell Trail Survey - 04-06-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Judell Trail
Date: 04-06-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Trail description:The trail was difficult to find, but we have hiked it and rode it many times, so we knew where to go. Our first obstacle was at the junction of the Sierra Madre Road with the Judell Trailhead (Function Junction!).  There is a pretty deep gully in the jeepway that would be extremely difficult for trucks and horse trailers to get down. It goes for about 200 ft before it evens out to a drivable road.  This would be a fairly easy fix with a few volunteers and the right tools.

The trail is very overgrown and needs lots of brushing, the tread is questionable in many spots, especially along the high trails and switchbacks,and there are at least 5 bigger trees that require a cross-cut saw prior to Heath camp.










Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Judell has not been used for many months.
Images:

Tread typical of the middle oak filled section of the Judell

Some rutting that needs to be fixed, yes that is the trail


Gets brushy in sections but is followable

The large washout along the lower section. Work needed.


The boulder field section just after the trail goes high on the west side.
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
Gifford Trail Survey - 04-01-2015 - by Meghan Sheen
Link: Gifford Trail
Date: 04-01-2015
Surveyor Name:Meghan Sheen
Trail description:Trail is in good shape, appears to be recently maintained.

Easy to follow, not a bad quick trip. We made it a little longer by following Forest Rte 32S01A to the North East.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:







Cruickshank Trail Survey - 03-31-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cruickshank Trail
Date: 03-31-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Trail leading up to Lions Den camp is very eroded/crumbling after crossing the creek. Trail gets very narrow with steep drop off to the side. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Tinta OHV Trail Survey - 03-30-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Tinta OHV Trail
Date: 03-30-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:UTMC continued their onslaught on the fallen trees within the Mt Pinos Ranger District.  If you were a tree blocking a trail in the MPRD, be worried, real worried!

This time they logged 15 trees off the Tinta Trail and 10 leaners were felled from next to the trail.

Mode of transport:Stock
Trail condition:Needs some work
Santa Barbara Canyon Trail Survey - 03-29-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Santa Barbara Canyon Trail
Date: 03-29-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Trail description:UTMC and Wilderness Corps led a trail project up SB Cyn and removed nearly 60 trees from the trailhead up to the base of Heartbreak Hill.  There was one large downed oak that was not cleared at the base of  of the HBHill.

Link to Wilderness Corps photos:

https://www.wildernesscorps.com/2015-santa-barbara-canyon-trail-logging-trip
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Alder Creek Trail Survey - 03-27-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Alder Creek Trail
Date: 03-27-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:A few reports from the Alder Creek Trail:

- Back in December the CREW worked the first part of the trail from Dough Flat out to the Bucksnort Junction.
- That portion of the trail is fantastic.
- After leaving the Bucksnort the trail gets gradually worse but stays good until you get down to the McDonald Trail Junction.
- After this point the trail gets much worse the short distance until you meet with the main Alder Creek Junction.
- The trail is passable but needs lots of work from the McDonald Junction out to Alder Creek Camp and beyond to the Sespe

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Lopez Canyon Trail Survey - 03-22-2015 - by Nathan Claud
Link: Lopez Canyon Trail
Date: 03-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Nathan Claud
Trail description:Passed through on way from Rinconada to the top of the grade.  The trail is easy to follow however it could use some machete work.   A group of pack mules had come through and they did some clipping bout mostly at the higher level.  The poison oak is unavoidable.  Water is good in most of the creek.  There is one area low in the canyon where the creek is non existent but it picks up again above portrero creek.  The trail is marked in a few spots with pink ribbons.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Lots of poison oak encroaching on trail.
Reyes Peak Trail Survey - 03-22-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Reyes Peak Trail
Date: 03-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:VWR project to log fallen trees across the trail.   The trail was cleared of fallen trees from the trailhead down to Haddock Camp.  As always, a beautiful trail with beautiful views.

Photos: Ranger Rik
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Getting your saw on

Getting your measure on


Getting your view on
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 03-22-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 03-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:An addition to the VWR project that Mark S posted on 3/20.  The Gene Marshall Piedra Blanca Trail was logged from Reyes Creek to Pine Mtn Lodge.  See photos showing the great work by the volunteer sawyers.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Photo Ranger Rik

Photo Ranger Rik


Photo Ranger Rik
Big Falls Trail Survey - 03-21-2015 - by Nathan Claud
Link: Big Falls Trail
Date: 03-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Nathan Claud
Trail description:Came down on trip from Rinconada to top of grade.  Trail was well maintained and poison oak was beat back pretty well.  The poison oak was a little harder to avoid at the top of the trail, but it can be done.  The water is mostly clear, but the flow is very low. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Alejandro Trail Survey - 03-21-2015 - by James Wapotich
Link: Alejandro Trail
Date: 03-21-2015
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Trail description:From the trailhead, the trail is slight overgrown. Where it arrives at the ridge separating Colson and Alejandro Canyons it opens up, and remains open as it travels along the ridge between Rattlesnake and Alejandro Canyons. The trail the drops down a side canyon towards Alejandro Creek. From here all the way to the Alejandro Camp the trail is overgrown. The trail is easy enough to follow as it follows the creek, and does't require any real route-finding, but there is plenty of poison oak to be avoided.

Alejandro Camp is in fair shape with two sites close to each other inside a corral, supposedly to keep free range cattle from visiting. 

There is water intermittently flowing in Alejandro Creek, as well as just below Alejandro Camp.

Past the camp, the trail starts away from the creek and does require some route-finding. However, once it starts heading up towards the ridge between Alejandro Canyon and North Fork La Brea Creek that route becomes more evident, although still overgrown.

About two-thirds of the way up there is a large oak deadfall obscuring the trail. At this transition, there is a cattle trail leading off to the right that can be misleading. Instead, work your way past the oak tree and refind the trail, which actually starts to head back up Alejandro Canyon before top the ridge. This last section is perhaps the most overgrown. At the saddle the trail becomes much improved and it is easy to continue and locate the top of Weber Trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Poplar Trail Survey - 03-21-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Poplar Trail
Date: 03-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Day hiked from Bluff down to Pens and beyond.

Steady flow of water the whole way in Indian Creek.  Faucet Spring, however, was dry.

From Bluff, the trail starts easy to follow up until about Blue Jay camp.  There's a couple of sections of trail on the way to Blue Jay that look like they may be lost soon to a slide or rutting, but otherwise, it's mostly clear, easy walking.

Beginning around Blue Jay, the trail becomes much narrower and more overgrown.  Lots of small tree falls and encroaching brush.  Tread becomes faint and at times a little tough to follow, especially in/around creek crossings.  The Poison Oak gets bad between Blue Jay and Poplar, then lets up a bit on the way to Pens.

No evidence of any recent visitors to Blue Jay or Poplar, but Pens had some semi-fresh trash in the fire ring.

Strangely, the trail was much more difficult to find/follow on the way back up toward Bluff from Pens than it was on the way down.  On multiple occasions during our return trip we lost the trail between Pens and Poplar.

All in all, the trail is pretty faint and rough.  Of course, this is par for the course in these parts and is part of the reason this area is a reliable destination for some solitude.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Overgrown; doesn't see much use
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 03-20-2015 - by Mark S
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 03-20-2015
Surveyor Name:Mark S
Trail description:hiked and pack stock went from from Reyes Creek TH to Haddock 3/20 and returned 3/22.  Trail is easy to follow and in good shape from parking lot to Beartrap CG.  Then trail starts to get brushy and overgrown in places as it goes along the canyon bottom back and forth across Beartrap Creek,  As riparian vegetation leafs out, trail will likely be obscured but still possible to follow although difficult at times, but stays in canyon bottom.  Treadwork on the switchbacks leaving Beartrap widened tread an makes it readily passable for pack stock.  All downed trees were logged from saddle down to Haddock Camp.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Trail maintenance project
Images:

new tread work on switchbacks leaving Beartrap drainage over to Haddock Camp
Adobe Trail Survey - 03-18-2015 - by Meghan Sheen
Link: Adobe Trail
Date: 03-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Meghan Sheen
Trail description:Trail is in good condition, easy to get off main trail due to extensive mountain bike trails and no trail markers. No water. No poison oak or ticks that we saw. Fun trail overall.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:


Trailhead
Pothole Trail Survey - 03-15-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Pothole Trail
Date: 03-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The Ojai Ranger District continued work on the Pothole Trail.  They worked from the Wilderness boundary down towards the Agua Blanca.  The Pothole Trail is seeing a lot of work this year with multiple projects hosted by the ORD, LPFA and CREW.

Photos: Ranger Heidi
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:




Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness Survey - 03-14-2015 - by M. Jones
Link: Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness
Date: 03-14-2015
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Trail description:

Lost Canyon trail on 03/14/15 was in excellent condition for the length of the trail. Spring has brought a profusion of wildflowers to Lost Canyon, California poppies, Bush poppies, Blue Dicks, Yurba Santa and sunflowers were all in bloom.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:





Romero Trail Survey - 03-14-2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Romero Trail
Date: 03-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Trail description:I hiked from the junction where the Romero Trail crosses the East Camino Cielo and begins the North section down to Blue Canyon.  The trail is relatively steep and follows an old fire break.  

The trail is becoming more eroded over the past few years, and could use some treadwork and water bar reconstruction.

The "Romero" trail sign at the junction on the south side of El Camino Cielo road is missing.

The junction sign at Blue Canyon Trail needs two bolts. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Steep trail with eroded sections and loose small stones
Images:

Steep section with erosion

Section with erosion


Slide section near junction with Blue Canyon TRail

Blue Canyon junction trail sign