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Exploring The Los Padres National Forest

1,257 Miles of Trails on 1,762,400 Acres, with 875,000 Acres of Protected Wilderness to Explore.

Thank you for taking the time to visit the Hike Los Padres Community. This website was created with the mission of being a source of shared information on trails, camps and locations across the entire Northern and Southern portions of the Los Padres National Forest. The more information we all share and catalog, the better we can track the conditions of the forest network and figure out what sections, trails and or locations are safe to use and which need maintenance.

A good portion of the interior of Los Padres National Forest gets very little use by the general public, so any information on these areas will ensure that these places stay accessible for future generations of hikers, backpackers, trail runners, equestrians, O.H.V's, hunters, cyclists, and explorers. Many of the trails listed on this site may be unmaintained, know your level of ability and always remember to bring extra water.

In partnership with the Los Padres Forest Association (LPFA). The LPFA mission is to care for the Los Padres Forest, ensuring it thrives and remains safe and open for the people to use and enjoy. LPFA volunteers work to keep trails open, report and assess forest conditions and provide public education on how to safely use the forest. If interested becoming a member or volunteering, then please visit www.lpforest.org to learn more.

Over 1000+ Cataloged Locations

Location specific weather reports, recent camp and trail surveys, water data and much more.


Recent Water Reports
Location Date ▾ Surveyor Water Report
Sulphur Spring - Zaca Lake 10-11-2107FedeFlowing
Sage Hill Campground 11-18-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Lower Cruickshank Camp 11-15-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Upper Cruickshank Camp 11-15-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Buckeye Spring 11-15-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Chokecherry Spring 11-13-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Ant Camp 11-12-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 11-11-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Fishbowls Camp 11-11-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Big Cone Spruce Camp 11-11-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Upper Matilija Camp 11-11-2017Oh ThreeFlowing
Middle Matilija Camp 11-11-2017Oh ThreeFlowing
Matilija Camp 11-11-2017Oh ThreeFlowing
Ballard Camp 11-10-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness 11-10-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Manzana Narrows Camp 11-10-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Cedar Creek Camp 11-10-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Ant Camp 11-10-2017M. JonesDry
Maple Camp 11-10-2017Oh ThreeFlowing
Cow Spring Camp 11-10-2017Anonymous SurveyorStagnant
Dripping Springs 11-10-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Dripping Springs 11-10-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Bottochers Gap Campground 11-05-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Sheep Camp 11-05-2017Scott ETrickle
Kerr Spring - Sespe 11-05-2017Peter GreenTrickle
Bear Creek Camp 11-05-2017Peter GreenStagnant
White Ledge Camp - Red Reef Trail 11-05-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Meadow Camp 11-05-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Sheep Camp 11-04-2017Joe McDTrickle
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp 10-30-2017Jasonn BeckstrandFlowing
Maple Camp 10-29-2017PeterTrickle
Oretega Hill 10-28-2017Old ManDry
Hidden Potrero Camp 10-26-2017Arliss CrowTrickle
Estrella Camp 10-21-2017NateFlowing
Spruce Creek Camp 10-21-2017NateFlowing
Coldwater Camp 10-21-2017Forrest Flowing
Valley View Camp 10-21-2017James WapotichDry
Oak Camp 10-19-2017Murray RubenDry
Willow Spring - Chimney Canyon 10-14-2017NateStagnant
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp 10-14-2017Jasonn BeckstrandFlowing
Fish Creek Camp 10-14-2017Forrest Dry
Lost Valley Camp 10-14-2017Forrest Trickle
Sheep Camp 10-14-2017Craig R. CareyTrickle
Chula Vista Campground 10-13-2017Craig R. CareyDry
Chokecherry Spring 10-11-2017Wesley WrightTrickle
Fishbowls Camp 10-08-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Sheep Camp 10-08-2017Erin CTrickle
Manzana Camp 10-08-2017CahikerchickFlowing
Nira Campground 10-08-2017CahikerchickDry
Manzana Narrows Camp 10-07-2017CahikerchickFlowing
Willet Camp 10-07-2017Heather SalvatoreStagnant
Rays Camp 10-06-2017CahikerchickFlowing
Fish Creek Camp 10-06-2017CahikerchickDry
Cliff Camp 10-04-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Sycamore Camp 10-04-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Abel Canyon Camp 10-04-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Miller Camp 10-04-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Jackson Spring 10-04-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp 10-02-2017Jasonn BeckstrandFlowing
Mission Pine Springs Camp 09-24-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
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Latest Camp Reports

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Sulphur Spring - Zaca Lake Survey - 10-11-2107 - by Fede
Link: Sulphur Spring - Zaca Lake
Date: 10-11-2107
Surveyor Name:Fede
Camp Description:The Zaca Ridge trail is quite overgrown in several sections.  The descent into the lake is very hard to follow, with thick brush everywhere and some large fallen trees.  The trail seems quite abandoned.  Once you reach the lake (if you do), it's paradise down there.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Sage Hill Campground Survey - 11-18-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sage Hill Campground
Date: 11-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Lower Cruickshank Camp Survey - 11-15-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Lower Cruickshank Camp
Date: 11-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:In good condition, scenic location
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Upper Cruickshank Camp Survey - 11-15-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Upper Cruickshank Camp
Date: 11-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:I did not see a water source, there likely is one as these camps were normally built near water. The camp is a fine camp. There is an old wrecked corral with barb wire, cleaning that use would be a good thing.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:I did not see a water source, I had to click on a button, so clicked on trickle.
Weather Conditions:
Buckeye Spring Survey - 11-15-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Buckeye Spring
Date: 11-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:This is a great camp in a pocket potrero, lots of graze and room for a couple of scout troops. There is a table under a giant oak. A very pleasant place to camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Old spring box with pipe, and some flow in streamlet
Weather Conditions:
Chokecherry Spring Survey - 11-13-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Chokecherry Spring
Date: 11-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:No water at Chokecherry.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Ant Camp Survey - 11-12-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Ant Camp
Date: 11-12-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:There is some trash strewn about.  Beer cans, plastic water bottles, toilet paper, etc.  There is no water in the creek immediately beside the camp.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 11-11-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 11-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Only slightly skuzzy, slow trickle.
Weather Conditions:
Fishbowls Camp Survey - 11-11-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Fishbowls Camp
Date: 11-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Shallow but swift trickle into deep and clear pool.
Weather Conditions:
Big Cone Spruce Camp Survey - 11-11-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Big Cone Spruce Camp
Date: 11-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Lower camp picnic table needs work but it is usable.

One Section of the trail is close to impassable on the way up from Manzana Narrows. About 1.5 miles up the trail a sycamore tree has fallen against a rock face directly across the path. The trunk of the tree has a honey bee hive in it as well, 

You can bushwhack your way round the blocked section of the trail to the left via the stream.

Poison Oak has withered and is not an issue on the trail.

Beautiful big treas to look at and great access to water at the site. 
 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Steady Flow from the streams around the lower camp site.
Weather Conditions: low 70s during the day and chilly at night, recommend a tent
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Latest Trail Reports

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Howard Creek Trail Survey - 11-10-2017 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Howard Creek Trail
Date: 11-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Trail description:Ventura Sierra Club was out to climb from Rose Valley to the ridge then back down along the trail and I tagged along.

Minor sluff from above getting onto the trail and blush is very close, but off on the side. It will probably need brushing and that sluff removed in a year or two, but for now very comfortable coming down.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
North Fork Matilija Trail Survey - 11-10-2017 - by Oh Three
Link: North Fork Matilija Trail
Date: 11-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Oh Three
Trail description:

Following in the footsteps of Ventura Troop 111's March adventure, the intrepid mountain men of our Boy Scout Troop backpacked the length of the Upper North Fork, north to south, Friday 11/10 to Saturday 11/11. Our Scouts reached Middle Matilija at 1pm Saturday, so they decided to continue on out.

The trail is overgrown, washed out, wild and scenic. Beautiful. Hiking this route teaches young hikers trail finding skills.

We saw no one else for the first 8 miles. Lots of bear scat. As you get within a couple miles of the south end, you start running into day trippers.

Individual reports will be submitted for the various trail camps, all of which were in good condition, and all are with water.

There's 100's of good Eagle projects in rebuilding steps, retaining walls, etc, at any number of places on this route!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Mission Pine Trail Survey - 11-03-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Mission Pine Trail
Date: 11-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:I am going to Mountain bike this trail because thats what i want to do!  

If it is ok for a horse, its ok for my bike.  
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Deal Trail Survey - 11-03-2017 - by M. Jones
Link: Deal Trail
Date: 11-03-2017
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Trail description:Overall trail is in good condition, a few minor areas where it is hard to find trail. Tree blocking trail about a 1/2 mile from Deal Canyon Junction Camp:  N34° 41.002' W119° 25.164' @ 3800ft  
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:There are a few pools of water along trail
Camuesa Connector Trail Survey - 11-02-2017 - by Fede
Link: Camuesa Connector Trail
Date: 11-02-2017
Surveyor Name:Fede
Trail description:The Camuesa Connector trail is in relatively good condition.  It has a fallen tree close to the southern trailhead (near the Santa Ynex river) that needs to be cleared, a few areas are a little overgrow, and the water has carved a deep trench in other sections, but none of these are major obstacles to complete your hike.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Relatively good condition/ needs a little work
Camuesa Connector Trail Survey - 11-02-2017 - by Fede
Link: Camuesa Connector Trail
Date: 11-02-2017
Surveyor Name:Fede
Trail description:The Camuesa Connector trail is in relatively good condition.  It has a fallen tree close to the southern trailhead (near the Santa Ynex river) that needs to be cleared, a few areas are a little overgrown, and the water has carved a deep trench in other sections, but none of these are major obstacles to complete your hike.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Relatively good condition/ needs a little work
Zaca Peak Trail Survey - 11-02-2017 - by FP
Link: Zaca Peak Trail
Date: 11-02-2017
Surveyor Name:FP
Trail description:I hiked from the end of the road at Zaca Peak down to Zaca Lake.  The dirt road leading to the parking spot next to Zaca Peak from the Figueroa Mtn, turnoff is long and bumpy.  I parked my car in the parking area next to Zaca Peak, where the road ends.  There is a great view from there. The trails starts off clear enough.  About 1-2 miles from where you leave your 
car, there is a fork where I put a sign I found in the overgrown area of the trail, lying on the ground.  It has an arrow pointing towards Zaca Ridge trail..  The trail is quite overgrown  through this area until it starts descending towards Zaca Lake.  From here on, the trail becomes very hard to follow.  It is clearly abandoned, much like many of the buildings in Zaca Lake, although I think they still rent their cabins to groups. (Online reviews of those cabins and management leave much to be desired -- too bad; someone should buy this place and return it to its original charm.)

Because the trail is so overgrown, contact with poison oak is just about inevitable. It's all over the place.


Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Overgrown, hard to follow
Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness Survey - 11-02-2017 - by Terry Jarrett
Link: Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness
Date: 11-02-2017
Surveyor Name:Terry Jarrett
Trail description:There is some surface water in the creek bed on the way to Twin Oaks campsite. Vulture Spring has a usable trickle. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Most of the obstructions reported on 03-10-2017 by the Los Padres Forest Association remain.
Middle Sespe Trail Survey - 10-20-2017 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Middle Sespe Trail
Date: 10-20-2017
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Trail description:

I started at Beaver and hiked to the junction near Lion. (I realize these are no longer the names, but Beaver seems to now have no name at all and Lion is named the same as everything else for a few miles. The old names are much more unique.) The trail leaves the old road into the campground fairly quickly, but could be easy to miss as there is no sign. It gets some braiding as it crosses Sespe Creek. It is brushy, but generally not hard to follow. As it climbs, there are some spots where the trail becomes a soft slide for a step worth of walking and is generally very narrow. As the slopes it is on get less steep, the tread is much better. Someone has been cutting brush up there (and leaving it along the edge), but seems to be hitting it pretty randomly. Some spots are wide open and show work while others have brush hanging over most the trail and show no work. After the top, there seems to be no work being done and brush hangs into the trail a bit. Heading down to Rock Creek, the tread needs a lot of work. It is a mildly less slanted bit of hillside. Scrub oak is taking over a short bit toward the bottom. After crossing the creek, there is overhanging brush again. At the top, it is nice and open until heading down to Rainbow Ranch where it becomes an absolute gauntlet to run with scrub oak closed in almost the entire way. Rabbit bush is trying to obscure trail along the ranch. It is back to just having overhanging brush on the way out and continues to have random instances of brush closed in for a few feet on the way to the junction. Along the way, it follows creeks for an unusually long time three times with little indication it is going to do this.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:overgrown brush and some tread going missing
Sespe River Trail Survey - 10-16-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sespe River Trail
Date: 10-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:There was stagnant water at Bear Creek, although I recommend pushing on to Kerr Springs for cleaner water (still not moving). The trail up to Bear creek was extremely well marked, and between Bear Creek and Oak Flat was reasonable but a bit overgrown and hard to follow at a few points. Despite the dry river, the terrain was beautiful. There was also water at both Oak Flat and Willet. At Willet, there was a moving creek with much cleaner water. We couldn't find the hot spring, but maybe we just needed to look more closely at the map.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
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