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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
Big Cone Spruce Camp 01-16-2018Curt CraggFlowing
Pine Springs Campground 01-14-2018Craig R. CareyTrickle
White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness 01-14-2018dherrigTrickle
Santa Cruz Camp 01-14-2018Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Hog Pen Spring 01-13-2018Erin C.Trickle
Potrero John Camp 01-07-2018Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Rancho Nuevo Campground 01-06-2018Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Beartrap Camp 01-01-2018Tom MarshFlowing
Upper Reyes Camp 01-01-2018Tom MarshFlowing
Reyes Creek Campground 01-01-2018Tom MarshFlowing
Lost Valley Camp 12-31-2017Shaddus Maximus Trickle
Big Cone Spruce Camp 12-31-2017Shaddus MaximusFlowing
Manzana Narrows Camp 12-31-2017Shaddus MaximusFlowing
Manzana Camp 12-31-2017Shaddus MaximusFlowing
Rays Camp 12-31-2017Shaddus MaximusFlowing
Fish Creek Camp 12-31-2017Shaddus MaximusDry
Mission Pine Basin Camp 12-30-2017Shaddus Maximus Dry
Mission Pine Springs Camp 12-30-2017Shaddus Maximus Trickle
McKinley Spings Camp 12-30-2017Shaddus Maximus Trickle
Nira Campground 12-30-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness 12-29-2017Shaddus Maximus Dry
Lonnie Davis Camp 12-29-2017Shaddus MaximusFlowing
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc 12-29-2017Shaddus MaximusFlowing
Mansfield Camp 12-29-2017Shaddus Maximus Flowing
Fish Creek Camp 12-10-2017Shaddus Maximus Dry
Rays Camp 12-10-2017Shaddus Maximus Flowing
Manzana Camp 12-10-2017Shaddus Maximus Flowing
Manzana Narrows Camp 12-10-2017Shaddus Maximus Flowing
Alcove Camp 12-10-2017Shaddus Maximus Stagnant
Ballard Camp 12-08-2017Jasonn BeckstrandFlowing
Heath Camp 12-02-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
Willet Camp 11-30-2017Martin SchenkerTrickle
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp 11-27-2017Dan HughleyDry
Coldwater Camp 11-27-2017Dan HughleyFlowing
Matilija Camp 11-25-2017Hugh WarrenFlowing
Timber Top Camp 11-25-2017Tony VelazquezDry
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc 11-25-2017Paul CronshawFlowing
Mansfield Camp 11-25-2017Paul CronshawFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 11-24-2017Jason SamuelsTrickle
Rays Camp 11-24-2017Tom HinshawFlowing
Twin Forks Camp 11-23-2017Jason SamuelsFlowing
Trail Springs Camp 11-23-2017Megan GeeTrickle
Rancho Nuevo Campground 11-22-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Thorn Meadows Campground 11-22-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Thorn Point 11-22-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 11-21-2017Chris PechousTrickle
Santa Cruz Camp 11-20-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Bear Creek Camp 11-20-2017Martin SchenkerStagnant
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc 11-19-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Potrero Camp 11-19-2017Craig R. CareyDry
Sage Hill Campground 11-18-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Nira Campground 11-18-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Potrero Camp 11-18-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Coldwater Camp 11-18-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
Haddock Camp 11-18-2017Chris PechousFlowing
Three Mile Camp 11-18-2017Chris PechousFlowing
Raspberry Camp 11-18-2017Chris PechousTrickle
Fishbowls Camp 11-18-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Cedar Creek Camp 11-18-2017Anonymous SurveyorStagnant
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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:
Big Cone Spruce Camp Survey - 01-16-2018 - by Curt Cragg
Link: Big Cone Spruce Camp
Date: 01-16-2018
Surveyor Name:Curt Cragg
Camp Description:Upper camp is in nice shape with water nearby.  Lower camp picnic table is in bad shape.  Some limbs down around the camp but generally cleaned up.  Spring and creek are flowing at lower camp.

Trail to Manzana has been mostly cleared of trees including big Sycamore that was blocking trail.  Large oak that was cut last year has slid down into trail so partially blocking buy easy to walk around.  Will need to be cut soon.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flowing water all of the way down the creek
Weather Conditions:Clear and very nice 40's at night 70's during the day.
Pine Springs Campground Survey - 01-14-2018 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Pine Springs Campground
Date: 01-14-2018
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:The intrepid mountain men of Troop 111 (Ventura) backpacked the closed road into Pine Springs this past weekend for a quick overnighter. Exited via Piano Box Loop for some additional mileage. Camp is in fine shape, empty but for our crew. Some water in the lower marsh, and 20–25 gallons in the trough just below camp entrance; froze over at night. Latrines sporting nice new KEEP OUT signs. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Marsh just below spring very low; rain water in trough.
Weather Conditions:Cold and clear
White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness Survey - 01-14-2018 - by dherrig
Link: White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness
Date: 01-14-2018
Surveyor Name:dherrig
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Light flow between pools at the camp
Weather Conditions:
Santa Cruz Camp Survey - 01-14-2018 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Santa Cruz Camp
Date: 01-14-2018
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:VWR patrol to Santa Cruz Station.  Good water in the creek.  A large dead oak fell behind the Cabin crushing some of the back camping area.  The road is in good shape down to the Cabin from the Buckhorn.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water flowing good.
Weather Conditions:Perfectamundo! Especially for January.
Hog Pen Spring Survey - 01-13-2018 - by Erin C.
Link: Hog Pen Spring
Date: 01-13-2018
Surveyor Name:Erin C.
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:The tub was full of water, not sure if it was a trickle or stagnant.
Weather Conditions:
Potrero John Camp Survey - 01-07-2018 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Potrero John Camp
Date: 01-07-2018
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Low flow, no swimming!
Weather Conditions:
Rancho Nuevo Campground Survey - 01-06-2018 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Rancho Nuevo Campground
Date: 01-06-2018
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:This place is nice and the road is in good condition. Gate is open as of yesterday.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Full flow and can be filtered with easily.
Weather Conditions:
Beartrap Camp Survey - 01-01-2018 - by Tom Marsh
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 01-01-2018
Surveyor Name:Tom Marsh
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flowing, but not a torrent
Weather Conditions:
Upper Reyes Camp Survey - 01-01-2018 - by Tom Marsh
Link: Upper Reyes Camp
Date: 01-01-2018
Surveyor Name:Tom Marsh
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good Flow near trail after camp
Weather Conditions:
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Latest Trail Reports

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Alejandro Trail Survey - 01-20-2018 - by Colby Dixon
Link: Alejandro Trail
Date: 01-20-2018
Surveyor Name:Colby Dixon
Trail description:Went out to Alejandro with my bike today to get out into the backcountry. This loop does not disappoint. Alejandro canyon is lush and very remote feeling. Starting from the Colson saddle, the trail has recently been worked and is in very good shape until just before the campground. The creek is flowing nicely. The campground is inviting, I'll have to come back soon with overnight gear.

The trail out of the canyon is a steep hike-a-bike, but fairly easy to follow. However, both times I've been on this loop I've ended up in the same pickle that has tricked other trail users, topping out on the grassy ridgeline to the south of the saddle, with no trail. Dropping directly off the ridge from up there works pretty well, and the old road cut parallel to the ridge is obvious and easy to find. I picked up quite a few ticks on this middle portion of the loop.

The Weber trail is still marked but is in pretty bad shape. Lots of downed trees and brush, and the trail is falling away in the short exposed traverse. If only we could drive into La Brea canyon to work this trail more easily! There's one large tree at the bottom that would definitely take chainsaws to clear. Overall, the tread is pretty good, and it made for an exciting descent. 

La Brea and the road up Rattlesnake cyn are both in very good shape and have recently been plowed. There's some new-ish looking forest service signs at the intersection that get my hopes up that the forest service may be gearing up to increase access. Perhaps this is the result of the forest service's public La Brea discussions last spring. 

Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Needs some work
Tunnel Trail Survey - 01-20-2018 - by Erin C
Link: Tunnel Trail
Date: 01-20-2018
Surveyor Name:Erin C
Trail description:Rode up Gibraltar and hike-a-biked down Tunnel Trail.  The trail has a few flowy and rideable sections, but it is really more enjoyable on foot than on a bike.  I am sure the hardcore downhiller MTBers love this trail, but it is way too technical for a typical XC mountain bike. It appears that some people have been doing a lot of brushing work recently on the trail.  There is not much work to do on this trial.  It is in very good shape.  
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Arroyo Burro Trail North Survey - 01-19-2018 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Arroyo Burro Trail North
Date: 01-19-2018
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Got a report from some SB trail runners that there are three downed trees along the Arroyo Burro North trail.  The furthest up is about a mile above White Oaks Camp.  Here are the lat/longs:


Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 01-16-2018 - by Curt Cragg
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 01-16-2018
Surveyor Name:Curt Cragg
Trail description:Recently cleared most of the tree falls from Big Cone Spruce camps to Manzana trail.  Overall trail is now passable and in reasonably decent shape.  Brush work is still needed, but tread can easily be followed from Manzana trail.  Trail from BCS camps up to McKinley Fire Road has heavy brush in places and still needs work.  Also some tread erosion due to the steep sections and recent rain.  Camps are in good shape.  Picnic table at lower camp is broken and needs replacement.  Water is flowing nicely.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness Survey - 01-15-2018 - by David Herrig
Link: Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness
Date: 01-15-2018
Surveyor Name:David Herrig
Trail description:Bone dry except for a slight trickle feeding a pool on a switchback about 3 miles from Hurricane Deck junction
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 01-15-2018 - by David Herrig
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 01-15-2018
Surveyor Name:David Herrig
Trail description:
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Hiked the ~4.5 mile section from White Ledge camp to Lost Valley trail. The first 1.5-2 miles the trail is in the open. There are a couple right turns where it would be easy to get off trail if you aren't mindful of ducks, pink ribbons, and sticks marking the correct route. Next 3 miles were mostly overgrown with bushes. The route was easily visible but slow going due to shoulder-height branches across the trail.
Agua Blanca Trail Survey - 01-15-2018 - by MSubbotin
Link: Agua Blanca Trail
Date: 01-15-2018
Surveyor Name:MSubbotin
Trail description:

Volunteers mounted existing wilderness sign on new post and cleared downed trees including one 14" oak.  Water flowing in creek.  Ankle deep water through Devil's Gateway.  The trail is brushy and overgrown along most of its length, and the tread is narrow with considerable slough; but hard to follow in only a few locations, usually when in creek bottom.  Those unfamiliar with the trail would find locations of opposing sides of creek crossings challenging to locate.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Volunteer maintenance project from Piru Creek to Log Cabin Camp
Aliso Trail Survey - 01-13-2018 - by Erin C.
Link: Aliso Trail
Date: 01-13-2018
Surveyor Name:Erin C.
Trail description:Bryan's survey from 2015 is pretty accurate. This trail needs work, but is not too bad.  The upper most section of trail needs the most brushing work (mostly scrub oak encroaching into the trail). Chainsaws would be the most efficient tool in that section of trail.  The bottom part of the trail is just too narrow and needs to be widened a little bit.  Hedge trimmers would be the best tool there to cut back low growing chaparral plants.  If you decide to ride a bike on this trail, the upper section will scrape you. Other than that it would be rideable in the downhill direction.  

With a 10 to 15 person volunteer crew, this trail would be a pretty easy weekend project to get it in tip top condition. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Mcpherson Trail Survey - 01-11-2018 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Mcpherson Trail
Date: 01-11-2018
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Trail description:Came down the top part at the end of the day. Certainly got as far as the old sign post (ah, so that is a sign post) before wandering off down the wrong ridge line following hunter trail instead of proper trail. The very top was quite easy to follow although far steeper and more directly downhill than good trail building dictates. Once it gets out of being surrounded by scrub oak, though, there are options for directions to go (slight braiding) and thin hunter trails compete with the more proper trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Well, I certainly failed to follow it.
Aliso Trail Survey - 01-11-2018 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Aliso Trail
Date: 01-11-2018
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Trail description:Hiked up it to grab a couple peaks. The tread is a little narrow, but very easy to follow and the open grassy country leaves very little brushing to do. There is a sign (calls this McPherson Trail) at the top, but none at the bottom. Someone has put a big rock arrow at the bottom to direct traffic. I found ticks by the dozen on those grasses and sage and buckwheat even though it is January.

I think the other comments about scrub oak belong with the trail up the mountain that goes along the ridge, marked as McPherson Trail here.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
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