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Piedra Blanca Trail - Los Padres National Forest
Trail Distance 16.32 Miles

The Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca Trail is a National Recreation Trail, The trail can be accessed from four locations: The Piedra Blanca Trailhead at the end of Rose Valley Road, Reyes Creek Campground, Cedar Creek Trail / Fishbowls Trail and the Reyes Peak Trail from Pine Mountain. I recommend starting from the Piedra Blanca Trailhead, First cross the wide stream-bed of Sespe Creek and take the trail to the left. After .4 miles turn right at the junction. This will bring you through the impressive white rocks and to Piedra Blanca Camp after 2.1 miles. A half-mile further will bring you to Twin Forks Camp, located across the creek from the trail. Continue 3.3 miles to Pine Mountain Lodge Camp; the trail is very steep in places but well worth the visit. This camp is nestled in the conifers and has a year round spring close by. From the junction at Pine Mountain Lodge Camp, the Piedra Blanca Trail continues northwest to Three Mile Camp. The trail passes through Haddock Camp then to Bear Trap Camp , and Upper Reyes Creek Camp and finally the trail ends at the Reyes Creek Campground.The Cedar Creek Trail (21W10) proceeds northeast from Pine Mountain Lodge to Fishbowls and Cedar Creek Camps in the Mt. Pinos Ranger District.

Another option is to start from the Reyes Creek Trailhead (elev. 4000 ft., with paved parking, vault toilet and small pipe corral) at the end of Forest Service Rd. 7N11 (Camp Scheideck Rd.). The trail ascends an unnamed drainage for 2.5 miles through oak and chaparral until reaching a saddle and then descending 0.5 miles towards Reyes Creek and Upper Reyes camp (elev. 4675 ft.). This camp has 2 stoves, one on either side of the year-round creek.

The trail continues southeast, ascending a ridge for 1.5 miles before descending towards Beartrap Creek and Beartrap camp (elev. 5100 ft.) in 0.3 miles. Beartrap camp has 5 stoves amidst cedars, alders and conifers; water is year-round.

The trail continues 2.8 miles southeast, following the creek until climbing to a saddle (elev. 6200 ft.) and then gradually descending along the headwaters of Piedra Blanca Creek to Haddock camp (elev. 6100 ft.) in 0.7 miles. This camp, set among conifers, has 4 stoves; water is generally reliable during early summer.

The Reyes Peak Trail 23W04 heads west from just upstream of Haddock camp ascending Reyes Peak until reaching Reyes Peak Trailhead (elev. 6980 ft.) in 5.8 miles. Continue southeast from Haddock camp approximately 2 miles, finally descend into Three Mile camp (elev. 5900 ft.). This camp has 3 stoves; water is generally reliable during early summer.

The trail leaves the main drainage in about .3 miles then undulates in and out of tributaries canyons for another 1.5 miles until it reaches Pine Mountain Lodge camp (elev. 6000 ft.). Pine Mountain Lodge camp has 3 fire rings water is generally reliable during the early summer but a small upstream spring can generally be relied on year-round.

The Cedar Creek Trail (21W10) heads east from Pine Mountain Lodge camp and climbs 1.3 miles to a saddle (elev. 5960 ft.) before dropping into the Piru Creek headwaters towards either Fishbowls or Cedar Creek Trailheads.

From Pine Mountain Lodge camp the trail begins a rapid descent, leaving behind the conifers and transitioning to oaks and chaparral. After 3.3 miles the trail reaches Twin Forks camp (elev. 3620 ft.), just upstream of Piedra Blanca’s north and main forks. This camp has one stove and water is reliable. Continue downstream only 0.25 miles and Piedra Blanca camp is reached (elev. 3550 ft.). This camp has 3 stoves and water is reliable.

From Piedra Blanca camp follow the trail south passing through the rock formation for which this trail is trail is named until reaching the Middle Sespe Trail (22W04) junction (elev. 3100 ft.). Head southeast for 0.4 miles until reaching another trail junction then turn southwest, crossing Sespe Creek to the Piedra Blanca Trailhead (elev. 3040 ft., with paved parking, vault toilets, and one pipe corral in 0.4 miles.

 

Trail Details

  • Trail #: 22W03
  • Wilderness Area: Sespe
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District , Mt. Pinos Ranger District
  • Trail-head Latitude: 34.639
  • Trail-head Longitude: -119.2486
  • Water Sources: Reyes and Peidra Blanca Creeks
  • Trail Condition: Good - Trail is easy to follow and is in good shape
  • Topo Maps:
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Camping
    • Creek
    • Day Hiking
    • Wilderness Camping



Trail Stats

  • Total Elevation Gain: + 5028 feet.
  • Total Elevation Loss: - 4077 feet.
  • Overall Average Slope Gain: + 10 %.
  • Overall Average Slope Loss: - 9 %.
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Trail Camps

 

Photo: Craig R. Carey
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Survey Photos:


  • Aaron and Tom Songer - 02-13-2015

  • Aaron and Tom Songer - 02-13-2015

  • Aaron and Tom Songer - 02-13-2015

  • Aaron and Tom Songer - 02-13-2015

  • Aaron and Tom Songer - 02-13-2015

  • Mark S - 03-20-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-22-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-22-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-22-2015

  • Arnold Levin - 05-09-2015

  • Arnold Levin - 05-09-2015

  • Arnold Levin - 05-09-2015

  • Arnold Levin - 05-09-2015

  • Arnold Levin - 05-09-2015

  • Jeremiah Swider - 05-16-2015

  • Jeremiah Swider - 05-16-2015

  • Jeremiah Swider - 05-16-2015

  • Chris Novak - 11-13-15

  • Chris Novak - 11-13-15

  • Chris Novak - 11-13-15

  • Chris Novak - 11-13-15

  • Chris Novak - 11-13-15

  • Troop 26 - 02-21-2016

  • Troop 26 - 02-21-2016

  • Troop 26 - 02-21-2016

  • Troop 26 - 02-21-2016

  • Troop 26 - 02-21-2016

  • Eldon Walker - 10-17-2016

  • Eldon Walker - 10-17-2016

  • Matt Swider - 12-17-2016

  • Matt Swider - 12-17-2016

  • Matt Swider - 12-17-2016

  • Matt Swider - 12-17-2016

  • Matt Swider - 12-17-2016

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 02-13-2017

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 02-13-2017

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 02-13-2017

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 03-23-2017

  • Mike Maki - 03-31-2017

  • Mike Maki - 03-31-2017

  • Mike Maki - 03-31-2017

  • Mike Maki - 03-31-2017

  • Mike Maki - 03-31-2017

  • Miner - 04-02-2017

  • Miner - 04-02-2017

  • Miner - 04-02-2017

  • Miner - 04-02-2017

  • Miner - 04-02-2017

Submitted Trail Reports

Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 08-27-2017 - by Anonymous
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 08-27-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous
Trail description:Hiked from Piedra Blanca Trail Head to Piedra Blanca Camp.  Overall good trail, but in some areas the vegetation is starting to grow across the trail.   Some poison oak leaning in to trail about mid way.   Very large rattlesnake (approx. 4-5 feet) about 2 feet off trail (in striking distance to trail) in grass.  It let us know that he was there and we went around him.  Water was flowing at Peidra Blanca Camp.  Campsite in overall good condition.  Another rattle snake about 3+ feet (living under a rock) at Piedra Blanca Camp to the right of entrance down to creek.  Be cautious.   
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Sufficient water flowing at Piedra Blanca Camp.
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 07-29-2017 - by Mats K
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 07-29-2017
Surveyor Name:Mats K
Trail description:Hiked from Cedar Creek Trailhead to Reyes Creek camp via Pine Mountain Lodge. The Cedar Creek Trail is in excellent condition all the way to Pine Mountain Lodge except for a couple of washed out sections as you descend from the summit leaving Grade valley behind. Signs need replacing in Pine Mountain Lodge and Three Mile camp. Some water is available in Pine Mountain Lodge, Three Mile, Haddock, Beartrap and Upper Reyes. Plenty of water in Bear Trap canyon which is also reflected in the amount of vegetation. Trail is in disarray in the upper bear trap canyon with washouts and overgrown trails. Perhaps better hiked in a season with less green. Trail from Beartrap to Reyes Creek camp is in good condition.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Cedar Creek TH to Reyes Creek Camp
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
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
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)
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.
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
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
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 . . .
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.
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
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
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
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
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 11-13-15 - by Chris Novak
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 11-13-15
Surveyor Name:Chris Novak
Trail description:Hiked in from Reyes Creek trailhead to Haddock Camp. Trail is in good condition all the way to Beartrap, but between Beartrap and Haddock is overgrown. I was still able to follow trail ok even at dusk. Patches of snow covering the trail in spots past Beartrap as well. Lots of bear poop and footprints along Beartrap Canyon. Found ticks on me and my dog after the hike so be sure to check.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Between beartrap and Haddock is overgrown and washed out in places
Images:





Overgrown portion


Haddock
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
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
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
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
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
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 02-13-2015 - by Aaron and Tom Songer
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 02-13-2015
Surveyor Name:Aaron and Tom Songer
Trail description:We through hiked the trail from Reyes Creek to Piedra Blanca Trailhead in 3 days and two nights. I heard about a possible trail project along this trail so I hope this information helps. We didn't have GPS, so I will try to describe the areas in need of work as best as I can; if you have any questions you can email me at aaronsonger4321@gmail.com. Overall, this was a great backpacking trip and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a place that is not too far away. For descriptions of each camp along this trail, look for my camp surveys.

Reyes Creek to Beartrap- 2/13/15
This section was very nice and the trail was in great condition. When going over the saddles, there are great views of the badlands. The weather was clear and calm with temperatures in the low to mid 70s. There is now overgrowth, no downed trees, and no tread/trail work needed. Rasberry Drainage, Reyes Creek, and Beartrap Creek were all flowing.

Beartrap to Three Mile- 2/14/15
We did not have any trouble finding the trail, but it is definitely in need of some work. The trail was moderately overgrown and needs pruning coming out of Beatrap and along the creek as the canyon narrows. The trail will most likely be harder to find come spring time.

There are a few shaley areas where light tread work is needed through this section: first is right after Beartrap Camp where a tree has uprooted and taken some of the trail with it (see photos), second is along the steep ascent with switchbacks leading up to a saddle as you leave Beartrap Creek drainage at about mile 7 (see photos). Another spot that could use some tread work is just after Beartrap Camp along the creek where the canyon narrows, especially at the creek crossings.

I counted a total of 18 downed trees from about mile 7.5, at the saddle where you leave Beartrap Creek drainage and descend into Peidra Blanca Creek drainage, out to about a quarter mile past Three Mile Camp. The downed trees were somewhat grouped near each other, so if you see one downed tree, there will likely be a few more within about a half mile of the first; one exception of this would be the downed tree about a quarter mile after Three Mile Camp. In some cases, there were two downed trees next to each other. I have attached a photo of the largest downed tree so you can get an idea of what size saw to bring (see photos), I would say that it is about 4-5 feet in diameter. There is one other very large downed tree on the Reyes Peak Trail right at the junction with the Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca Trail. Note: the first two downed trees are located right before the photo described as 'Entering Piedra Blanca Creek drainage'.

This was my favorite section because there is a descent down into a tight canyon along side the Piedra Blanca Creek that is heavily forested with pines and cedars. The weather was clear and breezy with temperatures in the high 60s and low 70s. Both Beartrap Creek and Piedra Blanca Creek were flowing.

Three Mile to Pine Mountain Lodge- 2/14/15
The trail on this section was in good condition and easy to follow. No tread work is needed but there were two or three very small downed trees before Pine Mountain Lodge. It could also use light pruning.

One problem we had was the lack of signage at the junction to go down along the North Fork Piedra Blanca Creek. Before entering the camp, there was a small plastic sign showing Pine Mtn. Lodge ahead and Three Mile behind instead of have a clearer sign showing the junction and mileage.

If you look really hard just before Three Mile Camp and right after Three Mile Camp before the first knoll, you might find some old LP Forest isolators on some pine trees (see photos), my guess is that back in the old days, they wired Thorn Point Lookout with Reyes Peak Lookout so that they could communicate with each other. The weather was clear and breezy and the temperature was in the mid to high 60s.

Pine Mountain Lodge to Piedra Blanca Trailhead- 2/15/15
This section was very steep going downhill to Twin Forks. It had great views that spanned over the LP Forest. There were no downed trees, but the trail could use some light pruning and tread work. If anyone has time, I would recommend day hiking out to Twin Forks in spring because there are wildflowers sprouting everywhere (mostly lupines).

Both the North Fork and Main Piedra Blanca Creeks had really good flow. The chaparral is coming back really nicely and we found some trout starting to come back as well. The weather was clear and calm with temperatures in the mid to high 70s.

When we got to Piedra Blanca Trailhead, there were at least 90 cars parked in the parking lot and up the road; a lot of backpackers and a lot of hikers.            
  
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Good Shape and easy to follow from Reyes Creek to Beartrap, Needs work from Beartrap to Piedra Blanca Trailhead
Images:

Uprooted Tree (tread work)

Switchbacks leaving Beartrap Creek (tread work)


Largest downed tree

Entering Piedra Blanca Creek drainage


Isolator
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 01-23-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 01-23-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:A VWR Crew cleared all the downed trees from the Piedra Blanca Trailhead up to Pine Mountain Lodge.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 11-16-2014 - by John Spiegel
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 11-16-2014
Surveyor Name:John Spiegel
Trail description:I spent the night at Haddock, and hiked to Pine Mountain Lodge Camp and back on Saturday. The trail was mostly good and easy to follow, with a few downed trees. There was good flowing water halfway between Haddock and Three Mile, stagnant puddles here and there, and a trickle at Pine Mountain Lodge.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:[Pine Mt. Lodge to Haddock only] Mostly good, but with some downed trees.
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 11-10-2014 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 11-10-2014
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Water availability is something you need to research ahead of time.  We saw water at Upper Reyes, Bear Trap, about a mile above Bear Trap, between Haddock and Three Mile, at Pine Mountain Camp, at Piedra Spring, at Twin Forks, and Piedra Blanca Camps.  In the Upper Bear Trap Canyon the trail is overgrown and hard to follow - I think this area sees more bears than hikers. We saw a ton of bear scat, more than I've ever seen before in my 50 some odd backpacking trips around California.  The trail is very steep and eroded at the head of the canyon. It's sketchy with a big drop off -  about wide enough for one foot but not both. Not recommended for those that are not ultra-sure footed or afraid of heights.  Even I got vertigo.  Near the camps the trail can be also confusing and hard to follow. We saw two trail runners at Bear Trap who were a bit lost. There are lots of trees down near Haddock and Three Mile.  South of Pine Mountain Camp the trail is exceedingly steep with little shade.  And then there is a lot of poison oak in the area near Piedra Springs. The whole length is definitely for expert hikers only. I found the hike challenging but very scenic.  If you want to do just the northern section to Bear Trap or just the southern to Piedra Blanca those would make for easier overnight hikes.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 07-06-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 07-06-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:There are some sketchy sections where the tread is not very large between Pine Mtn Lodge and Twin Forks Camp.  It was a little scary in a few places.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 05-01-2014 - by LPFA
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 05-01-2014
Surveyor Name:LPFA
Trail description:Lots of downed trees from Reyes Creek to Piedra Blanca.  The trail is in great shape from Reyes Creek to Beartrap thanks to the United Trail Maintainers of California.  The trail is brushy from Beartrap to Haddock Saddle and then clear with some fallen trees to Piedra Blanca.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Number of trees down:20
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 04-12-2014 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 04-12-2014
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:The trail has been worked from the Reyes Creek side by UTMC and have cleared up past Beartrap.  All downed trees have been removed from the Piedra Blanca side up to Pine Mtn Lodge.  There are still a handful of downed trees in the middle section but the trail should be very passable for hikers and equestrians.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 02-14-2014 - by Ian Seabury
Link: Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 02-14-2014
Surveyor Name:Ian Seabury
Trail description:Backpacked up to Pine Mountain Lodge from Piedra Blanca. Ran into one backpacking family and a couple of groups doing day hikes, no one else staying at the Lodge, even on the long weekend. Water was available on the trail up to Piedra Springs, and a little bit of flowing water was available at the spring just north of Pine Mountain Lodge, but not much. Trail was maintained the week before, and it showed. This trail is in great shape, although that last mile up to the Lodge is as fun as it always is.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
People Seen:6


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