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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
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp 09-19-2017Jasonn BeckstrandFlowing
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura 09-19-2017NickDDry
Shady Camp 09-19-2017NickDTrickle
Sheep Camp 09-17-2017MightyMTrickle
Thorn Meadows Campground 09-16-2017Jesse ADry
Jackson Hole Camp 09-16-2017FritzDry
Manzana Narrows Camp 09-16-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Heath Camp 09-14-2017Ben LakishFlowing
Blue Canyon Camp 09-11-2017Jared BreseeDry
Forbush Camp 09-11-2017Jared BreseeDry
Cottam Camp 09-11-2017Jared BreseeDry
Haddock Camp 09-07-2017Kevin HTrickle
Three Mile Camp 09-06-2017Kevin HDry
Big Cone Spruce Camp 08-31-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Mission Pine Springs Camp 08-24-2017NateTrickle
McKinley Spring - San Rafael Mountain 08-23-2017NateTrickle
Cedar Creek Camp 08-20-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Bluff Spring 08-17-2017Rick HumphreyFlowing
Lockwood Peak 08-17-2017Dave BurnettDry
Cedar Creek Camp 08-11-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
The Pines Camp 08-11-2017Eldon WalkerDry
Sheep Camp 08-07-2017Ken ArnoldTrickle
Launtz Creek Camp 08-06-2017Juan c Jiménez Flowing
Kerr Spring - Sespe 08-06-2017PeterTrickle
Sheep Camp 08-05-2017Angeles ExplorerTrickle
Bluff Guard Station 08-05-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Forbush Camp 07-30-2017Paul CronshawTrickle
Oak Flat Camp 07-29-2017Anonymous SurveyorStagnant
Kerr Spring - Sespe 07-28-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Piedra Blanca Camp 07-24-2017EricoFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 07-24-2017EricoTrickle
Sheep Camp 07-23-2017Paul CroshawFlowing
Arroyo Seco Campground 07-23-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Llly Meadows Camp 07-22-2017Troop 128Flowing
Squaw Spring 07-21-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Sheep Camp 07-19-2017bardleyFlowing
Bear Creek Camp 07-16-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Matilija Camp 07-15-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County 07-15-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Lockwood Peak 07-12-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
San Guillermo Mountain 07-12-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Carrizo Springs Camp 07-08-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Chorro Spring 07-08-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Cedar Creek Camp 07-03-2017H. KetchumTrickle
Lady Bug Camp 07-03-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Oak Spring - Salisbury Potrero 07-03-2017Duane WaiteFlowing
Bates Canyon Campground 07-03-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
Raspberry Camp 07-03-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
Forbush Camp 07-02-2017Anonymous SurveyorStagnant
Beartrap Camp 06-29-2017larry frassoldatiFlowing
Haddock Camp 06-29-2017larry frassoldatiFlowing
Three Mile Camp 06-29-2017larry frassoldatiFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 06-29-2017larry frassoldatiFlowing
Twin Forks Camp 06-29-2017larry frassoldatiFlowing
Sheep Camp 06-27-2017RichFlowing
Haddock Camp 06-26-2017Craig R. CareyTrickle
Three Mile Camp 06-26-2017Craig R. CareyTrickle
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 06-26-2017Craig R. CareyTrickle
Sheep Camp 06-25-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Sheep Camp 06-25-2017Troop 1Flowing
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Latest Camp Reports

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19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 09-19-2017 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 09-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:

The camp repairs have started, with an other Eagle Scout project.  Progress updates will follow as the repairs start.

Plans to fix toilet and main camp are the first.  Then the other camps to follow

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Low but flowing and clear, moss is starting to grow, spring has good flow to trough
Weather Conditions:Clean, Calm, 75F
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 09-19-2017 - by NickD
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 09-19-2017
Surveyor Name:NickD
Camp Description:Campsite in good condition. The trail to Alder Creek is tough to follow however and mostly unmarked zig zagging over the creek. I ended up hiking through the dry creek bed most of the way. Alder Creek is bone dry. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:80's
Shady Camp Survey - 09-19-2017 - by NickD
Link: Shady Camp
Date: 09-19-2017
Surveyor Name:NickD
Camp Description:Trail tough to follow between Alder Creek Camp and Shady Camp. It zig-zags numerous times and it's easy to miss sections. Shady camp itself is nice, situated between to huge oak trees for shade. There's a big cliff to the west though so it does lose daylight early, and as another poster pointed out, it gets WINDY! 

Water had dwindled down to a trickle just about 20yards long. Under current conditions I'd guess it's gone in a month
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:80's
Sheep Camp Survey - 09-17-2017 - by MightyM
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 09-17-2017
Surveyor Name:MightyM
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Trickle from two separate pipes, patience required to fill a bottle. Not enough to filter from the pool.
Weather Conditions:
Thorn Meadows Campground Survey - 09-16-2017 - by Jesse A
Link: Thorn Meadows Campground
Date: 09-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Jesse A
Camp Description:Fire ring under Oak tree campsite needs to be put back in the ground. Only there a short overnight or I would have fixed it. People have really trashed the bathrooms, as if shooting them up wasn't enough, looks like someone tore a bunch of blocks out too. Picked up a lot of micro trash, it was everywhere. Humans.......
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Water at Piru Creek crossing. Could filter if you had too.
Weather Conditions:
Jackson Hole Camp Survey - 09-16-2017 - by Fritz
Link: Jackson Hole Camp
Date: 09-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Fritz
Camp Description:The trail from the punch bowls was heavily overgrown and nearly impassable. There were points where we were on our hands and knees crawling under brush. Lost the trail twice and had to backtrack and search for markers. Game trails look more heavily used then the actual trail. Took about 2.5 hours to hike the 1.5 miles to the falls.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:The falls were dry but there was a trickle of water in the creek and some of the pools down stream were full.
Weather Conditions:Nice 70 degrees or so with a light breeze
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 09-16-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 09-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:flowing steadily, but slowly. Pool was about waist deep, good enough to cool off in
Weather Conditions:80 degrees
Heath Camp Survey - 09-14-2017 - by Ben Lakish
Link: Heath Camp
Date: 09-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Ben Lakish
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good flow. it had rained 72 hours before though.
Weather Conditions:
Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 09-11-2017 - by Jared Bresee
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 09-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Jared Bresee
Camp Description:Everything is there, shovel, etc.

No water flow. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Completely Dry
Weather Conditions:Clear & Sunny, 82 degrees
Forbush Camp Survey - 09-11-2017 - by Jared Bresee
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 09-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Jared Bresee
Camp Description:Everything at the camp is in good shape, no water anywhere though. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No flow, completely dry
Weather Conditions:
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Latest Trail Reports

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Camuesa Connector Trail Survey - 09-19-2017 - by Gerry Ching
Link: Camuesa Connector Trail
Date: 09-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Gerry Ching
Trail description:This is a partial survey from the Santa Ynez River trailhead to the first lookout point 1.4 miles from the trailhead. Although this section of the trail is easy to follow, there are some sections that could stand a little clearing. At this time of year, the river is usually dry making the initial crossing easy. Heavy rains this spring erased the nice rock-lined pathway across the river, but the crossing is short and easy to follow. The first mile up to the point where the trail starts up the small canyon is in good shape, but virtually all water bars are gone. The next 0.1 mile into the canyon is also in good shape, but the grass is at least waist-high on either side of the trail. The segment starting a 1.1 mile to 1.2 mile is fine for hikers, but a little difficult for bikers as the trail is fairly deeply incised into the ground. Cutting the sides down to make it wider and installing some water bars would make it a lot easier for bikers. The remainder of the distance to the lookout area is in good, but slightly eroded shape.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Santa Paula Canyon Trail Survey - 09-16-2017 - by Fritz
Link: Santa Paula Canyon Trail
Date: 09-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Fritz
Trail description:The trail section from the punch bowls to Jackson Hole camp was heavily overgrown and nearly impassable. There were points where we were on our hands and knees crawling under brush. Lost the trail twice and had to backtrack and search for markers. Game trails look more heavily used then the actual trail. Took about 2.5 hours to hike the 1.5 miles to the falls.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Easy trail from the college to the puch bowls. Punch bowls to Jackson Hole camp was heavily overgrown and nearly impassable.
Pratt Trail Survey - 09-11-2017 - by Rick Bisaccia
Link: Pratt Trail
Date: 09-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Rick Bisaccia
Trail description:LPFA Ojai group brushed wide from top out on fire road towards ridge road/look out. A hot, cloudy and humid morning.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Some rutting in trail, brush growing over in places, waterbars in good shape
Blue Canyon Trail Survey - 09-11-2017 - by Jared Bresee
Link: Blue Canyon Trail
Date: 09-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Jared Bresee
Trail description:Overgrown in places with stickerbrush and poison oak, wear pants. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Reyes Peak Trail Survey - 09-07-2017 - by Kevin H
Link: Reyes Peak Trail
Date: 09-07-2017
Surveyor Name:Kevin H
Trail description: A friend and I hiked Reyes Peak trail to the end at the Haddock campground on the Piedra  Blanca trail on Sept 5, 2017 and back out two days later.  We can confirm reports by Bardley.  The trail is fairly easy to follow along the ridge to Haddock Peak, then more difficult to follow for the final two miles downhilll, where the trail goes through burned areas.  We lost the trail a few times and used google gps on phone to get back on trail.  Very convenient.  Water was a trickle at Haddock campground.  No water at Three Mile campground.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Mt Pinos - Tumamait Trail Survey - 09-03-2017 - by Marco
Link: Mt Pinos - Tumamait Trail
Date: 09-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Marco
Trail description:Nice hike! Only tough bits are at either ends--the middle section is just a mellow mesa for the most part.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Cozy Dell Trail Survey - 08-28-2017 - by Rick Bisaccia
Link: Cozy Dell Trail
Date: 08-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Rick Bisaccia
Trail description:Upper Cozy Dell got brushed by LPFA Ojai Group under the leadership of Mike Gourley, with lower portion having been taken care of the week before.

There is some trail damage in the upper section, but is passable. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
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.
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 08-23-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 08-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:There was a section around 1 mile in that was a little difficult to follow due to overgrown brush. Otherwise, the trail was in great shape!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Cozy Dell Trail Survey - 08-22-2017 - by Rick Bisaccia
Link: Cozy Dell Trail
Date: 08-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Rick Bisaccia
Trail description:Ojai-based LPFA crew weed ate from Highway 33 to top of trail summit at top of canyon--also lopping and handsawing overheads. August 28th will see more work done from the summit eastward towards western Foothill Trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Clearing completed on Cozy Dell by LPFA volunteers
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