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Gems in Los Padres National Forest - 1

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gem Favorite Travertine pools from above.

Travertine Pools

(1) Montecito, CA

Recommended Routes in Los Padres National Forest - 18

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Favorite Sunrise along the Big Sur River at the Sykes Hot Springs location.
Intermediate/Difficult

Pine Ridge Trail to Sykes Hot Springs

19.5 mi 31.4 km 3,811' Up 1161.56 m Up 3,810' Down 1161.27 m Down

Carmel…, CA
Favorite A view into Los Padres National Forest from East Camino Cielo
Very Difficult

ACLCT Loop

8.8 mi 14.1 km 3,231' Up 984.75 m Up 3,230' Down 984.61 m Down

Mission…, CA
Favorite Snowshoeing to Mt. Pinos - February 16, 2018.
Difficult

Mt. Pinos to Camp Three Falls

10.5 mi 16.9 km 895' Up 272.91 m Up 3,751' Down 1143.32 m Down

Pine Mo…, CA
Favorite Piedra Blanca
Difficult

Piedra Blanca Creek Trail to Pine Mountain Lodge

12.8 mi 20.6 km 3,314' Up 1010.03 m Up 3,314' Down 1010.14 m Down

Ojai, CA
Favorite Fire lookout tower at Nordhoff Peak.
Difficult

Gridley Trail to Nordhoff Peak

14.3 mi 23.1 km 3,328' Up 1014.42 m Up 3,327' Down 1014.22 m Down

Ojai, CA
Favorite No Photos
Intermediate

Canyon Loop

4.4 mi 7.0 km 1,257' Up 383.04 m Up 1,271' Down 387.33 m Down

Montecito, CA
Favorite View to the north and west out Lockwood Valley with storm clouds building.
Intermediate/Difficult

Gene Marshall Out and Back

14.3 mi 22.9 km 2,669' Up 813.53 m Up 2,669' Down 813.41 m Down

Meiners…, CA
Favorite View from trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Sisar Canyon to Red Reef Trail

7.0 mi 11.3 km 2,894' Up 882.02 m Up 2,892' Down 881.52 m Down

Ojai, CA
Favorite A clever leashed-pet sign along Pratt Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Valley View Loop

6.9 mi 11.1 km 1,326' Up 404.26 m Up 1,329' Down 405.11 m Down

Ojai, CA

Los Padres National Forest Hiking

  • 681 Miles 1,096 Kilometers of Trail
  • 19 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 10 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 92 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 25 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Los Padres National Forest - 108

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5.0 mi 8.1 km #1Kirk Creek Trail #4E17
Intermediate/Difficult
King City, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
King City, CA 10 
2.0 mi 3.2 km #2Cathedral Peak Trail
Very Difficult
Mission Canyon, CA
Very Difficult
Mission Canyon, CA
4.7 mi 7.5 km #3Cerro Alto
Intermediate
Atascadero, CA
Intermediate
Atascadero, CA 12 
4.2 mi 6.7 km #4Vincent Tumamait Trail
Intermediate
Pine Mountain Club, CA
Intermediate
Pine Mountain Club, CA
2.5 mi 4.0 km #5Rattlesnake Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Mission Canyon, CA
Intermediate
Mission Canyon, CA 14 
5.9 mi 9.4 km #6McGill Trail
Intermediate
Pine Mountain Club, CA
Intermediate
Pine Mountain Club, CA
6.5 mi 10.4 km #7North Fork Lockwood Trail
Difficult
Pine Mountain Club, CA
Difficult
Pine Mountain Club, CA
3.8 mi 6.2 km #8Camuesa Connector Trail
Intermediate
Mission Canyon, CA
Intermediate
Mission Canyon, CA
3.1 mi 4.9 km #9Matilija Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Meiners Oaks, CA
Intermediate
Meiners Oaks, CA
4.1 mi 6.7 km #10Jesusita Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Mission Canyon, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Mission Canyon, CA 14 

Photos of Los Padres National Forest - 158

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Snowshoeing to Mt. Pinos - February 16, 2018.
Feb 17, 2019 near Pine Mo…, CA
Looking back toward the trailhead, we can see we're starting to gain elevation above the stream valley.
Jun 29, 2017 near Los Olivos, CA
Sunset on the hillside at about the midpoint of the Vicente Flat Trail.
Nov 10, 2015 near King City, CA
Starting early on the trail, the views of the Pacific Ocean get pretty amazing.
Nov 10, 2015 near King City, CA
Coastal view from the junction of Stone Ridge Trail with the social trail up the Stone Ridge Spine.
Nov 18, 2019 near King City, CA
The view from our campsite.
Nov 10, 2015 near King City, CA
Piedra Blanca
Apr 15, 2019 near Ojai, CA
Sunset.
Aug 13, 2015 near Carmel…, CA