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453 mi 730 km of trail 19 Featured Hikes

Easy Trails 36 Trails Intermediate Trails 75 Trails Hard Trails 4 Trails
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Featured Hikes in Los Padres National Forest - 19

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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 • Out and Back • 3,811 ft Ascent 1161.56 m Ascent

(8) Carmel…, CA
Favorite A view into Los Padres National Forest from East Camino Cielo
Extremely Difficult

ACLCT Loop

8.8 mi 14.1 km • Loop • 3,231 ft Ascent 984.75 m Ascent

(9) Mission…, CA
Favorite Snowshoeing to Mt. Pinos - February 16, 2018.
Intermediate/Difficult

Mt. Pinos to Camp Three Falls

10.5 mi 16.9 km • Point to Point • 895 ft Ascent 272.91 m Ascent

(6) Pine Mo…, CA
Favorite Pool of water
Intermediate/Difficult

Piedra Blanca Creek Trail to Pine Mountain Lodge

12.8 mi 20.6 km • Out and Back • 3,314 ft Ascent 1010.03 m Ascent

(3) Ojai, 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 • Out and Back • 2,669 ft Ascent 813.53 m Ascent

(2) Meiners…, CA
Favorite The Topatopa Mountains and Gridley Trail below.
Intermediate/Difficult

Gridley Trail to Nordhoff Peak

14.3 mi 23.1 km • Out and Back • 3,328 ft Ascent 1014.42 m Ascent

(3) Ojai, CA
Favorite View from trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Sisar Canyon to Red Reef Trail

7.0 mi 11.3 km • Loop • 2,894 ft Ascent 882.02 m Ascent

(3) Ojai, CA

Trails in Los Padres National Forest - 96

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2.0 mi 3.2 km #1Cathedral Peak Trail
Extremely Difficult
Mission Canyon, CA
Extremely Difficult
2.0 mi 3.2 km Mission Canyon, CA
4.7 mi 7.5 km #2Cerro Alto
Intermediate
Atascadero, CA
Intermediate
4.7 mi 7.5 km Atascadero, CA 11 
5.0 mi 8.1 km #3Vicente Flat Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
King City, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
5.0 mi 8.1 km King City, CA
4.2 mi 6.7 km #4Vincent Tumamait Trail
Intermediate
Pine Mountain Club, CA
Intermediate
4.2 mi 6.7 km Pine Mountain Club, CA
5.9 mi 9.4 km #5McGill Trail
Intermediate
Pine Mountain Club, CA
Intermediate
5.9 mi 9.4 km Pine Mountain Club, CA
6.5 mi 10.4 km #6North Fork Lockwood Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Pine Mountain Club, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
6.5 mi 10.4 km Pine Mountain Club, CA
3.8 mi 6.2 km #7Camuesa Connector Trail
Intermediate
Mission Canyon, CA
Intermediate
3.8 mi 6.2 km Mission Canyon, CA
2.5 mi 4.0 km #8Rattlesnake Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Mission Canyon, CA
Intermediate
2.5 mi 4.0 km Mission Canyon, CA 11 
1.7 mi 2.7 km #9Mt. Pinos Road
Easy/Intermediate
Pine Mountain Club, CA
Easy/Intermediate
1.7 mi 2.7 km Pine Mountain Club, CA
7.8 mi 12.6 km #10Santa Paula Canyon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Santa Paula, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
7.8 mi 12.6 km Santa Paula, CA
4.1 mi 6.7 km #11Jesusita Trail
Intermediate
Mission Canyon, CA
Intermediate
4.1 mi 6.7 km Mission Canyon, CA 11 
23.1 mi 37.2 km #12Pine Ridge Trail #3E06
Difficult
Carmel Valley Village, CA
Difficult
23.1 mi 37.2 km Carmel Valley Village, CA
0.3 mi 0.6 km #13Rose Valley Falls Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Ojai, CA
Easy/Intermediate
0.3 mi 0.6 km Ojai, CA
1.8 mi 2.9 km #14Shelf Road
Easy/Intermediate
Ojai, CA
Easy/Intermediate
1.8 mi 2.9 km Ojai, CA
18.2 mi 29.2 km #15Sespe River Trail
Intermediate
Ojai, CA
Intermediate
18.2 mi 29.2 km Ojai, CA
8.1 mi 13.1 km #16North Fork Matilija Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Meiners Oaks, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
8.1 mi 13.1 km Meiners Oaks, CA
8.6 mi 13.9 km #17Manzana Creek Trail
Intermediate
Los Olivos, CA
Intermediate
8.6 mi 13.9 km Los Olivos, CA
4.1 mi 6.6 km #18Tunnel Trail South
Intermediate/Difficult
Mission Canyon, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
4.1 mi 6.6 km Mission Canyon, CA
4.0 mi 6.4 km #19Romero Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Summerland, CA
Intermediate
4.0 mi 6.4 km Summerland, CA
7.2 mi 11.6 km #20Franklin Trail
Intermediate
Carpinteria, CA
Intermediate
7.2 mi 11.6 km Carpinteria, CA

Photos of Los Padres National Forest - 137

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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
Snowshoeing to Mt. Pinos - February 16, 2018.
Feb 17, 2019 near Pine Mo…, CA
The view from our campsite.
Nov 10, 2015 near King City, CA
Sunset.
Aug 13, 2015 near Carmel…, CA
Snow is sporadic at sections of the hike.
May 22, 2015 near Pine Mo…, CA
Sunrise along the Big Sur River at the Sykes Hot Springs location.
Nov 10, 2015 near Carmel…, CA

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