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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 - 4

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Favorite View to the north and west out Lockwood Valley with storm clouds building.
Intermediate/Difficult 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
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Favorite Piedra Blanca
Difficult 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
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Favorite View from trail.
Intermediate/Difficult 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
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Favorite Trees and Wildflowers
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Figueroa Mountain

9.2 mi 14.7 km 2,751' Up 838.62 m Up 2,753' Down 839.22 m Down

Los Olivos, CA
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Los Padres National Forest Hiking

  • 310 Miles 500 Kilometers of Trail
  • 4 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 0 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 30 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 21 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Areas Within Los Padres National Forest

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Trails in Los Padres National Forest - 47

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4.7 mi 7.5 km #1Cerro Alto
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Atascadero, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Atascadero, CA 14 
5.0 mi 8.1 km #2Kirk Creek Trail #4E17
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
King City, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
King City, CA 10 
6.5 mi 10.4 km #3North Fork Lockwood Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Pine Mountain Club, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Pine Mountain Club, CA
3.1 mi 4.9 km #4Matilija Canyon Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Meiners Oaks, CA
Intermediate Intermediate
Meiners Oaks, CA
7.9 mi 12.7 km #5Fishbowls Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Pine Mountain Club, CA
Intermediate Intermediate
Pine Mountain Club, CA
0.6 mi 1.0 km #6Raspberry Spring Tail
Intermediate Intermediate
Meiners Oaks, CA
Intermediate Intermediate
Meiners Oaks, CA
18.2 mi 29.2 km #7Sespe River Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Ojai, CA
Intermediate Intermediate
Ojai, CA 10 
8.6 mi 13.9 km #8Manzana Creek Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Los Olivos, CA
Intermediate Intermediate
Los Olivos, CA
8.1 mi 13.1 km #9North Fork Matilija Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Meiners Oaks, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Meiners Oaks, CA
7.8 mi 12.6 km #10Santa Paula Canyon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Santa Paula, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Santa Paula, CA 10 

Photos of Los Padres National Forest - 189

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Sunset on the hillside at about the midpoint of the Vicente Flat Trail.
Nov 10, 2015 near King City, CA
The view from our campsite.
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
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
Snowshoeing to Mt. Pinos - February 16, 2018.
Feb 17, 2019 near Pine Mo…, CA
Piedra Blanca
Apr 15, 2019 near Ojai, 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
Grass Mountain in the spring!
Apr 5, 2023 near Los Olivos, CA
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