Lion Canyon Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,052' 626 m
Descent: -84' -26 m
High: 5,131' 1,564 m
Low: 3,163' 964 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
Current trail conditions
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“An all star trail with different type of vegetation and vistas; great for either a day hike or a backpacking trip.”— Kristen Arendt
Family Friendly Although younger kids might not be up for the full trail, you can make this as short or as long of an out-and-back hike as they can handle.
The Lion Canyon Trail borders the Great Sespe Wilderness and the Condor Sanctuary, has year-round water, and was recently maintained in the 2016 National Public Lands Day stewardship event. Because this trail is located along a north-facing canyon, you can see all types of vegetation from Douglas fir trees to spruce, oak, yucca and sycamores.
This trail should be more popular as it has the “star” power many look for in a great trail. If you follow the trail for 5 miles, you'll climb to spectacular views of the Channel Islands in Channel Islands National Park and dramatic views of Pine Mountain too. Car camping is available from the Middle Lion Campground.
Land Manager: USFS - Los Padres National Forest Office