Last Chance Trail
ElevationAscent: 4,669' 1,423 m
Descent: -318' -97 m
High: 6,050' 1,844 m
Low: 1,698' 518 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 48% (26°)
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“This trail extends off Santa Paula Canyon Trail to The Punchbowl and several campsites.”— John McKinney
Beyond The Punchbowl, the trail can be pretty rugged and washed out, so use caution if continuing further. From The Punchbowl, the trail turns north; Cross Camp is about 0.25 miles north of the intersection with Santa Paula Canyon Trail and is a good alternative to Big Cone Camp. Just north of the camp are a few nice pools, falls, and natural water slides that may be a little less crowded.
Continuing on Last Chance Trail leads hikers to Jackson Camp at 1.84 miles from the junction, and Last Chance Camp about 4.5 miles from the junction. At the intersection with Topa Topa Bluff Trail, stay right to continue north on Last Chance Trail. The trail ends 7.7 miles from the junction with Santa Paula Canyon Trail at the intersection with Red Reef Trail.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
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Land Manager: USFS - Los Padres National Forest Office