Explore the best trails near Los Olivos with detailed reviews, photos, trail maps, and driving directions curated by hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Hiked this trail 7/4/16 to Hell's Half Acre (11 mile round trip).
Awesome 360 degree veiws of Lake Cahuma and Huricane Deck.

2 months ago

Beautiful in the spring when wildflowers are blooming and water is flowing! Great for backpacking and day hikes. Lots of river crossing, so be prepared to get your boots wet!

Not sure if I had a unique experience, but this trail is definitely sketch! It's not hiked very often so the trails is overgrown in a few places leading up to the school house. The trail leaving the schoolhouse east is really hard to see! My friend and I got lost and had to back track. Also, watch out for wild donkeys

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10 months ago

Beautiful views, varied terrain, and really warm weather. Bring plenty of water !

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1 year ago

Easy trail. It's really a fire road that climbs to the top of the mountain and meanders through the hills. Kudos for the elevation gain but there wasn't much to the actual hike so I got 3.5 miles in and didn't see much to look forward to so turned around at a lookout.

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1 year ago

Good hike and great for beginners

incredible views of canyons and valley on both sides of the ridge. The trail doesn't go to the top of zaca peak but instead traverses the ridge to above zaca lake and ends abruptly.

camping
3 years ago

Went backpacking on this trail took around 4 1/2 hours to hike all the way out to school house. Went in mid June it is very dry and was minimal flowing water but still some at certain stops (use filtration tabs and drank the flowing water felt good didn't get sick) I do recommend bug spray and sunscreen it was around 80 degrees when I went and feels like it!! But all around great hike!!

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3 years ago

If you like steep ups and downs, follow the cat trail from Cachuma Saddle east-wards, instead of going on forest road 8N08. The cat trail stays right on top of the ridges, and has ups and downs of around 60% in places. The road meanders around the same area, so you can always get back onto the road if you like. I couldn't have done it without my trusty Trekking poles though, and there are a few spots where you have to push through brush. Great exercise, a lot more fun than walking on the road, and better views at the tops.

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4 years ago

Great hike. Bring sunscreen and bug spray. Took me about 5 hours one way. Lots of creek crossings being extra socks and shoes!! Sometimes it's hard to find the trail but just follow the stacked rocks. Thank you to whomever started stacking them they helped a lot!

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4 years ago

Very nice hike.

nature trips
4 years ago

Went backpacking here and loved the elevation gain nearly killed me but the views were completely worth it!