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Los Padres National Forest is a United States national forest in southern and central California. Administered by the United States Forest Service, Los Padres includes most of the mountainous land along the California coast from Ventura to Monterey, extending inland. Elevations range from sea level to 8,800 feet. Many threatened and endangered species live within the forest. Probably the most famous among them is the California condor (Gymnogyps californianus), for whom the United States Forest Service established the Sespe Condor Sanctuary.

Once you get to Upper Cruikshank descend down to the river for an awesome campsite at Villa Creek

One of my favorites. once you get up the hill, really nice and easy.

hiking
21 hours ago

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

backpacking
7 days ago

This trail is nowhere near New Cuyama. Best done as a shuttle from Matilja and or from river camp.

hiking
8 days ago

mountain biking
9 days ago

Nice ride with gorgeous views of the valley. Easily completed in about 30-45 minutes on bike.

hiking
10 days ago

I loved this trail, it was gorgeous and everyone I met on the trail were very cool. Would have gave it 5 but it wasn't maintained as well as it could have been

I have not hiked this trail to the top for at least 2 to 3 years and was completely surprised to see the camp overgrown, without running water and many of its trees cut down, but it still has lots of blue jays lol. Also the path has a lot of shrub overgrowth as you get progressively closer to the camping ground. I noticed that my footprints were the only set for at least half a mile, so many hikers may not venture up there like they did in the past. It was a scorcher of a day, and even if it wasn't, I would strongly suggest to bring at least water and a hat. There is little shade on the upper part of the trail and your constantly trekking in one direction, up. I saw little wildlife, except for finches, blue jays, rabbits and lizards, although I did see bear scat at least twice. This trail is a hidden gem and would highly recommend it.