wild flowers


nature trips


dog friendly

trail running

mountain biking


kid friendly


dogs on leash



off road driving

horseback riding


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.

keep going up the trail for a couple of miles to see the 60 ft double waterfall

off road driving
4 days ago

Took our 2016 Crosstrek on a drive out there. It started off with a gravel road that turned into dirt. The road led us to the top of the hills which is where I took the pictures. There were also dirt bikes and camp grounds out there. Great road!

4 days ago

on Cerro Alto Trail

5 days ago

love that trail.

9 days ago

Great hike.

Not a trail for faint hearted or beginners especially during the warm & dry season. Bring a LOT of water! We did a round trip trek from Manzana Creek Trailhead to Potrero to Hurricane Deck & back to Potrero campground in almost 8hrs. Took a lot of break in between because we had our dog hiked with us. The Hurricane Deck trail offers very minimal shade except the gorgeous meadow, which was almost halfway through the trail. It was an excruciatingly hot, needless to say, exhausting trek for me (and the dog) but it was 1 tick off our bucket list.

If you get a chance to go in the spring, this is a great little hike. We take our 6yo twins and our 2.5yo little guy up there. The twins do just fine (little slippery in places), little guy is good at the bottom, and up at the falls. Pretty Family Friendly hike.

10 days ago

Desolate place. I thought the hike was not easy, maybe I missed the trail. I had to do some rock climbing/bush whacking to get ahead. Road is closed into the campground, so park on the Golden State Hwy. Couple of tables at the campground, with bathroom not far away. Some water at this time of the year, but it is green, algae filled.

Camped in Middle Lion this weekend and went exploring up this trail about 3 miles or so. Look for the trail camp on the right of the creek, then start looking for the trail on the other side. You have to cross the creek very early to find the trail or it dead ends about 0.5 mi in. The trail moves away from the water and was very hot, but you can detour down to the water a few times.

11 days ago

There is a large tree closing off the trail about a mile in, could not find another route. Otherwise very nice hike with lots of water and many stream crossings.

Absolutely loved this trail! difficulty ranges from Moderate to difficult, more like 4 miles, there's a lot of bouldering and climbing over rocks that slows you down, so it takes a couple hours. The end is so beautiful. Waterfalls and pools of water that you can jump into! The bouldering can be a bit challenging at time but super fun! The trail can be a little confusing and hard to follow but definitely worth the hike!

off road driving
12 days ago

5/13/17 - Closed, rock slides, unknown when they'll open again per the Ranger