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Los Padres National Forest is a beautiful place in central and Southern 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 in this beautiful place. Probably the most famous among them is the California condor (Gymnogyps californianus), for whom the United States Forest Service established the Sespe Condor Sanctuary. Hot springs, hiking trails, rivers, and desert views about in this recreation area. An Adventure Pass is required within many areas of the park. Wilderness areas in Los Padres include: San Rafael Wilderness (194,380 acres (787 km2)) Ventana Wilderness (240,026 acres (971 km2)) Garcia Wilderness (14,100 acres (57 km2) in the Lucia District) Santa Lucia Wilderness (20,412 acres (83 km2) in the Lucia District, in the Santa Lucia Mountains) Machesna Mountain Wilderness (19,880 acres (80 km2), in the La Panza Range in San Luis Obispo County) Silver Peak Wilderness (31,555 acres (128 km2), in the Monterey District) Dick Smith Wilderness (64,800 acres (262 km2) in the Santa Barbara Ranger District) Chumash Wilderness (38,150 acres (154 km2) in the Mt. Pinos Ranger District, just west of Mount Pinos) Sespe Wilderness (219,700 acres (889 km2), in both the Ojai and Mt. Pinos Ranger Districts) Matilija Wilderness (29,600 acres (120 km2) in the Ojai Ranger District)

The trail was ok, not really up to stuff, but the scenery and freshwater makes up for it.

off road driving
1 day ago

Drove in off Lockwood Valley road, 2 Jeep Wrangler 4 doors, JKU.
All had 3.5"lift and 37's or 35" tires.
First time wheeling a Jeep. Made it to the top of Alamo Mtn. via Miller Jeep Trail.
It was a fun day with challenging hills with big boulders all over. Take the right line and it's pretty manageable. 4x4 lo, no locker and made it up to the top.
Next time we'll bring the wives now we know what to expect.
Regulatorz!!!!
Mount up!!!

hiking
3 days ago

it is a good trail but not recomended for little kids cause there are dengerous clifs.

I’ll second everything Olek wrote beneath my review.

The hiking part of this trail ends where the river bed begins and then becomes a full on scramble/boulder hopping/mild rock climbing slog.

The trail is hard to pick up from the stream bed. I found google maps worked better for me than the AllTrails map...

If you find yourself walking more than 100 yards up the stream you’re going the wrong way. You have to go back and cross the stream bed and head through the bush. It can get confusing because (as others have written) there are many side trails.

Near the top of Arlington the trail becomes kinda elusive... you could just boulder your way to the top or find a place to hang and eat lunch.

This would be a hot hike in warm weather so if you’re out there in 80 degrees + bring a ton of water/Gatorade/snacks.

With all that said it’s a great “hike” with great views.

I really enjoyed this hike. It was 9.1 miles to the top and my total trip was 18.9. Needless to say, I took a wrong turn and had to do a little backtracking on the way down. Bring plenty of water and food/snacks for the trip. Also, I slowed down a lot around the overgrown areas after reading previous reviews of someone seeing a couple of rattlesnakes. No snakes on this trip. Pro tip: Bring an extra battery pack if you want to keep your phone charged to track the entire hike.

Such an amazing view at the end of the hike!

I was amazing, full of colors !

hiking
6 days ago

Pleasant, kinda short.

Is not much of a hike. However, the views are beautiful, worth it.

hiking
10 days ago

Great cardio workout without the need to run. Terrific views. Good option for preparing or conditioning for a backpacking trip.
Only negative is that the trailhead is in a day use fee area so it will cost $10 to hike the 4 mile loop