hiking

views

walking

wild flowers

nature trips

birding

wildlife

trail running

dog friendly

forest

mountain biking

kid friendly

dogs on leash

camping

river

backpacking

off road driving

waterfall

horseback riding

no dogs

rock climbing

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.

mountain biking
1 day ago

Probably my favorite trail I've had the chance to trek in SLO County. The most challenging physically and only recommended for higher fitness levels, especially if you're planning on hiking up to the peak. I took my bike up to the top and it was pretty savage, but the views are utterly amazing. I could see from Guadalupe all the way to Ragged Point. Easily the greatest ocean view I've ever seen. The ride down was an adrenaline rush to say the least but oh so worth the push up the peak. Lots of cool nature views, creeks, etc. I even saw a horny toed lizard when I was up at the peak, which I did not expect or even knew existed out there. Just an amazing place to hike. Be sure to bring at least $10 with you for parking as the county charges to park

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
5 days ago

Dont let sammi review scare u off seems like he or she is inexperienced and out of shape... i have climbed this with a 2 year old on my back.. it is challenging but doable, check weather, better to go on cool day as there is little shade.. take plenty of water.. maybe some trail mix but no need to pack full meal if ur relatively in shape.

Very easy, dog and kid friendly, and very quick- with a lovely waterfall surprise at the end of your 20 minute 'hike.' Great little family trail.

off road driving
7 days ago

Like stated before. I would not consider this trail as easy. Some steep hills that would be better for Modified vehicles with at least 33 inch tires for traction. Do expect scratches from branches. As of 8/13/17 the gate was closed less then half way forcing us to turn right back. Still a pretty fun and mild trail.

hiking
8 days ago

trail running
8 days ago

Went despite the previous reviews- they must not have been very good at hiking. Great well maintained trail and one of the harder ones in the area, and do make it to the top: the views are amazing and worth it if weather is good. For an easier version or for mt biking, make it to the first tier up the mountain - great views, easy, and hard packed.

Some of the other reviewers for this trial are confused and seem to be reviewing the incorrect trail. You cannot be "picked up" half way through, unless by helicopter. You most definitely cannot "run this trail with a small dog." To call this an easy trail is deceptive to the average hiker, and quite frankly dangerous.

That being said, this trail is a fun challenge for a hiker with moderate experience. Expect lots of bouldering and very steady uphill. The trail is not always readily visible, and many points have multiple routes (some easier than others). Bring 2 liters of water per person, minimum, and food/snack.

On the way down, be aware of an unmarked trail that links up with the 7 falls trail instead of taking you back to the inspiration point fork directly. This skips some of the bouldering on the way down and may be preferable depending on your interests, but is quite steep. If you take this route, do not attempt to follow the creek bed back to the inspiration trail fork. The creek bed is not the 7 falls trail, which runs parallel to the creek.

GPS highly recommended.

hiking
10 days ago

off road driving
11 days ago

Definitely not an "easy" trail. Depending on what your driving it can be pretty difficult. 4x4 is a must and a lift preferred. the road is washed out with gravel, rocks and ruts. Some decent inclines and some narrow stretches. If you've got a good setup this should be fairly moderate. Overall a good time!

Love this hike!! Definitely recommend it

hiking
12 days ago

Hiked this trail 7/22/17 starting from the HWY 33 side. Extremely overgrown in almost all sections. Need to plan a trail clearing project. It's a pretty neat trail other than that, very quite. Would be better to hike it in the Winter when the river's flowing.

hiking
13 days ago