Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Los Padres National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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2 days ago

Did 2.5 miles in, great workout and some beautiful views of Carpinteria and the ocean. Really enjoyed it!!

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rocky
3 days ago

backpacking
bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
6 days ago

So, this is a freaking BADASS hike. But it is not for the tame hearted. It is very challenging! This is not a place where you will find a nice wide trail. The trails along this hike are made by animals. You will be getting your feet wet crossing with creek frequently so make sure you have boots that drain. The bears are harmless if you are in a group of at least two. Be very careful for rattle snakes. Bring a snakebite kit. And bring a water filter because the springs are often dry so you’ll need to drink the creek water. This is a hike for tough individuals who are looking for a challenge, and who want to go to a place in the world where few have ever ventured. The payoff is so worth every bug bite, scratch, bump, and bruise. Highly recommended if you’re into this kinda trip.

hiking
6 days ago

Some post-fire growth - might be pretty in the spring, but even nice colors - reds and straw yellow, and some neon green 1 in the dry November // Steep incline at the beginning of the trail that is worth the view from the top 1 mountains and a riverbed below // beyond that, you can reach the dry lakes within a few miles - I didn’t finish the trail // i found a few favorite shrubs along the way

Great hike - the full loop is only around 4mi though. There are other trails if you want more. Your shoes would be covered with dust, but there are decent amount of shade and rivers~

Did an overnight up to Estrella. The trail was well kept and marked, but be cautious if you are afraid of heights because it can be scary in some places. My husband wasn’t afraid, so maybe I’m just a baby? But I made it and it was amazing. Nice springs along the way to fill up on water. The camps were very nice and spread out. We didn’t attempt to get to the waterfall.

Off roading from Rose Valley to Chief peak to Topas. 4x4 vehicles with some lift would not have any issues. Great 24hr overnighter was awesome with the pack. You will need a code from US forest service and permit to access Nordoff road.

Done Salmon Creek couple times. This time is has been cleared the best towards the top before hitting the road which goes to Lion Den camp. Still bugs out. Some water still going but for sure needs to be filtered.

hiking
9 days ago

Nice out and back hike for sunset, the views were truly amazing. There wasn’t another person in sight, even on a Sunday. The first part of the trail is nice but then it’s mostly forest service road, not trail. Very easy to find the trail though. Minimal shade and no flowing water left in the creek, just stagnant pools.

you pass through, around and on top of some really awesome rocks. there are parts with no shade but it’s not too long before you get back to more comfortable areas. great views the whole way. loved it!

Really beautiful hike!!! Lots of scrambling and the trails is hard to follow after about 2 miles. Overall trail is definitely over 6 miles but the section we did was fun!! Definitely a wonderful trip!

hiking
10 days ago

Super short but well worth the views

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over grown
private property
10 days ago

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no shade
10 days ago

Great views, an easy hike that you can turn into a nice loop by connecting to Saddlerock and Girard trails. Lots of sun.

hiking
11 days ago

Getting to the trailhead is a little wonky - up a dirt road, ignore private property signs, and park outside the St Vincent Camp. Then walk partway through the camp to the actual trailhead. Good workout on the way up, was pleasantly surprised at the shade this time of year. Think this would be a tough one in the summer. Bring water. Beautiful views all the way up and then fantastic scenery at the top.

Great trail. Steep. Poles aren’t necessary, but my knees would’ve appreciated them for the descent. Insane views. You can see past Nipomo to the south and up to Ragged Point to the north.

hiking
11 days ago

Up and back to Knapp Castle. Some on road, some on trail. Great views.

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bugs
over grown
12 days ago

Did this trail yesterday and really enjoyed it up until the over grown trails. Would have loved to make it up to the ridge, but I honestly thought that the over grown trail was never going to end. Maintenance on this trail would be great, views are spectacular!

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no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
13 days ago

I walked from Rattlesnake Canyon over to inspiration point and then up to Arlington Peak, Cathedral Peak and La Cumbre peak. Decended via the tunnel trail and rattlesnake canyon. Ended up being 13 miles. A great day hiking. The climb up to Arlington / Cathedral is pretty intense, a lot of sun, no breeze and 50% gradient for the last 300 feet up to Arlington. Didn’t see anyone else walking between inspiration and La Cumbre. Basically from when you leave the creek bed on 7 falls trail until you reach the road at La Cumbre, there is no marked trail. I got slightly off track quite a few times. There is a bit of a challenge to find the track when you leave Cathedral heading for La Cumbre. The track (a turn heading north off the back of Cathedral) is about 200 feet past the track which takes you to the face / summit of Cathedral (which goes south off the main track). If you turn North too early, you can traverse across (through scrub) until you find the track.

hiking
13 days ago

***WARNING*** This trail is only open to the public for 5.2 miles. If you pass the silver metal bench you are on private property! You are trespassing and may be treated as such!

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