Explore the most popular no dogs 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.

off road driving
1 month ago

I Ran this trail with some friends, one 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, another in a 2018 Wrangler Rubicon 4 door and yours truly in an 08 wrangler sport 2 door. I have a 2.5 inch lift on 35s. aired down to 18psi. and had a blast!
the last part before you get to Dutchmans Camp. is the scariest part. but take your time it's about skill not speed. bring plenty of water, food, snacks. theres no cell phone reception for most of the trail so DONT GO ALONE!

love the pines.

At this point its a 3 day mountain biking adventure, starting all the way from the dead end of east Camino Cielo, it's easily about 30 miles now. If you plan on doing it. Please bring water! LOTS OF WATER. If you plan on going walking or biking be very cautious of not breaking or twisting any ankles. If you get stuck out there. You probably won't make it out alive. There is a ranger Outpost about six hours in. Don't expect it to be a walk in the park. You will cry, yell into the silence, bleed, and plead to god that a cloud comes around to offer shade. This back country. The wild...

Had a great day yesterday! We ran the trail with 9 rigs, no issues, no damage. It’s a fun day run for sure.

off road driving
3 months ago

Did it today with a pretty much stock 2018 Rubicon all I have is 3/16” steel rock sliders for oil pan, trans pan, lower control arms, gas tank skid, front and rear diff skids aired down the stock tires to 24 psi and off I went by myself.
I used my lockers maybe a handful times front and rear.
I recommend to have at least 12” of clearance and 32” up if you know how to drive, of course if you go bigger the easier it is but then it’s not as challenging for a good driver, I took my time all by myself today single Rig no spotter just me and made it with just a few little scratches on my skids oh plus one rim right before the Camp side on the top watch that narrow spot when the trail actually ends bitch got me on the right rear!!

off road driving
3 months ago

I drove this trail in a lifted 4Runner. I read the reviews here first and I can say that it was pretty challenging and at times a bit of a nail biter! Not sure if it was I good idea but I went alone, without a spotter :). I dented up the underside of the Toyota and had lots of fun. Most definitely an adventure!

off road driving
3 months ago

I drove all the way up there thinking “yeah it’s gonna be a hard trail but nothing my Tacoma can’t handle” turns out you really have to have a beefed up truck with rock sliders and bigger tires, and maybe a air compressor for when you air down. Ended up not doing it but did another down the hill with a easy sign attached to it. If your considering going, I would definitely have something like a Jeep or a lifted truck.

off road driving
5 months ago

first time I did this trail I had a blast. second time I did this was a 10pm night run. it's long, it will take you a solid 2-3 hours depending how your rig is and how confident you are. 95% of it is easy, but the 5% will put any Toyota to its test if you choose the hard lines. I took it all with ease in my jeep wrangler. any stock jeep can do this trail easily, no lockers needed. towards the end of trail into camp ground, it looks intimidating for a first time experience, but all the rocks are solid in place and make for easy crawling through. none lifted Toyotas will have a bit of challenge but hey, get out and lay down a rock to make some stepping stones.. but try to kick them out after so the jeep guys can still enjoy the technical fun stuff :)

on Baron Ranch Trail

5 months ago

Overgrown

off road driving
5 months ago

We have a 2000 Jeep Wrangler with a 3” lift and 33” tires. No lockers. We entered from Lockwood valley and popped out at the top of hungry valley. The trail was challenging at the beginning and at the end with large rocks and steep terrain. The last 2 miles are very challenging and slow going. Tight trails with some scratches from bushes. After this trail we added lockers and will be heading back out again. Plan on a full day of wheeling and don’t do it alone.

l would recommend to go all the way to reyes peak for the amazing view.Take enough water and go very early in the morning it may take you almost a whole day round trip. It gets hard at times because of the uphill, but it is very walkable don't get discouraged. battery on my phone died very quickly up there.But it was worth it.

Beautiful especially when you get into the big trees with interspersed boulders. Hike is about 10 miles round trip when you go all the way to Pine Mountain Ridge road.

hiking
7 months ago

great trail amazing views there water in the creek tats a plus!

hiking
7 months ago

kool trail✌

off road driving
8 months ago

I went up there and it was beautiful. very peaceful and relaxing after a long week of work. not too many people or groups there which is a plus in my book. the off roading is nothing technical whatsoever. you'll get to see deer and a ton of birds. people going in and out are very nice. its definitely really nice in February.

go out and relax people!!

off road driving
8 months ago

Went up there today with stock 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4 door factory Goodyear tires aired down to 29 psi we made it further then the junction of Yellow Jacket about another mile from there on up to the Miller Jeep trail. I tell you, don’t do it without a spotter or some experience. It is not recommended with the rig I had but it was fun even I had to bow down and turn around it was still a good time with the wife. All beginners be aware especially with stock rig!!!

scenic driving
8 months ago

Very nice. Best if done during the day. It has lots and lots of exciting hair pin bends along with excellent view points for pacific

Trail is closed in one area see recording for where we we had to turn back.

This was a beautiful, yet challenging hike. Really great views and I didn’t see another soul on the trail. Be warned, however, this hike is closer to 10 miles out and back, which I verified on another website and my own tracking device.

off road driving
10 months ago

Drove in off Lockwood Valley road, 3 Jeep Wrangler 4 doors, JKU, 2 were Rubicons.
All had 3.5"lift and 37's or 35" tires.
First time 4 wheeling a Jeep for all of us, though we all have off roading experience. 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!!!

Amazing landscape and good condition!

Beautiful views!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Always a great hike challenging because of distance and elevation gain but such a great trail

off road driving
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Amazing trail. Vader, my JKUR, worked its way just shy of half way with ease. Had to turn back due to time constraints but I can't wait till I get the chance to take on the whole thing.

off road driving
Saturday, July 08, 2017

this trail has lil bit of everything
easy moderate and hard spots
Its just Awesome !!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

good challenging trail towards the top, lockers make it easy though.

off road driving
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

I ran this trail in my 06 open-diff Xterra 4x4. With good spotting on a few obstacles, I was able to complete this trail with no issues. I had no body damage, only a few scrapes on rock sliders. Overall, this trail is challenging, but fun and a great learning experience to build up your skills. A lift is highly recommended with some under armor. Lockers will help greatly, but not necessary if lines are chosen correctly. It's all about the lines.

hiking
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Great hike.

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

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.

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