Explore the most popular off road driving 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.

Amazing.

10 days ago

Legit. Took a 97’ 4runner with street tires and it did well going down the trail. Would probably need off road tires to go the other direction (up the trail).

off road driving
17 days ago

I took my 2012 JK Unlimited with 35's and had no problem. It was a bumpy trail with sharp rocks. I saw on the map after there are some mines I may go back to.

off road driving
1 month ago

No challenge here, but the scenery is great

Be prepared for a tough hike and take plenty of water! The route is VERY steep over the last few kms with little to no shade to shelter from the sun. If you’re after a challenge then this is an ideal trail with great views on the way up - you really feel like you’re walking to the top of the world! Not for beginners.

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!

scenic driving
2 months ago

Really great short drive terrain isn’t to rough but would recommend 4wd or awd. View point at the top is very worth the drive.

off road driving
2 months ago

closed 9/2 due to fire. says it will reopen by beginning of 2019

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...

4 months ago

Amazing views. Very tough.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail, great redwoods (not old growth). We parked at the trailhead on the right. After we hiked about 100 ft and turned around we realized we should have drove around the corner and parked on the left. The trail seemed to degrade after the 3rd stream crossing at 1.4 miles so at that point we turned around.

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
4 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
4 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
4 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.

hiking
5 months ago

The trail is badly burned. The Mountians are stunning but it's a sad hike. There are no signs of wildlife. It's is uphill all the way and extremely strenuous and Rocky. This would be a nice trail when it's not a bone yard. Thomas fire destroyed it.

Great hike, very challenging especially the last 1/3 which is steep with loose dry dirt and rocks. It was hot took 2 liters of water and drank it all. Beautiful views and very peaceful didn’t see another person on the trail!

the person before is completely right. great trail. I did the complete ride with a rzr. I was too scared of the return hill at the stair steps. figured down was safer than up, so did stair steps instead of turning around. I was alone. (not recommended At all.)

great hike. mountain was covered in color today. very steep for the last mile but the view is worth the effort.

off road driving
5 months ago

Went up after heavy rain and was surprised it was open. Awesome views, blue difficulty, most stock 4x4s can get through when it's dry.

off road driving
6 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 :)

off road driving
6 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.

This trail while difficult was beautiful today. Poppies and lupine were alive. Nice to be so close to water too.

Went two days ago for a 21st anniversary hike. I hike on average 25 miles a week and am in good shape, and it's no joke that the last mile to the top is tough! The views are incredible though. Went around 11am, and the poppies weren't open. They seemed to be opening a bit more as we were leaving. I've lived in the SB/Ventura area most of my life and had never done this hike. It was on my bucket list. Definitely is beautiful this time of year and worth the tough climb. Celebrated with wine at Sunstone afterward!

hiking
7 months ago

Went just after sunrise, so the poppies were closed still for the most part but I assume if you go in the afternoon they open up. Lots of poppies and lupines blooming right now! Pretty hard last bit but doable it if you are in okay shape. Cheers to Sean Kelly for the dank review 5 days ago saying to go now!!

hiking
7 months ago

As of 14 April, the mountain is in full bloom! Go now!!!

hiking
7 months ago

Went up yesterday to check on the poppy bloom. They are starting to show up but I think will look better in a week or maybe two. I don’t expect this year to be anything like 2016 though for poppies. I did have a bald eagle soaring over me for like 20 mins during the hike. That was pretty spectacular.

Great 360°views of all the mountains.
Short hike but steep, slippery & high elevation towards the end. It will kill your knees, back, legs, & lungs so take your time . (I prefer to run it with weights during summer but I'm not normal) takes me a about and 1 hr up 35 min down from parking lot but you can easily spend over 3 hrs here.
Crowded during poppy season and It can get really windy. Best time is during spring then fall because summer gets too hot for ppl. Defiantely a must do once a year hike.

off road driving
7 months ago

I did trails 24 and 40 in mid March. I scouted the routes with satellite imagery. The end of Trail 40 looks like it leads back to the 33 freeway - but be warned it does not. You will need to go out the same way you came in.

Be careful to only use this OHV Park when it is dry. The dirt in the canyon and on the ridge is clay and will cake up on your tires. I got hit with rain while on the ridge and it was like off-roading in a car that had ice skates instead of tires. I had to wait for the Trail to dry out in order to safely extract my car.

Trail 40 is Best completed in a short wheelbase SUV or truck. On the south side of the mountain (the last few miles of Trail 40) you drive through a riverbed that is very narrow. I drive an FJ and couldn’t avoid scratching on trees and brush. A longer vehicle would get totally punished. You will not need a lift. I wouldn’t do it with street tires.

Trail 24 is mellow. Great trail to learn on. I suppose you could do it with 2WD but if it’s wet it’s just as slippery as the rest of the canyon and ridge.

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