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.

off road driving
4 days 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
10 days 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
24 days 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.

off road driving
1 month 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.

off road driving
3 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
3 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!!!

off road driving
3 months ago

Excellent summer run with beautiful valley views. Locked gate during winter, however; a tight gate bypass is available if you don't mind pin striping. (I fit a four door jeep down it) It is not mapped but this trail does connect to 8N04B and over to the Frazier Mountain lookout. Trail is rough,sharp stone for about 70% street tires are not recommended as they will get torn up by the stone. Slow progress until you reach 8N04B expect about 45-1hour drive one way.

The road is open to bicycles and hikers per Andrew molera state beach ranger January 2018.

This is the old coast road and it is open to bicycles and hikers . There are locked gates-you can go around them. The road itself is not private property, but the surrounding land is-so stay on the road. Information given to me by molera state beach ranger January 2018.

Nice uphill climb. Mostly smooth dirt road. Little to no people. Views.

off road driving
5 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!!!

off road driving
6 months ago

The trail mapped here is not the Lockwood Creek Trail, but rather, it is the West Frazier Mine trail. It eventually connects to the Lockwood Creek Trail, but not as it is shown on the trail map.
The trail shown is the old route for the West Frazier Mine Road. Most of the portion from Lockwood Valley Road to the first intersection (about 1.5 miles in) is now closed to vehicles, as they access this road from the Frazier Mountain Road instead. A left turn at the intersection would take you back to the beginning of the vehicle route. Continuing straight at the intersection takes you up the west side of Frazier Mountain where the West Frazier Tie Road veers to the left, taking you to the summit of Frazier Mountain. Continuing straight at this point will take you into Lockwood Valley and connect with the Lockwood Creek Trail.
Most of this route is a rocky four-wheel-drive trail, with several stretches where there is little to no shade. The climb is moderate, but manageable.
I've been over this road on a motorcycle and in a truck, and have also hiked a portion of it. The scenery is pleasant, though not what I would consider exceptional, so I prefer to drive over this route as opposed to hiking it. There are other places nearby that I prefer to hike instead.

off road driving
6 months ago

Only giving it one star because it’s closed. Los Padres says it’s open but when we got there it was closed.

off road driving
7 months ago

A very peaceful and scenic drive through some high desert and badlands scenery. The combination of the colorful, eroded canyon walls and the pinyon/juniper desert woodland makes the scenery very different from both the higher mountain trails and the nearby Mojave desert. I started on the Pine Mountain Club side and ended near Maricopa. There's a quick descent down an easy switch back if you start on the high end; you begin in the pines, take a leisurely route through the canyon and eventually end near some vineyards down at the mouth of the canyon. I went in a stock 2wd Tacoma with no issues. Higher clearance was definitely helpful due to a few washouts, and I could see where in some conditions 4x4 might be necessary, but the road is wide and over all pretty easy.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is definitely through private property, we didn't see anyone during the hike (started around 10am) but sounds like others in the comments did.

Driving down HW1 you can park directly opposite the entrance. Then just follow the road (hop a few fences) and you'll find yourself at the top. Its a road the whole way so plenty of room to walk. Good moderate hike, some nice elevation gain but not too challenging. Great view from the top of the surrounding mountains. Only okay few of the ocean. Didn't see a single person the whole hike.

off road driving
8 months ago

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.

A friend and I drove a mile or 2 in before getting out to hike. That's what I'd suggest doing. The scenery is endless. The trail has a of greenery, redwoods, creeks, and everything you can expect from Big Sur. We ended at the top of a ridge in a cow pastor that was super windy. Such a contrast to the forest down below, but definitely added to the adventure.

off road driving
10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

off road driving
11 months ago

spectacular

hiking
11 months ago

This hike is actually a forestry route/ dirt road and not a trail per se (Zacha Mountain Road). It has a lot of beautiful views of the San Rafael mountain chain and of the Hurricane Deck. There is a gate at the bottom off of Figueroa Mountain Rd. If you are hiking, it is better if it is closed so you don't have to share the road with trucks. From here, there are some side trails that lead to Davy Brown camp. This is not a hard hike, but it is long. No need to worry about getting lost, as it is a road.

off road driving
11 months ago

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.

off road driving
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Took our 2016 Crosstrek on a drive out there. It started off with a gravel road that turned into dirt. The road led us to the top of the hills which is where I took the pictures. There were also dirt bikes and camp grounds out there. Great road!

off road driving
Saturday, May 13, 2017

5/13/17 - Closed, rock slides, unknown when they'll open again per the Ranger

hiking
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The "trail" is really a service road, which could be accessed with a good offroad vehicle. The entry area of the trail was pretty gummed up when I went, which may present some problems if you are planning to drive in. Most people, from my understanding, will hike or bike this still. The grade is very gradual and easy to maintain until the summit. Continue on at least another 1/4 mile past the summit for even better views down into the cirque below. I went a few extra miles further, which was well worth the trip (even though it was uphill coming back out).

Very scenic, pretty wildflowers and a fairly easy forest service road to walk along. Well worth the drive to get out of town to go hiking.

off road driving
Saturday, May 06, 2017

Great views, fun and easy ride.

backpacking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

The trail is nice and follows the Mill Creek which has abundant water and many small waterfalls. We crossed the creek at the end of the main trail and followed a non maintained trail to some great campsites.

backpacking
Monday, February 27, 2017

Creek was flowing well at all the road crossings. Got to tub after 9 mile hike from Camino Cielo, no hot water flowing!

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