Best trails in Los Padres National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Los Padres National Forest, California? AllTrails has 196 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 90 moderate trails in Los Padres National Forest ranging from 0.6 to 37.3 miles and from 196 to 8,815 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
Los Padres National Forest is a beautiful place in central and Southern 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 in this beautiful place. Probably the most famous among them is the California condor (Gymnogyps californianus), for whom the United States Forest Service established the Sespe Condor Sanctuary. Hot springs, hiking trails, rivers, and desert views about in this recreation area. An Adventure Pass is required within many areas of the park. Wilderness areas in Los Padres include: San Rafael Wilderness (194,380 acres (787 km2)) Ventana Wilderness (240,026 acres (971 km2)) Garcia Wilderness (14,100 acres (57 km2) in the Lucia District) Santa Lucia Wilderness (20,412 acres (83 km2) in the Lucia District, in the Santa Lucia Mountains) Machesna Mountain Wilderness (19,880 acres (80 km2), in the La Panza Range in San Luis Obispo County) Silver Peak Wilderness (31,555 acres (128 km2), in the Monterey District) Dick Smith Wilderness (64,800 acres (262 km2) in the Santa Barbara Ranger District) Chumash Wilderness (38,150 acres (154 km2) in the Mt. Pinos Ranger District, just west of Mount Pinos) Sespe Wilderness (219,700 acres (889 km2), in both the Ojai and Mt. Pinos Ranger Districts) Matilija Wilderness (29,600 acres (120 km2) in the Ojai Ranger District)
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Top trails (196)
#1 - Inspiration Point
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
Inspiration Point is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number Show more
#2 - Rose Valley Falls
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 35 m
Rose Valley Falls is a 1.1 mile out and back trail located near Ojai, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accesShow more
#3 - Cerro Alto Trail Loop
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
Cerro Alto Trail Loop is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Morro Bay, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and Show more
#4 - Seven Falls Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
Seven Falls Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity oShow more
#5 - Jesusita Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 48 m
Jesusita Trail is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optiShow more
#6 - Mount Pinos Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
Mount Pinos Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Frazier Park, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of Show more
#7 - Hot Springs Canyon Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
This site is open to the public although it is on privately owned land. Please be cautious not to go on the private property. There are temporary closures in this area. Please consult the park's websiShow more
#8 - Tangerine Falls Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 54 m
Great creek, 100 ft. waterfall, some poison oak, rock hopping, shady and cool You should be along the creek for the entirety of the hike. The first half has a trail that runs parallel to the creek. FShow more
#9 - Montecito Peak Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 4 h 4 m
NOTE: The road to this trail is currently closed This is a physically demanding and rocky hike with lots of loose dirt. There are three trailheads at this location. The one you want has a wooden signShow more
#10 - San Ysidro Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 5 h 23 m
Please note that this trail was damaged during a mudslide. The Los Padres National Forest says the trail is currently open. There have been reports that is it not accessible from the trailhead on E MoShow more
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