Looking for a great trail in Los Padres National Forest, California? AllTrails has 186 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 85 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!

views

hiking

wild flowers

nature trips

wildlife

bird watching

dogs on leash

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running

mountain biking

walking

dog friendly

camping

river

kid friendly

backpacking

ohv / off road driving

waterfall

horseback riding

lake

no dogs

rock climbing

partially paved

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)

hiking
private property
1 day ago

Someone is rebuilding the “castle”. It looks like they are putting in fencing and a gate. It will very like be inaccessible in a few months/weeks.

on Inspiration Point

hiking
2 days ago

Hiking with Elizabeth....gave up on Cathedral Peak! Will try tomorrow!

hiking
muddy
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail, but would definitely recommend not starting from Murrieta. Instead, go just past it and start on the fire road. This takes you all the way to within about a mile and a half of the peak, then return the way you came. As for the actual last bit up to the peak, it’s very steep and at times not very well marked, but well worth the unique view of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Bring plenty of water and food!

Great hike or run to get the blood flowing

hiking
over grown
private property
5 days ago

Seems like almost every rock had an arrow spray painted on it. This used to be a great hike, now it’s like walking through rival gang territory

hiking
muddy
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

id do it again!

Great hike! The actual distance is wrong. It is 4 miles to the top, not 4 miles round trip. I’m not sure how to fix this I’m the app?!

running
rocky
7 days ago

Great trail to run, not too rocky so it was easier to keep a good pace going. Would run again.

hiking
7 days ago

Nice views, especially at sunset. Well maintained trail with gradual Incline through switch backs.

hiking
rocky
8 days ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

I don’t know why anyone would rate this any lower than 5 stars. Awesome hike! Beautiful trails and the waterfall is beautiful!

hiking
8 days ago

Shaded, good end view, reminiscent of Yosemite

I would recommend this trail. Nicely restored, nice oak trees, creek and views

I chose this trail as a slow re-entry to hiking after the holidays. It was a bit steeper and snowier than anticipated which did not make for a smooth return to my Sunday hikes. However, it was really a beautiful trail and I was able to make it to within a mile of Reyes Peak in early January. Will return again in a few months to go the rest of the way once the snow clears. Bring snow shoes if you intend to make it to the peak this January. I was going to rate the trail lower because the first two miles were pretty overgrown. However, on my return trip I ran into several volunteers clearing the very debris that vexed me on the ascent. So now I’m a huge fan of Los Padres, its volunteers, and Mickey, the ranger who led today’s group!

Best part about this little hike is looking for Big Sur jade when you get down to the beach

hiking
9 days ago

A good long day hike. Took the road up to about the saddle then up the ridge. Was able to see Santa Cruz but there was a marine cloud layer.

What a great trail. A bit of a climb but totally worth it. No bugs on the trail today. We started early and had great temperature for the entire hike. Great spots on the way up for views!

hiking
icy
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
snow
washed out
9 days ago

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