Last Chance Trail [CLOSED] is a 20.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Paula, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 20.3 km Elevation Gain: 771 m Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

Note: The Forest Service has temporarily closed this trail due to overcrowding, trash, graffiti and illegal parking. See here for more info: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/lpnf/alerts-notices/?aid=58817

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3 days ago

Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50(a) and (b), and to provide for public safety, the following acts are prohibited within the Los Padres National Forest, Ojai Ranger District. This Order is effective from May 23, 2020, through July 30, 2020. 1. Entering or using the campgrounds listed below and shown on the attached map. a. Big Cone Campground b. Cross Campground c. Jackson Hole Campground 36 CFR 261.58(b). 2. Being on the National Forest System road listed below and shown on the attached map. a. Forest Road No. 4N04A 36 CFR 261.54(e). 3. Being on the National Forest System trail listed below and shown on the attached map. a. Forest Trail No. 21W09 (Last Chance Trail) 36 CFR 261.55(a). 4. Going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Closed Area as described in Exhibit A and shown on the attached map 36 CFR 261.53(e). Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.S0(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order: 1. Any Federal, State or local officer, public utilities employee, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty. 2. Owners or lessees of private land are exempt from the prohibitions listed above to the extent necessary to gain access to their land. 3. Residents are exempt from the prohibitions listed above to the extent necessary to gain access to their residences. These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFR Part 261, Subpart A. A violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. 16 USC 551 and 18 USC 3559, 3571, and 3581. Executed in Goleta, California, this 22nd day of May, 2020. _____________________ Kevin B. Elliott Forest Supervisor Los Padres National Forest

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bugs
over grown
6 days ago

Last mile or two way overgrown. Also parking is horrible and it is so overcrowded now with people littering beer cans and food wrappers and listening to loud obnoxious music all throughout the hike. Pretty sad since it used to be such an awesome and pleasant hike. Now it’s full of horrible people. Still a great hike if you can deal with those types of people. Just don’t be one of them.

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9 days ago

Good water at the time, but not enough to sit in. Some holes had trees down in them. Last water hole is maybe 1/3 way to water tank. Best part of hike was after the tank when it gets woodsy. Watch out for rattlesnakes.

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bugs
Fri May 17 2019

This is one of my favorite hikes! Follow arrows and you end up at fun waterfall. It was amazing.

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Mon Oct 30 2017

This is a beautiful area to hike. The trail is marked along the way and is generally well established. There is a bit of scrambling here and there. While we were there, there were not many other hikers. We did encounter some snakes so watch your step. Also, we did hear a bear not too far off of the trail at one point, so stay alert and stay on the trail.

Tue Aug 16 2016

This trail begins at the 3rd punch bowl, by the water slide. This is tough, and I highly recommend GPS. It's unmaintained, and if you want to reach Hines peak, leave by 6am.

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Fri Feb 06 2015

My roommate and I did a portion of this hike summer 2014 and absolutely loved it. We came for the punchbowls but ended up doing a bit more when we saw how many people were around already (started off around 8am). Wanted to continue on further, but the trail was a bit difficult to follow, rugged, etc and we didn't have a good map and compass, just phones to help with directions. Definitely planning on coming back more prepared so we can spend a day here when it gets a little warmer

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Mon Dec 30 2013

The Last Chance Trail is a lesser known spur off of the very popular Santa Paula Creek Trail aka "the punchbowls" trail. I used to come up here for short weekend backpacking adventures in high school and more recently came up the LCT to snag a few geocaches. It's definitely 11.8 miles and a solid hike which we did most recently as an afternoon hike (took longer than planned at ~4hrs). The first 8 miles of the trail is hodge podge since it was mostly washed out during the last big storm but the LCT spur off the back end was fairly well defined despite not being used as much. Not much water at the punchbowls or past when we came up in November 2013.

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