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Santa Paula Canyon and Punch Bowls Trail [CLOSED]

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Los Padres National Forest

Santa Paula Canyon and Punch Bowls Trail [CLOSED] is a 7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Paula, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.0 mi Elevation gain 787 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Forest

Partially paved

River

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Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Washed out

Closed

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Getting There

Note: The Forest Service has temporarily closed this trail due to overcrowding, trash, graffiti and illegal parking and has extended closure until Oct 1st, 2020. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd774160.pdf Please be mindful and considerate when hiking this trail as parts of it are on private property. Santa Paula Canyon is one of the best hikes in Ventura County. The access trail starts off highway 150 just North of Thomas Aquinas College’s entrance. It takes you along the shady banks of Santa Paula Creek. Further along the trail there are a number of swimming holes, The trail is capped, just past Big Cone Camp, by a spectacular 25-feet waterfall. To access this trail, you will enter private property (an easement), so be respectful - you are allowed to use the trail to access the national forest, but not allowed to loiter on the first mile of trail. Following signs, go past an oil rig and through an avocado farm. You will walk past a large red gate, then on to another oil pumping rig. Go left around the rig to the trailhead (this is where the national forest starts), where you will be greeted by the sounds of the Santa Paula Creek.

Ojai Ranger District, 805-646-4348

From CA 126 in Santa Paula, take the 10th Street exit (CA 150) and proceed north on 10th Street which will become Ojai Road. Go approximately 8 miles to Thomas Aquinas College. The trailhead parking is on the right, over the bridge just past the college entrance.

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Ann H
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Closed

Yes it is closed until Oct. first. Weekends, and weekdays. They are issuing 5000 dollar fines to trespassers. No, locals are keeping it to themselves, this goes to everyone who does not work for the forest, or volunteer. Please respect any trail closure, as it was likely closed for a reason.

Mendel Lang
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Hiking

I don’t get it. Is it closed or not??? Is there a way around the trailhead if it is actually closed. I think it mig only be closed on the weekends? Someone please answer

Jusn Flores
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HikingGreat!

Yea locals no tagging. Keep it respectful go tag on your moms ass or something.

Octavio Bedolla
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Hiking

If I see anyone tagging or leaving trash am taking pictures and posting them up Mabe you will think twice of destroying nature

Jusn Flores
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Will be there at 5am to start hike so locals won’t try to stop me lol

Jusn Flores
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Hiking

Don’t listen to this person just trying to keep it locals only

Ann H
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Closed

Yes it's closed. I was wrong though, it's actually closed until Oct. 1st not the end of August. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-08-03/popular-ventura-county-hiking-area-will-remain-closed-through-september-amid-coronavirus-concerns%3f_amp=true

Chris Saenz
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Someone said it was closed until august ? Is it opened back up yet?

Steve Flores
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Nothing but hate crime slurs and nazi symbols and white power taggings are tagged there. I am from Saugus not the City. I see those same taggings all around santa paula, ventura, fillmore,saugus, and surrounding towns.I am use to all your ugly,racist,discrimanitive behaviors. I have been living amongst you for 25years I get It, it just comes out naturally. No one I know would ever do anyone of those improper Actions you claim I or anyone trying to access Los Padres Forrest through those gate's. My tribe and I We are all Native indigenous to all these lands. Our ancestors have taught us how to respect mother nature. If anyone deserves to tailgate out there at all FOREST across USA is our Native people and keep you away. STOP BLAMING CITY FOLK. ITS ALL LOCALS WHO DESTROY IT! TAGGINGS SAY CLASS OF 2020, SHS,FHS,SPHS,AND ALL TAGGERS ARE LOCAL TO THAT AREA LOOK THEM UP ON YOUTUBE. ALSO LOOK AT I.G. THERE IS A LOT OF LOCALS THAT GO THERE AND POST IT. ON I.G. OR F.B. OR TWTR THEY STAY THERE LATE AND MESS IT UP. GO HARRAS AND STALK THEM TO STAY AWAY.YOU PROBABLY KNOW THEM. WHERE IS THEIR $5000 FINE .

Mis L.
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Hiking

Keep it closed!!!! People from the city the come here to destroy the trails! If you want to open it back up pick up your trash and dont spray paint!

Christy M.
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It’s amazing how some of the people protecting the trail are racist. You can delete your twitter but screenshots are forever. I should post pictures of the things they have said that prove my point. However, the trail is closed. Abide by the rules and closures.

Ann H
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The description says July 31, but please be aware that it's actually closed until AUGUST. No, it's not just the private property that cannot be accessed, the trail ITSELF is also closed by the Forest Service. Please do not follow the advice of others who have no clue what they are talking about. Enjoy the many other beautiful trails that are currently open- There are many! Just remember to leave any trail you enter as clean, or cleaner than when you arrived. Happy trailing

Steve Flores
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Monica Mathew and mac and mark think they own this forest I know how to read English and maps I will respect CLOSURE areas but that doesn't mean I cannot enter forest through those gates. BTW sheriff's are not parking enforcement nor park rangers I spoke to the Captain of the Ventura sheriff's department he assured me they are not rangers and especially meter maids.to fine or impound vehicles. So if you get anyone of those infractions by anyone of his men he said to let him know immediately... If anyone encounters problems just film them and go to ojai ventura sheriff's office ask to speak to watch commander or captain. they are aware of this Detetectives are going to investigate property lines and agreements..they cannot deny public access to ANYONE its is not there job to enforce anything.

Matthew Young
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Tried to sneak in thinking the closed signs just haven’t been pulled down yet . WRONG . sheriffs where waiting for us at our cars and gave 3 of us 5,000$ fines !

Ann H
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The people commenting on here are unreal. The easement does not apply when the trail has been CLOSED since June. This applies to everyone that does not work Forest Service, and/or volunteer. NO they are not picking on certain groups of people. The area was devastated by crowds flocking to the area, and is in the process of healing with the help of the amazing volunteers who have spent hours and hours of their time cleaning up after others who have no respect for nature. Follow the laws and stop complaining. It will be worth the wait when it is has a chance to heal. There are many other trails in Ventura and surrounding counties.

Abraham Lozano
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I recently got a ticket for 5k for hiking to the punchbowls

Mac Anthony
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1) The Santa Paula Canyon is closed by order of the Forest Service. Don’t believe me, here is the link to their website listing the official closure: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/lpnf/alerts-notices/?aid=58817 2) the Forest boundary line is not next to the highway, it is 1.5 miles from the highway (see the AllTrails map above, what is green is in the Forest, what is white is private property, the highway is in yellow next to the white) When the Forest is open there is a public easement through private property to get to the Forest. This easement is for hiking only, not swimming or picnics or anything else. ONLY to get to the Forest. 3) when the Forest is closed the public easement is closed as a matter of law the private property owners do not have to let the public on their land as the easement serves no purpose if the area the easement serves is closed. 4) respect the private property rights. I don’t think you would appreciate me walking through your backyard if I had no right to be back there. 5) when the Forest opens up so will the easement and the public will be able to get back to enjoying Santa Paula Canyon inside the forest boundary. 6) if you are found in the Forest when it is closed you are subject to a $5000 fine (read the Forest closure in the above link). If you are found trespassing on private property you can be cited and/or arrested. Is there anything you don’t understand here?

Steve Flores
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At Santa paula trail head There is a group of locals that tailgate with lawn chairs and ice chest with tarps one female and 2 white males who carry knives and have camo pants gear and a guy Mark from saint thomas aquinas college who put there own chains and locks and denied access to the PUBLIC EASEMENT to the creek upto or before CLOSURE area we had are map of CLOSURE area and gps to respect all CLOSURE areas..and just have fun on the creek. But instead our lives wear threaten and harrassed bye Mark's security enforcement team.who claim to be active volunteers claiming it's there land.

Jusn Flores
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Funny how these locals are trying to keep people especially Mexicans away.. trail is a public easement so you won’t be trespassing like they say as long as you stay on the trail or creek.. the mission does not own the land the new trail is on. Great pools and nice hike.. and a reminder trump flags fly high here so be aware and don’t let these people harass you.

Jusn Flores
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Clean water just in time.. trail did open yesterday

Jordan Gibson
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So I tried this hike and I ended up getting a 5,000 dollar parking fine. I don’t recommend this while it’s closed

Reece McCalister
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Worst trail ever!!! The mean locals try to keep you out The trail is covered in poison oak & to top it off my car got towed for illegal parking Never going back again...sticking to the Chumash trail & paradise falls from now on I’d recommend avoiding Ventura county as a whole. Buncha localist Hicks

Ellie M.
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The trail is CLOSED! Trespassers will receive $5,000 fine and up to 6 months in jail if caught. Volunteers have spent hundreds of hours restoring the trail after it was decimated by COVID-19 hikers. Trail will remained closed until October. Respect the closure or risk being fined.

Amy Abalos
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Sooooo is it open? Lol

Leon M
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@Mac Anthony So you're telling us Los Padres National Forest is a private property? I'm confused. Why is there so much hostility towards people who want to get out and breath some fresh air. It is already difficult and tense for us amid corona, BLM and such. Now they close national forests and beaches as they wish.

Mac Anthony
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It is still closed! Forest Service extended closure to October 1st. Violators will be trespassing on private property and are subject to fines. The Forrest boundary line starts 1.5 miles in and the Forrest is closed. Please respect this fact and people’s private property. There are plenty of other trails open, let this one heal from overuse, being trashed, graffitied, and literally shit on. Thank you!

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