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Gems in Los Padres National Forest - 1

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gem Favorite Travertine pools from above.

Travertine Pools

(1) Montecito, CA

Recommended Routes in Los Padres National Forest - 18

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Favorite Sunrise along the Big Sur River at the Sykes Hot Springs location.
Difficult

Pine Ridge Trail to Sykes Hot Springs

19.5 mi 31.4 km 3,811' Up 1161.56 m Up 3,810' Down 1161.27 m Down

Carmel…, CA
Favorite A view into Los Padres National Forest from East Camino Cielo
Very Difficult

ACLCT Loop

8.8 mi 14.1 km 3,231' Up 984.75 m Up 3,230' Down 984.61 m Down

Mission…, CA
Favorite The namesake of Camp Three Falls. Depends on the time of year and the annual rainfall for how much water you'll find here.
Difficult

Mt. Pinos to Camp Three Falls

10.5 mi 16.9 km 895' Up 272.91 m Up 3,751' Down 1143.32 m Down

Pine Mo…, CA
Favorite Fire lookout tower at Nordhoff Peak.
Difficult

Gridley Trail to Nordhoff Peak

14.3 mi 23.1 km 3,328' Up 1014.42 m Up 3,327' Down 1014.22 m Down

Ojai, CA
Favorite View from the trail to the ocean and Santa Barbara
Intermediate

Canyon Loop

4.4 mi 7.0 km 1,257' Up 383.04 m Up 1,271' Down 387.33 m Down

Montecito, CA
Favorite View to the north and west out Lockwood Valley with storm clouds building.
Intermediate/Difficult

Gene Marshall Out and Back

14.3 mi 22.9 km 2,669' Up 813.53 m Up 2,669' Down 813.41 m Down

Meiners…, CA
Favorite Piedra Blanca
Difficult

Piedra Blanca Creek Trail to Pine Mountain Lodge

12.8 mi 20.6 km 3,314' Up 1010.03 m Up 3,314' Down 1010.14 m Down

Ojai, CA
Favorite View from trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Sisar Canyon to Red Reef Trail

7.0 mi 11.3 km 2,894' Up 882.02 m Up 2,892' Down 881.52 m Down

Ojai, CA
Favorite Panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean across Santa Barbara and Goleta from Inspiration Point.
Intermediate

Inspiration Point and Seven Falls

3.8 mi 6.2 km 916' Up 279.27 m Up 915' Down 278.77 m Down

Mission…, CA

Los Padres National Forest Running

  • 691 Miles 1,111 Kilometers of Trail
  • 18 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 16 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 103 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 22 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Los Padres National Forest - 123

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2.5 mi 4.0 km #1Rattlesnake Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Mission Canyon, CA
Intermediate
Mission Canyon, CA 18 
5.0 mi 8.1 km #2Kirk Creek Trail #4E17
Intermediate/Difficult
King City, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
King City, CA 10 
4.2 mi 6.7 km #3Vincent Tumamait Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Pine Mountain Club, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Pine Mountain Club, CA
4.7 mi 7.5 km #4Cerro Alto
Intermediate
Atascadero, CA
Intermediate
Atascadero, CA 13 
6.5 mi 10.4 km #5North Fork Lockwood Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Pine Mountain Club, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Pine Mountain Club, CA
2.0 mi 3.2 km #6Cathedral Peak Trail
Difficult
Mission Canyon, CA
Difficult
Mission Canyon, CA 10 
1.8 mi 3.0 km #7Oso Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Meiners Oaks, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Meiners Oaks, CA
0.9 mi 1.4 km #8Fox Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Ojai, CA
Intermediate
Ojai, CA
7.0 mi 11.2 km #9Romero Canyon Road
Intermediate
Summerland, CA
Intermediate
Summerland, CA
3.8 mi 6.2 km #10Camuesa Connector Trail
Intermediate
Mission Canyon, CA
Intermediate
Mission Canyon, CA

Photos of Los Padres National Forest - 186

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Sunset on the hillside at about the midpoint of the Vicente Flat Trail.
Nov 10, 2015 near King City, CA
Starting early on the trail, the views of the Pacific Ocean get pretty amazing.
Nov 10, 2015 near King City, CA
Coastal view from the junction of Stone Ridge Trail with the social trail up the Stone Ridge Spine.
Nov 18, 2019 near King City, CA
The view from our campsite.
Nov 10, 2015 near King City, CA
Piedra Blanca
Apr 15, 2019 near Ojai, CA
Sunset.
Aug 13, 2015 near Carmel…, CA
View from Cone Peak
Nov 18, 2019 near King City, CA
Sunrise along the Big Sur River at the Sykes Hot Springs location.
Nov 10, 2015 near Carmel…, CA