Recreation

Above the clouds on Mt Pinos 3/24/2019

Pine Ridge Trail, Ventana Wilderness, Monterey Ranger District

Welcome Back to the Pine Ridge Trail!

The popular Pine Ridge Trail (PRT) on Los Padres National Forest reopened to public use nearly five years after the devastating 2016 Soberanes Fire and winter storms of 2017. Massive sections of the trail were repaired by volunteers, partner groups, and U.S. Forest Service-funded contract crews. Read more...

A Note About Safe and Responsible Outdoor Recreation

Remember to recreate responsibly by keeping the following in mind:

  • Pack out your trash and leave nothing behind.
  • Follow campfire restrictions and obtain a California Campfire Permit if you are using a camp stove or having a campfire in the backcountry or dispersed camping.
  • Maintain physical distance from others. Do not gather in groups, and follow the latest guidance from health officials on face coverings.
  • Contact Los Padres National Forest for any additional visitor guidance.

Recreating responsibly will help ensure that expanded access to recreational facilities, services, and opportunities continue. Certain services may still be unavailable; please plan accordingly.

What's new?

Policy on Pet Dogs

Always keep your dog leashed, except when inside a vehicle, tent, dog crate, or portable kennel. Do not allow your dog to wander freely, pursuant to Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 36, Chapter II, Sec. 261.8 (d).

While on a trail or in and around campgrounds and picnic areas, dogs must be kept on a leash (unless caged or crated) no longer than six feet, pursuant to CFR, Title 36, Chapter II, Sec. 261.16 (j).

Dogs must wear a collar with current tags at all times, as state and county laws apply on National Forest System lands.

Target Shooting

Target shooting is currently not allowed anywhere in Los Padres National Forest. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Arroyo Seco Campground Open to Visitor Will re-open on Saturday, July 24, 2021
Arroyo Seco Day use Picnic Area Open to Visitor Will re-open on Sat, July 24, 2021
Arroyo Seco Trailhead Open to Visitor Will re-open on Sat, July 24, 2021. Marble Peak Trail is closed
Ballinger Campground Open to Visitor Ballinger Campground is open. $20/night
Ballinger Canyon OHV Day Use Riding Area Open to Visitor Ballinger OHV Area is open. $10 day use parking fee
Big Caliente Day Use - Hot Springs Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed
Bottchers Gap Campround Closed to Visitor Closed indefinately due to Palo Colorado Road closure
Buckeye Trail Open to Visitor Open
Buckhorn Road Open to Visitor Parking $10/day at the Upper Oso Trailhead
Cerro Alto Campground Open to Visitor $25/night. By reservation or first-come, first-served
China Camp Campground Open to Visitor Will re-open on Sat, July 24, 2021
Chuchupate Campground Open to Visitor $20/night by reservation or first-come, first-served
Chula Vista Walk-in Campground Open to Visitor
Davy Brown Campground Open to Visitor $20/night. By reservation or first-come, first-served
Davy Brown Creek Closed to Visitor No fishing allowed
Divide Peak OHV Trailhead Open to Visitor Open
Escondido Campground Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed due to the Dolan Fire Emergency Closure Order through July 28, 2201
Figueroa Campground Open to Visitor $20/night. By reservation or first-come, first-served
Fremont Campground Open to Visitor $30/night. By reservations or first-come, first-served
Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca (Reyes Creek TH) Open to Visitor Trailhead parking at the Reyes Creek Campground
Hi Mountain Campground Open to Visitor Camping requires an Adventure Pass. First-come, first-serve only
Horn Canyon Trail- 22W08 Open to Visitor The Horn Canyon Trail is accessible from McAndrew Rd. Approximately half mile walk to primary access point. Thacher School has placed signage indicating how to pass over the school’s road.
Kirk Creek Campground Open to Visitor $35/night. By reservation through www.recreation.gov
Kirk Creek Trail - 4E17 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Dolan Closure Order through July 28, 2021
Los Prietos Campground Open to Visitor $30/night. By reservation or first-come, first-served
Manzana Creek to Manzana Schoolhouse WEST (Lower) Open to Visitor No fee to park at trailhead. No fishing allowed.
Manzana Trailhead EAST (Upper) Nira Open to Visitor $10/parking fee at the Nira Trailhead
Memorial Park Campground Open to Visitor Will re-open on Sat, July 24, 2021
Middle Santa Ynez Campground Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed
Miranda Pine Campground Open to Visitor Open. Adventure Pass Campground
Mono Campground Closed to Visitor Closed indefintely
Monterey Ranger District Office (Ranger Station) Closed to Visitor King City, CA -temporarily closed to walk-in visitation. You can call for information 831-242-0619​ Mon-Fri 8-430.
Mt. Pinos Campground Open to Visitor $20/night. By reservation or first-come, first-served
Mt. Pinos Ranger District Office Closed to Visitor Frazier Park - Temporarily closed to walk-in visitation. You can call for information Mon-Fri 8-430. (661) 805-1057
Nacimiento Campground Open to Visitor Open. First-come, first-serve only. $20/night
Navajo Flat Campground Open to Visitor $20/night. By reservation or first-come, first-served
Nineteen Oaks Camp on the Santa Cruz Trail Open to Visitor
Nira Campground Open to Visitor $20/night. By reservation or first-come, first-served
Nordhoff Ridge Road Open to Visitor Please call the Ojai Ranger District for a permit to access Nordhoff Ridge Rd. (805) 448-4710
Ojai Ranger District Office (Ranger Station) Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed to walk-in visitation. You can call for information Mon-Fri 8-430. Call: (805) 448-4710
P-Bar Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed
Paradise Campground Open to Visitor $30/night. By reservation or first-come, first-served
Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Open to Visitor open. $12/parking
Piedra Blanca Trailhead (Rose Valley Area) Ojai Open to Visitor
Pine Ridge Trail from China Camp Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed due to the Willow Fire Closure Order
Pine Ridge Trailhead from Big Sur Open to Visitor The Pine Ridge Trail is open. $10/day parking at the Big Sur Station Visitor Center
Plaskett Creek Campground Open to Visitor $35/night. By reservation through www.recreation.gov
Ponderosa Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-served. $20/night
Pozo - La Panza OHV Area Open to Visitor
Red Rock Trailhead Open to Visitor Open. $10 day use fee to park at the Red Rock Trailhead
Reyes Creek Campground Open to Visitor Reyes Creek Campground is open. $20/night. By reservation or first-come, first-served
Rock Camp Campground Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed
Rock Front OHV Area Open to Visitor
Rose Valley Campground Open to Visitor $20/night Reservations or first-come, first-served
Salmon Creek Trail Open to Visitor
Sand Dollar Beach Day Use Open to Visitor Open. $10 parking
Santa Barbara Ranger District Office (Los Prietos) Closed to Visitor Ranger station on Paradise Rd is temporarily closed to walk-in visitation. You can call for information: (805) 448-3648 Mon-Fri 8-430
Santa Cruz Trail - Upper Oso Trailhead Open to Visitor Sections of the Santa Cruz Trail are temporarily closed until further notice due to winter storm damage/severe erosion. Currently the trail is only open to 19 Oaks Camp.
Santa Lucia Ranger District Office(Ranger Station) Closed to Visitor Santa Maria, CA -temporarily closed to walk-in visitation. You can call for information: (805) 865-0416 Mon-Fri 8-430
Sespe River Trail Open to Visitor
Supervisor's Office in Solvang (Headquarters) Closed to Visitor Call for information Mon-Fri 8-430. Call (805) 448-6487
Turkey Flat OHV Staging Area/Trailhead Open to Visitor
Upper Oso Campground Open to Visitor $30/night. By reservation or first-come, first-served.
Upper OsoTrailhead Open to Visitor Open. $10/day for parking at the Upper Oso Trailhead. Trail is only open 1.5 miles to 19 Oaks
Vincente Flat Trail Closed to Visitor Trail is temporarily closed due to the Dolan Closure Order
West Camino Cielo Rd - Santa Barbara RD Open to Visitor Open. 4-wheel drive high clearance vehicles only or motorcycles - very rough conditions
Wheeler Gorge Campground Open to Visitor $25/night Reservations or first-come, first-served
Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center Open to Visitor Open Saturday 9-3 and Sunday 10-2. 17017 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA. Across from the Wheeler Gorge Campground on Hwy 33.
White Oaks Campground Open to Visitor Will re-open on Sat, July 24, 2021
Areas & Activities
Bear Safety

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[image] Arroyo Seco Day Use Picnic Area

Forest Recreation Informational Brochures


[image] Kirk Creek Campground

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