Los Padres National Forest
Los Padres National Forest
4.5
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Covering 1.75 million acres and more than 220 miles in two different counties, the land is semi-desert in the interior while the coast is lined with redwood forest.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Morgan
Aptos, CA45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We absolutely love going here. It's amazing and we always have a good time. We hike around record swimming holes we just make a great day of it and adventure day. If you will I will say the bugs are quite bad, but we are expecting that and we know that going in.
Written 21 June 2023
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Alacrout
Los Angeles, CA182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Family
Provided there are no fires nearby, this is always a fun place for a hike.

Long hikes or short hikes, this forest has them all. Be sure to research your hike (or other activity) beforehand for safety reasons, to ensure you know where you’re going, as cell reception is spotty at best. You also want to make sure it’s at your preferred skill level.

Great place to explore nature and get some exercise. Excellent way to get kids away from the city and electronic devices for a while. It’s the type of vividly beautiful environment that inspires deeper admiration for our planet and all she has to offer, with rich forests and mountain views all around. Depending on where you are, you may even get some views of the ocean from up high.
Written 20 October 2020
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mini
Fremont, CA2,00,352 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We have been to many different areas of Las Padres National Forest. The Forest itself is approximately 1,950,000 acres (7,890 km2) in area.

This time we were at Mill Creek area which is in Big Sur. There is camping and hiking and impressive views of the Pacific Ocean and Mill Creek Area.
Written 20 February 2020
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Harold W
Upland, CA546 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
I drove the Figueroa Mountain loop starting from Los Olivos in mid-May. There was a nice variety of wildflowers, but they were well past their peak. The scenery was beautiful and varied as you passed from farmland up into the mountains and back. The short stretch of dirt road was rather rough and the "mountain portion" of the road was very narrow - fortunately on a week-day, I had the area much to myself and didn't have to pass any cars coming from the other direction. I would NOT recommend driving this road to anyone not comfortable driving on twisty mountain roads. If you go, take your time, stop at pullouts and enjoy the scenery and know that there are no services along the way.
Written 8 July 2019
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Michael G
Chico, CA39 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
Met our daughter, her husband, and our youngest grand daughter at Figueroa campground a couple of days before Easter. We had read varied reviews of the campground. Some mentioned flies and others didn't. My wife said she doubted it would be an issue this early in the year. D'Oh! The flies were small but there were A LOT of them. Bummer. We made the best of it but my daughter was extremely unhappy with the fly situation.
Written 22 April 2019
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Naptime17
Wausau, WI120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
After much searching, we spotted a superbloom on a distant peak as we traveled near Los Olivos.

We drove by pastures and ranches to a trailhead for Grass Mountain in the Figueroa Mountain Recreational Area. We didn’t arrive until about 4 pm and a quick survey of hikers returning to their vehicles indicated we probably wouldn’t have time to make it to the summit in daylight (apparently a hike to the top and back is 3-4 hours).

Instead, we hiked about a mile in on rugged trails through forest, meadow and stream landscapes. We were able to snap photos of the wildflower covered hill in the distance.

Well worth the stop, particularly during wildflower season!
Written 6 April 2019
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lallan329
New Kensington, PA55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
During breakfast at our B&B we learned about the drive up Figeuroa Mountain. We drove from Santa Ynez up to Los Olivos, then found the road that took us past Neverland (it is an unmarked gate) and on up into the national park and up the mountain.
It was an incredible drive, but sitting shotgun and seeing the drop off to the right is terrifying. In many places there is no room for vehicles to pass.
The views go forever. We visited during a 6 year drought and saw how dry much of the area was. No doubt during normal weather the views would be lush.
Do this before you visit the wineries.
Written 30 November 2018
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Corah
Santa Monica, CA505 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
Los Padres National forest is worth a stop to hike if you are in the area or looking for something to do around Solvang!
Written 21 November 2018
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DKMBC
North Vancouver, Canada51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
We biked from Los Olivos the 65 km circuit up and around Mount Figueroa. The road is very narrow and has plenty of loose rock and a short gravel section. The views are incredible and with the mountains covered in green and fields of California poppy. There are pull outs for parking and hiking, but even on bicycles, the SUV's that passed us were fairy close, and I'm not sure how 2 cars could pass each other on the road. Took about 5 hours.
Written 22 April 2018
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Marlin M
Lebanon, PA1,076 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Especially if you traverse east to west on the Naciemento Furggeson road to the center coastline of Big Sur. Not for the faint of heart. Many many many hairpin curves and other curves for 15 plus miles. Drop offs that appear to be several thousand feet with no guard rails. But worth the experience and the views. If camping I would recommend reservations well in advance. All the campgrounds were full. This is a hiker's paradise, although rugged and steep. Definitely for the seasoned hiker.
Written 25 August 2017
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