Piedra Blanca

The trail climbs out of the Sespe River Gorge with views of the striking white sandstone formation. After winding into rugged chaparral covered hills and along several perennial streams, crosses Pine Mountain ridge and down to campground with vistas of Cuyama.

photo: Los Padres National Forest.

Length: 18.20 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
     Adventure Pass Required

Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

     deer, bear, mountain lion, fox

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Location: North of Ojai and south of Lockwood Valley in the Sespe Wilderness
State(s): California
Counties: Ventura
Longitude: -119.1658
Latitude: 34.56

Driving Directions

Southern trailhead: From Hwy 33, go east on Rose Valley Road. When you come to the fork in the road, turn left to Piedra Blanca Trailhead.
Northern trailhead: From Lockwood Valley Road, head south towards Camp Scheldeck and Reyes Creek Campground.


From the Piedra Blanca Trailhead, southern starting point, the trail crosses Lion Creek and the Sespe River. The trail continues north over impressive sandstone formations and then it follows along the Piedra Blanca Creek. After passing Piedra Blanca and Twin Forks Camps, the trail leaves the creek and climbs to Pine Mountain Lodge Camp. Traveling north west, the trail passes Three Mile and Haddock Camps. Just beyond Haddock Camp, the trail enters the Mt. Pinos District, where it descends to Bear Creek and Upper Reyes Camps. Three miles beyond Upper Reyes Camp is the northern trailhead at Reyes Creek Campground.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: 3,060
Elevation High Point: 6,000
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Los Padres National Forest
6144 Calle Real
Goleta, CA 93117

Trail Management:
Ojai Ranger District
1190 East Ojai Ave
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-4348

Trail Management:
Mt. Pinos Ranger District
34580 Lockwood Valley Road
Frazier Park, CA 93225
(661) 245-1526



Los Padres National Forest.

Los Padres National Forest.


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