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Los Padres National Forest

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Los Padres National Forest

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Get a new perspective on the gorgeous La Jolla coastline on a sea caves kayak tour. No gear or experience is needed to paddle along the coast with a guide, exploring sea caves and rock formations while looking for marine life such as sea lions, dolphins, and even orcas.
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Alacrout wrote a review Oct 2020
Los Angeles, California96 contributions27 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
mini wrote a review Feb 2020
Fremont, California99,517 contributions3,824 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Harold W wrote a review Jul 2019
Upland, California522 contributions107 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: May 2019
Michael G wrote a review Apr 2019
Chico, California35 contributions7 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: April 2019
Naptime17 wrote a review Apr 2019
Wausau, Wisconsin94 contributions26 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: March 2019