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“Wonderful views” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Los Padres National Forest

Ranked #3,219 of 8,579 things to do in California
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Owner description: 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.
Riverview, Florida
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“Wonderful views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2010

A long winding drive wwith incredible vistas and vies right fromy ou car also hiking available a pleasnat diversion from the interstates.

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“Different Seasons Bring Different Styles of Camping”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2003

My husband and I have been to Los Padres Ntl Forest twice - first for Xmas 2002 and then the following summer in August 2003. Wow what a difference between the two seasons!

December was lush, green, warm days and very cold nights - beautiful hiking and amazing sunrises. Not much to do besides hike and when the sun sets beware - sitting around playing games is hard - it gets cold enough you need to be near the campfire at all times. Who knew such a serene locale could be 10 miles outside of Santa Barbara...it is stunning in the winter.

In August for the return we brought our two labrador retrievers with us. The dirt bowl took us by surprize - I mean, we knew California turned into a bit of a desert in the summer - but the lack of green and the 90 degree heat made us wonder how we were still allowed to build campfires without restriction!

Salvation came when we found the clean and inviting swimming hole just across Paradise Road from our camp ground off of a day use area. Not sure if we or the dogs had more fun in the river! Plan to avoid summer hiking and stick to the river in the summer. Also, make your summer reservations early or you'll get stuck with a site right on the road which offers no privacy and a lot of noise.

Would love it if someone would offer pictures and better information on campsites...no good free resources out there on the web. Maybe it's in a book?

Anyhow - recommend it in any season - and we've now scoped out the best spots in all the local campsites - so wave to us when you go by in the Spring!

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