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    Piedra Blanca Camp Trail

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    9.8 km
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    266 m
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    The Piedra Blanca Camp Trail is an awesome adventure in the Los Padres National Forest that the whole family can enjoy. Explore the unique sandstone rock formations at your leisure and revel in the beauty of the Topatopa Mountains.

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    Route Description for Piedra Blanca Camp Trail

    This adventure boasts the perfect opportunity to get the whole family out into the wilderness. This wonderful hike exhibits the beauty of the impressive sandstone rock formations that adorn the arid terrain. Note that seasonal creeks require crossings, so expect to get your feet wet in the spring and after heavy rainfall. Be mindful of snakes sunbathing on the heat-radiating rocks as you trek. Though not necessary, the trail GPS may prove useful when navigating this route.

    Setting out from the trailhead, the Piedra Blanca Camp Hike follows the Sespe River Trail over several branches of the creek. After crossing the water, merge onto the Gene Marshall – Piedra Blanca National Recreation Trail. This route will redirect you north, gradually climbing into the wilderness. Eventually, you will reach an intersection, keep right here, and take the time to explore the intriguing geological formations. Continue hiking, and you will eventually near the Piedra Blanca Creek. Follow this trail along the soothing creek all the way up to the backcountry campground.

    Though you can continue beyond this point, we turned around and retraced our steps back to the rock garden. Take the rightmost trail at this intersection and enjoy a different perspective of the outcrops. From here, simply retrace your footing along the path all the way back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Piedra Blanca Camp Trail Trailhead

    Access this adventure from the trailhead off Sespe Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Piedra Blanca Camp

    • When to do


    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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