Piedra Blanca Trail Xerox Mountaineering and Backpacking Club

Los Padres National Forest Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26, 1992

Brief: An easy one night backpack, ideally suited for beginners, in the Pine Mountain area of the Los Padres National Forest, roughly due north of Ventura. Round trip distance is four miles with an elevation gain of approximately 500 feet starting at around 3,000 feet.

When: Saturday, April 25 to Sunday, April 26. There is a no-fee Forest Service campground at the trailhead for anyone wishing to arrive Friday night. The campsites have tables and fire grates, there are vault toilets, but I believe no water is available. We will start from the trailhead in the day-use parking lot at 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Driving time from El Segundo is approximately 2 hours.

Who: This will be an easy hike at a leisurely pace and is recommended for just about anyone. If you've never backpacked and would like to try it, this is the ideal outing for it. Feel free to contact the leader if you have any questions about what to bring or where to rent any needed equipment. It is also quite likely that a lot of gear can be shared on this trip. Dogs are permitted on the trail but should be kept on a leash.

Description: The trail passes through a varied landscape; chaparrel covered hills, eerie white sandstone formations, a lush canyon, a rollicking stream replete with cascades and pools, bringing us to an oak shaded campsite adjacent to Piedra Blanca Creek where the sound of cascading water permeates the air. Chumash peoples dwelt here several hundred years ago, and evidence of their stay can be found throughout the area. As an option we can continue along the trail an additional three miles to Pine Mountain Lodge at an elevation of 6,000 feet. Water is available at the campsite but must be treated, it is also possible that a campfire will be permitted.

Topo Maps: Lion Canyon Quadrangle, 7.5 minute series USGS.

Weather: Expect warm days and possibly cool nights, high winds are unlikely.

Directions: Take northbound Highway 101 to state highway 33 in Ventura. Follow 33 north through Ojai. Approximately 14 miles north of Ojai turn right on Rose Valley Road. Follow Rose Valley Road approximately six miles to its end at Lion Campground where the trail begins.

Leader: Randy Ortland, work: 805/962-6332, home: 805/966-9422, E-mail: 71620.2666@compuserve:com:Xerox. Please contact the leader if you plan to come so you may be kept informed of any last minute changes. I will try to facillitate car-pool arrangements.