Los Angeles, CA: Chorro Grande Trail
This challenging 10.4-miler climbs past lowland scrubs, a wildfire zone, and several campsites to a tall pine forest in Los Padres National Forest.
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Mapped by Carol Day
- Distance: 8.4
Location: 34.5989685058594, -119.335800170898
From road, hike NE on Chorro Grande Trail; path crosses through 2002 Wolf Fire burn area. Note: This trail climbs almost 3,000 ft. in the next 5.2 miles.
Location: 34.6037902832031, -119.329597473145
Cross seasonal creeklet; pass scrubby chamise, oak, and manzanita (watch for colorful blooms in early spring; berries in summer)
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Second creek crossing
Location: 34.6147613525391, -119.329597473145
Three campsites @ Oak Camp. Enjoy the shade, stock up on water, and, if staying overnight, roast marshmallows in the fire pits.
Location: 34.6177597045898, -119.328102111816
Look closely: Old roads that once served a proposed quarry fade into the now-protected parkland
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Turn R @ Y, continuing NE
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Chorro Grande Camp: Space for few tents with a reliable spring nearby. Climb E
Location: 34.6359100341797, -119.309196472168
Trail ends @ Reyes Peak car camp where pine trees offer shady relief from the summer sun. Retrace steps back to trailhead