Piru Creek

La Jolla, California

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Experienced hikers/backpackers can mount a 2-day expedition down Piru Creek, which involves almost no true climbing but rather many miles of riverbank walking and foot-wetting creek crossings. If the water in the creek is flowing too fast, you will want to postpone your trip. There’s a substantial charge for day use of the recreational area at the end of the road. The area is seldom visited and mostly out of range of cell-phone signals, so it is imperative to contact Los Padres National Forest (805-646-4348) for the latest information on possible flood conditions, wilderness area rules, and logistics.
Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County

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Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

Experienced hikers/backpackers can mount a 2-day expedition down Piru Creek, which involves almost no true climbing but rather many miles of riverbank walking and foot-wetting creek crossings. If the water in the creek is flowing too fast, you will want to postpone your trip.

There’s a substantial charge for day use of the recreational area at the end of the road. The area is seldom visited and mostly out of range of cell-phone signals, so it is imperative to contact Los Padres National Forest (805-646-4348) for the latest information on possible flood conditions, wilderness area rules, and logistics.

© 2010 Jerry Schad /Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: La Jolla
Distance: 21
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 14 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: LPNF/OD
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min Whitaker Peak, Cobblestone Mtn.
Driving Directions: Directions to Piru Creek

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