The Condor Trail Association is actively working to have the Condor Trail designated as a National Recreation Trail (NRT). An exciting possibility is having the Condor Trail legislatively mandated as a NRT as part of the Los Padres Forest Wilderness Additions Bill being introduced by Rep. Lois Capps this year. The Wilderness Additions Bill is be co-sponsored by the California Wilderness Coalition and The Wilderness Society. Last June, the CWC and TWS invited the CTA to Washington, D.C., where we met with lawmakers and staff to introduce the Condor Trail and urge its inclusion in the
Wilderness Bill.

There are numerous benefits to the NRT designation, which include:

  • Encouraging volunteer involvement in the planning, development, maintenance and management of trails within the Los Padres National Forest.
  • Encouraging land and property rights acquisitions
  • Encourages funding for federal, state, local, and private grants and cost-share agreement.
  • Encourages cooperation with the State of California (to assist with the portions of the CT outside of the LPNF).

We will post updates on our progress. If you have any questions, please contact us.

What is the Condor Trail?

The Condor Trail is a recreational thru-hiking route designed to connect the northern and southern portions of the Los Padres National Forest by a single hiking trail. The hiking/backpacking trail is approximately 400 miles long and extends from Lake Piru (border of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties) in the south to Botchers Gap (just south of Monterey, CA) in the north.

The Condor Trail is being designed to highlight the beauty and unique characteristics of the Los Padres National Forest and the Central Coast of California.  The trail is primarily through rugged wilderness backcountry portions of Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties.  Its important to know that the Condor Trail is not one long trail, but rather a series of smaller existing trails that we are linking together in order to create a route that is passable across the forest.  Backpackers can enjoy portions of the Condor Trail in a weekend, as a dayhike, a weeklong trip or attempt to do the entire trail over a couple months.

This site is designed to provide you with the tools and know-how to plan a trip along the Condor Trail and safely and successfully pull it off.  There is much more information contained within this website, get at it, make yourself at home and we hope to see you on the Condor Trail sometime soon.

The group of volunteers and trail advocates who are working to establish the Condor Trail are members of the Condor Trail Association (CTA).  The CTA was created and organized in 1996 and is a 501c3 non-profit organization.  It is the CTA’s goal to develop and maintain a safe, well designed and fun trail with the backpacker in mind.

We are always looking for enthusiastic, outdoor loving, backpacking crazy people to help with our efforts. If you would like to help, please check out our volunteer and donation page.

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