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Congratulations Brittney Nielsen

Congratulations Brittney Nielsen on becoming the first person to complete the Condor Trail. Brittney started the trail in May 2015 at Lake Piru. 37 days later she resurfaced at Bottchers Gap outside of Big Sur having hiked 411 miles across the Los Padres. And they said it couldn't be done...... Great work Brittney, who's next!!??

Central Coast Heritage Protection Act

On May 21, 2014, Representative Lois Capps introduced the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act.  Reps. Julia Brownley and Sam Farr will co-sponsor the bill.  Once the Act becomes law, the Condor Trail will be congressionally designated as the Condor National Recreational Trail as an amendment to the National Trails System Act (a first for a National Recreation Trail!).   For more information on the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act, see

In a press conference on May 15, Rep. Capps stated that “The designation of the Condor Trail as a National Recreation Trail is an extremely important part of this bill.  To have this in our backyard is really exciting and that fact that it highlights and supports protection we need for the California Condor is really important.” 

We thank Lois Capps and the supporters of the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act  for having the foresight to protect what is most valuable on our public lands.   The NRT designation for the Condor Trail will significantly enhance the Trail’s mission of bringing in much needed funding and other resources to the Los Padres National Forest, in addition to providing a superlative recreational experience.

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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