The Condor Trail spans the north to south extent of the Los Padres National Forest in Coastal Central California. The southern terminus is at Lake Piru along the border of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. The northern terminus is at Botchers Gap Campground within Monterey County.
The trail is approximately 400 miles in length and can be done in a few months time, or completed in sections over many years.
The Condor Trail is not completed at the moment. We have the basic trail laid out from Hwy 101 at the Cuesta Grade (San Luis Obispo County) to Lake Piru (southern terminus), but the other sections are still a work in progress. Experienced hikers are able to hike most of the trail but it will require some advanced route finding and bushwhacking. If interested please contact us and we'll help you plan your trip.
The Trail User is fully aware of the risks and hazards inherent in hiking or otherwise using the Condor Trail and any activities incidental thereto, and voluntarily assumes all risk of loss, damage or injury that may be sustained by him/her while engaging in such use, whether such risks are known or unknown to him/her. These risks include, but are not limited to, possible injury to person or property while traveling in rugged and remote backcountry areas, accident or illness in remote places without medical facilities, exhaustion, dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, hypothermia, and the forces of Nature.
The Trail User is also aware and understands that multiple portions of the Condor Trail route are poorly maintained or completely unmaintained, and some portions are in need of complete restoration. The CTA is not responsible for such poor maintenance or the lack thereof. As such, the Trail User may encounter trail conditions where the trail is overgrown with vegetation, heavily eroded or otherwise damaged, and the trail may even disappear for some segments. The Trail User also acknowledges and understands that the overgrown vegetation on the trail may be very difficult to hike through and it can be easy to lose the trail under such conditions. The Trail User further acknowledges and understands that several portions of the trail route pass through private land for which public access has been denied or permission by owner is unknown, and alternative routes may have to be used. The CTA is not responsible for obtaining permission from such landowners and the Trail User uses such private land trail portions at their own risk.
The Trail User also acknowledges that he/she is responsible for his/her own safety, and that safe backcountry activity requires proper conditioning, planning, preparation, equipment, supplies, and exercising caution and good judgment both before departure and while in the field.
The CTA strives to provide accurate, current information as to trail conditions and the trail route. However, actual trail conditions may be different and such information may not be accurate or complete. The Trail User is urged to consider all the information available for from other sources, particularly the latest USGS topographic quadrangle maps. The CTA makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the government publications upon which any maps provided by the CTA to the Trail User are based. Also, there are no warranties, expressed or implied, including the warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose for any maps provided by CTA that extend beyond the face thereof. The Trail User is ultimately responsible for all decisions as to the trail routes, trail conditions, weather, and safety.