Middle Lion - Piedra Blanca Loop
Los Padres National Forest
Highlights: The Middle Lion - Piedra Blanca (White Rocks) Loop is a moderate backpack of 5 or 6 miles that winds through the impressive white sandstone cliffs, pinnacles, and boulders of Piedra Blanca. The rounded slopes of these incredible outcrops offer easy places to climb and many caves to explore.
Directions: The drive takes about 2 hours from Bakersfield. From Maricopa, take Highway 166 towards the coast. Before reaching Cuyama, turn left onto Highway 33 towards Ojai. About 42 miles from the junction, turn left onto paved road to the Rose Valley Falls - Piedra Blanca Recreation Area. Continue 5 miles on narrow road, passing Rose Valley Falls on the right and a gun club on the left. Park at a Y junction with an impressive view of the white rocks. The left road is the trail and leads to a locked gate. The road on the right leads downhill a mile or so to the shuttle pick up at Middle Lion Campground.
Maps: The Lion Canyon 7½ minute topographic quadrangle is needed.
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