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Toad Springs Trail

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Los Padres National Forest, Mt. Pinos Ranger District, Toad Springs Chumash Trail, Nettle Springs Campground, Quatal Canyon, Apache Wash, Cuyama Badlands

Last Known StatusClosed

This was a popular motorcycle trail back in the mid 70's that bordered the Chumash Wilderness and connected Quatal Canyon Road to Apache Canyon Road but has been closed since the mid 90's due to a massive landslide.

The trail had two access points - the lower trailhead was located across from Nettle Springs Campground while the upper trailhead was located near Toad Springs Campground. There are a handful of forest service roads near the upper trailhead that are open to motorized use but a better choice for camping and riding would be Ballinger Canyon, Mt. Pinos or Hungry Valley.

It is unknown if this trail will ever be repaired and re-opened to motorized use but as of this writing hiking is still permitted on designated routes. If you have any current info about the status feel free to send us a support ticket and we will update this listing.

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Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenClosedCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
ProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
2 Stroke EnginesProhibitedCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingNo
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on the trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityOjai, CA
AddressApache Canyon Road, Maricopa, CA 93252
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Ojai, CA
1) Take SR-33 North about 52 miles
2) Turn right (east) onto Apache Canyon Road/NF-8N06, continue about 8 miles
3) Trailhead is located across from the Nettle Springs Campground.


Contact InfoLos Padres National Forest - Mt. Pinos Ranger District
34580 Lockwood Valley Road
Frazier Park, CA 93225
(661) 245-3731



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Miles Of Trail5
Climate TypeForest
Elevation4500 to 6000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has almost all single track trails.All
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
steep dropoffs due to landslide
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


Gasoline GasolineOjai, CA
Diesel DieselOjai, CA
Potable Water WaterOjai, CA
RV Hookups RV HookupOjai, CA
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOjai, CA
Primitive Camping CampgroundOjai, CA
Convenience Store Conv StoreOjai, CA
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