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Uncle Rico

Santa Paula Canyon

After a several year hiatus, I recently made a return visit to Santa Paula Canyon in the Los Padres. Cool place that has unfortunately been marred by graffiti bandits. Haven't gone beyond first falls so perhaps the tagging dissipates the deeper you go (anybody know?). TR and some pics here:

http://wildsouthland.blogspot.com...la-canyon-be-one-with-nature.html
scottawr

i've always wanted to check that spot out, those canyon walls are so cool.

graffiti sucks.
AW

I think the graffiti continues on to the next water feature if I remember reading correctly. I did stop to check out where to park my car and noticed there isnt a lot of easy parking? Not to mention its easy for the vandals to hit since you are on the side of the road for wacked out drivers.

Still, its very high on the list to go to on a rainy year, but on a clear day. The day I was driving by it was drizzling and there were a hefty amount of cars. No respite on holidays lol.
Uncle Rico

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i've always wanted to check that spot out


Now that your folks are local, you can check it out when you visit.  Cool

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I think the graffiti continues on to the next water feature if I remember reading correctly.


I suspect you're right AW but I'm gonna go up one of these days to check for myself. There are 2 trail camps above the first falls (Cross and Jackson Hole) so it's feasible to make it an overnight.

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I did stop to check out where to park my car and noticed there isnt a lot of easy parking?


Yeah, parking is tight. Space for about 5 cars or so along 150 at the entrance to Thomas Aquinas College. About another 5-6 spots at a small parking area across the road. Don't know if break-ins are an issue, but it wouldn't surprise me.
AW

Graffiti painted over at the waterfall section....one new post clean-up graffiti said "4/24/16". The next "punchbowl" section was back to normal....where the eye catches where there is NOT graffiti. The graffiti tapers out above this feature....especially when there is not a useless arrow painted every 20ft. I might cut a rope that makes the Punchbowl more easily accessible and basically forces people to swim to it....next time. Curious that for a place thats been defaced so much, there isnt a picture of it on google. There is one more cascade above that is scenic too.

Vs pictures on the internet from 2011, the Last Chance trail (from above the falls to Jackson) was significantly less of a trail. I was trying to bypass SP creek near Jackson Falls on some slab and started to encounter cairns with increasing brush. Was getting exasperated, but sniped my way to the flat elevation part of the trail lol. Returning back was returning the zany trail to better conditions....although my loppers broke so I couldnt cover the last 25%(which is the first 25% on the way up). I got down to the stream from the trail by scrambling down a boulder that landed me at a makeshift campsite, above the creek and on the opposite side of the normal trail....so the beginning of this trail is not easy to spot. The lower section of the trail is slightly more noticeable from above the falls because there are 2 slabby sections on the mountain that the trail uses that stand out big time.
Uncle Rico

The last time I was up there, I looked but couldn't find the trail above the Punch Bowl leading to Jackson Falls.  Confused
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