Explore the Los Padres Wilderness on horseback
Discover the incredible wilderness of old California on a pack trip with Los Padres Outfitters. Our friendly wranglers and seasoned horses take you deep into the backcountry on this unforgettable adventure.
An Unforgettable Experience
Explore the California wilderness horseback riding through the Los Padres National Forest. Follow the Sunset trail into one of the last untouched areas of Old California, the Sespe Wilderness. As you horseback ride through this pristine landscape, you might catch a glimpse of a California Condor, Red Tail Hawk or Golden Eagle.
Pass by watering holes, fresh streams and natural hot springs – all of which you can stop by and take a dip and stay for as long as you wish. This full-service equitrekking adventure leaves all the details and duties to our skilled and hospitable wranglers. Simply show up at the trailhead with your personal duffle bag. Your guides will get the mules loaded, and then we’ll head for the hills.
We provide all camping and cooking gear, gourmet food (3 meals a day), cook and stock. If there is anything in particular that you would like included on the menu we’re happy to accommodate you. If you plan to fish, be sure to get your California State Freshwater Fishing License. Bathing suits are also recommended for a soak in the hot springs or an afternoon swim.
Explore the Sespe Wilderness
The Sespe Wilderness is located between Santa Barbara and Ventura, California in the Los Padres National Forest. A 6th generation California native, long time equestrian, outdoor adventurer and true cowboy, Graham Goodfield and Los Padres Outfitters are well familiar with the California backcountry and offer a unique opportunity to explore this incredible wilderness.
Deluxe Pack Trips
This all-inclusive package starts at $350 per person, per day, with a 5 person minimum. Although we encourage longer stays in the backcountry, a normal trip is 2 nights and three days and costs $1050 per person. A minimum trip is two nights in camp with one day in between to relax, hike, or even take a short ride with your guide to explore the area, but longer stays in the wilderness are recommended.
Spot Pack Trips
Riders and hikers, One way or roundtrip
Your gear is packed (dropped off) to a pre-determined destination. After dropping off your gear, you will depart from the trailhead on horseback with your packer and gear to the pre-determined destination. If you are a hiker, you can start your hiking adventure once you have dropped off your gear with your packer. Spot Trips require a minimum charge of $550 (2 animals and 1 packer, one way). Final price based on specifics of your trip. To discuss the specifics of your trip, please call 805-755-8687. Spot trips are available throughout the Los Padres National Forest.
I have taken many trips with Los Padres Outfitters and they are truly the best and only proper outfitter in the southern Los Padres National Forest. Graham really takes care of his guests – he is a great cook and serves up all sorts of tasty treats. He has really calm mules and horses that know the trails, so you don’t have to worry about it. And of course he takes you to the prettiest scenery that the Los Padres has to offer. I can’t recommend him highly enough!