Looking for some stellar mountain views and solitude in Southern California? Head to Middle Lion Campground in the Los Padres National Forest outside of Ojai. The campground is surrounded by chaparral covered mountains, shaded by cottonwood trees, and is next to a refreshing waterfall and stream. There is ample hiking nearby, and the foliage is pretty epic in the fall. Up here you can look forward camping without the interruption!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
8 sites
Up to guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Ride along the beautiful Santa Barbara coast, the central Monterey coast, or anywhere you want in this huge forest. The recomme...Read more


You can fish in the rivers and streams located throughout the forest, and fish in the ocean on the Monterey coast at Sand Dolla...Read more


Up by Big Sur, the Ventana wilderness is a popular hiking destination, with 260 miles of hiking trails, making it a unique exp...Read more

Horseback riding

The Saint Lucia Mountains have been taken by horseback many a’ times, and the time you visit should be no exception. To truly f...Read more


Lake Cachuma in the Santa Barbara region offers some of the best kayak fishing, especially with its location admist the mountai...Read more


You can’t go wrong at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, but it’s no match for the Seven Falls in Santa Barbara. This hike might not be...Read more

Wildlife watching

Whether you are an avid birdwatcher (California Condor...check), or just enjoy seeing what the wilderness has to offer, Los Pad...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Middle Lion Campground.

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Hipcamper Lauren
Lauren C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 23rd, 2020

I had campsite #2 and would book it again — it felt pretty private, I had trees for shade, and had direct creek access. Overall, #1 and #2 are the most private, and #2 and #3 have creek access. Some of the other sites feel a little too close together and lacked shade (#4 is right in the middle of several others, I'd avoid it). Lots of pretty quail and bluebirds, running water in the creek was perfectly chilled, and the Lion Canyon Trail starts at the back of camp site #1 which leads to several other trails (Nordhoff Ridge, West Fork, East Fork). Road to get to the campground was pretty chewed up — be prepared for lots of potholes.

Campsite #2Campsite #2 - by teh creekCampsite #2 - picnic table looking towards creek, tent by creek
Hipcamper Max
Max K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
December 5th, 2016

Like most campsites near LA - try and get here Sun-Thurs and avoid weekends. Its a good ground, lovely views but nothing particularly special.

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Hipcamper Dani
Dani D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 25th, 2015

This is a really nice campground. Lots of trees for shade and there is a hike next to it.

Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer J.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 26th, 2016

I camped here a few years ago and had a terrible experience, but it was 4th of July weekend, so maybe that was part of it. On a side note, it is shady and has some decent sites, though not very private. It's also sort of hard to get to - a very windy, narrow, dirt road off the main road.

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October 8th, 2018
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August 23rd, 2020
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August 24th, 2017
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January 13th, 2017
Los Padres National Forest
United States
Phone Number
805 434 1996
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34.55° N, 119.166° W
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 8 Sites
(Up to people per site)

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