With Oak trees surrounding, and a seasonal creek that runs through it, Upper Oso Campground is pretty much a Bob Ross painting (if it isn’t already). Are you ready to log miles on California’s coastal mountains? From any of the spacious, perfectly-perched, mountainside sites, adventurers can explore from 2.5-18 miles in a day. Whether you go for the 2.5 or 18-miler, only the finest flush toilets, firewood for purchase, and water will be waiting to replenish your weary soul when you return.
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
19 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
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 Upper Oso Campground.

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Lindsay R.
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November 5th, 2017

The best part of this campsite is the watering hole which is just a short hike away. It was a great place to let the pups swim and have a picnic!

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March 17th, 2015

This little guy is hidden back in Los Padres, but is worth the trek! Just wait until you get away from all the lights, and you really see the stars...

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February 28th, 2015

I highly recommend you get your swim on at Red Rock Pools (only .5 miles from the trailhead)!

Hipcamper Diana A.
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July 19th, 2018
Hipcamper Michael J L.
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September 27th, 2018
Hipcamper Kevin S.
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October 17th, 2018
Hipcamper Jake M.
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November 28th, 2018
Hipcamper Ashley P.
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March 25th, 2018
Hipcamper Lindsay R.
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November 5th, 2017
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August 14th, 2017
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July 31st, 2017
Hipcamper Ryley S.
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May 9th, 2017
Los Padres National Forest
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34.556° N, 119.754° W
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