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Piedra Blanca

Los Padres National Forest

Unusual white sandstone formations in the Los Padres National Forest. 

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The “white rocks” of Piedra Blanca are huge sandstone formations located in the Sespe Wilderness in Southern California. These monoliths seem otherworldly, rising from chaparral and pines to create an alien landscape dotted with caves, cliffs, and bowls. They are an ideal place for stargazing, and the (hidden) rock art by the native Chumash tribes indicates that this is an ancient, sacred site.  

Know Before You Go

Piedra Blanca is about 2 miles from the Piedra Blanca Trailhead. There is a pit toilet and ample parking, but no water at the trailhead. It can be very hot on the white reflective rocks. Piedra Blanca is near the Sespe River trail, which leads to multiple hot springs.

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