Los Padres National Forest provides Southern California and the Bay Area with a variety of terrain, vegetation, and recreational settings. There are 1,257 miles of maintained trails which provide both day-use and extended backpacking opportunities. Much of the forest is unroaded and primitive and has 10 congressionally designated wildernesses comprising approximately 875,000 acres or about 48% of the forest. These include the Ventana, Silver Peak, Santa Lucia, Machesna, Garcia, San Rafael, Dick Smith, Sespe, Matilija and Chumash wildernesses.
Los Padres Forest Association is hosting a Big Sur Wilderness Celebration this Saturday, June 27, from 10am to 4 pm at the Big Sur Visitor Center located along Highway 1 in Big Sur. The free event is hosted by LPFA and is open to the public. Activities will include live music, food, kid’s crafts, booths and local exhibits as well as a rock climbing wall.
Throughout 2014, the Los Padres Forest Association joined with Los Padres National Forest and groups from across the country in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the landmark Wilderness Act of 1964.
Los Padres has been nominated in the latest 10Best USA Today Readers’ Choice travel award contest! An expert panel selected Monterey RD’s Kirk Creek as a contender for Best Scenic Campground. The contest gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-scenic-campground/ A person can vote once a day for the run of the contest.
Voting ends Monday, July 20, 2015, and the winners will be announced on 10Best on Friday, July 24, and again later in USA TODAY.