The Los Padres National Forest is located in the west central part of California.
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Welcome to the Los Padres National Forest!

     Big Sur Coast - Monterey Ranger District














Springtime on the Monterey Ranger District- Big Sur Coast

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.

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Spring Volunteer Cleanup Day at Lizard’s Mouth, Sunday, May 3rd 9:00-12:00

Lizards Mouth Trash Clean-Up Day

We will be picking up trash in the beautiful rocks that overlook Santa Barbara and the coastline.  Come help, bring gloves, water sturdy shoes and sunscreen! There will be a raffle at noon for prizes. The Lizard’s Mouth Rocks area is 5 miles from Hwy 154 on West Camino Cielo

Call Larry Griffith for more information 805 967-3481 X216

Santa Maria Elks Lodge Honors Los Padres Forest Firefighter

Jonathon Nunez - Firefighter of the Year!

The award for Outstanding Firefighter of the Year for Los Padres National Forest’s Santa Lucia Ranger District went to Fire Engine Operator Jonathan Nunez. Santa Lucia Fire Management Officer Tom Plymale introduced Nunez by recounting the past 10 years he’s served as a wildland firefighter on Los Padres.

PHOTO CAPTION: Jonathan Nunez (left) shows off his Firefighter of the Year plaque while shaking the hand of Santa Lucia FMO Tom Plymale at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge Jan. 23.

(Photo Credit – Tony Martinez, USFS)

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