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!

[image] Figueroa Mountain - LupinesThe Santa Barbara and Monterey National Forests  merged in December 1936 to form Los Padres National Forest. In 2011, the Forest celebrated its 75th anniversary of managing these special lands and preserving them for future generations to enjoy. 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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Recent News


Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center 10th Anniversary Open House Saturday, May 10, 2014

Wheeler Gorge VC Open House Event

On Saturday May 10, 2014, Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center in Ojai will have its 10th anniversary open house. There will be kids crafts along with live animals, plenty of educational booths, a backpacking demonstration plus many other surprises (including a visit by Smokey Bear). Also, meet Pat Hartman author of "Yosemite - One last Golden Summer". Hours are 10 am to 2 pm. Come help the Los Padres Forest Association's Ojai Chapter celebrate 10 years at Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center!

Figueroa Mountain 2014 Wildflower Report

Spring 2014 Wildflower Update for Figueroa Mountain. Click HERE for report.

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Celebrating Wildflowers in Our National Forests


Discover the thousands of wildflowers growing on our national forests and grasslands. Click HERE for more information