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] Piedra Blanca Trail, Ojai Ranger District















Winter on the Ojai Ranger District

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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Los Padres National Forest Represented in the 126th Rose Parade in Pasadena

Forest Service in the Rose Parade

U.S. Forest Service rangers, firefighters and volunteers participated in the 126th Rose Parade in Pasadena on January 1. The agency celebrated its centennial a decade ago with a Rose Parade entry in 2005.

The U.S. Forest Service entry celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act while highlighting the historic role of packers in supporting wildland firefighters and other backcountry operations, as well as acknowledging the outstanding contributions made by national forest volunteers.

Five employees and a volunteer represented Los Padres National Forest in the parade. The Forest Service Wilderness Volunteer of the Year award winner Mike Heard rode in an authentic 19th century wagon along with Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Randy Moore, and Smokey Bear. Two Los Padres firefighters were a part of the 20-person “crew” that walked alongside the wagon...

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THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS! 6 Cubic Yards of Trash Removed From the Forest!

Another successful Volunteer cleanup day on West Camino Cielo on Sunday, November 2, 2014. It was a beautiful day at a beautiful spot overlooking Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean. There were about 20 volunteers that helped in the effort. Volunteers cleaned up trash that was in the bushes at the view point just before Lizard’s Mouth Rocks. Some volunteers cleaned up the overlook while others cleaned up Lizard’s Mouth Rocks and the Brickyard Rocks. Real Cheap Sports and Island Seed and Feed donated prizes to the raffle at the end of the cleanup. About 6 cubic yards of trash were removed from the Forest today, 3 cubic yards of the trash was bagged separate and sent to the recycle center and 3 cubic yards of trash went into the dumpster as regular trash!

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