The Los Padres National Forest is located in the west central part of California.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to the Los Padres National Forest!

     Lupines and Poppies - Figueroa Mountain














Springtime on the Santa Lucia Ranger District - Figueroa Mountain

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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Figueroa Mountain Wildflower Report - Early March 2015

Wildflowers are Blooming! Figueroa Mountain Early Wildflower Report 2015. Click HERE For report.

Wildflower Tour with Ranger Helen Tarbet - Meet at the Figueroa Ranger Station at 9:00 am.The duration of the tour is approximately 3 to 4 hours.This is mostly a “drive and stroll” tour, but please
wear comfortable shoes for short walks and a jacket in the event of cool weather. Bring sunscreen, a hat, lunch and plenty of water.
For more information, call Helen Tarbet at (805) 925-9538 X 246 or email:  CLICK HERE for tour information

CLICK HERE for the Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area Brochure

Santa Maria Elks Lodge Honors Los Padres NF Firefighter - Gary Helming

Santa Maria Elks Lodge Honors LPF Firefighter Gary Helming

Each year the Santa Maria Elks Lodge hosts an annual Firefighter Appreciation Night to honor emergency responders in Santa Barbara County. Following a dinner comprised of Santa Maria tri-tip with all the fixings, a stirring ceremony is held to acknowledge the selfless achievements of firefighters from the Santa Maria area.

This year’s award went to Gary Helming for Outstanding Firefighter of the Year for Los Padres National Forest’s Santa Lucia Ranger District. BC Helming took the stage with his son, 6-year old Riley, to deliver a rousing acception speech.

“Gary is truly deserving of this honor from our fellow chiefs and cooperators,” said Santa Lucia FMO Tom Plymale. “He is among the finest in our fire service leadership.”

Congratulations to BC Helming on being named Santa Maria Elks Lodge Firefighter of the Year.

CLICK HERE for article

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Helen Tarbet Receives Regional Forester Honor Award for Engaging Youth

[image] Helen Tarbet Receiving Regional Forester Honor

Ranger Helen Tarbet received the 2014 Pacific Southwest Regional Forester’s Honor For Engaging Youth CLICK HERE for full article