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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Figueroa Mountain 2014 Wildflower Report

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

Joe Pasinato - In Memoriam

Joe Pasinato - In Memoriam

Over the course of three decades, visitors to Los Padres National Forest were often greeted by Joe Pasinato. In many respects he was the face of the U.S. Forest Service. He knew the Forest like the back of his hand, and offered advice on camping and hiking spots that enriched many visitors’ experiences. During fire emergencies, Joe answered calls at the Forest’s information center and worked with television, radio, and print reporters to keep the public apprised of the firefight. Following a 28-year career, Joe retired March 31, 2012.

The Forest was devastated by the recent news of Joe’s death Feb. 16 in Santa Barbara. He was 63.       In Memoriam Full Article

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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