This area is in an extreme drought condition. Hikers and Backpackers are encouraged to bring extra water while traveling in the back country. Water may not be available at all of the locations it has been in the past. As always, we strongly recommend filtering or treating all ground water before consuming. CLICK HERE for more information.
Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest including designated Campfire Use sites; however, persons with a valid CA Campfire Permit are allowed to use portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel. CA Campfire Permits are available from the Los Padres website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf). You must clear all flammable material for a distance of five feet in all directions from your camp stove, have a shovel available, and a responsible person attend the stove at all times when it is in use.
NO campfires allowed in the backcountry or disperse camp areas (outside of designated Campfire Use Sites). Small gas, propane or liquid fuel stoves are allowed in the backcountry with a CA Campfire Permit.
In anticipation of inclement weather, the Arroyo Seco Indians Road will be closed at Memorial Park Campground and Piney Creek Road will be closed at the first gate.. This closure will be in place for the protection of the public and to reduce damage to these recently graded roads. This is a temporary closure; these roads will reopen as conditions permit. For more information, please contact the Monterey Ranger District at (831) 385-5434, or on-line at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres/.
Conditions in the forest can change rapidly, sometimes on a daily basis. It is recommended that forest visitors contact the ranger station nearest to the area that they wish to visit, for the most current information. Monterey 831-385-5434, Santa Maria 805-925-9538, Santa Barbara 805-967-3481, Ojai 805-646-4348, Frazier Park 661-245-3731.
In response to the increasing potential for a wildland fire start, Los Padres National Forest officials announced that Level 2 fire restrictions will be implemented throughout the forest beginning August 18, 2011. These restrictions will affect the use of campfires, stoves, smoking materials and internal combustion engines, and will remain in effect until the end of fire season in late autumn.