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!

     [image] Smokey Bear  - Los Prietos Ranger Station















Smokey Bear at the Los Prietos Ranger Station, Santa Barbara 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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Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest including designated Campfire Use sites


Critical Fuels Projects Funded by PG&E

[image] Critical Fuels Projects Funded by PG

Representatives from the Los Padres National Forest, San Luis Obispo County Community Fire Safe Council, CAL FIRE and PG&E gathered at the Mt. Lowe communication site to discuss fire hazard abatement projects at four sites within San Luis Obispo County. The projects were made possible by a $163,500 community grant provided by PG&E to the SLO County Community Fire Safe Council.

The money is being used for fuel reduction, emergency access and defensible space projects on both state and federal lands. CAL FIRE and California Conservation Corps crews are carrying out the project work.

Smokey Bear Celebrates 70th Birthday!

Smokey Bear

Happy Birthday Smokey! Smokey Bear turned 70 on August 9, 2014. Click Here for more information about Smokey.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! West Camino Cielo Clean-Up Project, Sunday, November 2, 2014

[image] Lizard

Volunteers Needed! Forest clean-up project on Sunday, Nov 2nd 10:00am on West Camino Cielo Rd, Santa Barbra Ranger District. Contact Larry Griffith, (805) 967-3481 X 216