Welcome to the Los Padres National Forest!
The entire Monterey Ranger District is closed due to the Soberanes Fire
** SOBERANES FIRE ALERT**
Los Padres National Forest issued a fire closure order September 3 for the entire Monterey Ranger District to help ensure that members of the public are not injured within the fire perimeter, allow for the scorched landscape to begin the rehabilitation process, and help reduce the potential for another human-caused fire. While Forest Service campgrounds along Highway 1 will remain open, all trails and campgrounds are closed to the public. The notable exception is that Nacimiento-Fergusson Road remains open to through traffic only.
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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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