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] Piedra Blanca Trail, Ojai Ranger District


Winter on the Ojai Ranger District, Hwy 33


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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**Soberanes Fire ALERT**

The Soberanes Fire is now one-hundred percent contained and controlled. The fire closure order that went into effect September 3 for the entire Monterey Ranger District has been reduced to the fire scar. This current closure will 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. The southern portion of the Monterey Ranger District, including the Silver Peak Wilderness, is now open to the public. For more information, please contact the Monterey Ranger District at (831) 385-5434. CLICK HERE for the Soberanes Fire Closure Map 


Recent News


THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS! Lizard's Mouth Clean-Up-Santa Barbara Ranger District


On Saturday November 12, 2016, over 50 volunteers met at Lizard’s Mouth Rocks on West Camino Cielo to pick up trash and cover over graffiti. The volunteers were from several community organizations such as the Los Padres Alpine Climbers Club, the Santa Barbara Rock Gym, the UCSB Adventure Club, and the Collective. The volunteers removed 3 cubic yards of trash from the rocky area and covered up over 30 graffiti sites. Real Cheap Sports and Island Seed and Feed also contributed support with food and with prizes for the raffle at the end of the cleanup.

The Lizard’s Mouth Cleanups have taken place every fall and spring since 2000. In recent years there has been less trash left by forest visitors but the graffiti has increased. At the beginning of the cleanup last Saturday, a seminar was given to volunteers teaching the best techniques to cover over graffiti trying to make the rocks look natural.


Los Padres Partners with Parks Management Co. to Manage Forest Recreation Sites

[image] Kirk Creek Campground

On November 1, 2016, a new concessionaire Special Use Permit (SUP) was issued to Parks Management Company for campground and recreation site operations. 

Under the new SUP, there will be changes to the recreation sites fees. The 18 sites newly added to the concession SUP that currently require an Adventure Pass will now require a $20-35 per night camping fee or $10 day-use fee for parking at trailheads and picnic areas. Interagency Senior and Access pass holders will receive a 50 percent discount on camping fees only - not valid for day use or parking at trailheads. 

An annual pass for day-use sites will be available through Parks Management Company for $50 and will be good at any of the concession-managed day-use sites and trailheads on the Los Padres NF. Adventure Passes and Interagency Passes will not be accepted for parking in day use/picnic areas or trailheads.  CLICK HERE for more information

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Forest Recreation Information Brochures and Publications

[image} Kirk Creek Campground - Monterrey Ranger District

Information on recreational opportunities on the Los Padres National Forest. CLICK HERE for brochures

Santa Barbara Ranger District's Arroyo Burro Shooting Area Volunteer Clean-Up

Arroyo Burro Shooting Area Clean-Up Day June 25, 2016

On June 25th, 25 volunteers spent the day cleaning up the Arroyo Burro Shooting Area on E. Camino Cielo.CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE


Engaging Empolyees on the Los Padres National Forest - Climate Change

[image] Kevin Cooper, Wildlife Biologist

Employee education and engagement has the power to promote climate change preparedness and sustainable business operations. CLICK HERE for full article