The ‘WORK’ will consist of crosscutting any downed trees off the trail and clearing brush from the trails that radiate out from Mission Pine Basin. These include the uppermost part of the Santa Cruz Trail and our primary objective of brushing the Mission Pine Trail east from the Basin towards West Big Pine. There is plenty of work to be done.
The ‘VACATION’ portion of the trip will be spending time outdoors, with friends while enjoying this incredible slice of pine-studded Santa Barbara Backcountry awesomeness. Mission Pine Basin is over 5,000 ft in elevation and has tremendous views of the Channel Islands to the South, Big Pine to the East and the Sisquoc Valley to the North. It really is a great spot to hunker down and work the trails.
Space is limited, you must be able to backpack 8 miles, if you are interested in volunteering/cooking or would like to learn more, email us (INFO@LPForest.org) and hope to see you out there in late October. More photos are on the LPFA Facebook page here.
Top of the Forest, photo Beeman
• The Soberanes Fire continues to make history within the Monterey District of the Los Padres. We’ll get into more details when it’s officially snuffed but for now it’s racking up some pretty horrifying statistics:
- 132,069 acres, 94,875 of those are within the Los Padres Forest. That’s the 16th largest wildfire in California history.
- 92% containment with estimated 100% containment being October 15.
- Today marks the start of the 11th week Soberanes has been burning. 71 days!
- Soberanes is the most expensive fire to fight in history! Well over $200,000,000 has been spent fighting the fire. That does not include damages.
- Good news is that both Church Ranch and the famous Jack English Cabin in Pine Valley survived! Both were wrapped in fire-resistant foil and cleared before the fire came through.
- Most evacuation orders have been lifted and life is starting to return to normal for some people affected by the fire.
- That being said, life around Soberanes is certainly not back to normal for everyone. The LP within Monterey County remains closed, this includes all campgrounds other than the few along Hwy 1. All California State Park campgrounds remain closed as well.
- We remain optimistic that portions of the forest will reopen once Soberanes reaches 100% containment and we’ll certainly keep you posted as things unfold.
• RAIN? Yes, rain. This past week saw almost a half inch of rain fall in some parts of the Southern Los Padres, mostly in the Mt. Pinos and Ojai Ranger Districts.
• And don’t forget the LPFA Used Camping Gear Sale tomorrow, 10am at Tucker’s Grove in Goleta! It’s not too late to donate as well. Just bring your used camping gear to the sale at least 30mins before the sale starts.
That’s it for now folks….. Coming soon we’ll share an update from National Public Lands Day on the Lion Canyon Trail, some exciting news about Matilija, the year in Wheeler Gorge, hunting season, upcoming campground changes and more….. Hang in there and have a great weekend!