About Us

Founded in 1979, the LPFA is an official non-profit 501(c)(3) partner of the Los Padres National Forest.  Our mission is to care for the Los Padres Forest, ensuring it thrives and remains safe and open for the people to use and enjoy.

The LPFA shares the Forest Service motto of “Caring for the Land and Serving the People.”  We love nothing more than to help people enjoy their time in the Los Padres in a sustainable and respectful manner.  If you have any questions about the forest, trails, camps or anything Los Padres related – we are more than happy to help!

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While we have you, feel free to browse around and check out all the cool things we have going on across the forest……….

The Los Padres National Forest is the second largest forest in California.  It stretches across the central coast from Los Angeles County up to Monterey.  There are 10 designated wilderness areas within the Los Padres, along with thousands of miles of trails and some of the most spectacular natural wildlife and scenery.  With elevations ranging from sea level to almost 9,000ft, the Los Padres offers a wide assortment of recreational activities including surfing, skiing, hunting, backpacking, mountain biking, bird watching or sitting next to a creek reading a book.  It is also home to thousands of black bear, mountain lion, steelhead trout and of course the iconic California condor.

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Maybe the most amazing thing about the Los Padres is that it is located within a few hours of over 25,000,000 people!  In today’s hurried world of devices pinging at you, urban sprawl and constant availability; having the option to get out of town and spend time in the mountains away from the chaos is something so simple, yet so hard to achieve.  We need places like the Los Padres and these places need groups like the LPFA helping keep them wild and open.

The LPFA helps coordinate volunteer projects across the Los Padres Forest. Our volunteers work to keep trails open, report and assess forest conditions and provide public education on how to safely use the forest.  Shoot us an email if you are interested in learning more about the LPFA, would like to volunteer or would like to sign up for our weekly Los Padres E-Newsletter.

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After months of not being able to get out on the trails, these trusty old friends are headed down to Santa Paula Canyon for the weekend volunteer project. Go forth and do good, and then be sure to disinfect afterwards.
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#volunteerprojectsareback #wootwoot #dustoffthecobwebs #followingcovidprocedures #santapaulacanyon #lospadresnationalforest #lpfatrailcrew #sawing #lopping #treading #ppeing thanks @mtnbabe for organizing and thanks all volunteers for coming out and giving back to the Forest. #besafe
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2 weeks ago  ·  

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LPFA UPDATE

Hello Friends - in case you're not on our email list, we sent out an update yesterday which includes information about what's currently open or closed around the forest, the Pine Mountain proposal, we're hiring for a Program Manager, an upcoming closure of NIRA and much more. Check it out below and enjoy the solstice weekend.....

lpforest.org/los-padres-updates-news-pine-mountain-and-much-more/
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2 weeks ago  ·  

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UPPER SISQUOC TRAIL REPORT
Good news to report, the Forest Service finished clearing the Buckhorn Road last week which means we can once again start organizing volunteer projects into the Santa Barbara High Country. The SB High Country is a great spot for summertime volunteer weekend projects since it's usually 10-15˚ cooler up there and the large conifers provide lots of needed shade. We should be finalizing the COVID volunteer project requirements soon (no community food, no carpooling, no sharing tools, etc....) and hope to have some weekends on the volunteer schedule within the next couple weeks. #staytuned
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We've been hearing how bad the Madulce Trail and east Mission Pine Trail are and these photos are showing some of the current conditions on the upper Sisquoc Trail. Good news, the cribwall we built last year on the Devil's Slide held nicely.... One year down, 20 more to go.......
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#lospadresnationalforest #lpfatrailcrew #volunteertrailprojects #sisquoctrail #madulcetrail #alamartrail #missionpinetrail #bigpinemountain #sanrafaelwilderness #dicksmithwilderness #santabarbarahighcountry #comingsoon #wehope #buckhornroad
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1 month ago  ·  

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