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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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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LOS PADRES CLOSURES & COVID TRAIL ETIQUETTE

Changes are all encompassing at the moment, including throughout the Los Padres. Here's some information and click the link below for the full LPFA newsletter:

lpforest.org/los-padres-closures-covid-trail-etiquette/

In response to coronavirus as well as the California Stay at Home order, the Los Padres Forest has issued a few forest-wide closures:

- The Forest Service has closed all their offices, visitor centers and stations to public in-person visits. Forest Service staff continue to work and will be serving the public virtually via phone and/or internet.

- The Forest Service has closed all ‘developed recreation sites’ across the forest. A complete list of closed recreation sites has not been shared as of yet but our understanding is that all car-campgrounds and designated day-use areas are now closed. This includes all the Parks Management sites.

- Trails, trailheads, dispersed camping and backcountry camping remain open for people to enjoy.

- We’ve been hearing that toilets across the forest (usually within recreation sites) are now closed as are the gates leading to developed recreation sites.

- In addition, there are quite a few wet-weather closures that might impact forest access at the moment.

Again, this information is changing by the hour and we’ll keep everyone updated as soon as we hear anything different. In the meantime, if you have plans to head into the backcountry portions of the forest, we suggest contacting the nearby ranger district and seeking answers directly from the source. These are strange times for sure and we are extremely fortunate to have an incredible forest to enjoy. Be safe, take extra precautions and stay tuned-in as things are changing faster than ever……LOS PADRES CLOSURES & COVID TRAIL ETIQUETTE

Changes are all encompassing at the moment, including throughout the Los Padres. Here's some information and click the link below for the full LPFA newsletter:

lpforest.org/los-padres-closures-covid-trail-etiquette/

In response to coronavirus as well as the California Stay at Home order, the Los Padres Forest has issued a few forest-wide closures:

- The Forest Service has closed all their offices, visitor centers and stations to public in-person visits. Forest Service staff continue to work and will be serving the public virtually via phone and/or internet.

- The Forest Service has closed all ‘developed recreation sites’ across the forest. A complete list of closed recreation sites has not been shared as of yet but our understanding is that all car-campgrounds and designated day-use areas are now closed. This includes all the Parks Management sites.

- Trails, trailheads, dispersed camping and backcountry camping remain open for people to enjoy.

- We’ve been hearing that toilets across the forest (usually within recreation sites) are now closed as are the gates leading to developed recreation sites.

- In addition, there are quite a few wet-weather closures that might impact forest access at the moment.

Again, this information is changing by the hour and we’ll keep everyone updated as soon as we hear anything different. In the meantime, if you have plans to head into the backcountry portions of the forest, we suggest contacting the nearby ranger district and seeking answers directly from the source. These are strange times for sure and we are extremely fortunate to have an incredible forest to enjoy. Be safe, take extra precautions and stay tuned-in as things are changing faster than ever......
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VWR TRAINING POSTPONED
Unfortunately the Volunteer Wilderness Ranger Training scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed. We postponed on Tuesday but some people didn't get the memo - please pass along to anyone who might have been coming. NOTE: we're not saying cancelled. Bummer too, as we had around 100 people signed up and such rad classes scheduled including trail work, backcountry ranger scenarios, trail safety, first aid, trail surveys and how to run FS approved projects. This is the third consecutive year we've had scheduling problems. Two years ago it was the Montecito debris flow, last year it was the Government Shutdown and this year we push it back a few months and COVID-19 kicks in. For everyone's safety, we won't schedule another one for a little while and even then we'll keep it hush hush..... Be safe everyone, hope you can find your way into the forest over the coming weeks and click the link below to see our latest newsletter:

lpforest.org/sespe-dreams-are-made-of-this-covid-cancellations/
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2 weeks ago  ·  

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BIG SESPE WILDERNESS ANNOUNCEMENT!

LPFA has big plans in the works for the Sespe Wilderness. Our goal is to get boots-on-the-ground maintenance for the forgotten trails of the Sespe Wilderness. Please take a look at this video, or link to our website for more information. We'd love to have your support in keeping the Sespe trails open! lpforest.org/sespe-wilderness-campaign/

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2 weeks ago  ·  

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