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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We are blown away by the results of our (first ever!) #GivingTuesday campaign and the support from our community.

LPFA raised more than DOUBLE our goal amount, which means we can restore and maintain even MORE of the Santa Cruz/Aliso and Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca Trails (and get to work sooner)!

Our trail crew will be out on the SC trail (pictured here) next week, and as soon as fire restrictions let up, they’ll be out on the GMPB Trail too.

Thank you so much to everyone who donated, shared our message, and supported our work and mission. We are truly grateful for you and are so excited to see how we can keep making the Los Padres more accessible for all.

With much love and gratitude,
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Los Padres Forest Association is at Santa Cruz Trail.
Los Padres Forest Association

We are amazed and overjoyed with the support we’ve already received this #GivingTuesday! 💚💚💚 Thank you so much to our LPFA community for your generosity and support. The work we do is for you, forest lovers and trail enthusiasts!

Our goal of $5000 helps us restore about a mile of trail. We’ve already reached that, but we’d love to be able to do more, and do it sooner!

All funds raised today go directly towards the restoration and maintenance of two gems of the Los Padres: the Santa Cruz / Aliso and Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca Trails.

Every gift adds up, click the link below to support our work.

#givebacktotheforest #givingtuesday #nonprofit #lospadresnationalforest #nationalrecreationtra
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2 days ago  ·  

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Los Padres Forest Association is at Los Padres National Forest.
Los Padres Forest Association

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday!
Your support will go directly to restoring and maintaining our two National Recreation Trails, the Santa Cruz / Aliso Trail (pictured here after the Rey Fire) and the Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca Trail.

Click the link below to learn more and #givebacktotheforest!

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3 days ago  ·  

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