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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Tunnels and trails featured on this weekend’s Sespe project ⛰⛺️⛏
-1.5 miles of intense brushing
-2 downed trees cleared
-250+ volunteer hours
AND delicious backcountry fajitas along with some excellent swimming holes
Thank 👏you 👏volunteers👏

HUGE thank you @rei.santabarbara for the funding to make this happen and HUGE thanks to @sespewildernessoutfitters for the pack support and 🥘

#reisantabarbara #lospadresnationalforest #horsepacking #mulepacking #backpacking #sespewilderness #volunteers #trailwork
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13 hours ago  ·  

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Los Padres Forest Association is at Sespe River Trail - Rose Valley, Ca.
Los Padres Forest Association

Awesome weekend spent working on the Sespe with @sespewildernessoutfitters 🤠
Great group and LOTS of food 🤰
Did some brushing, tread work and scouting for upcoming projects. Looking forward to the next one! Thank you REI for supporting this project!
#sespe #sespewilderness #sesperivertrail #willetthotsprings #ojai #lospadresnationalforest #lospadres_lpfa #trailwork #DigDown #trailscouting #baconcheeseburgers @ Sespe River Trail - Rose Valley, Ca
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4 weeks ago  ·  

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The LPFA will be giving a talk this Thursday (Jan 16) about the current conditions of trails across the Santa Barbara Backcountry. Thanks to a series of grants and private donations we've been able to work the past 4-5 years on restoring most of the trails damaged by the 2007 Zaca Fire. If you're planning a Spring backpacking trip, love the SB Backcountry or have dreams of exploring that long lost trail in the Dick Smith, come on out Thursday and find out the latest and greatest. You might be surprised to learn that the long lost trail isn't so lost anymore..... although it's probably still long. Find out on Thursday. Hope to see you there......

6:30pm at the SB Library

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1 month ago  ·  

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