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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 Forest Association is at East Camino Cielo.
Los Padres Forest Association

East Camino Cielo is Open Again! Construction is finished so enjoy the smooth new ride...Happy Friday!
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VOLUNTEER TRAILHEAD AMBASSADORS NEEDED @ PINE RIDGE TRAILHEAD!

EMAIL TOAN@VENTANAWILD.ORG
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Los Padres Forest Association is at Los Padres National Forest.
Los Padres Forest Association

Hello Volunteers! Come join our Mission Impossible Team. Or should we say, our Mission Pine Impassable trail team...with with Trail Crew Leader Mike Smith!
See below for your mission, should you decide to accept it!
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We will soon be conducting 2 projects on the Mission Pine Trail. The Mission Pine trail is 15 miles long and most of it is in pretty decent shape. However, there is a very brushy couple miles east of the basin above the rattlesnake drainage. We believe with this 2 pronged attack that we have a good chance of getting a large part of it done:
Trip 1: May 14-17
Trip 2: May 21-24
Both projects are easy backpacking trips to a spike camp 3 miles west from Windy Gap. If you can only attend 3 days, we may be able to accomodate...
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Mike's pack goats and some trail runners will pack in the extra water needed to our spike camp. The spike camp location provides great views and provides the solitude the San Rafael Wilderness is known for.
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If interested in either or both trips, or you have questions, please email VOLUNTEER@LPFOREST.ORG
More details will follow for those who sign up!
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Photos: B.Conant, J.Smith
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#trailworktuesday #trailwork #trailMaintenance #volunteer #volunteeropportunity #backpacking #sanrafaelwilderness #exploreca #camping #trailmaintenance
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