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:

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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In today's episode of the Wonderful World of the LPFA, we explore our new Adopt-A-Highway program along scenic Highway 33 outside of Ojai. Earlier this year the LPFA formally adopted a 2-mile stretch of Hwy 33 that passes the Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center. Each month we meet to clean another section of the highway and you'd be amazed at how much garbage, trash and other unknowns we dig out from behind the guardrails, within the turnouts and areas leading to Matilija Creek. Safety is priority #1 as always and we're diligently following CalTrans rules and regulations. While perhaps not as glamorous as trail work, cleaning the highway does generate a similar 'sense of accomplishment high' that resonates for hours after stacking up those white trashbags on the side of the road. You should join us sometime! Adopt-A-Highway dates are posted on our Facebook Events page, hope to see you out there and be sure to wave at the new AAH signs along Hwy 33.

#wonderfulworldofthelpfa #lospadresnationalforest #adoptahighway #highway33 #ojai #venturacounty #Caltrans #senseofaccomplishment #newsignslookgreat @CalTrans
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Due to this past weeks rain and snow across the Los Padres Forest, the Forest Service has reduced fire restrictions. Campfires and stoves are now permitted in all areas of the forest.

REPEAT: campfires are once again allowed across the Los Padres Forest

You still need a California Campfire Permit, which only takes a few mins and can be obtained online at the following link:

Also remember that wildfires can occur at any time so take the extra precautions to clear all flammable material from around your campfire area, always extinguish your fire before leaving camp or going to bed and stay alert when tending the fire in case of wind events or other unpredictable variables.

Good news for sure, especially for those of us who have been freezing and/or eating cold meals over the past few weeks. Enjoy everyone and be safe!

#lospadresnationalforest #campfirerestrictions #besafe #smores #camping #backpacking #carcamping #hotcoffee #yeehaw
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5 days ago  ·  

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