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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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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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The yucca (aka our lord's candle) are glowing brightly at the moment. Near or far, they just keep catching your eye. Great time to be out working trails (check out the new trail in the photo) and using trails. Please remember to be cool, obey your isolation rules and don't overuse, trash or thrash the trails or trailheads. Enjoy the weekend, be safe.......
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Starting today (May 12) the Los Padres Forest will be raising fire restrictions across the forest. This gets a little confusing with the already existing COVID forest closures but lets see if we can decipher what all this means:

- With these new fire restrictions, all campfires are prohibited unless you are within a designated developed recreation site or designated campfire use site. A list of these sites is linked below.

- Where this gets a bit confusing is that all the developed recreation sites and designated campfire use sites are currently closed by a Regional COVID Order, which means that for the time being no campfires are allowed anywhere in the forest.

- This also means no campfires in the backcountry.

- Camp and cooking stoves are still permitted in the forest and backcountry.

- The aforementioned Regional COVID Order is set to expire May 15 so it's possible that the developed sites will reopen at that time but it's more likely that the closure order will be extended, we'll see what happens in a few days.

- The Monterey Ranger District remains closed through May 15 as well and may or may not be extended, stay tuned.

Check the Los Padres Forest website for more details but for the time being no campfires in the forest, stoves okay, we'll keep you posted, be safe and remember you do need a California Campfire Permit to use stoves in the forest as well.

LP Campfire Use Sites

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No place in the Los Padres says Happy Mother’s Day better than the Sierra Madres. Photo taken Mother’s Day weekend 2020. The flowers are for all you super moms out there - have a great day! #happymothersday #lospadresnationalforest #sierramadremountains #virtualbouquet #supermoms #thankyou ... See MoreSee Less

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