Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase ‘shoulder season’ ? Within the outdoor community, the shoulder season is most commonly used to describe the period of time between ‘peak-season’ and what would be considered the ‘off-season’. Peak-season is certainly subjective, a personal preference. What do you think is peak Los Padres season? Some might say the Los Padres peak-season corresponds to when the wildflowers are at their height. Others may say peak LP is mid-winter when the creeks are at their fullest and the grass the greenest. Or maybe you prefer our stunning yet brief fall season with its piercing colors and crisp frozen nights. Regardless of when the forest might be “peaking”, shoulder seasons are defined by change. Changes in weather and the corresponding impacts that result from that change in weather. At the moment, we are definitely at the peak of change here in the Los Padres. The snow has mostly melted, many of the once green hillsides are tanning and the deciduous trees are filling in and blocking out. Amongst all the change and even with the temperatures getting warm, there is still much to see and explore across the forest and so many wonderful swimming holes. No matter how you define the seasons here in the Los Padres, we’re saying it’s a shoulder season right now! With that in mind, pick a trail, grab your pack, throw it over your shoulder and there you go – shoulder season is here. Be safe and choose wisely…..
VOLUNTEER TRAIL WORK
We’ve been busy working a variety of trails across the Los Padres and have much more scheduled over the coming couple weeks. Listed below are a few upcoming projects to hopefully whet your trail work appetite. We hope you can make one or even better, all of them. Please sign up either via email VOLUNTEER@LPForest.org or online at www.LPForest.org
NATIONAL TRAILS DAY: June 3 & 10