We hope you’re enjoying the summer, staying cool and still finding some time to enjoy the Los Padres. Even with the high temps and disappearing water flow, the forest has plenty of hidden and not-so-hidden gems that can make you rethink your summer Los Padres hibernation plans. Some people head to the heights and large shade producing trees of the Mt. Pinos Ranger District for their summertime LP fix. Others might seek lower elevations along the coast, hoping for some cool morning fog. And others still embrace the heat by soaking in any of the perennial flowing creeks, rivers, pools and waterfalls. All are great options, just remember to be safe. There has been a flurry of heat related rescues across the forest over the past month. If you’re going to head into the forest and encounter the heat be sure to plan accordingly. Tell someone where you are going, leave an itinerary at home and try to follow these 9 rules for hiking in hot weather
. Be safe, have fun and if you don’t mind sharing, we’d love to see some of your summertime photos from the across the Los Padres.
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The sun has set on backcountry campfires for the season, photo Humphrey
The big news across the Los Padres this past week is the change in fire restrictions
. Due in part to the recent rash of wildfires around the forest (Piru, Fillmore, Goleta, FHL, etc….), the Forest Service raised fire restrictions across the Los Padres banning campfires outside of designated Campfire Use Sites
, prohibiting target shooting outside of designated target ranges and prohibiting smoking outside of an enclosed vehicle, building or at a designated Campfire User Site
. We’re no strangers to fire restrictions and should all be well aware of what can happen should a campfire get away (see Soberanes Fire
). Cooking stoves are still permitted in the backcountry with a California Campfire Permit
and hunting is still permitted during the regulated seasons (A-Zone South General opens August 11). If you have any questions please contact the Los Padres Forest Supervisors Office or your local District Office. Be smart.
Speaking of big shade producing trees and waterfalls, the Sisquoc Trail through the Bear Camps has plenty of both
SISQUOC TRAIL PROJECT
The LPFA and our fantastic volunteers have been busy working the Sisquoc Trail in the San Rafael Wilderness. We’ve cleared over 300 downed trees this year (2018) and at last count had less than 20 trees left! For those of you who know the Sisquoc Trail, that’s pretty amazing to say there are only
20 downed trees along the 30+ miles of trail. But we’re not happy and want to get them all….. If you are interested, please join us the weekend of July 20-22 as we head to the Upper Sisquoc to clear the remaining 20 downed trees and continue work along the section of trail between Alamar Saddle and Lower Bear Camp. We’ll be driving in from Upper Oso on Friday July 20 and basecamping at Bluff Cabin for the weekend. We’ll drive up to Alamar on both Friday and Saturday to work the Sisquoc Trail. This section of trail is over 5,000ft and mostly shaded with pines and cedars. We’re hoping the shade and nearby waterfalls will help us push through the heat and complete the work. If you are interested in signing up or hearing more details, please email INFO@LPForest.org
. We’re happy to have seasoned trail veterans as well as green trail rookies. It should be a great project and a fantastic opportunity to give back to the trails you love and explore this remote section of the Los Padres. We hope to hear from you soon……
— • — • — • —June 30 Montecito Trails Day, Over 100 Volunteers Helped Maintain 3 Miles of Thomas Fire Damaged Trails – Yee Haw!
• The LPFA was featured last month in the Santa Barbara Independent Blue and Green issue highlighting one of our Working Vacations from April 2018. Check it out…… and three cheers for all the great volunteers who make the Working Vacations so successful and fun! Cheer…… Cheer…… Cheer……
• Reminder that HikeLosPadres.com continues to be a great resource for knowing current trail conditions and water conditions across the forest. Be sure to check HLP before you head out and update it when you get back. Sharing information helps everyone. Thanks…..
• In case you missed it, the Thomas Fire was officially declared out last month after starting December 4, 2017.
• On a loftier note, the flock of condors in San Luis Obispo are doing great and beginning to expand their territory.
• The LPFA will be expanding our paid Trail Crew this summer and are looking for experienced Los Padres trail workers interested in working for the LPFA Trail Crew. The work will be primarily in Ventura and SB Counties and will range from day projects to week-long overnight backcountry hitches. If you are interested in throwing your name into the hat or hearing more details, please email INFO@LPForest.org
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The Los Padres is calling and I must go, photo JO Chung