We were fortunate last week to have an early season storm roll across the Los Padres bringing with it precipitation ranging from around a tenth of an inch in the inland areas to over an inch along the coastal mountains. That’s a great start for the season and if nothing else should bring some green color to some of our hills soon. Depending on what happens from here on out we could enjoy a nice long green season, which we haven’t had very much of over the past decade. Fingers crossed for a nice series of slow and steady storms ahead…….
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Poplar Trail, in Need of a Shave, photo Aaron Songer, October 2018
BLUFF – POPLAR WORKING VACATION
The LPFA will be hosting our next Working Vacation starting next week from October 19-28. We’ll be base-camping at the Bluff Administrative Cabin and working down the Poplar Trail in the Dick Smith Wilderness along the upper Indian Creek drainage. Due to fire related road closures and poor access, the Poplar Trail has become extremely overgrow in recent years with some people calling it the “worst trail in the Santa Barbara Backcountry”. Our focus over the Working Vacation will be to clear downed trees, remove choked brush and attempt to push the “worst trail” moniker to someplace else. If you have some free time between the 19th and 28th and are interested in volunteering on the trail we’d love to have your help. We are asking that people volunteer for at least 4 days. This is a car-camping style project since we have the luxory of driving the 90-min dirt road in to Bluff Camp. If you don’t have a dirt road worthy vehicle, don’t worry, we should have plenty of space in other trucks for you to carpool along. As usual, all food, tools and PPE will be provided for the volunteers. For more information or to sign up please email project leader Mike Smith at TrailSmith@LPForest.org
. Hope to see you out there…..
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Morning Moment of Truth, How Hot is it Gonna be? photo AQuinn
• The LPFA will be putting on our 4th Annual Used Gear Sale on Sunday November 4
at Tucker’s Grove in Goleta. As usual, we’ll have literally hundreds of gently used camping gear supplies, tents and other odds and ends highlighted by dozens of Gossamer Gear
backpacks. If you have any used camping gear you’d like to donate, we’d be happy to take it off your hands in exchange for a donation receipt and a high five. Proceeds from the sale go to the LPFA Trail Care program. For more information or to donate your camping gear email: INFO@LPForest.org
• General hunting season ended a few weeks ago for most of the Los Padres (A Zone South) but general deer season opens this weekend for Zone D13, which covers most of the Mt Pinos Ranger District and a large portion of the Ojai District. Click here for a map of D13. D13 opens October 13 and lasts through November 11.
• A coalition of local Southern Los Padres trail organizations, including the LPFA, have combined forces to raise needed funds to restore the trails impacted by the Thomas Fire. You’ll be hearing A LOT more about the Thomas Fire Trail Fund in the coming weeks/months but we have released a PDF update on the Thomas Fire trail restoration efforts, check it out here.
• Two California Condors have been found dead in recent months as a result of gunshot wounds. One condor was found near Porterville and the other in Kern County, just outside the Los Padres. Currently there is a $15,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for these tragic deaths.
• The LPFA will once again be printing 2019 Los Padres calendars just in time for the holidays. We’re looking for any great photos you might have of the Los Padres that we could include in the calendar. Email us (INFO@LPForest.org) for more information.
• The Ogilvy Fire was declared 100% contained. The fire chewed up 172 acres and burned from September 1-4 in the Mono drainage in the Santa Barbara Backcountry.
• Sycamore Canyon Road, which is used to access Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, is closed to the public Monday – Friday lasting through November 30. The road is currently being repaired after sustaining major damage in the 2016-2017 atmospheric river storms.
• Don’t forget to check HikeLosPadres.com before your next adventure into the Los Padres. Great place to read about water and trail conditions. And don’t forget to share your findings when you get back…..
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The Wander-Full Southern Views Across the Chumash