Hello Friends – Happy New Year!
- Campfires are allowed within Designated Campfire Use Sites only
- No backcountry campfires
- Portable camping stoves can be used anywhere across the forest, including backcountry
- No recreational target shooting
There is a chance that the restrictions will be further modified in January, we’ll be sure to keep you posted on any changes. Oh, and don’t forget your California Campfire Permit, which is needed for having a campfire or using a portable stove, click here, it’s free and takes just a few minutes…….
The new Matilija Falls Trail is taking shape and one of the LPFA’s big initiatives for 2019!
The LPFA Trail Crew, changing the name “Lost Valley” to “Staying on Trail Valley” one bush and downed tree at a time.
Another LPFA focus for 2019 is continued trail work in the San Rafael Wilderness. Photo Jason Morris
- Some really exciting news came out of Santa Barbara County earlier this month when the first California condor chick fledged in the SB backcountry in more than 35 years. Awesome stuff! You can read more about this monumental success here, here, here and here.
- We’ve been hearing reports from across the Los Padres from Big Sur to Agua Blanca that ticks are out in full force this season. Yikes! There are quite a few tricks to avoid ticks but here are a few recommendations from the Forest Service you might want to follow.
- Thanks in large part to the Montecito Trails Foundation, the Cold Spring and West Fork Cold Spring Trails have been reopened within the Thomas Fire scar above Montecito. The lower Mountain Drive trailhead remains closed but you can enjoy the trail coming from either Hot Springs Canyon or the Gibraltar trailhead of West Fork Cold Spring. Cold Spring was the final trail to remain closed as a result of the Thomas Fire.
- The May 2019 Amgen Tour of California bike race was announced with two stages crossing through the Los Padres. The exact stage routes have not been announced but it looks like stage 4 will be going through Big Sur along iconic Hwy 1 and stage 5 will be covering some of the Central/Southern Los Padres. We’ll share more when available. The Tour of California is always fun…….
- The road construction along Hwy 33 just above Ojai near the quarry has been completed and the road delays have been removed. Good news for sure……
- Cherry Creek, Pine Mtn and Dough Flat roads have been closed in the Ojai Ranger District as part of the regular winter weather road closures. They should reopen on May 1.
- A young mountain lion was found in Santa Barbara before being relocated into the Los Padres Forest.
- The Franklin Trail above Carpinteria is temporarily closed at mile marker 3 along Phase II due to Southern California Edison road construction.
Devil’s Canyon, not nearly as nasty as its name indicates, thanks to SYWHG, LPFA and SBMTV volunteers, photo Jim Blakley