Best Trails in Los Padres National Forest
Los Padres National Forest is a beautiful place in central and Southern California. Administered by the United States Forest Service, Los Padres includes most of the mountainous land along the California coast from Ventura to Monterey, extending inland. Elevations range from sea level to 8,800 feet.
Many threatened and endangered species live in this beautiful place. Probably the most famous among them is the California condor (Gymnogyps californianus), for whom the United States Forest Service established the Sespe Condor Sanctuary. Hot springs, hiking trails, rivers, and desert views about in this recreation area. An Adventure Pass is required within many areas of the park.
Wilderness areas in Los Padres include:
San Rafael Wilderness (194,380 acres (787 km2))
Ventana Wilderness (240,026 acres (971 km2))
Garcia Wilderness (14,100 acres (57 km2) in the Lucia District)
Santa Lucia Wilderness (20,412 acres (83 km2) in the Lucia District, in the Santa Lucia Mountains)
Machesna Mountain Wilderness (19,880 acres (80 km2), in the La Panza Range in San Luis Obispo County)
Silver Peak Wilderness (31,555 acres (128 km2), in the Monterey District)
Dick Smith Wilderness (64,800 acres (262 km2) in the Santa Barbara Ranger District)
Chumash Wilderness (38,150 acres (154 km2) in the Mt. Pinos Ranger District, just west of Mount Pinos)
Sespe Wilderness (219,700 acres (889 km2), in both the Ojai and Mt. Pinos Ranger Districts)
Matilija Wilderness (29,600 acres (120 km2) in the Ojai Ranger District)