Los Padres National Forest provides Southern California and the Bay Area with a variety of terrain, vegetation and recreational settings. There are 1,257 miles of maintained trails which provide both day-use and extended backpacking opportunities. Much of the forest is unroaded and primitive and has 10 congressionally designated wildernesses comprising approximately 875,000 acres or about 48 percent of the forest. These include the Ventana, Silver Peak, Santa Lucia, Machesna, Garcia, San Rafael, Dick Smith, Sespe, Matilija and Chumash wildernesses.

Size: 2,969 square miles

Average Precipitation: 18.03 inches

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Information Number: 805-968-6640


Coordinates: 34.601201,-119.516264