Los Padres National Forest, California

#332 of 610 in Nature in California
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% of the forest. These include the Ventana, Silver Peak, Santa Lucia, Machesna, Garcia, San Rafael, Dick Smith, Sespe, Matilija and Chumash wildernesses.
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  • We have been to many different areas of Las Padres National Forest. The Forest itself is approximately 1,950,000 acres (7,890 km2) in area. This time we were at Mill Creek area which is in Big...  more »
  • I drove the Figueroa Mountain loop starting from Los Olivos in mid-May. There was a nice variety of wildflowers, but they were well past their peak. The scenery was beautiful and varied as you...  more »
  • My favorite national Forest in California. I love this place. I drive through it almost every weekend. I can't get enough. So much nature, the quiet and solitude. It can't get any better than here..
  • It's a place for the whole family, especially if you have dirt vehicles, or toys. it's lots of fun out there in the canyon.I would say there's something for everything out there. A great place to go with the family for the weekend with your motorcycles and your off road toys.

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