Los Padres National Forest, California

#340 of 626 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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  • 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 passed ...  more »
  • After much searching, we spotted a superbloom on a distant peak as we traveled near Los Olivos. We drove by pastures and ranches to a trailhead for Grass Mountain in the Figueroa Mountain Recreational...  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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