Los Padres National Forest is a forest located in southern and central California, which includes most of the mountainous land along the California coast from Ventura to Monterey, extending inland. California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. Elevations range from sea level to 8,831 feet.
The forest is approximately 1,950,000 acres (7890 km²) in area, of which 1,762,400 acres (7,132. 18 km²) or about 88% are public lands; the rest are privately owned inholdings. An inholding is privately owned land inside the boundary of a National park, National forest, State park, or similar publicly owned Protected The forest is divided between two noncontiguous areas. The northern division is within Monterey County and includes the beautiful Big Sur Coast and scenic interior areas. Monterey County is a county located on the Pacific coast of the U Big Sur is a sparsely populated region of the central California, United States, coast where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the The "main division" of the forest includes lands within San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern Counties, with a small extension into Los Angeles County in the Pyramid Lake area, between Castaic and Gorman. San Luis Obispo County is a county located along the Pacific Ocean in the Central Coast of the U Santa Barbara County is a County located on the Pacific coast of the southern portion of the U Ventura County is a county in the southern part of the US state of California ( Southern California) Kern County is a County located in the southern Central Valley of the U Los Angeles County is a county in California and is by far the most populous county in the United States. Pyramid Lake is also a Lake formed by Pyramid Dam on Piru Creek, near Castaic California. Castaic California ( 2000 Census population 22173 in the 91384 ZIP Code) and Area code 661 is an unincorporated community in Los Angeles Gorman California is an Unincorporated community in northwestern Los Angeles County, where three Mountain ranges meet — the Sierra Pelonas Mountain ranges within the Los Padres include the Santa Lucia Mountains, La Panza Range, Caliente Range (a small part), Sierra Madre Mountains, San Rafael Mountains, Santa Ynez Mountains, and Topatopa Mountains; the highest parts of the forest are not within named mountain ranges, but are adjacent to the western San Emigdio Mountains and include Mount Pinos, Cerro Noroeste, and Reyes Peak. The Santa Lucia Mountains or Santa Lucia Range is a Mountain range in coastal California, running from Monterey southeast for 105 miles (170 The La Panza Range is a Mountain range on the Central Coast of California in central San Luis Obispo County, east of the small town of Santa Margarita Home to the highest peak in San Luis Obispo County, the 1556 meter (5106 foot Caliente Mountain, the Caliente Range is a west-east trending zone of uplift along the The Sierra Madre Mountains are a Mountain range in northern Santa Barbara County, California, USA. The San Rafael Mountains are a Mountain range in central Santa Barbara County, California, USA. The Santa Ynez Mountains are a portion of the Transverse Ranges, part of the Pacific Coast Ranges of the west coast of North America, and are one of the The Topatopa Mountains are located in Ventura County in southern California, north of Santa Paula. The San Emigdio Mountains are a part of the Transverse Ranges in Southern California, extending from Interstate 5 at the Grapevine on the Mount Pinos is a mountain peak located in the Los Padres National Forest, on the boundary between the California counties of Ventura and Kern Cerro Noroeste (or Mount Abel) is located in Southern California's Kern County, a mile north of the Ventura County border The forest is also adjacent to the Angeles National Forest, which is in the Los Angeles County in Southern California and is nearby Carrizo Plain National Monument in eastern San Luis Obispo County. The Angeles National Forest (ANF was established on July 1 1908, incorporating the first San Bernardino National Forest and parts of Santa Barbara Los Angeles County is a county in California and is by far the most populous county in the United States. The Carrizo Plain is a large enclosed plain approximately 50 miles (80 km long and up to 15 miles (24 km across in southeastern San Luis Obispo County San Luis Obispo County is a county located along the Pacific Ocean in the Central Coast of the U Forest headquarters are located in Goleta, California.
Many rivers in Southern and Central California have their points of origin within the Los Padres National Forest, including the Carmel, Salinas, Cuyama, Sisquoc, Santa Ynez, Sespe, Ventura, and Piru. The Carmel River is a River, 36 miles long on the central coast of Monterey County California. The Cuyama River is a River in southern San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County California. The Sisquoc River is a River in Santa Barbara County California. The Santa Ynez River is one of the largest Rivers on the Central Coast of California. Sespe Creek is a small Stream in Ventura County California in the United States. The Ventura River is a River in Ventura County California. The river forms at the confluence of Matilija Creek and North Fork Matilija Creek 15 miles Piru Creek is a large Stream in Northern Los Angeles County and Eastern Ventura County California.
Several wilderness areas have been set aside within the Los Padres National Forest, including the San Rafael Wilderness, the first primitive area to be included in the U. The San Rafael Wilderness is a Wilderness area in the mountains of north central Santa Barbara County, California, USA. S. wilderness system after the passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964. The Wilderness Act of 1964 ( was written by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society. Another large wilderness created in the 1970s was the Ventana Wilderness in the Santa Lucia Mountains. The Ventana Wilderness is a wilderness area located in the Santa Lucia Mountains along the Central Coast of California.
More recent wilderness areas created in the Los Padres include:
Many threatened and endangered species live within the Forest. Probably most famous among them is the California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus). The California Condor ( Gymnogyps californianus) is a North American Species of Bird in the New World vulture family Cathartidae The American Peregrine Falcon is also entirely dependent on the Forest for its survival. The Peregrine Falcon ( Falco peregrinus) also known simply as the Peregrine, and historically as the "Duck Hawk" in North America is a The California Mule Deer may be the most common large mammal. California Mule Deer, Odocoileus hemionus californicus, is a subspecies of Mule Deer whose range covers much of the state of California.
Many vegetation types are represented in the Los Padres, including chaparral, the common ground cover of most coastal ranges in California below about 5,000 feet (1500 m), and coniferous forests, which can be found in abundance in the Ventana Wilderness as well as the region around Mount Pinos in the northeastern portion of the Forest. Chaparral is a Shrubland or heathland Plant community found primarily in the U
Los Padres exhibits an extreme risk of forest fires; in 1965, a truck driven by country singer Johnny Cash caught fire, and burned several hundred acres in Ventura county. Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. Johnny Cash (born J R Cash; February 26 1932 - September 12 2003 was a Grammy Award -winning American country Singer-songwriter. Because of this risk, there are many restrictions on building fires in Los Padres National Forest. Some portions of the forest are closed entirely to public entry during the fire season (including the entire San Rafael Wilderness). The San Rafael Wilderness is a Wilderness area in the mountains of north central Santa Barbara County, California, USA. Normally the fire season extends from June 1 each year until the time of the first autumn rains, which is usually in mid-November.
A National Forest Adventure Pass is required for parking in most locations of the Los Padres National Forest, as well as other National Forests in Southern California, and may be obtained from local merchants, visitor centers, or online. The National Forest Adventure Pass is a parking permit issued by the United States Forest Service that permits bearers in the four National Forests in Southern Southern California, or So Cal, is defined as the southern portion of the U It is not required in the Monterey Ranger District (Ventana Wilderness and Silver Peak Wilderness).