Los Padres Forest Association



Founded in 1979, the LPFA is an official non-profit 501(c)(3) partner of the Los Padres National Forest. The LPFA shares the Forest Service motto of “Caring for the Land and Serving the People.”  We love nothing more than to help people enjoy their time in the Los Padres in a sustainable and respectful manner.  If you have any questions about the forest, trails, camps or anything Los Padres related – we are more than happy to help.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to care for the Los Padres Forest, ensuring it thrives and remains safe and open for the people to use and enjoy.

Program Details

Our Work

In 2019 LPFA has dedicated over 25,000 hours to help the Los Padres Forest. We have led over 80 forest projects and maintained over 85 miles of trail. LPFA supports the Los Padres trails and forest users every month of the year through boots on the ground projects. Our major projects are focused on ongoing trail maintenance, but we have a hand in many other forest related projects, such as signage, trash removal, and providing the public with information on forest conditions.
Volunteers provide the backbone of our work force, both literally and figuratively. Our volunteers have major accomplishments through their work on wilderness log-out, trail surveys, and the never ending task of keeping brush off the trail. We welcome anyone with a passion for the Los Padres to join us in our efforts!
LPFA Trail Crew
The LPFA trail crew is out just about every week of the year working on both front and backcountry trails all around the Los Padres. For more information on our trail crew, email us at INFO@LPForest.org.
Hike Los Padres
Hike Los Padres (HLP) was created with the mission of being a source of shared information on trails, camps and locations across the entire Northern and Southern portions of the Los Padres National Forest. The more information we all share and catalog, the better we can track the conditions of the forest network and figure out what sections, trails and or locations are safe to use and which need maintenance. Help us out by documenting trail conditions on your next hike, then search for your trail on HLP and submit a survey!
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PO Box 1282
Goleta, CA 93116
United States
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