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Los Padres National Forest

April 1, 2018 - April 7, 2018

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The trails of Los Padres National Forest need your help after the devastation of recent wildfires! The Thomas Fire burned across Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties for over 30 days from December 2017 into January 2018. It was the largest wildfire in California history covering over 275,000 acres. Included in the lost acreage was 125 miles of trails. Volunteers will spend the week repairing damage caused by these fires. Work will include brushing and treadwork. The exact project location and trails will be determined as we get closer to the project start, but most likely work will be a combination of maintenance on the Thomas Fire trails and other non-burned trails. Most of the trails we’ll be working are within view of the Pacific Ocean, the Channel Islands and overlooking the beautiful city of Santa Barbara.

The Crew Leader position for this trip is still OPEN.  Learn more about becoming a Crew Leader with American Hiking Society.


Los Padres Forest Association


Car Camping Tent Sites


Day Hiking up to 6 miles per day

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Minimum Volunteer Age


Maximum Group Size


Area and Attractions

Los Padres National Forest encompasses approximately 1.75 million acres of central California's scenic Coast and Transverse Ranges. The forest stretches across almost 220 miles from north to south and consists of two separate land divisions. The northern division is within Monterey County and northern San Luis Obispo County and includes the beautiful Big Sur Coast and scenic interior areas. The "main division" of the forest, where the project will take place, includes lands within San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern Counties. Los Padres contains a wide range of ecosystems, from seacoast and marine habitats to redwood forests, mixed conifer forests, oak woodlands, grasslands, pinyon juniper stands, chaparral and semi-desert areas, which are home to more than 468 fish and wildlife species.

Accommodations Description

Volunteer will camp in car camping tent sites on the grounds of the Historic Volunteer Ranger Cabin with use of the facilities there, including showers and flush toilets. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping pad and bag, cup/bowl/eating utensils, and personal items.


NO Airport Pickup provided for this trip. The closest airport is Santa Barbara, California


Los Padres National Forest
3505 Paradise Road, Santa Barbara, California 93105 United States