Saturday has been designated a “Fee Free Day” for visitors to the Los Padres National Forest. The fee will be waived in all areas where an Adventure Pass normally is required. The free day is a celebration of National Public Lands Day, which is held each year on the last Saturday in September.
An Adventure Pass is normally required for day use activities and camping at many recreational facilities in the Forest. Seven of the most popular and more heavily visited areas are Rose Valley, Figueroa Mountain, Pozo-La Panza, Goldhill, Ballinger, Mt. Pinos (snow season only) and the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area. This weekend’s free day applies to all areas where an Adventure Pass is normally required, except the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area, where a fee will still be required. Other fees such as reservation fees and group site fees will also still apply. Forest visitors, who may unknowingly validate a daily Adventure Pass on “Fee Free Day”, can have the pass replaced free-of-charge at most Forest Service offices that are located in southern California.
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance public lands that are set aside for all Americans to enjoy. The Monterey, Santa Barbara, and Ojai Ranger Districts of the Los Padres National Forest, will be hosting several volunteer projects this Saturday, September 26.
Monterey Ranger District – The Ventana Wildlife Alliance (VWA) is leading a volunteer effort on the Gamboa trail Friday – Sunday. This is a continuation of almost 2 years of work on trails in the Cone Peak area (Kirk,Vicente, Stone Ridge and theGamboa trail). The effort will be led by David Knapp and Mike Heard. Contact theVentana Wildlife Alliance at 831-423-3191 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information about volunteering for the project.
Santa Barbara Ranger District – Volunteers can help with trail maintenance on the Cold Springs trail located just north of Santa Barbara. Contact project coordinator Kerry Kellogg at 805-967-3481 for information about volunteering for the project.
Ojai Ranger District – The volunteer project is to rehabilitate Reyes Peak Campground. The project will include painting, straightening tables, repairing fire rings, restroom maintenance, installing vehicle barriers, signing and working on a trail and trailhead, which are adjacent to the campground. Meet at the Ojai Ranger District Office by 8:30 a.m. and travel toReyes Peak Campground, 7 miles east of Highway 33 on Pine Mountain Road. Contact Heidi Anderson, Wilderness/Trails Manager, Ojai Ranger District, at 805-646-4348 (ext. 309) about volunteering for the project.
For more information regarding recreational opportunities, current fire restrictions and volunteering, contact the Forest Service office listed below which is nearest to the area you are interested in.
Santa Lucia Ranger District (Santa Maria) – (805) 925-9538
Santa Barbara Ranger District (Santa Barbara) – (805) 967-3481
Ojai Ranger District (Ojai) – (805) 646-4348
Mt. Pinos Ranger District (Frazier Park) – (661) 245-3731
Monterey Ranger District (King City) – (831) 385-5434
Information is also available on the Los Padres National Forest website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres