Falling away from the heights of Mt. Pinos , the Chumash potential wilderness additions reveal a striking and eroded landscape. These badlands are a maze of chaparral covered steep and narrow canyons. Seasonal creeks and perennial springs are interspersed throughout the area. While the upper elevations in these areas contain pines and other montane confiers, the lower elevations find more level terrain, including vast areas where springtime brings colorful wildflower displays that are not to be missed.
This area, being more remote than some areas of the forest is also an excellent place to see wildlife. Edging back from extinction, the California condor with its 9-foot wingspan may be observed soaring over the area while black bear, mountain lion and mule deer also inhabit the region.
The Chumash Wilderness was established in 1992 by the Los Padres Condor Range and River protection Act.
Read about how to plan your next trip to the Chumash Wilderness in Backpacker Magazine.
Size & Boundaries
Southwestern Chumash Addition - 17,522 acres. This scenic and accessible area is bounded by Hwy 33 to the west, Apache Canyon Road to the north, existing Chumash Wilderness to the east, and private inholdings along Lockwood Valley Road to the south.
Southern Chumash Addition - 5,756 acres. This rugged area between Sespe and Chumash Wildernesses has its western boundary about one mile east of Forest Service Road (FSR) 8N40, the northern boundary is existing Chumash Wilderness, the eastern boundary lies about one mile west of private inholdings near FSR 8N31, and the southern boundary is Lockwood Valley Road.
No current trails within these wilderness additions
This area has no existing campgrounds, but both Nettle Springs and Dome Springs campgrounds lie just outside the proposed wilderness boundaries.