Dick Smith Proposed Wilderness Additions

Chumash Proposed Wilderness Additions
Balanced Rock © Gordon Johnson

Area Description  

Chaparral covered slopes, eroded sandstone outcroppings, narrow and deep river and creek gorges, waterfalls, deep pools, and abundant wildlife - these a few of the many fascinating treasures found in the proposed additions surrounding the Dick Smith Wilderness. Here, the coastal climates temper the normally hot and dry inland weather to create a unique and diverse landscape. Wildflower blooms in late February and early March are breathtaking and each year thousands of people make the drive to see these displays.  For more adventurous types, many stunning examples of Chumash rock art can be found in caves and rock outcroppings within this area. 

These additions form the upper watersheds for the Santa Ynez and Cuyama Rivers, vitally important sources of water for the communities around the forest, including the billion dollar wine industry in the Santa Ynez Valley and all the residents of the South Coast between Goleta and Carpinteria.

The Dick Smith Wilderness was created under the 1984 California Wilderness Act.

Order a map of the Dick Smith Wilderness and other areas in the Los Padres National forest created by local cartographer, Bryan Conant.  

Size & Boundaries

Southwestern Dick Smith Addition - 5,281 acres. This area's western and northern boundaries formed by Buckhorn Road (Forest Service Road (FSR) 9N11), eastern boundary is existing Dick Smith Wilderness, and the southern boundary is Buckhorn Trail (27W12).

Northern Dick Smith Addition - 18,952. The western boundary roughly follows Santa Barbara Canyon Road, northern and eastern boundaries formed by Los Padres NF border, and the southern boundary FSR 8N19 and Tinta Trail (24W02).

Eastern Dick Smith Addition - 2,309 acres. The western boundary is existing Dick Smith Wilderness, northern boundary is FSR 7N04, eastern boundary formed by private inholdings along Hwy 33 and Bear Canyon Trail (24W01), and the southern boundary is Hwy 33.

Southeasten Dick Smith Addition - 26,755 acres. The western and northern boundaries are formed by FSR 7N05, the eastern boundary is formed by FSRs 6N17 and 6N03, and southern boundary formed by FSR 6N24 and FSR 6N30. 

Trails

Alamar Trail, Alamar Hill Trail, Bear Canyon Trail, Deal Trail

Campgrounds

Lower Alamar