Hike, boulder scramble, gawk and provide stewardship in one of the most amazing rock art havens on the Los Padres National Forest.
Normally, arduous backpacking is the only way into this gorgeous area, but we will be driving in for our stewardship project. On the edge of the San Rafael wilderness, it's a place out of place, from a time out of time. The giant sandstone monoliths lining the canyon walls and beautiful wind-swept trees remind one of Utah, save for the Chumash rock art peppered throughout.
At 5,000 feet, we are working on a 1/2 acre patch of knapweed, just starting to spill over the road into the canyon. We'll be dead-heading the spent flowers to keep from stimulating it's massive root system into further growth, until more effective measures can be used.
We'll camp out right on the ridge, under a near-full moon, enjoying a warm campfire, lavish community dinner, and the serenade of pick up musicians should any attend. Bring your acoustic instruments! We'll spend the day Sunday exploring the beautiful canyon area and gawking at rock art in compliance with conservation protocols. Bring your cameras and binoculars.
You will need basic camping equipment, sturdy boots, protective clothing, food, snacks and water. We'll be carpooling in the available high clearance vehicles, but 4WD is not necessary. It's a long ride out, but the pleasure will be all yours.
To sign up and get a gear list, go here:
- Outdoor Recreation
- Habitat Restoration
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- teens with parent welcome!