The terrain of Chumash Wilderness drops toward the southwest from Mt Pinos, 8831 elevation, (the highest peak on the Los Padres NF). Conifers populate the higher elevations of the Wilderness and lead down to fire prone chaparral which dominates the lower elevations of the southern California mountain ranges. Barren, knifelike ridges stand between steep-walled drainages, and you'll find some of the highest and most rugged terrain in all of southern California in the Chumash Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Chumash Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.