Dick Smith Wilderness

Located in the Los Padres National Forest in California.

The 68,000-acre Dick Smith wilderness is an extremely rugged area with numerous drainages, located about 12 miles from Santa Barbara. Elevation ranges from 3,750 in the east along the Cuyama Rim to 6,541 feet at Maldulce Peak. Vegetation is mostly chaparral with scattered pine at higher elevations. A number of creeks flow yearlong in the upper reaches of the wilderness. Prominent canyons can be found along Indian, Mono, Alamar, Don Victor and Santa Barbara creeks. The area has 8 trails totaling 49 miles and 5 trail camps. Despite the existence of fire trails and firebreaks, the area has retained a natural appearance. Wildlife species within the wilderness include bear, deer, mountain lions, bobcats and coyotes. Recreation use of the wilderness is mainly hiking, fishing and hunting in season.

For further information contact: Mount Pinos Ranger District, Los Padres National Forest

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 8 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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