|Location||San Luis Obispo County, California|
|Nearest city||Santa Maria, California|
|Area||14,100 acres (57 km2)|
|Governing body||US Forest Service / USDA|
The wilderness was created by the U.S. Congress as part of the Los Padres Condor Range and River Protection Act of 1992 (Public Law 102-301). The same legislation also established the Chumash, Machesna Mountain, Matilija, Sespe, and Silver Peak Wilderness areas. It is named for the mountain it protects, the east-west ridge of Garcia Mountain, a 3,146 ft. peak of the Santa Lucia Range. The area's vegetation includes chaparral and grasslands to oak forests.
There are two designated campgrounds and three hiking trails, the longest being the 11-mile (18 km) Caldwell Mesa Trail.
Notes and references
- "George Bush: Statement on Signing the Los Padres Condor Range and River Protection Act". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
- Los Padres Condor Range and River Protection Act, June 19, 1992. Retrieved on January 19, 2018.
- "Garcia Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- Text of Los Padres Condor Range and River Protection Act, 102-301.pdf