Garcia Wilderness

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Garcia Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Location San Luis Obispo County, California
Nearest city Santa Maria, California
Coordinates 35°14′56″N 120°18′35″W / 35.24889°N 120.30972°W / 35.24889; -120.30972Coordinates: 35°14′56″N 120°18′35″W / 35.24889°N 120.30972°W / 35.24889; -120.30972
Area 14,100 acres (57 km2)
Established 1992
Governing body US Forest Service / USDA

The Garcia Wilderness is a 14,100-acre (57 km2) wilderness area within the Los Padres National Forest in San Luis Obispo County, California.

It is one of several areas set aside by the United States Congress in 1992 with passage of the Los Padres Condor Range and River Protection Act (Public Law 102-301).

Named for the mountain it protects, the east-west ridge of Garcia Mountain, a 3,146 ft. peak of the Santa Lucia Range.[1] The area's vegetation includes chaparral and grasslands to oak forests.

The main river drainages are the Salinas River and the Santa Maria River.

There are two designated campgrounds and three hiking trails, the longest being the 11-mile (18 km) Caldwell Mesa Trail.

Notes and references[edit]

  • Text of Los Padres Condor Range and River Protection Act, 102-301.pdf

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