The United States Congress designated the Chumash Wilderness (map
) in 1992 and it now has a total of 38,150 acres
All of this wilderness is located in California
and is managed by the Forest Service.
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.