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Goleta Ranger
updated: Dec 26, 2012, 11:05 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Does anyone know why the Los Padres Ranger Office in Goleta doesn't answer their phone? Getting local hiking trail closure & condition reports is almost impossible.

When we call the Ojai station, they pick up the phone on the second ring and they admit to having the same problem with the Goleta office. Does anyone have more in-depth info?

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 COMMENT 357432 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-26 11:11 AM

Day after Christmas? Holiday! If it helps rained hard up here last night


 COMMENT 357436 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-26 11:20 AM

Can you go knock on their door?

Depending on where you are hiking, the trails are likely to be a little muddy with all of the recent rain. We went up Jesusita and then Romero and we were slipping around a bit.

Wear good hiking shoes, bring lots of water and snacks, a camera, and leave your cellphone at home (makes getting lost more fun and you aren't tempted to call SaR).

Enjoy the hike!


 COMMENT 357445 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-26 01:02 PM

Maybe their phones are down. Used to be more of a regular thing when landlines where all the rage. Now the instant gratification of reaching who you want when you want by cell phone has made patience a dying virtue.


 COMMENT 357451 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-26 01:58 PM

Work furlough would be my best guess.


 COMMENT 357453 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-26 02:07 PM

Try the Los Padres Ranger Office in Santa Barbara. Or the ranger office in Carpinteria.


 COMMENT 357454 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-26 02:32 PM

Why don't you look on line at their website. That is probably what the person behind the counter at their office would do.


 COMMENT 357461 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-26 03:18 PM

When people post like this, I wonder what the back story is. There must be an alternate issue, question or reason for posting here on Edhat.


 COMMENT 357471 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-26 04:04 PM

They had caller id???


 COMMENT 357484P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-26 05:18 PM

@447: Why so snarky? How do you know that the OP doesn't have patience? All he/she wanted to know was why the office wasn't open.


 COMMENT 357491 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-26 05:35 PM

their job is not to run around and map trail conditions while keeping the office manned to answer phones for every "citizen" who calls because they can't prepare for the worst, get off their butt and go look for themselves.


 COMMENT 357513 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-26 06:51 PM

use-or-lose annual leave time....

last moments of enjoyment before fiscal cliff furloughs.


 COMMENT 357519 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-26 08:53 PM

The number you're calling is for the entire Los Padres forest, which is a huge area. Call the Santa Barbara Ranger District, whose number is on the website. They always know what's up. After all of the rain we've had, the roads are most likely closed


 RED CREEK agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-27 07:53 AM

The answer is ... the Goleta office is closed for the holidays. This information is posted on their website:

"This office will be closed Monday, December 24th through Wednesday, December 26th for the Christmas Holiday"

www fs usda gov/detail/lpnf/about-forest/offices

If you go to the link (replace spaces with dots) the latest alerts, road closings, etc. are also posted.


 COMMENT 357551P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-27 08:08 AM

I glad I didn't have to wait two hours to read the deleted posts. I surely would have missed them.

I don't think either of them should have been deleted.


 COMMENT 357560 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-27 09:00 AM

The nitpicky and somewhat complicated system of Edhat rules are obviously designed to push users into becoming PAID members. But for these not so subtle manipulations, I would have become a paid subscriber long ago.


 SBSURFERLIFE agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-27 09:23 AM

560- It doesn't seem that complicated. The Edhat rules are basically, don't be a jerk. You could always upgrade to support a community resource you appear to frequently enjoy.

But that's off-topic, I agree with the consensus, they're probably on vacation or out of the office.


 COMMENT 357612 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-27 12:22 PM

The Goleta location is the HQ office for the whole of Las Padres Nat'l Forest, which stretches between SB and Monterey. LPNF is divided into five administrative units called "Ranger Districts" with district offices in King City, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Ojai and Frazier Park. Here is contact info for the SB Ranger, specifically:

District Ranger: John Smith

3505 Paradise Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
VOICE: (805) 967-3481
FAX: (805) 967-7312
TTY/TDD: (805) 967-7337

Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm Monday - Saturday (summer hours)

Email Jim Lopez ( jlopez at fs dot fed dot us) for Recreation and Visitor Information

Santa Lucia Ranger District (for Fig Mtn wildflr info)
1616 No.Carlotti Dr.
Santa Maria, CA 93454--Helen Tarbet @ x 246 for fig mtn info
Phone: (805) 925-9538
TDD (805) 925-7388
FAX: (805) 961-5781

While there are personnel at the LPNF office in Goleta, staff has taken the time to build a website full of information for forest users pertinent to each of the individual districts, to more efficiently use taxpayer dollars re: inquiries. The front page has a *closure alert* box for any closures within the district.

It may not feel as convenient as calling and talking to a live person, but going to the website can be quite informative, well beyond the basic information you might be seeking. Look around the website, then call your local office, but expect to leave a voice mail/receive a return call.

Bookmark it and visit often! ;-) http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.


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