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Recent Water Reports
Location Date ▾ Surveyor Water Report
Cow Spring Camp 03-22-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura 03-22-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Beartrap Camp 03-22-2015Mark SFlowing
Blue Canyon Camp 03-20-2015Steve GenestFlowing
Upper Reyes Campground 03-20-2015Mark SFlowing
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp 03-18-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Upper Blue Canyon Campground 03-14-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Blue Canyon Camp 03-14-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Upper Santa Ynez Campground 03-13-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Upper Santa Ynez Campground 03-13-2015Jeff B.Flowing
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp 03-07-2015Curt CraggDry
Willet Campground 03-07-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Upper Rancho Nuevo Campground 03-02-2015Mark SubbotinTrickle
Deal Junction Camp 03-02-2015Mark SubbotinTrickle
Mansfield Camp 03-02-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Mission Pine Basin Campground 03-01-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Little Pine Spring Camp 02-27-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Flores Flat Camp 02-27-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Kellogg Campground 02-27-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Bluff Guard Station 02-22-2015Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Sheep Campground 02-21-2015Steven CalkinsFlowing
Sulphur Pot Campground 02-21-2015Curt CraggFlowing
Upper Lopez Campground 02-21-2015Curt CraggFlowing
Cottam Camp 02-21-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Llly Meadows Camp 02-20-2015Steven CalkinsDry
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp 02-20-2015Max HawsFlowing
Blue Canyon Camp 02-15-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Upper Blue Canyon Campground 02-15-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp 02-15-2015Will Dry
Mission Pine Basin Campground 02-15-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
East Fork Lion Campground 02-15-2015Ed DiazTrickle
Twin Forks Campground 02-15-2015Aaron and Tom SongerFlowing
Water Canyon Campground 02-15-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Big Pine Camp 02-15-2015HeatherTrickle
Cottam Camp 02-14-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Haddock Camp 02-14-2015Aaron and Tom SongerTrickle
Three Mile Campground 02-14-2015Aaron and Tom SongerFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 02-14-2015Aaron and Tom SongerFlowing
Bluff Guard Station 02-14-2015Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Pens Campground 02-14-2015Shaddus Maximus Flowing
Indian Creek Camp 02-14-2015Shaddus Maximus Flowing
Reyes Creek Campground 02-13-2015Aaron and Tom SongerFlowing
Upper Reyes Campground 02-13-2015Aaron and Tom SongerFlowing
Lower Buckhorn Camp 02-13-2015Shaddus Maximus Flowing
Meadow Campground 02-13-2015Shaddus Maximus Flowing
Little Pine Spring Camp 02-06-2015Curt CraggTrickle
Santa Cruz Campground 02-06-2015Curt CraggFlowing
Fish Creek Camp 02-01-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Cottam Camp 01-31-2015FPFlowing
Oak Campground 01-26-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Willet Campground 01-21-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Cove Camp 01-18-2015Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Ant Camp 01-18-2015Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
The Pines Campground 01-18-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Happy Hollow Campground 01-17-2015The MasticatorDry
Brookshire Campground 01-16-2015Hike Los PadresTrickle
Middle Lion Campground 01-15-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
East Fork Lion Campground 01-12-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp 01-10-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Santa Cruz Campground 01-10-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
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Latest Camp Reports

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Cow Spring Camp Survey - 03-22-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cow Spring Camp
Date: 03-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:According to a Sierra Club hike through the area:

Damp seep at Cow Springs, could probably produce water if a hole was dug.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 03-22-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 03-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:As reported by the Sierra Club, great water at Alder Camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Beartrap Camp Survey - 03-22-2015 - by Mark S
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 03-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Mark S
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good flow
Weather Conditions:
Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 03-20-2015 - by Steve Genest
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 03-20-2015
Surveyor Name:Steve Genest
Camp Description:This was my first visit to the Dick Smith Wilderness. We started at Cold Spring Trail on E Camino Cielo. No water at Forbush. The tread was great the whole way, just a little spring growth encroachment...but no biggy. As expected, much poison oak. Still  some good wildflowers to see. We had the place to ouselves all day & night. There were signs of a very recent wildlife scuffle at Cottam proper...looked like cat prints and a 10" deep hole dug...something was trying to root out a critter.
Blue Canyon Camp is a great spot...very remote feel to the place which is exactly what we were hoping for. Long, slow hike out on Saturday for these old legs! Tick check revealed none.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Decent flow of good, clear water in the creek though there was a very slight overnight drop in flow.
Weather Conditions:
Upper Reyes Campground Survey - 03-20-2015 - by Mark S
Link: Upper Reyes Campground
Date: 03-20-2015
Surveyor Name:Mark S
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good flow
Weather Conditions:
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 03-18-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 03-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
The LPFA headed up to 19 Oaks to check on the status of the spring and also scout the toilet situation, which has been quite full for a few years now.

SPRING
- Last summer we dug out and cleaned the spring box.  It was empty at the time.
- Right now there is about 2ft of water in the spring but not enough to get to the out-pipe which leads down to the trough.  It's about 18inches short of the out-pipe.
- We shoveled out the trough so that if/when the water does flow out of the spring it will land in a clean trough.
- We need two large storms, PLEASE.
- Campers should get their water from nearby Oso Creek, which is flowing nicely.

TOILET
- The amount of waste in the toilet has gone down from last summer.  Last summer it was literally coming out the top of the toilet, right now its about 8inches down from the top.
- That being said, it needs to be cleaned up.
- In addition, the throne platform is starting to give out and should be rebuilt.  It's approximately 42" x 42" and free standing on the ground with a hole for the throne.  Suggest pressure 2x4 frame with plywood base and two other pt 2x4's for support across where the throne sits.
- The seat is also pretty gross and should be replaced.
- The protective wall is not in the greatest shape but is serviceable.
- This would be a great scout project.  It took me 30mins to hike from Upper Oso to 19 Oaks, pretty quick.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:The spring is not flowing but there is good water in Oso Creek about 1/4mile below the camp
Weather Conditions:9am, partly sunny, humid, mid-70's
Upper Blue Canyon Campground Survey - 03-14-2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Upper Blue Canyon Campground
Date: 03-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Nice campsite for up to 3-4 tents.  Fire pit needs to be reconfigured.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 03-14-2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 03-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Seat added to the old metal toilet. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Upper Santa Ynez Campground Survey - 03-13-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Upper Santa Ynez Campground
Date: 03-13-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Other than at USY Camp, there is no water along the Santa Ynez above Jameson Lake.  There is good water at Juncal. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Upper Santa Ynez Campground Survey - 03-13-2015 - by Jeff B.
Link: Upper Santa Ynez Campground
Date: 03-13-2015
Surveyor Name:Jeff B.
Camp Description:Quick one-night bikepacking trip, Lower Oso-Upper Santa Ynez and return the next day. Camp is in great shape, with very little sign of recent use when I was there; road up from Juncal Gate in very good condition.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Plenty of deliciously cool flowing water.
Weather Conditions:
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Latest Trail Reports

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Alder Creek Trail Survey - 03-27-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Alder Creek Trail
Date: 03-27-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:A few reports from the Alder Creek Trail:

- Back in December the CREW worked the first part of the trail from Dough Flat out to the Bucksnort Junction.
- That portion of the trail is fantastic.
- After leaving the Bucksnort the trail gets gradually worse but stays good until you get down to the McDonald Trail Junction.
- After this point the trail gets much worse the short distance until you meet with the main Alder Creek Junction.
- The trail is passable but needs lots of work from the McDonald Junction out to Alder Creek Camp and beyond to the Sespe

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Lopez Canyon Trail Survey - 03-22-2015 - by Nathan Claud
Link: Lopez Canyon Trail
Date: 03-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Nathan Claud
Trail description:Passed through on way from Rinconada to the top of the grade.  The trail is easy to follow however it could use some machete work.   A group of pack mules had come through and they did some clipping bout mostly at the higher level.  The poison oak is unavoidable.  Water is good in most of the creek.  There is one area low in the canyon where the creek is non existent but it picks up again above portrero creek.  The trail is marked in a few spots with pink ribbons.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Lots of poison oak encroaching on trail.
Big Falls Trail Survey - 03-21-2015 - by Nathan Claud
Link: Big Falls Trail
Date: 03-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Nathan Claud
Trail description:Came down on trip from Rinconada to top of grade.  Trail was well maintained and poison oak was beat back pretty well.  The poison oak was a little harder to avoid at the top of the trail, but it can be done.  The water is mostly clear, but the flow is very low. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Alejandro Trail Survey - 03-21-2015 - by James Wapotich
Link: Alejandro Trail
Date: 03-21-2015
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Trail description:From the trailhead, the trail is slight overgrown. Where it arrives at the ridge separating Colson and Alejandro Canyons it opens up, and remains open as it travels along the ridge between Rattlesnake and Alejandro Canyons. The trail the drops down a side canyon towards Alejandro Creek. From here all the way to the Alejandro Camp the trail is overgrown. The trail is easy enough to follow as it follows the creek, and does't require any real route-finding, but there is plenty of poison oak to be avoided.

Alejandro Camp is in fair shape with two sites close to each other inside a corral, supposedly to keep free range cattle from visiting. 

There is water intermittently flowing in Alejandro Creek, as well as just below Alejandro Camp.

Past the camp, the trail starts away from the creek and does require some route-finding. However, once it starts heading up towards the ridge between Alejandro Canyon and North Fork La Brea Creek that route becomes more evident, although still overgrown.

About two-thirds of the way up there is a large oak deadfall obscuring the trail. At this transition, there is a cattle trail leading off to the right that can be misleading. Instead, work your way past the oak tree and refind the trail, which actually starts to head back up Alejandro Canyon before top the ridge. This last section is perhaps the most overgrown. At the saddle the trail becomes much improved and it is easy to continue and locate the top of Weber Trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 03-20-2015 - by Mark S
Link: Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 03-20-2015
Surveyor Name:Mark S
Trail description:hiked and pack stock went from from Reyes Creek TH to Haddock 3/20 and returned 3/22.  Trail is easy to follow and in good shape from parking lot to Beartrap CG.  Then trail starts to get brushy and overgrown in places as it goes along the canyon bottom back and forth across Beartrap Creek,  As riparian vegetation leafs out, trail will likely be obscured but still possible to follow although difficult at times, but stays in canyon bottom.  Treadwork on the switchbacks leaving Beartrap widened tread an makes it readily passable for pack stock.  All downed trees were logged from saddle down to Haddock Camp.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Trail maintenance project
Adobe Trail Survey - 03-18-2015 - by Meghan Sheen
Link: Adobe Trail
Date: 03-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Meghan Sheen
Trail description:Trail is in good condition, easy to get off main trail due to extensive mountain bike trails and no trail markers. No water. No poison oak or ticks that we saw. Fun trail overall.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness Survey - 03-14-2015 - by M. Jones
Link: Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness
Date: 03-14-2015
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Trail description:

Lost Canyon trail on 03/14/15 was in excellent condition for the length of the trail. Spring has brought a profusion of wildflowers to Lost Canyon, California poppies, Bush poppies, Blue Dicks, Yurba Santa and sunflowers were all in bloom.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Romero Trail Survey - 03-14-2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Romero Trail
Date: 03-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Trail description:I hiked from the junction where the Romero Trail crosses the East Camino Cielo and begins the North section down to Blue Canyon.  The trail is relatively steep and follows an old fire break.  

The trail is becoming more eroded over the past few years, and could use some treadwork and water bar reconstruction.

The "Romero" trail sign at the junction on the south side of El Camino Cielo road is missing.

The junction sign at Blue Canyon Trail needs two bolts. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Steep trail with eroded sections and loose small stones
Jesusita Trail Survey - 03-13-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Jesusita Trail
Date: 03-13-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:
3/13/15
JUST IN

Jesusita Trail is closed due to a large hazard oak tree that has fallen (and has more falling to do) across the trail.  Crews are expected to clear the hazard tree early next week.  Until then, please choose a different trail.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Johnston Ridge Trail Survey - 03-12-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Johnston Ridge Trail
Date: 03-12-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:We got a report today from a backpacker who hiked the lower Johnston Ridge Trail from Sespe up to the Hot Spring.  There is good water flowing throughout the canyon and even cold water within the two creeks that feed into the hot springs above and below the spring.  Great time to get out!  Trail was in good shape.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
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