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Camps and Campgrounds

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Recent Water Reports
Location Date ▾ Surveyor Water Report
Valley View Campground 05-29-2015Dan WhelanTrickle
Sheep Campground 05-25-2015SaraFlowing
Vincent Flat Campground 05-25-2015Joshua IsaacFlowing
Potrero John Campground 05-25-2015Dan WhelanFlowing
Santa Cruz Campground 05-24-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Trail Springs Campground 05-24-2015Joshua IsaacTrickle
Ojito Campground 05-24-2015Joshua IsaacFlowing
Goat Camp 05-24-2015Joshua IsaacFlowing
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura 05-23-2015Coyote DaveFlowing
Sunset Campground 05-23-2015Erin C.Flowing
Halfmoon Campground 05-23-2015Erin C.Flowing
Madulce Camp 05-22-2015Condor TrailTrickle
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp 05-22-2015Paul CronshawDry
Espinosa Camp 05-22-2015Joshua IsaacTrickle
Blue Canyon Camp 05-13-2015Donnie TognazziniFlowing
Lower Buckhorn Campground 05-12-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Reyes Creek Campground 05-09-2015Arnold LevinFlowing
Beartrap Camp 05-09-2015Arnold LevinFlowing
Haddock Camp 05-09-2015Arnold LevinFlowing
Haddock Camp 05-09-2015Arnold LevinTrickle
Three Mile Campground 05-09-2015Arnold LevinFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 05-09-2015Arnold LevinTrickle
Big Pine Camp 05-09-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Fish Creek Camp 05-03-2015Paul CronshawDry
Manzana Camp 05-03-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Manzana Narrows Camp 05-03-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Lost Valley Campground 05-02-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Peidra Blanca Camp 05-02-2015Christian HammonFlowing
Mission Pine Springs Campground 05-02-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Mission Pine Basin Campground 05-02-2015Hike Los PadresDry
Big Pine Camp 04-29-2015Jeff B.Trickle
Santa Cruz Campground 04-25-2015JasperFlowing
Madulce Camp 04-25-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
White Ledge Campground 04-23-2015M. JonesFlowing
Manzana Camp 04-23-2015M. JonesFlowing
Sulphur Pot Campground 04-22-2015Anonymous SurveyorDry
Blue Canyon Camp 04-20-2015Valerie NortonFlowing
Cottam Camp 04-20-2015Valerie NortonDry
Sulphur Pot Campground 04-19-2015Jeaninne LittleFlowing
Fish Creek Camp 04-19-2015much improved!!Dry
Halfmoon Campground 04-19-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Willet Campground 04-18-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Nira Campground 04-18-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Chorro Grande Camp 04-18-2015Hike Los PadresDry
Oak Campground 04-18-2015Hike Los PadresDry
White Ledge Campground 04-11-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp 04-11-2015Tim MolloyDry
Upper Rancho Nuevo Campground 04-11-2015BCStagnant
Balm of Gilead Camp 04-11-2015Steve CypherDry
Buckeye Camp 04-11-2015Steve CypherTrickle
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp 04-11-2015M. JonesDry
South Fork Campground - Sisquoc 04-10-2015Tom PlymaleFlowing
Potrero Campground 04-10-2015Tim MolloyTrickle
Mansfield Camp 04-08-2015Tom PlymaleFlowing
Maple Camp 04-07-2015Hike Los PadresTrickle
Heath Camp 04-06-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Buckeye Camp 04-05-2015Jeaninne LittleTrickle
Sheep Campground 04-05-2015N27CFlowing
Cottonwood Camp - Sisquoc Trail 04-04-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
Three Mile Campground 04-03-2015NOrman93001Flowing
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Latest Camp Reports

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Valley View Campground Survey - 05-29-2015 - by Dan Whelan
Link: Valley View Campground
Date: 05-29-2015
Surveyor Name:Dan Whelan
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:good depth, lots of water but the flow is a trickle
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Campground Survey - 05-25-2015 - by Sara
Link: Sheep Campground
Date: 05-25-2015
Surveyor Name:Sara
Camp Description:On Memorial Day weekend, only one other camper was present.  There is a fantastic campsite at lower end nearest to a scenic viewpoint overlooking the valley.

One of the four campsites was impacted by a huge fallen tree lying across the firepit/stove area.  This is the second highest campsite.  There is another campsite just above which is not very visible from the trail.

The spring was flowing beautifully.


Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:low 50s to low 70s, breezy
Vincent Flat Campground Survey - 05-25-2015 - by Joshua Isaac
Link: Vincent Flat Campground
Date: 05-25-2015
Surveyor Name:Joshua Isaac
Camp Description:Stayed on two days, Friday the 23rd and Sunday the 25th. Camp was completely empty on Friday, and on Sunday had at least 10 groups of backpackers. Some poison oak, but easily avoided and not encroaching on campsites.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The creek was flowing about a 1/4 mile down from camp. In addition, there are several flowing creeks along the next mile of trail towards Cone Peak Rd.
Weather Conditions:Not too cold - maybe lower 50s at night.
Potrero John Campground Survey - 05-25-2015 - by Dan Whelan
Link: Potrero John Campground
Date: 05-25-2015
Surveyor Name:Dan Whelan
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good flow
Weather Conditions:
Santa Cruz Campground Survey - 05-24-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Santa Cruz Campground
Date: 05-24-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Still water at both the trail and road crossing but it's not flowing too much.  No pools.  The camp was very busy with mtn bikers and hikers.  Trail was in good shape to Santa Cruz other than the usual slides on the front of Little Pine.  Still wildflowers blooming.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Trail Springs Campground Survey - 05-24-2015 - by Joshua Isaac
Link: Trail Springs Campground
Date: 05-24-2015
Surveyor Name:Joshua Isaac
Camp Description:This camp is very tiny and primative. Single site, with most spots sitting on the angled bank towards the creek. Sits at the intersection of Gamboa and Cone Peak trail, about 1 1/4 miles past Cone Peak. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:There were a couple of small pools with flowing water.
Weather Conditions:
Ojito Campground Survey - 05-24-2015 - by Joshua Isaac
Link: Ojito Campground
Date: 05-24-2015
Surveyor Name:Joshua Isaac
Camp Description:Camp was about 1/2 mile down a steep overgrown trail. Many trees crossing the path, including a quite large one (about 5 foot diameter). Overgrown with poison oak. I'm not sure we found the actual camp - we stopped at the creek, where there was room for a couple of tents near a fire pit - but the maps have the camp across the creek. Don't really recommend it in its current state - Goat was much better. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Plenty of flowing water, with several pools
Weather Conditions:High 40s
Goat Camp Survey - 05-24-2015 - by Joshua Isaac
Link: Goat Camp
Date: 05-24-2015
Surveyor Name:Joshua Isaac
Camp Description:Decent sized primitive campsite, room for at least a couple of groups.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:No water at the camp, but there is a flowing stream crossing the trail south of the camp
Weather Conditions:
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 05-23-2015 - by Coyote Dave
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 05-23-2015
Surveyor Name:Coyote Dave
Camp Description:Camp was in great shape.  Found a bear-thrashed tent about 100 yards upstream.  Plenty of water in Alder Creek.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Sunset Campground Survey - 05-23-2015 - by Erin C.
Link: Sunset Campground
Date: 05-23-2015
Surveyor Name:Erin C.
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Piru creek is flowing well!
Weather Conditions:
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Latest Trail Reports

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Pratt Trail Survey - 05-29-2015 - by Dan Whelan
Link: Pratt Trail
Date: 05-29-2015
Surveyor Name:Dan Whelan
Trail description:All is good. Very dry. Still water at Valley View, but just a trickle of flow
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Big Falls Trail Survey - 05-25-2015 - by Frank Kehl
Link: Big Falls Trail
Date: 05-25-2015
Surveyor Name:Frank Kehl
Trail description:We hiked this trail on Memorial Day, going as far as Upper Big Falls. This segment of the trail is clear and in excellent shape. Poison oak lines both sides of the trail in most places, but is easily avoided. Lower Big Falls is still flowing - barely. Upper Big Falls has stopped flowing altogether, although the pool at the base of the falls still has plenty of water.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Tunnel Trail Survey - 05-24-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Tunnel Trail
Date: 05-24-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Large tree across the trail down near the bottom, about the last two miles before the dam, a ton of poison oak overgrown on the trail, can't get around it. Beautiful trail but needs to be cleared.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Needs clearing
Howard Creek Trail Survey - 05-23-2015 - by Dan Whelan
Link: Howard Creek Trail
Date: 05-23-2015
Surveyor Name:Dan Whelan
Trail description:Trail is in great shape. There are some spots where the annual grasses and plant have closed the trail in but still very easy to follow and pass.
No water on trail 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Manzana Trail Survey - 05-22-2015 - by Caddo Mounds
Link: Manzana Trail
Date: 05-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Caddo Mounds
Trail description:Water good enough to Dabney Cabin on 5/22/2015 but did not see any more after that to Schoolhouse.  Heard there was some water west of Schoolhouse at beaver dam but did not confirm.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Alder Creek Trail Survey - 05-21-2015 - by Coyote Dave
Link: Alder Creek Trail
Date: 05-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Coyote Dave
Trail description:Hiked Alder Creek Trail from Dough Flat to Alder Creek and continued on down Alder Creek to the Sespe.  Trail was in great condition and easy to follow.  No water at Squaw Flat but grape vines are starting to fruit.  There is plenty of water at Cow Springs if you hike up the wash 30 yards or so.  Dripping Springs was barely dripping but had water in the pools at its base.  East Fork Alder Creek was dry.  The main fork of Alder was flowing nicely all the way to the confluence with the Sespe.  
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Roque Canyon Trail Survey - 05-19-2015 - by Condor Trail Association
Link: Roque Canyon Trail
Date: 05-19-2015
Surveyor Name:Condor Trail Association
Trail description:Got a report from a thru-hiker.  The trail from Roque Camp down to Kerry Canyon is non-existent.  No sign of a trail, take the path of least resistance and make your way down the canyon.  It is passable but expect to run into thick brush and dead ends.  There was water at Roque Camp and along most of the canyon as it heads downstream towards Lazy Camp.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Non existent
Devils Canyon Trail Survey - 05-18-2015 - by Gerry Ching
Link: Devils Canyon Trail
Date: 05-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Gerry Ching
Trail description:

Hiked the Matias Potrero - Devil's Cyn loop today. The eastern segment of the Matias trail is in relatively good shape. Overgrown in spots, but the tread is always visible. The junction of the Matias and Devil's Cyn trails is marked with a large metal sign which doesn't mention the Devil's Cyn trail. Go left and downhill from this junction.

The Devil's Cyn trail descends fairly steeply. The section 0.3 miles from the junction is overgrown with tall grasses, but can be followed easily with care. Several downed trees (0.8 mile from end of trail) across the path requires going around or over. The last 0.4 mile involves 4 stream crossing with lots of poison oak. Long pants and long-sleeved shirts highly recommended. The track is a little hard to see, but followable. There is a trail sign where the trail meets Paradise Rd, but the sign doesn't identify the trail.

Did this loop without a car shuttle, parking the car at the Matias Potrero trailhead. Utilizing the shortcut trail down to the Red Rock parking lot, total mileage with 8.6 miles.

The day was near perfect for this hike. Cool, in the low 70s with a fresh breeze. Oh, a fair number of ticks encountered. Note: the Matias/Devil's Cyn route as marked on the 1995 topo quad is quite accurate.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Devil's Cyn trail needs work
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 05-17-2015 - by Julie
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 05-17-2015
Surveyor Name:Julie
Trail description:Hiked from Nira to White Ledge along Manzana Trail. Next day hiked Hurricane Deck to Lost Valley trail back to Nira. Water in Manzana Creek up to Big Spruce turn off, then only standing water to White Ledge.
The first 2 miles of Hurricane deck were clear and easy to follow. The last last 1-2 miles was very overgrown and not well marked - to the point I contemplated whether I was on an actual trail any longer. No water along this whole section.
Lost valley trail in good condition. No water along here either.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 05-16-2015 - by Jeremiah Swider
Link: Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 05-16-2015
Surveyor Name:Jeremiah Swider
Trail description:Lots of poison oak crowding the trail.  In some places we had to push through bushes but for a majority of the hike it was a fine trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Overgrowth of plants in some places, including poison oak.
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Latest Comments

Very little "dripping" occurring at Dripping Springs right now but plenty of water for filtering in the pools below it. read more...
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Cow Springs was flowing as of 5/21/2015. Tasting notes: hints of rust and fart but quite refreshing. read more...
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Just a trickle from the spring on May 18, 2015.  There is a small crack in the spring box, however, and I was able to use a siphon to fill the bottles for my group (of 10) in conjunction with the trickle from the pipe below the spring. Trough was full… read more...
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I visited Squaw Spring on Sunday, May 17, 2015, and it had a wonderful little water flow.  One has to walk upstream from the campsite area to find it, but it is there and pump-able and drinkable.  Last year in May of 2014, this was dry, so I was very… read more...
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Sespe Hot Springs is a must see if you are heading down the Sespe trail.  It is like entering a lunar landscape, with so steam pouring out of the rocks and water pools and strange things growing in the pools of water.  Also, the camp sites are unique,… read more...
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Currently, the spring itself is not easy to access; there is a lot of poison oak right in front of the water.  Be careful! read more...
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Craig - what results did your kids find with regards to the water quality?  I bottled up a few gallons one March and it tasted great.  A week later my water bottles smelled of the nastiest sulfur you can imagine. read more...
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Author's website: www.LPForest.org
Kids headed up to Bellyache earlier this month to research water quality for their school science project. Flowing great, as always. read more...
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Author's website: www.craigrcarey.net
Love this road. I do it with a 2x4 4runner just fine. But i have a nice low gear with some all terrains.

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Water flowing at Chokecherry as of 5/10/15.  The flow was light, which means it's probably time to get out there and clean out the spring box again. read more...
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Author's website: www.LPForest.org
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