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Latest Water Report

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Recent Water Reports
Name ▾ Date Surveyor Water Report
Forbush Campground 12-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Cottam Campground 12-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Lost Valley Campground 12-17-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Nira Campground 12-17-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Alejandro Camp 12-17-2014Hike Los PadresTrickle
Barrel Springs Campground 12-07-2014Hike Los PadresDry
Lower Cruickshank Campground SETH SOUZAFlowing
Cottam Campground 12-7-2014Ben CropFlowing
West Fork Lion Campground 10-7-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
East Fork Lion Campground 12-6-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Upper Caliente Campground 12-8-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Manzana Narrows Camp 12-7-2014Aaron and Tom SongerTrickle
The Pines Campground 12-6-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Santa Cruz Campground 12-07-2014Heather RoseStagnant
Little Pine Spring Campground 12-7-2014Heather RoseFlowing
Potrero Campground 11-22-2014Bryan ConantDry
Sycamore Campground 11-25-2014Paul "The Beeman" CronshawDry
South Fork Campground - Sisquoc 11-25-2014Paul "The Beeman" CronshawDry
Lonnie Davis Campground 11-25-2014Paul "The Beeman" CronshawFlowing
White Ledge Campground 11-25-2014Paul "The Beeman" CronshawDry
Manzana Narrows Camp 11-25-2014Paul "The Beeman" CronshawFlowing
Fish Creek Campground 10-27-2014Paul "The Beeman" CronshawDry
Lost Valley Campground 11-26-2014Paul "The Beeman" CronshawDry
Nira Campground 11-26-2014Paul "The Beeman" CronshawDry
Manzana Narrows Camp 11-25-2014Paul "The Beeman" CronshawFlowing
Valley View Campground 11-12-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationStagnant
West Fork Lion Campground 11-11-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
East Fork Lion Campground 11-11-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 11-16-2014John SpiegelTrickle
Three Mile Campground 11-15-2014John SpiegelDry
Haddock Campground 11-16-2014John SpiegelDry
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 4-15-2010Bryan ConantFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Beartrap Camp 11-10-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Upper Reyes Campground 11-10-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Matilija Campground 11-9-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Middle Matilija Campground 11-09-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Maple Campground 11-9-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Happy Hollow Campground 7-27-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Hidden Potrero Campground 7-24-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Log Cabin Campground 11-6-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Middle Lion Campground 11-5-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Forbush Campground 11-5-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Vincent Flat Campground 11-1-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Bear Creek Campground 10-26-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Twin Forks Campground 10-29-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 10-29-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Gridley Springs Campground 11-3-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp 10-1-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Manzana Schoolhouse Campground 10-27-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry

Latest Camp Reports

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Forbush Campground Survey - 12-18-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Forbush Campground
Date: 12-18-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Cottam Campground Survey - 12-18-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cottam Campground
Date: 12-18-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Lost Valley Campground Survey - 12-17-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Lost Valley Campground
Date: 12-17-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Nira Campground Survey - 12-17-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 12-17-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Alejandro Camp Survey - 12-17-2014 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Alejandro Camp
Date: 12-17-2014
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Small amount of water in the creek
Weather Conditions:65-70 Sunny and warm
Barrel Springs Campground Survey - 12-07-2014 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Barrel Springs Campground
Date: 12-07-2014
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Camp Description:?Just passed through the camp on a bike ride. The camp has a good amount of tables and fire rings. Barrel Springs Camp looked great after the recent rain, the grass is starting to emerge, so the area was blanketed in a carpet fresh green grass. The camp is unfortunately in decay, and the Barrel Spring tank needs to be repaired. The camp is still a very peaceful and beautiful place to camp.?
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at the spring or in the creek
Weather Conditions:70 Sunny and warm
Lower Cruickshank Campground Survey - - by SETH SOUZA
Link: Lower Cruickshank Campground
Date:
Surveyor Name:SETH SOUZA
Camp Description:went in for a day hike to survey how the water and wind had done. we picked up down trees, branches along the way. we could hear the water flowing for miles. trail still looks great.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Main falls were at least 3 feet deep, pocket pools looked good to, flowing great
Weather Conditions:60 and sunny with some fog
Cottam Campground Survey - 12-7-2014 - by Ben Crop
Link: Cottam Campground
Date: 12-7-2014
Surveyor Name:Ben Crop
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Immediately following two days of rain. Up to 6in deep and clear.
Weather Conditions:
West Fork Lion Campground Survey - 10-7-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: West Fork Lion Campground
Date: 10-7-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
East Fork Lion Campground Survey - 12-6-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: East Fork Lion Campground
Date: 12-6-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:As reported by Troop 33:

East Fork has great water 1,000 yards up from camp at falls. Multiple flowing pools with crystal clear water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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Latest Trail Reports

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Manzana Trail Survey - 12-16-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Trail
Date: 12-16-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The Manzana is now flowing again.  Isn't rain a wonderful thing.....
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Alejandro Trail Survey - 12-7-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Alejandro Trail
Date: 12-7-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Trail description:The trail for the most part is in great shape and is easy to follow, it can be a little tricky once you pass Alejandro camp and ascend uphill, watch for cattle trails that lead you too high on the saddle, if you end up in an oak grove on the saddle, just descend along the ridge until you see the trail, at this point you follow the trail down hill towards Barrel Springs Camp.
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:A little bit brushing could be done in a few places, but the trail is in good shape.
Cozy Dell Trail Survey - 12-13-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cozy Dell Trail
Date: 12-13-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Reports of sink holes along the trail after the large December 2014 rains.  The Ojai Ranger District has a project scheduled to fix them and clean the trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Aliso Loop Trail Survey - 12-13-2014 - by FP
Link: Aliso Loop Trail
Date: 12-13-2014
Surveyor Name:FP
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Recent rains have eroded several sections of the trail. Rock and gravel slides have covered spots here and there. But trail is easily followed.
Caliente Trail Survey - 12-8-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Caliente Trail
Date: 12-8-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Trail is mostly clear up from the trailhead with the usual amount of growth and downed trees in the Caliente Jungle.  NO WATER above the trailhead.  Went up as far as Upper Caliente Camp, again no water.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Photo Humphrey

Photo Humphrey
Horn Canyon Trail Survey - 12-6-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Horn Canyon Trail
Date: 12-6-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The Ojai Ranger District led a trail project up Horn Canyon from the trailhead to The Pines Campground.  Headed up by Ranger Heidi, they were able to lop and clear the trail.  There was good water in the creek but no water at the camp.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Second Crossing, photo Ranger Heidi
Arroyo Burro Trail Survey - 12-4-2014 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Arroyo Burro Trail
Date: 12-4-2014
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Trail description:Hiked the front side from the Jesusita Trailhead up to the top.  While the tread is easy to follow, brush does often extend completely across the trail in the middle section.  Coming down to the road, some of the old, dead trees and limbs have come down although nothing large crosses the trail.  The last turn before meeting the road has dropped down to it and a steep tread is developing over some roots near this collapse.  It is a bit of a worrisome spot when the trail is slippery from rain.  The trail has been adorned with "Private Property" signs set high in trees and to be visible when coming back down.  These should be serving as a reminder to stay on the trail in this section, but do appear to be attempting to dissuade all hikers from using it at all.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Very brushy between Autograph Rock and joining the road, collapse near joining the road, couple small trees down
Mission Pine Trail Survey - 11-15-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Mission Pine Trail
Date: 11-15-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The LPFA and VWR led a second of three projects to open up the Mission Pine Trail.  This project started at Windy Gap and headed West towards Mission Pine Basin.  A crew of 10 volunteers worked on the trail over two days.  They were able to work past the Rattlesnake Canyon Saddle, which is where they left off last time, and continued work to within 1.5miles of Mission Pine Basin!  AWESOME!

Picture provided by the Beeman.  Big thanks to VWR Leader Curt Cragg for organizing the efforts.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

VWR Crew lineup

Looking good, nice work!


Looking back towards West Big Pine, WOW!

This rock marked the top of the worst section, it is now clear.


It's hard to beat the views from the Mission Pine Trail
Potrero Canyon Trail Survey - 11-18-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Potrero Canyon Trail
Date: 11-18-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Trail was clear and nice up to the Negus Potrero but started to get brushy from the Potrero to the Deck.  That last upper section could use some brushing.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
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Ben - Which direction did you take to get to Cottam Camp?  Did you notice any downed trees along the route?  We've heard that there is a large downed oak out there but have not been given an exact location.  Thanks....... read more...
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Author's website: www.hikelospadres.com
The old highway is blocked at Frenchmans Flat to give a little extra walking, but the route is being well maintained by ANFFLA volunteers.  The only (sometimes) manned fire lookout in Los Padres, brought to you by very determined volunteers and Angeles… read more...
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Topped this one by what is likely the easiest route.  Used the Slide Mountain Trail (in very good shape) to get the closest access and followed the ridge for 2 miles through brush.  This area was burned in the Day Fire (2006) and the brush was mostly… read more...
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Looking for an update to water availability along this trail - thinking of hiking from Reyes Creek to Piedra Blanca in 3 days/2 nights. read more...
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It has been a while since we camped at Sage hill, but nobody else has replied, so here goes.   First, there is creek to cost, on a cement platform, in the road.   If there have been heavy rains, crossing could be a problem.   this is a group camp, with… read more...
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10/20/2014 VWR Road Patrol along Buckhorn RdChokecherry is flowing nicely with crystal clear water read more...
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Author's website: www.LPForest.org
Used an approach from the west side starting at the gate on Trail Canyon just north of where Snowy Creek OHV Trail enters and followed the ridge around in a long loop.  Quite easy to pass along deer trails.  The peak is very long and flat, but the highest… read more...
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