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Recent Water Reports
Location Date ▾ Surveyor Water Report
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 Campground 02-20-2015Steven CalkinsDry
Blue Canyon Camp 02-15-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Upper Blue Canyon Campground 02-15-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
Manzana Schoolhouse Campground 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 Campground 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
Reyes Creek Campground 02-13-2015Aaron and Tom SongerFlowing
Upper Reyes Campground 02-13-2015Aaron and Tom SongerFlowing
Little Pine Spring Campground 02-06-2015Curt CraggTrickle
Santa Cruz Campground 02-06-2015Curt CraggFlowing
Fish Creek Campground 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
Little Pine Spring Campground 01-10-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Lower Buckhorn Campground 01-03-2015Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Sage Hill Campground 01-03-2015DougDry
Manzana Schoolhouse Campground 01-01-2015Anonymous SurveyorDry
East Fork Lion Campground 12-30-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Upper Oso Campground 12-29-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Oak Flat Campground 12-28-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Lower Cruickshank Campground 12-27-2014SETH SOUZAFlowing
Bear Creek Camp 12-27-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Fresno Campground 12-25-2014SETH SOUZAFlowing
Middle Matilija Campground 12-23-2014Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
White Ledge Campground 12-22-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Cottam Camp 12-22-2014Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
Big Cone Camp 12-21-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Forbush Campground 12-21-2014Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
South Fork Campground - Sisquoc 12-20-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Sycamore Campground 12-20-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Miller Canyon Campground 12-20-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationStagnant
Spruce Creek Campground 12-20-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Cottam Camp 12-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Forbush Campground 12-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Alejandro Camp 12-17-2014Hike Los PadresTrickle
Nira Campground 12-17-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Lost Valley Campground 12-17-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
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Latest Camp Reports

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Bluff Guard Station Survey - 02-22-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 02-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:I suspect the water tank is running low.  Indian creek was flowing, so I refilled my water there.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Indian creek flowing. Water tank low
Weather Conditions:50s & cloudy
Sheep Campground Survey - 02-21-2015 - by Steven Calkins
Link: Sheep Campground
Date: 02-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Steven Calkins
Camp Description:One of my favorite camps, it is divided into 3 sections and the upper camp was recently crushed by a huge fallen tree, it landed right across the fire ring and stove.  The middle and lower camps are in great condition.  The new spring box is running steady at about 1 liter a minute, I tried to ream the pipe out but made no difference.  Still good water source.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:New spring box working wonderfully, thanks.
Weather Conditions:
Sulphur Pot Campground Survey - 02-21-2015 - by Curt Cragg
Link: Sulphur Pot Campground
Date: 02-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Curt Cragg
Camp Description:This is a very nice camp in Lopez Canyon with a picnic table, several tent spots and some beautiful pools that look they would be worth soaking in on a hot day.  Unfortunately a bear appears to have done a number on the toilet surrond and some careless campers have added to the misery, so you'll have to dig a hole, but that's no reason not to camp here.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Excellent water flowing below the camp
Weather Conditions:Partially cloudy, high 60's during the day
Upper Lopez Campground Survey - 02-21-2015 - by Curt Cragg
Link: Upper Lopez Campground
Date: 02-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Curt Cragg
Camp Description:This camp is located in a very nice tree shaded slot canyon with flowing water right below it.  It features a picnic table, fire ring and several spots for tents.  Although it is only a short distance from the Suphur Pots camp it offers a nice alternative if that camp is full.  Recent work on the Lopez Canyon Trail has made this a nice place for a short overnight backpacking trip.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Nice flowing water in the creek
Weather Conditions:Partly Cloudy, cool, high 60's
Cottam Camp Survey - 02-21-2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Cottam Camp
Date: 02-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Hiked down from Cold Springs Saddle and spent a night at this camp.  Brought in a new shovel to replace the old one that has no handle.  Reformatted the fire pit and tested it with a fire. Lots of fire wood from several downed oaks. near camp. Table needs new top boards.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:6-12" of water, flowing at campsite
Weather Conditions:Cloudy with possible showers, 60 degrees
Llly Meadows Campground Survey - 02-20-2015 - by Steven Calkins
Link: Llly Meadows Campground
Date: 02-20-2015
Surveyor Name:Steven Calkins
Camp Description:Very nice camp.  I was the only one there I stopped on the way up to Sheep Camp.  There are many spots for tents and a nice table and fire pit.  Bring plenty of water.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Get water at waterfall at base of trail before going up.
Weather Conditions:
Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 02-15-2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 02-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Camp is in good condition. 

There are  3 old ice box stoves; two are still intact on their stone pedestals, the middle one is broken and laying in the bushes.  

We cleaned out the toilet and fire ring. 


Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:1 -2 feet of water in pools by campsite
Weather Conditions:Sunny and warm.
Upper Blue Canyon Campground Survey - 02-15-2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Upper Blue Canyon Campground
Date: 02-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Campsite has a small footprint for hikers.  There is one table and a firepit. I delivered a long handled shovel for cleaning the firepit. Fixed the tread on the eastern approach to the camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Clear water, 1-2 feet in the pools
Weather Conditions:Sunny and warm.
Manzana Schoolhouse Campground Survey - 02-15-2015 - by Will
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Campground
Date: 02-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Will
Camp Description:Great camp - lots of space, great views, fire rings, and benches.  Trail is in great condition.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Last water is at Dabney Cabin
Weather Conditions:Clear, mid-70s. Perfect weather.
Mission Pine Basin Campground Survey - 02-15-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Mission Pine Basin Campground
Date: 02-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Water flowing in drainage near camp.  Not much flow but there is something drinkable and wet.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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Latest Trail Reports

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Alejandro Trail Survey - 02-25-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alejandro Trail
Date: 02-25-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:One old tree fall. Hiked from colson to camp. volunteers were trimming the day we went, trail was easy to follow.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
North Fork Lockwood Trail Survey - 02-21-2015 - by Steven Calkins
Link: North Fork Lockwood Trail
Date: 02-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Steven Calkins
Trail description:Trail is in good shape, no trees down and well defined.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Lopez Canyon Trail Survey - 02-21-2015 - by Curt Cragg
Link: Lopez Canyon Trail
Date: 02-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Curt Cragg
Trail description:The trail does still need some work, but it is probably in the best shape that it has been in for some time thanks to some recent trail projects including the one we did today with LPFA clearing fallen trees off of the trail.  Be prepared for poison oak thoough.  There is plenty of it and it is just starting to bloom so it is likely to get worse through the spring and early summer.  Water flow is excellent in the creek and both camps, Sulpher Pots and Upper Lopez are in great shape.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Blue Canyon Connector Trail Survey - 02-21-2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Blue Canyon Connector Trail
Date: 02-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Trail description:A nice level hike from Cottam Camp to the dirt road passes through some oak grasslands.  There was no water in the sections of this trail that cross the Blue Canyon Creek and Santa Ynez River. The last section of trail is a little hard to find; it follows the SYRiver before a steep ascent up the bank to the dirt road. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Chorro Grande Trail Survey - 02-15-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Chorro Grande Trail
Date: 02-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:This is for the very lower portion of the trail up to Oak Camp.

In general, the trail is in very good condition. It does see a fair amount of use (at least relative to other trails in the Sespe region), so it's unlikely to get overgrown any time soon.

However, it's clear that a little bit work needs to be done. Some parts of the trail are indistinguishable from the creek. Parts of the trail are brushy and needs clipping.

Other than that it's all pretty nice. A load of bugs as usual. Not many ticks when I was there.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Mission Pine Trail Survey - 02-15-2015 - by Curt Cragg
Link: Mission Pine Trail
Date: 02-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Curt Cragg
Trail description:

McKinley Saddle to MP Basin VWR Trail Recon Hike

Sunday, February 15, 2015

VWR’s:  Curt Cragg and Skip Boyland


Objective:  Drive up McKinley fire road from Cachuma Saddle to look at road conditions.  Check McKinley Spring Camp.  Hike from McKinley Saddle to Mission Pine Basin to check on trail conditions and tree falls from prior report in anticipation of trail project scheduled for February 27-March 1, 2015


McKinley Fire Road Condition:  Excellent, no major washouts, tree falls or slide areas.


McKinley Springs Camp:  Full.  There was a bachelor party group of 13 backpackers from the L.A. area camping at McKinley Spring.  They did an excellent job of cleaning up trash left by previous campers.  We hauled out trash so that they did not have to pack it down the road.  Counseled them on making sure that they soak their campfire tomorrow when they leave.


Mission Pine Trail from McKinley Saddle to Mission Pine Spring:  The first mile to two miles to San Rafael peak needs brush work and some tread repair which we will address on the upcoming trail project.  There are four tree falls past San Rafael Peak on the trail leading down into MP Spring camp that need to be cleared (see photos).  All can be addressed with a 4’ crosscut saw.  There are two tree falls just past the camp that also need to be cleared.  Areas of flowing water along the trail from recent rain storm.


Mission Pine Spring Camp:  Empty.  Camp is in good condition.  Bears have been chewing on the picnic table.  Water flow at spring is excellent and very fresh.


Mission Pine Trail from MP Spring to MP Basin:  First two miles past the tree falls near the camp, trail is in generally good condition with the need for some tread repair and brush work, but not overgrown.  From two miles east to MP Basin camp there are several areas that need brush work, tread repair and tree clearing.  The switchbacks leading into the MP Basin drainage probably need the most work.  Most of the tree falls are match sticks, but there are a few larger trees that need to be cleared.  This will be the primary focus of the trail project on Saturday, February 28th.


Mission Pine Basin Camp: Empty.  The trail junction from the MP Trail to the MP Camp has been lost and needs signage.  It is unclear where to leave the trail to hike to the camp and the trail to the camp is hard to follow due to brush and tree falls.  There are several tree falls across the trail that passed the camp as well.  The camp is showing promising signs of new pine tree growth, but the campsite is barren and has several hazard trees that need to be dropped.  There was water in the drainage around MP Basin Camp.


Link to photos:  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ve2f5zw2zr4l992/AACO9PCItZcwbEDd56S12DYya?dl=0




Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Sisquoc Trail Survey - 02-15-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Sisquoc Trail
Date: 02-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Water is flowing along the Sisquoc from South Fork to just below Water Canyon.  The trail is followable for most of that stretch but does require some route finding skills.  Look for flagging to help you along your way.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Salmon Creek Trail Survey - 02-14-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Salmon Creek Trail
Date: 02-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:After estrella it gets thin on parts of the trail and planta overgrowing the trail on some parts definetly all uphill basically until you get to the fire road. Its ablut 2.5 miles but it feels like 4 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:A little overgrown
Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail Survey - 02-14-2015 - by Shriner
Link: Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail
Date: 02-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Shriner
Trail description:Between miles 0-1 trail is in fair to good condition, no work needed. Between Miles 1-2 sections of the trail are angled and loose and would be sketchy for those not sure footed. A little work could go a long way especially since the ground is soft now. 

Also around mile 1.6-2 dormant poison oak is just waiting to take over the trail. Now would be an excellent time do some preventative removal.

Stream is low but running nicely and even saw a few trout darting around in bigger holes

One guy and a couple were seen on the trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Just needing tread work
Blue Canyon Trail Survey - 02-14-2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Blue Canyon Trail
Date: 02-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Trail description:Except for the two downed trees, the trail corridor from the Blue Canyon Trailhead to Cottam Camp is in good condition.  I restored the tread on a few small slides.  There is flowing water at all the creek crossings.  Contrary to a previous survey there were no ticks. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Two downed trees need to be removed
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