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Camps and Campgrounds

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Latest Water Report

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Recent Water Reports
Name ▾ Date Surveyor Water Report
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
Water Canyon Campground 10-27-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationStagnant
Oak Campground 10-27-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Middle Matilija Campground 10-28-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Pens Campground 06-04-1994M. JonesFlowing
Big Pine Campground 11-13-2009M. JonesFlowing
Santa Lucia Memorial Park Campground 10-27-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Madulce Campground 10-25-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Madulce Campground 6-27-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Rasberry Campground 10-16-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Middle Matilija Campground 10-4-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Matilija Campground 10-4-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
The Pines Campground 10-1-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Log Cabin Campground 09-06-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Peidra Blanca Campground 09-22-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Twin Forks Campground 09-22-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Big Cone Spruce Campground 10-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Manzana Narrows Campground 10-27-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Manzana Campground 10-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Fish Creek Campground 10-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Nira Campground 10-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Forbush Campground 10-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Upper Reyes Campground 10-11-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Beartrap Camp 10-11-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Haddock Campground 10-11-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
Big Pine Campground 09-30-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationStagnant

Latest Camp Reports

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Valley View Campground Survey - 11-12-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Valley View Campground
Date: 11-12-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
West Fork Lion Campground Survey - 11-11-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: West Fork Lion Campground
Date: 11-11-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
East Fork Lion Campground Survey - 11-11-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: East Fork Lion Campground
Date: 11-11-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 11-16-2014 - by John Spiegel
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 11-16-2014
Surveyor Name:John Spiegel
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:The water was flowing, but just barely. It quickly disappeared south of camp.
Weather Conditions:
Three Mile Campground Survey - 11-15-2014 - by John Spiegel
Link: Three Mile Campground
Date: 11-15-2014
Surveyor Name:John Spiegel
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:There was good flowing water a mile west - half-way along the trail to Haddock. There were also puddles here and there along the trail in either direction.
Weather Conditions:
Haddock Campground Survey - 11-16-2014 - by John Spiegel
Link: Haddock Campground
Date: 11-16-2014
Surveyor Name:John Spiegel
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:There was good flowing water a mile east - half-way along the trail to Three Mile Campground.
Weather Conditions:Clear and cold! 25F just before sunrise.
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 4-15-2010 - by Bryan Conant
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 4-15-2010
Surveyor Name:Bryan Conant
Camp Description:Snowy and cold, but very beautiful!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date:
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Beartrap Camp Survey - 11-10-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 11-10-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Upper Reyes Campground Survey - 11-10-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Upper Reyes Campground
Date: 11-10-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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Latest Trail Reports

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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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Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 11-16-2014 - by John Spiegel
Link: Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 11-16-2014
Surveyor Name:John Spiegel
Trail description:I spent the night at Haddock, and hiked to Pine Mountain Lodge Camp and back on Saturday. The trail was mostly good and easy to follow, with a few downed trees. There was good flowing water halfway between Haddock and Three Mile, stagnant puddles here and there, and a trickle at Pine Mountain Lodge.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:[Pine Mt. Lodge to Haddock only] Mostly good, but with some downed trees.
Reyes Peak Trail Survey - 11-16-2014 - by John Spiegel
Link: Reyes Peak Trail
Date: 11-16-2014
Surveyor Name:John Spiegel
Trail description:There was no water along the trail (though there was some a mile east of Haddock Campground, between Haddock and Three Mile). The trail was pretty good through Haddock Peak, though I lost it once or twice for just a little bit (I added some more cairns on my way out). The view from Haddock Peak was amazing! Between Haddock Peak and Haddock Campground, the trail was overrun by thornbushes, 2m high in some places. Even with my rain jacket and rain pats (which shed the thorns quite well), I ended up with some scratches. I would absolutely not attempt this without brush pants and a jacket.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:I lost the trail a few times, and between Haddock Peak and Haddock Campground the trail was overrun with thornbushes.
Horn Canyon Trail Survey - 10-11-2014 - by JO
Link: Horn Canyon Trail
Date: 10-11-2014
Surveyor Name:JO
Trail description:Started our hike at 6:30 AM.  Needed our headlamps for about 20 minutes.  Arrived at the Pines Campground around 9:30 AM.  Nearly half the pine trees are dead or dying.  No water coming out of the plastic pipe.  We hike to the spring source and found the spring collection box.  The top has been smashed in and there is quite a bit of silt and debris in the box.  A new box is needed preferably a metal box.  This would be a great project for a high school metal shop class, maybe Thacher High School.  Somebody had left a nice looking hammock in the camp.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
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view of Ojai valley from Horn Canyon trail
North Fork Matilija Trail Survey - 11-09-2014 - by JO
Link: North Fork Matilija Trail
Date: 11-09-2014
Surveyor Name:JO
Trail description:

At Middle and Upper Matilija camps there is plenty of water.  The water fall that is indicated on the topo map above Middle Matilija where the trail leaves the creek and switchbacks up the canyon hillside, has dried up.  On our way to Upper Matilija camp we found this note left on a rock just after a creek crossing.  It gave a warning of a bee's nest near the trail.  It was dated 7/11/14.  We left the note in place and decided to take extra precautions.  We put on our jackets and hoods and prepared for the worst.  In the end there was no beehive that we encountered.  We continued up the canyon enchanted by the fall colors and beauty of the canyon's grottos that presented themselves where the canyon narrowed.  In one spot the canyon makes a 90 degree turn with a rock wall on one side of the creek.  I imagined what storm conditions must be like with boulders, trees, and all that water slamming directly into that rock wall.  The wall itself appeared to have pock marks in it where boulders may have hit.  The lushness of the area almost made me forget that we are in one of the worst droughts.  We continued past Upper Matilija in search of Maple camp.  Above Upper Matilija the trail hadn't been worked on in some time.  Although the trail is detectable and easy to follow, it is very bushy and would be unpleasant to hike with a backpack.  Wearing shorts is strongly discouraged.  As I approached one of the many creek crossing, I spooked a deer walking through the creek bottom.  The deer bolted down the creek bed at neck braking speed and was out of sight in an instant.  It literally covered 50 yards of rock strewn stream bed in less than 3 seconds. It was an incredible sight.  We arrived at Maple camp at 10:30 AM and ate our lunches.  While there is moving water at Maple, it emerges out of the ground and is only a trickle.  A cup is needed to gather the water and poor it into larger vessels.  I decided to hike up a bit further to get a good view of the area.  The trail leaving the canyon and heading up towards Ortega Hill looked to be in very good condition.  I found some unidentified strange looking scat left right on the trail.  I stepped in it, on purpose, to see what it looked like below the dried surface.  We left Maple camp at 11 AM and hiked back to the car at Matilija Trailhead, arriving there at 3PM.  A very nice hike.​

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Report covers up to Maple Camp
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Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca Trail Survey - 11-10-2014 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca Trail
Date: 11-10-2014
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Water availability is something you need to research ahead of time.  We saw water at Upper Reyes, Bear Trap, about a mile above Bear Trap, between Haddock and Three Mile, at Pine Mountain Camp, at Piedra Spring, at Twin Forks, and Piedra Blanca Camps.  In the Upper Bear Trap Canyon the trail is overgrown and hard to follow - I think this area sees more bears than hikers. We saw a ton of bear scat, more than I've ever seen before in my 50 some odd backpacking trips around California.  The trail is very steep and eroded at the head of the canyon. It's sketchy with a big drop off -  about wide enough for one foot but not both. Not recommended for those that are not ultra-sure footed or afraid of heights.  Even I got vertigo.  Near the camps the trail can be also confusing and hard to follow. We saw two trail runners at Bear Trap who were a bit lost. There are lots of trees down near Haddock and Three Mile.  South of Pine Mountain Camp the trail is exceedingly steep with little shade.  And then there is a lot of poison oak in the area near Piedra Springs. The whole length is definitely for expert hikers only. I found the hike challenging but very scenic.  If you want to do just the northern section to Bear Trap or just the southern to Piedra Blanca those would make for easier overnight hikes.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
North Fork Matilija Trail Survey - 11-9-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: North Fork Matilija Trail
Date: 11-9-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:At Middle and Upper Matilija camps there is plenty of water.  The water fall that is indicated on the topo map above Middle Matilija where the trail leaves the creek and switchbacks up the canyon hillside, has dried up.  On our way to Upper Matilija camp we found this note left on a rock just after a creek crossing.  It gave a warning of a bee's nest near the trail.  It was dated 7/11/14.  We left the note in place and decided to take extra precautions.  We put on our jackets and hoods and prepared for the worst.  In the end there was no beehive that we encountered.  We continued up the canyon enchanted by the fall colors and beauty of the canyon's grottos that presented themselves where the canyon narrowed.  In one spot the canyon makes a 90 degree turn with a rock wall on one side of the creek.  I imagined what storm conditions must be like with boulders, trees, and all that water slamming directly into that rock wall.  The wall itself appeared to have pock marks in it where boulders may have hit.  The lushness of the area almost made me forget that we are in one of the worst droughts.  We continued past Upper Matilija in search of Maple camp.  Above Upper Matilija the trail hadn't been worked on in some time.  Although the trail is detectable and easy to follow, it is very bushy and would be unpleasant to hike with a backpack.  Wearing shorts is strongly discouraged.  As I approached one of the many creek crossing, I spooked a deer walking through the creek bottom.  The deer bolted down the creek bed at neck braking speed and was out of sight in an instant.  It literally covered 50 yards of rock strewn stream bed in less than 3 seconds. It was an incredible sight.  We arrived at Maple camp at 10:30 AM and ate our lunches.  While there is moving water at Maple, it emerges out of the ground and is only a trickle.  A cup is needed to gather the water and poor it into larger vessels.  I decided to hike up a bit further to get a good view of the area.  The trail leaving the canyon and heading up towards Ortega Hill looked to be in very good condition.  I found some unidentified strange looking scat left right on the trail.  I stepped in it, on purpose, to see what it looked like below the dried surface.  We left Maple camp at 11 AM and hiked back to the car at Matilija Trailhead, arriving there at 3PM.  A very nice hike.​
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
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Rose Lion Trail Survey - 11-09-2014 - by Bryan Conant
Link: Rose Lion Trail
Date: 11-09-2014
Surveyor Name:Bryan Conant
Trail description:No water along the trail but the trail is in great shape!  No issues and the recent trail work was very evident.  Thank you Ojai Ranger District.  Good riding......
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Lion Canyon Trail Survey - 11-09-2014 - by Bryan Conant
Link: Lion Canyon Trail
Date: 11-09-2014
Surveyor Name:Bryan Conant
Trail description:Great trail!  One of my favorites.  I love how it was designed and never seems to get too steep.  The trail is in good shape.  There was a lot of minor water damage as a result of the lat heavy rain we got a few weeks ago.  The upper section is in fine shape, some work needed but nothing major.  The middle section from the camps down to the Connector Trail is pretty brushy and could use a work project.
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Fall in the Air and on the Trees
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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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How far is Buckeye camp, from Cuesta Gap by trail miles ? thanks 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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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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Very small spring coming out of the mountain, but, very sweet and clear. It's just a little south of Sespe River trail. read more...
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