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19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: San Marcos Pass
  • Elevation: 1709 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Barbara Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.75320816040039
  • Latitude: 34.57226986876974
  • Water Sources: Seasonal spring is above the horse trough located below camp, water is not year round and can be dry. Water can also be found in the creek, but the creek can be dry in drought years or by the end of the summer.
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Biking
    • Birding
    • Camping
    • Campfire Rings
    • Creek
    • Day-Hiking
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hunting
    • Mountain Biking
    • Tables
    • Wildlife Viewing

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
04-21-2017James WapotichFlowing
08-09-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
05-28-2016Hannah StrongDry
05-17-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
04-01-2015Shaddus Maximus Dry
03-18-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
02-20-2015Max HawsFlowing
01-10-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
06-14-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
05-22-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
04-10-2008Valerie NortonFlowing

Description:

19 Oaks camp is located on the Santa Cruz Trail (27W09)

The hike begins at Upper Oso Campground in the Oso Canyon, 34.55729, -119.77116. After going around a locked gate, follow a wide motor cycle road for under three quarters of a mile. The trail is fairly low angle and covered with soft dirt. Unless there are motor cycles on the road, this part of the trail is very pleasant. You are hiking parallel to Oso Creek and in the shade of oak trees. There are a number of side trails leading down to the creeks swimming holes.

At the end of the initial section, the trail to 19 Oaks separates from the motor cycle road and becomes Santa Cruz Trail proper. There are signs pointing you to 19 Oaks and Little Pine Mountain. There is also a box for leaving a note. At this point, the trail drops downhill for a short distance before rising again following Oso Creek. At about one and a half mile point the trail crosses the creek and shortly after crosses it again bypassing a rocky section. Another quarter of a mile, you will reach the turn off point to 19 Oaks marked by a sign. Leave the main trail and hike up a steep section of a trail to a low angle hillside and 19 Oaks in about one quarter of a mile. There are many oak trees, a few benches, fire pits, campsites and a very rustic open-air toilet pit.

Survey Photos:


  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-18-2015
    Spring "box" at 19 Oaks

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-18-2015
    Water level within the spring box

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-18-2015
    Someone left an interesting stroller/buggy at camp

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-18-2015
    The throne at 19 Oaks

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-18-2015
    Perhaps the best view for taking care of business

  • Shaddus Maximus - 04-01-2015

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 05-17-2016
    Little water fall near 19 Oaks turn off

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 05-17-2016
    Lots of Wildflower along the trail

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 05-17-2016
    Campsite ready to go

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 05-17-2016
    New Thrown

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 08-09-2016
    The new upper campsite, located SE across the draw.

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 08-09-2016
    The new toilet installed by the scouts as part of an Eagle Project. NICE!

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 08-09-2016
    And the old throne, is it salvagable? Is it still standing?

  • James Wapotich - 04-21-2017

Submitted Camp Reports

19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 04-21-2017 - by James Wapotich
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 04-21-2017
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Camp of course burned in the Rey Fire...amazing amount of flow in the horse trough that has been completely dry since the drought. Good water in Oso Creek as well. Currently the hillsides are experiencing their own super bloom with mariposa lilies, fiesta flowers, and fairy lanterns. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 08-09-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 08-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Visited 19 Oaks on August 9, 2016 to check out the new toilet and new third campsite that the scouts installed earlier in the year.  Things were clean and looking good.  The scout projects were great!  Little did I know that this was all going to burn in just over 2 weeks. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water anywhere nearby. Closed water was just above Upper Oso.
Weather Conditions:80's and pleasantly hot
Images:

The new upper campsite, located SE across the draw.

The new toilet installed by the scouts as part of an Eagle Project. NICE!


And the old throne, is it salvagable? Is it still standing?
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 05-28-2016 - by Hannah Strong
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 05-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Hannah Strong
Camp Description:No water at the campground, but the Santa Cruz Trail crosses over a small creek just past the turnoff for 19 Oaks (north/towards Little Pine).  The water there was low but clear and flowing.

The campground itself was in good condition, though it was hard to find the individual campsites as they are spaced out. Ours had a firepit and picknic table in the sun and a shady area to pitch tents.

We went there for labor day weekend when the park was pretty busy and all the campsites that we saw were full (4 out of a rumored 7).
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Trough and stream in campgrounds bone dry, but water flowing on Santa Cruz Trail just north of the turnoff.
Weather Conditions:
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 05-17-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 05-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:The trail is in good condition to the camp.

Small pools near the camp.  Nothing deep.

19 Oaks camp clean up is underway.  This is an Eagle Scout Project.

Looking good.  Scout running the project will submit a full report when complete.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:the water is low but clear
Weather Conditions:72 and no wind
Images:

Little water fall near 19 Oaks turn off

Lots of Wildflower along the trail


Campsite ready to go

New Thrown
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 04-01-2015 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 04-01-2015
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Trickle of water in the creek just below 19 Oaks.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

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
Images:

Spring "box" at 19 Oaks

Water level within the spring box


Someone left an interesting stroller/buggy at camp

The throne at 19 Oaks


Perhaps the best view for taking care of business
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 02-20-2015 - by Max Haws
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 02-20-2015
Surveyor Name:Max Haws
Camp Description:The last 2 times I have been to 19 Oaks it has been to capacity.  this time there were 15+ people there by 6PM Friday.  We ended hiking back to Oso and car camped....bummer.  If the Forest is spending all that $ making commercials to  "visit the forest " and people respond,  maybe we ought to open more areas and / or campsites.  From an area between Matilaja to Manzana our scout troop has not been able to camp 5/7 times in the last year  at the camp site due to crowding.   Any suggestions?  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow from Upper Oso to the crossing at 19 Oaks
Weather Conditions:
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 01-10-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 01-10-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Oso Creek is flowing at 19 Oaks Junction
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 06-14-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 06-14-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at the spring near the camp. There was a tiny flow in Oso Creek near the trail junction but it won't be there for long.
Weather Conditions:
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 05-22-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 05-22-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:ample water in pools in the creek below camp
Weather Conditions:
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 04-10-2008 - by Valerie Norton
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 04-10-2008
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Camp Description:An exquisite potrero with excellent sunset potential, popular with groups with horses.  Tables, fire pits, open space, large oaks, beautiful mountains, and the view into the toilet can't be beat anywhere.  Okay, that last bit might not be so great.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:creek below is good, didn't check the spring
Weather Conditions:mild, sunny

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