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Abel Canyon Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Hurricane Deck
  • Elevation: 1726 feet
  • Wilderness Area: San Rafael
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.8625050762588
  • Latitude: 34.82260277702968
  • Water Sources: Sisquoc River
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
10-04-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
04-01-2016Katie MendenhallFlowing
05-07-2015James WapotichFlowing
02-15-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing


Abel Canyon Camp is located on the Sisquoc Trail (30W1) in the San Rafael Wilderness.  Abel is one of the more remote and seldom visited camps.  It's located under a thicket of oak trees just above a perennial seep along the Sisquoc River.  The camp can be quite dark and dank due to the oak trees, thick blanket of oak leaves and position within the canyon.  Abel Canyon is located just a few hundred yards downstream from Abel Camp.  There are also some old Abel family homestead ruins near camp and an old decrepit wooden table in camp.

Abel canyon was the homestead of the Abel family. Henry Abel was born in Germany in 1854. He moved first to San Luis Obispo then to Santa Maria and opened a saddlery shop. He died at the age of 78 years. His son, Henry John Abel was. the Game and Fish Commissioner: for Santa Barbara County for many years. Henry Abel died in 1925. At one time there were two stoves, a throne, a couple of old iron spring beds and the remains of a stove chimney remaining at the camp.

Survey Photos:

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 02-15-2014

  • Katie Mendenhall - 04-01-2016

Submitted Camp Reports

Abel Canyon Camp Survey - 10-04-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Abel Canyon Camp
Date: 10-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Pretty good campsite. Broken picnic table can still be used while hikers are seated on the ground.  Decent grass for horses after a rare September rain.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Low flow near camp. Wet downstream for about a mile. Abel Canyon Creek had a trickle as well.
Weather Conditions:
Abel Canyon Camp Survey - 04-01-2016 - by Katie Mendenhall
Link: Abel Canyon Camp
Date: 04-01-2016
Surveyor Name:Katie Mendenhall
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Sisquoc River had lots of water
Weather Conditions:

Abel Canyon Camp Survey - 05-07-2015 - by James Wapotich
Link: Abel Canyon Camp
Date: 05-07-2015
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:camp features a grated stove in a fire ring and broken down picnic table
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good water at Abel Camp
Weather Conditions:
Abel Canyon Camp Survey - 02-15-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Abel Canyon Camp
Date: 02-15-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:There is a large downed oak just upstream from camp.  It has been there for a few years.  More than one VWR sawyer has this tree on their hit list.  It's just hard to get out there.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water was flowing in the creek but was pretty stanky
Weather Conditions:Dry and hot for February

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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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