|02-15-2014||Los Padres Forest Association||Flowing|
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.