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Alamar Saddle Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Big Pine Mountain
  • Elevation: 5650 feet
  • Wilderness Area: San Rafael
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Barbara Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.6271772770568
  • Latitude: 34.70391016645102
  • Water Sources: No water in the camp, but can be found about a half mile hike down the Sisquoc trail in the creek at Upper Bear Camp which happens to be the head waters of the Sisquoc River.
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Biking
    • Campfire Rings
    • BBQ Grills
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hunting
    • Mountain Biking
    • Tables
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Wilderness-Camping

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
05-20-2017MSchlessDry
03-19-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
03-28-2016Aaron SongerDry
11-16-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
08-21-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
08-02-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
03-03-2015Bryan ConantDry

Description:

This camp is located 2/10 of a mile south of the Alamar Saddle on a side loop of the Buckhorn Road (9N11). Alamar Camp is located at the junction of the Buckhorn and Alamar Trail (26W06), and is not far from the peak of Big Pine Mountain. This camp is the site of the old Alamar Guard Station, built in 1937 and razed in the 1960's. This is a great place to watch the sunrise over the Los Padres Forest.  It can also be a very windy place to camp due to it's location on the saddle.  

NOTE: VWR sawyers felled all the dead hazard trees during the 2013-14 seasons and fashioned seats out of the fallen logs.  They also arranged the logs so that the crews who bulldoze the road didn't continue to doze the entire flat space of the camp.  This is to protect the small pines so that one day this will be a shady camp again.  So far its working and the pines are now well overhead.

 

Survey Photos:


  • Bryan Conant - 03-03-2015

  • Bryan Conant - 03-03-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 08-02-2015
    Photo Humphrey

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 08-02-2015
    Photo Humphrey

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 08-02-2015
    Photo Humphrey

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 08-21-2015
    Photo Humphrey

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 11-16-2015
    Frigid and windy

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 11-16-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-19-2017
    Alamar Camp

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-19-2017
    Pooper

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-19-2017
    Alamar Trailhead

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-19-2017
    Alamar Canyon View from Alamar Saddle

Gallery:

Submitted Camp Reports

Alamar Saddle Camp Survey - 05-20-2017 - by MSchless
Link: Alamar Saddle Camp
Date: 05-20-2017
Surveyor Name:MSchless
Camp Description:Beautiful night at the saddle. A little breezy but nothing too crazy. Big deadfall on the road between turnoff for Upper Bear and Alamar Camp. Dropped down to Upper Bear for water.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:High 70s/Mid 50s
Alamar Saddle Camp Survey - 03-19-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Alamar Saddle Camp
Date: 03-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Camp is looking great.  Pines are growing thick and healthy.  The main coulter is approaching 12-15ft tall.  Toilet could use a coat of paint.  The Alamar Trail isn't getting much use even though it's been worked over the past few years.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at Alamar Camp
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Alamar Camp

Pooper


Alamar Trailhead

Alamar Canyon View from Alamar Saddle
Alamar Saddle Camp Survey - 03-28-2016 - by Aaron Songer
Link: Alamar Saddle Camp
Date: 03-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Aaron Songer
Camp Description:Camp is nice and clean. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:windy, cold, sunny
Alamar Saddle Camp Survey - 11-16-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Alamar Saddle Camp
Date: 11-16-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Used as basecamp for a trail patrol of the Sisquoc, Puerto Suelo, Alamar and Madulce Trails.  Temps as low as 21˚ in the morning hours.  Windy and pretty miserable.  No water.  Camp is clean and trees are growing fast.  Toilet remains in good shape and the views are hard to beat.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Freezing, windy, cloudy.
Images:

Frigid and windy

Alamar Saddle Camp Survey - 08-21-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Alamar Saddle Camp
Date: 08-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:VWR Maintenance Patrol
The tables received a fresh coat of paint.  Paint greatly extends the life of wood when exposed to the elements.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Never has water
Weather Conditions:Nice
Images:

Photo Humphrey
Alamar Saddle Camp Survey - 08-02-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Alamar Saddle Camp
Date: 08-02-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:The LPFA led a project to clean up Alamar Camp.  We weeded much of the undergrowth, cleared debris from the peninsula and moved the fire ring to a safer location.  The pine trees are now in the 8ft range and starting to provide a little shade.  We're hoping to return in the Fall and paint the tables.  Camp is looking much better.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Low 80's and sunny
Images:

Photo Humphrey

Photo Humphrey


Photo Humphrey
Alamar Saddle Camp Survey - 03-03-2015 - by Bryan Conant
Link: Alamar Saddle Camp
Date: 03-03-2015
Surveyor Name:Bryan Conant
Camp Description:Snow on the camp, pretty cool.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:NO WATER AT CAMP, EVER
Weather Conditions:Cold and dry
Images:



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