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Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: White Ledge Peak
  • Elevation: 2800 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Barbara Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.4985794693809
  • Latitude: 34.47565999216965
  • Water Sources: Good year round water in most sections of Alder Creek.
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Trail Camp

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
07-15-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
06-10-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
06-02-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
12-04-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
08-11-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
06-04-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
05-24-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
04-23-2016Ben CropFlowing
11-21-2015Melissa EllisTrickle
11-10-2015Valerie NortonFlowing

Description:

East of Santa Barbara via Gibraltar Road to East Camino Cielo Road (5N12), then down Romero Camuesa Road 5N15.1. Park your car at the old Juncal Campground, then get over the locked gate and on to Murietta Divide - Forest Road 5N13.3, and the continue to on this road until you get to Jameson Lake, you will soon see an old wooden sign pointing to Franklin Trail (25W09). The Trail starts a bit off the road to the right below the flume. The flume below camp carries water from Alder Creek into Jameson Lake, the water supply for Montecito. Alder Creek camp is located half way up the Franklin Trail.

This camp was undoubtedly named on behalf of the local alder tree population which exists here because of a permanent water supply. The site was originally established as a camp of "Dad Ramey" (or possibly "Ramie"), a Carpinterian who built the Alder Creek Trail in order to connect the Franklin Canyon Trail with Juncal Marietta Divide Trail and the Santa Ynez River at Billiard Flats. The site was further developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps for the Forest Service.

If you have been to this camp please leave a report. Thanks

Survey Photos:


  • Valerie Norton - 11-10-2015

  • Ben Crop - 04-23-2016

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 05-24-2016
    Newly fashioned shovel at camp, courtesy MTF.

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 05-24-2016
    The Camp

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 05-24-2016
    Creek flowing nicely in nearby tributary.

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 05-24-2016
    The Camp 2

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 08-11-2016
    the campsite

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 08-11-2016
    back down the trail

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 12-04-2016

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 12-04-2016

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 12-04-2016

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 12-04-2016

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 07-15-2017
    Crapper in the Trail

Submitted Camp Reports

Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County Survey - 07-15-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County
Date: 07-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Alder was clean and tidy but its usual dark self with not a lot of room to spread out.  Water was flowing both in the creek below the camp and the tributary just down stream from the camp.

The camp crapper is located in the trail about 10 yards above the camp.  Would be nice to move that and install it in a more appropriate place.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:mid-90's, hot and smoky from the Whittier Fire
Images:

Crapper in the Trail
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County Survey - 06-10-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County
Date: 06-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Creek still flowing well.
Poison oak on the trail, and around the campsite is a drag.
We cleared some, but there is plenty more....
We were there the same day as the private plane crash nearby, hope pilot recovers well.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County Survey - 06-02-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County
Date: 06-02-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Bugs were relentless 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Still flowing pretty strong
Weather Conditions:
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County Survey - 12-04-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County
Date: 12-04-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:At the camp is dry but flowing nicely just downtrail from the camp.
Weather Conditions:
Images:





Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County Survey - 08-11-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County
Date: 08-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Spot for a 1 person tent that is flat, anything bigger the ground is pretty slanted. Plenty of firewood around and rocks for sitting. The Santa Inez river was dry as well as the surrounding area, once near Alder Creek water was clear and flowing. The creek near the campsite had a strong sulfur-egg odor, but water further down was clean and clear. The trail Alder Creek is decently maintained but about 1 mile up  with a very sketchy area where rocks and shale make passing treacherous--still accessible--but do so with care. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Trickle in some, Flowing further down the trail
Weather Conditions:MIld 70-80 degrees
Images:

the campsite

back down the trail
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County Survey - 06-04-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County
Date: 06-04-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Water still flowing nicely in both the tributary and the main creek.  Water also along most of the course of the trail.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Low 90's and HOT but not that hot, certainly doable and shady at the camp.
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County Survey - 05-24-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County
Date: 05-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Hiked up to Alder Creek Camp from the Jameson Trailhead in order to scout the trail for an upcoming trail project.  The camp was clean and in great shape.  It has received some recent special attention courtesy of a MTF special task force.  Water was flowing nicely in both the main creek as well as the nearby downstream tributary.  Great camp, lots of shade, nice place to go when the weather heats up.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:High 70's, warm, slight breeze, pleasant.
Images:

Newly fashioned shovel at camp, courtesy MTF.

The Camp


Creek flowing nicely in nearby tributary.

The Camp 2
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County Survey - 04-23-2016 - by Ben Crop
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County
Date: 04-23-2016
Surveyor Name:Ben Crop
Camp Description:The lower approach trail was overgrown.  We did out best to clear the way and added cairns where the trail changed due to down trees.  So much poison oak!  The allergic should beware; it was everywhere and there was no way to hike the trail to the camp without interacting with it.  It was even growing in the campsite itself.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Small stream about 6 inches deep, no signs of slowing; plenty of water at the lower end of the trail.
Weather Conditions:Very windy, 70deg F at noon, 40 deg F at night
Images:

Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County Survey - 11-21-2015 - by Melissa Ellis
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County
Date: 11-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Melissa Ellis
Camp Description:We tried to access Alder Creek Camp from the Franklin Trail connector off of the Divide Peak OHV trail with the hopes of looping back. Unfortunately we never made it to the camp. The Franklin Trail from Divide Peak is completely overgrown, we found an area that most likely was once the trail head where there was evidence of long ago sawed off branches but the shrubs have since grown to over 6 feet high. Down the canyon some we could again see a hint of a trail under the power lines but no path to get there. Some trail clearing with hack saws and the like is required to make this passable again.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:unknown (couldn't submit form without picking a water source option)
Weather Conditions:
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County Survey - 11-10-2015 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County
Date: 11-10-2015
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Camp Description:Camp is just a small clearing along trail with rock fire ring and a couple built flat spots.  Water can be found below the camp about a tenth of a mile and comes down a different canyon.  Water in the bottom near the flume is flowing much better, but by the camp it is a clear stream even if the flow is a bit light.  There was a toilet, but now the seat is loose and there are no clues as to where it should be.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:low flow, but clear
Weather Conditions:cooler than surroundings
Images:


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