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Alder Creek Camp - Ventura South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Devils Heart Peak
  • Elevation: 2520 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Sespe
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District
  • Longitude: -118.9370167566395
  • Latitude: 34.57888102028576
  • Water Sources: Alder Creek (seasonal)
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Camping
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Wilderness-Camping

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
05-27-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
05-23-2017Erin cFlowing
07-09-2016Anonymous SurveyorDry
06-24-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
04-18-2016Brad AndersonFlowing
03-24-2016Fredrick W HeiserFlowing
03-02-2016GeoffFlowing
05-23-2015Coyote DaveFlowing
05-18-2015Kara HooperFlowing
03-22-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
12-17-2014AndrewFlowing

Photo By: Fredrick W Heiser - Website Link

Photo By: Fredrick W Heiser - Website Link
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Description:

Access the Alder Creek Camp from Alder Creek Trail (20W11) from the trailhead at Dough Flat trailhead. Dough Flat is 17 miles north of Fillmore on unimproved Forest Road 6N16 (Oak Flat/Cow Spring Road). Vehicle access to Dough Flat Road only.

Special features: This camp, located in a scenic area, is adjacent to the Sespe Condor Sanctuary. Firearms are prohibited here.

Historical highlights: This camp was undoubtedly named on behalf of the local alder tree population which exists here because of a permanent water supply.

 

Survey Photos:


  • Geoff - 03-02-2016
    Water in Alder Creek on 03-02-16.

  • Fredrick W Heiser - 03-24-2016
    Water in Alder Creek 3-24-16

  • Fredrick W Heiser - 03-24-2016
    Campsite

  • Fredrick W Heiser - 03-24-2016

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 06-24-2016

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 06-24-2016

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 06-24-2016

  • Erin c - 05-23-2017

Submitted Camp Reports

Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 05-27-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 05-27-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Big campsite with shade. Water is flowing. If you continue down to Shady Camp and follow the creek there is a waterfall and some shallow pools. There is a landslide that has blocked the trail to Sespe hot springs. We were a large group and decided it wasn't worth the risk but we know there are other campers who have continued on the trail past the landslide block. Lots of mosquitos out and watch out for rattlesnakes. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:lots of flowing water
Weather Conditions:85F
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 05-23-2017 - by Erin c
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 05-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Erin c
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow and nice camp. Bugs are hungry right now!
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 07-09-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 07-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Dry and hot
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 06-24-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 06-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Dry at camp; low flow east of camp
Weather Conditions:95F+
Images:




Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 04-18-2016 - by Brad Anderson
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 04-18-2016
Surveyor Name:Brad Anderson
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 03-24-2016 - by Fredrick W Heiser
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 03-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Fredrick W Heiser
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Couple inches in most places. Flowing good.
Weather Conditions:Sunny, 70F
Images:

Water in Alder Creek 3-24-16

Campsite

Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 03-02-2016 - by Geoff
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 03-02-2016
Surveyor Name:Geoff
Camp Description:I didn't stay at Alder Creek Camp, just hiked through. I hiked past several great campsites. Water was steadily flowing in Alder Creek a couple/few inches deep. The loose sand in the creek was easily dug out to produce a nice pool for collecting water. The pool quickly refilled with sand.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flowing a couple/few inches deep.
Weather Conditions:Sunny, warm.
Images:

Water in Alder Creek on 03-02-16.
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 05-23-2015 - by Coyote Dave
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 05-23-2015
Surveyor Name:Coyote Dave
Camp Description:Camp was in great shape.  Found a bear-thrashed tent about 100 yards upstream.  Plenty of water in Alder Creek.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 05-18-2015 - by Kara Hooper
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 05-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Kara Hooper
Camp Description:Alder Creek camp has an ice box stove and some good sitting logs as well.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:the water was moving well through this area, though not filling the creekbed.
Weather Conditions:
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 03-22-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 03-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:As reported by the Sierra Club, great water at Alder Camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 12-17-2014 - by Andrew
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 12-17-2014
Surveyor Name:Andrew
Camp Description:Campground was clean and is ~100 yards or so from where the trail crosses Alder creek the first time. We had five two person tents set up, it could maybe fit one more.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:~2 inches of water, decent flow.
Weather Conditions:

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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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