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Ant Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Devils Heart Peak
  • Elevation: 2700 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Sespe
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District
  • Longitude: -118.8858527777778
  • Latitude: 34.57606388888889
  • Water Sources: Water is available seasonally in creek
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Campfire Rings
    • Wilderness-Camping

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
05-14-2017Kara HooperFlowing
05-12-2017Aria ZonerFlowing
05-11-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
02-26-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
01-18-2015Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
04-22-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
2/8/2014Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
06-9-2017Kevin KleinFlowing
9-15-2012Los Padres Forest AssociationDry

Photo By: AL Gualano - Website Link

Photo By: AL Gualano - Website Link

Photo By: AL Gualano - Website Link
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Ant camp is a small trail camp located on the trail junction of Bucksnort Trail and the Aqua Blanca Trail in the Sespe Wilderness, the camp is at 2700 feet elevation. The camp is well named because the site is alive with ants. It is at the end of Buck Snort Trail 19W18 and the start of Aqua Blanca Trail 19W10 which continues down Agua Blanca Creek to the Piru Creek.

Survey Photos:

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 04-22-2014

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 02-26-2016
    Camp site & table

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 02-26-2016
    Trash in tree

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 02-26-2016
    empty drinking bottle trash

  • Kevin Klein - 06-9-2017

  • Kevin Klein - 06-9-2017
    Big Narrows

Submitted Camp Reports

Ant Camp Survey - 05-14-2017 - by Kara Hooper
Link: Ant Camp
Date: 05-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Kara Hooper
Camp Description:There is a strange cashe of a sleeping bag hanging from the big oak tree in the camp site area, and an old full tent cast aside about 100 yards away.  However, this really does not detract too much from the experience of Ant Camp.  It is a beautiful spot and the picnic table is excellent as well.  You feel quite far away from civilization here.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:the creek known as Agua Blanca creek was flowing quite well
Weather Conditions:
Ant Camp Survey - 05-12-2017 - by Aria Zoner
Link: Ant Camp
Date: 05-12-2017
Surveyor Name:Aria Zoner
Camp Description:Currently, there is a stash of bulky gear that's tied-up in the tree at Ant Camp. It has been there since at least New Year's and appears to be abandoned. Also of interest, the Ant Camp Mascot rock is gone, possibly lifted by the gear-leavers. Do not be discouraged to stay at this camp due to this gear stash. Ants were minimal at this visitation; the scenery, maximum!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Excellent water quality and a great temp for rinsing off in.
Weather Conditions:Partly cloudy and cool in the morning for the climb out.
Ant Camp Survey - 05-11-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Ant Camp
Date: 05-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Ant Camp Survey - 02-26-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Ant Camp
Date: 02-26-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Rickety wooden picnic table and rock fire ring set under several large Live Oaks.  Unfortunately 50 plus empty plastic bottles and assorted trash left behind by prior users.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Agua Blanca Creek approx 100 yes away had water flowing at a brisk rate
Weather Conditions:70 & clear

Camp site & table

Trash in tree

empty drinking bottle trash
Ant Camp Survey - 01-18-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Ant Camp
Date: 01-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Walked in from Dough Flat on a perfect day. Ant Camp was beautiful, but some large group of Yahoos had left several bags of trash, a sleeping bag and a large tent behind. We especially appreciated the '45 round that went off midway through our campfire. In my 40 years in the SB & Ventura county backcountry, i've never seen anything like it. We hauled out what we could, but there are still dozens of small water bottles and plastic crap. Next guy who packs in on horseback, please help! We walked out through Lake Piru. The trail to Cove is almost nonexistent. We averaged less than 1 mile/hour with lots of rock hopping, creek crossing and branch breaking time. We found Cove only by estimating distance and looking for "logical" camp locations. The fire pit hadn't been used for months. Nice spot overall, but the trail was "very strenuous".
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The Agua Blanca was flowing nicely
Weather Conditions:Perfect; clear and high 60's; green grass & lots of water
Ant Camp Survey - 04-22-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Ant Camp
Date: 04-22-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Nice water flowing
Weather Conditions:

Ant Camp Survey - 2/8/2014 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Ant Camp
Date: 2/8/2014
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Better than we were expecting.
Weather Conditions:
Ant Camp Survey - 06-9-2017 - by Kevin Klein
Link: Ant Camp
Date: 06-9-2017
Surveyor Name:Kevin Klein
Camp Description:Camp still has some sleeping bags that somebody left, as well as some some trash they left.  Trail from Dough Flat is overgrown but easily identifiable and no trail searching required.  From Ant to Big Narrows there is a decent trail the first mile or so with lots of markers, then an easy bush wack along the Agua Blanca creek bed to the narrows.  Somebody cut some of the brush recently which made things easier.  Aside from one short section, water was flowing well in Agua Blanca from Ant Camp to Big Narrows.  There is a bee hive in the tree at Ant Camp but the bees didn't bother us and were not aggressive even when standing right under it.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flowing nicely
Weather Conditions:Low 80s during the day and sunny.

Big Narrows
Ant Camp Survey - 9-15-2012 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Ant Camp
Date: 9-15-2012
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Great story / article from The Los Padres Expatriate Hiker chronicling an especially hot hike in to Ant Camp.  Well worth recording in LP history:


Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Nearest water was about a mile downstream, read post for more information.
Weather Conditions:HOT

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