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Beartrap Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Reyes Peak
  • Elevation: 5000 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Sespe
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Mt. Pinos Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.2690893
  • Latitude: 34.6517469
  • Water Sources: Bear Trap Creek
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Day-Hiking
    • Wilderness-Camping

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
06-29-2017larry frassoldatiFlowing
06-25-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
06-25-2016EricoFlowing
05-26-2016Philip E. AnkromFlowing
04-25-2016Scott WilliamsFlowing
04-16-2016Doug ThomasFlowing
01-17-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
01-01-2016MightyMFlowing
12-20-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
12-06-2015Kinji LeslieFlowing
11-13-2015Chris NovakFlowing
11-09-2015P SchouFlowing
10-11-2015Ranger RikFlowing
09-06-2015J&VTrickle
08-08-2015Christian HammonTrickle
07-04-2015Christian HammonTrickle
05-16-2015Jeremiah SwiderFlowing
05-09-2015Arnold LevinFlowing
03-29-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
03-22-2015Mark SFlowing
11-10-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
10-11-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
07-14-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
05-01-2014LPFAFlowing
04-11-2014LPFA
04-05-2014Anonymous SurveyorFlowing

Description:

Positioned in the pine trees, Bear Trap camp is located on the Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca Trail(22W03) in the Sespe Wilderness. The camp is about 5 Miles from Reyes Creek Camp.

Survey Photos:


  • Anonymous Surveyor - 04-05-2014

  • LPFA - 05-01-2014

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 10-11-2014
    Photo Rik

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 10-11-2014
    Photo Rik

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 10-11-2014
    Photo Rik

  • Arnold Levin - 05-09-2015
    Stream that you see as you come into the camp from the West.

  • Arnold Levin - 05-09-2015
    Large spruce next to stream with great shade

  • Jeremiah Swider - 05-16-2015

  • Jeremiah Swider - 05-16-2015

  • Jeremiah Swider - 05-16-2015

  • Jeremiah Swider - 05-16-2015

  • Jeremiah Swider - 05-16-2015

  • Christian Hammon - 07-04-2015

  • Christian Hammon - 07-04-2015

  • Christian Hammon - 08-08-2015
    after the flash flood

  • Christian Hammon - 08-08-2015

  • Ranger Rik - 10-11-2015

  • Chris Novak - 11-13-2015
    Beartrap Creek

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 01-17-2016
    Bear tracks on trail immediately south of camp.

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 01-17-2016

  • Scott Williams - 04-25-2016

  • Scott Williams - 04-25-2016

  • Craig R. Carey - 06-25-2017

  • Craig R. Carey - 06-25-2017

  • Craig R. Carey - 06-25-2017

  • Craig R. Carey - 06-25-2017

Submitted Camp Reports

Beartrap Camp Survey - 06-29-2017 - by larry frassoldati
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 06-29-2017
Surveyor Name:larry frassoldati
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Beartrap Camp Survey - 06-25-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 06-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:As part of of their 8-day trek across the Sespe Wilderness, Troop 111 (Ventura) spent their first night at Beartrap on Sunday 6/25/2017. Warm and a bit buggy, but camp is in good shape and still plenty of water.

Glad to see the huge ponderosa has survived the drought.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Cold and clear
Weather Conditions:Warm and breezy.
Images:





Beartrap Camp Survey - 06-25-2016 - by Erico
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 06-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Erico
Camp Description:Hiked in from Reyes Creek Saturday AM. Very hot grinding up the ridges. Cool at Upper Reyes. lots of water there. Took me 1 quart to get from Reyes Creek to Beartrap. Arrived at noon, took a nap under the trees. Was thinking about finding my zip on pants legs, it was nice and cool under the big trees. Stream was 1 foot wide, a few inches deep. Filtered out of a few clear and flowing deep spots. Should be good for at least a few more weeks, if not a month.
 
Was firewood, but did not bother to make a fire.

No trash. Lots of butterflies, lady bugs, birds. Lots of gnats, and a few mosquitos. Bring bug spray! When the sun went down, bugs went away. No tent, lightweight sleeping bag. Got up early Sunday to climb up the first ridge in the shade. Only 4 Venture crew and 2 adult leaders seen all day Saturday or Sunday.

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Cold and Clear, good quality. Only a foot wide, alge on the parts drying out.
Weather Conditions:Clear and warm.
Beartrap Camp Survey - 05-26-2016 - by Philip E. Ankrom
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 05-26-2016
Surveyor Name:Philip E. Ankrom
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water level is half of what it was last year at the same time. Lots of alge.
Weather Conditions:
Beartrap Camp Survey - 04-25-2016 - by Scott Williams
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 04-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Scott Williams
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:


Beartrap Camp Survey - 04-16-2016 - by Doug Thomas
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 04-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Doug Thomas
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:30 degrees at night
Beartrap Camp Survey - 01-17-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 01-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Approximately 3" of snow. Bear tracks on trail immediately south of camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Bear tracks on trail immediately south of camp.

Beartrap Camp Survey - 01-01-2016 - by MightyM
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 01-01-2016
Surveyor Name:MightyM
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Beartrap Camp Survey - 12-20-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 12-20-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Camp was clean and in fine shape.  Trail was in good shape.  Some minor lopping and tread work needed but stock could make it to Beartrap upper camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Frigid and snowy
Beartrap Camp Survey - 12-06-2015 - by Kinji Leslie
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 12-06-2015
Surveyor Name:Kinji Leslie
Camp Description:Lots of bear poop further up the trail, snuck up on a deer on approach to Haddock. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water flowing very well a few minutes further up the trail.
Weather Conditions:High 50s, low 60s on my daytime hike through.
Beartrap Camp Survey - 11-13-2015 - by Chris Novak
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 11-13-2015
Surveyor Name:Chris Novak
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Beartrap Creek
Beartrap Camp Survey - 11-09-2015 - by P Schou
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 11-09-2015
Surveyor Name:P Schou
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:lots of flowing water
Weather Conditions:
Beartrap Camp Survey - 10-11-2015 - by Ranger Rik
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 10-11-2015
Surveyor Name:Ranger Rik
Camp Description:Really good water flowing at camp
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Beartrap Camp Survey - 09-06-2015 - by J&V
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 09-06-2015
Surveyor Name:J&V
Camp Description: A nice camping spot.  The flies were present in the afternoon, followed by mosquitos as it got cooler.  As the temperature dropped the flying insects were significantly decreased and by about dark they were few.  We spent the night with three (3) other groups at this site. Overall a great site to stay.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Water was a trickle from about 30 yards above where the trail comes into camp and crosses the creek and about 50 yards below the trail. I searched below about half a mile and did not find water in the creek. The creek is a slighlty flowing trickle but goes underground and affords enough water for collection and filtering.
Weather Conditions:the high for the day in the canyon was about 72 and the low was in the high 30's
Beartrap Camp Survey - 08-08-2015 - by Christian Hammon
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 08-08-2015
Surveyor Name:Christian Hammon
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Flash flood came through the place the week before. Wild difference from my July trip. Silt filled in over all of the rocks in the creek, trees went down stream, bushes/vines were washed from the banks. Water is slowly making its way through.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

after the flash flood

Beartrap Camp Survey - 07-04-2015 - by Christian Hammon
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 07-04-2015
Surveyor Name:Christian Hammon
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:


Beartrap Camp Survey - 05-16-2015 - by Jeremiah Swider
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 05-16-2015
Surveyor Name:Jeremiah Swider
Camp Description:Four fire rings.  Space for a big group or several small groups.  Water is easily accessible.  Gets dark fast because it is in a canyon.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Plenty of water, we filled up several times here.
Weather Conditions:Warm
Images:







Beartrap Camp Survey - 05-09-2015 - by Arnold Levin
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 05-09-2015
Surveyor Name:Arnold Levin
Camp Description:One of the best camp's along the trail for shade. In water weather though this area has loads of gnats so come prepared. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Great water flow- all three times I've visited over the last 6 months I've see reliable flow with clear water.
Weather Conditions:Overcast and very temperate (60.1)
Images:

Stream that you see as you come into the camp from the West.

Large spruce next to stream with great shade
Beartrap Camp Survey - 03-29-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 03-29-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Beartrap Camp Survey - 03-22-2015 - by Mark S
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 03-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Mark S
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good flow
Weather Conditions:
Beartrap Camp Survey - 11-10-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 11-10-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Beartrap Camp Survey - 10-11-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 10-11-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Some water at camp, but more upstream
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Photo Rik

Photo Rik


Photo Rik
Beartrap Camp Survey - 07-14-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 07-14-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:This camp can go dry.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Low flowing but there was water
Weather Conditions:
Beartrap Camp Survey - 05-01-2014 - by LPFA
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 05-01-2014
Surveyor Name:LPFA
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Low but flowing.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Beartrap Camp Survey - 04-11-2014 - by LPFA
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 04-11-2014
Surveyor Name:LPFA
Camp Description:
Water Source:
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Beartrap Camp Survey - 04-05-2014 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Beartrap Camp
Date: 04-05-2014
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:


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