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Big Cone Spruce Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: San Rafeal Mountain
  • Elevation: 3800 feet
  • Wilderness Area: San Rafael
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.8462585
  • Latitude: 34.72571259
  • Water Sources: Mazana Creek - Water can be usually found at this point of the creek
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Day-Hiking
    • Swimming
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Wilderness-Camping

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
05-28-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
11-22-2016Curt CraggTrickle
10-18-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
11-26-2014Shaddus Maximus Flowing
10-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
09-26-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
03-21-2014Valerie NortonFlowing
3-26-2016AshFlowing
Photo: Shaddus Maximus - 11-26-2014
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Description:

The camp is near some very Iarge big cone Douglas Fir trees which are numerous in this part of the canyon. Located on the Big Cone Spruce Trail (28W04), up the canyon from just above Manzana Narrows Camp.

Survey Photos:


  • Shaddus Maximus - 11-26-2014

  • Shaddus Maximus - 11-26-2014

Submitted Camp Reports

Big Cone Spruce Camp Survey - 05-28-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Big Cone Spruce Camp
Date: 05-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Did not make it all the way to the camp, because the trail was very overgrown with poison oak. Made it about 1.5 miles from Manzana Narrows camp but turned back because of the poison oak. Would have had to have long pants and long sleeves to try making it through untouched. But water was certainly flowing along the way. 
Water Source:Flowing
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Big Cone Spruce Camp Survey - 11-22-2016 - by Curt Cragg
Link: Big Cone Spruce Camp
Date: 11-22-2016
Surveyor Name:Curt Cragg
Camp Description:Los Padres Forest Association Volunteer Wilderness Rangers cleaned up the campsites.  Sign was re-installed at entrance to lower camp.  Carlon sign installed near trail to upper camp.  Upper camp can be hard to find due to duff on trail, but is a nice spot.  Creek is above the camp to the right as you're facing the fire pit.  Upper picnic table in decent shape, lower picnic table needs replacement.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Water was pretty good in the creek above the upper camp and below the lower camp. Flowing slowly
Weather Conditions:Clear Low 70's
Big Cone Spruce Camp Survey - 10-18-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Big Cone Spruce Camp
Date: 10-18-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Big Cone Spruce Camp Survey - 11-26-2014 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Big Cone Spruce Camp
Date: 11-26-2014
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow in creek just above and below Big Cone Spruce. Trickle of water from spring located right next to the campsite.
Weather Conditions:
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Big Cone Spruce Camp Survey - 10-18-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Big Cone Spruce Camp
Date: 10-18-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
All springs flowing and water available.

Information from:
http://songsofthewilderness.wordpress.com/
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
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Big Cone Spruce Camp Survey - 09-26-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Big Cone Spruce Camp
Date: 09-26-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Water in two small pools. There is a muddy track leading to one from the spring, so something is still flowing. The water is tasty and clear.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
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Big Cone Spruce Camp Survey - 03-21-2014 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Big Cone Spruce Camp
Date: 03-21-2014
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Camp Description:There are two sites situatedbelow towering oaks and conifers, each with a table and fire ring. Between the sites and a little to the east, the spring can be found. It's water flows past the east side of the lower camp. The upper camp table has been heavily modified by bear activity. Probably not much morning sun.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:both Manzana Creek and the spring were flowing well
Weather Conditions:
Big Cone Spruce Camp Survey - 3-26-2016 - by Ash
Link: Big Cone Spruce Camp
Date: 3-26-2016
Surveyor Name:Ash
Camp Description:Our hike from Nira to Manzana Narrows was fantastic...unfortunately our round trip up to Big Cone through to the fire road for a loop was ruined but the trail condition.  Downed trees every 10 yards or less, poison oak was unavoidable and in your face as you army crawl under trees.  First 7 miles took a little over 2 hours, last 1.5 miles from Manzana to BCS probably took 2+ hours and was miserable.  Would not advise anyone use this trail in its current condition as of March 2016.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow, maybe 6 inches in the stream crossing just south of camp, 1' plus below that
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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