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Blue Canyon Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Carpinteria
  • Elevation: 1700 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Barbara Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.5965755
  • Latitude: 34.49372213
  • Water Sources: Blue Canyon Creek
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Trail Camp

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
09-11-2017Jared BreseeDry
01-08-2017Joshua IsaacFlowing
11-06-2016Shaddus Maximus Dry
08-20-2016Erin CarrollDry
04-30-2016Matt SwiderFlowing
04-23-2016James WapotichFlowing
03-13-2016Anonymous BackpackerFlowing
02-15-2016Shaddus Maximus Flowing
05-13-2015Donnie TognazziniFlowing
04-20-2015Valerie NortonFlowing
03-20-2015Steve GenestFlowing
03-14-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
02-15-2015Paul CronshawFlowing

Description:

Blue Canyon gets its name from the blue-green serpentine formations found along its 5 mile length. The canyon runs directly along the Santa Ynez Fault. This is a relatively narrow canyon with several overnight camps along it and a stream that flows year round. Beyond Cottam Camp a number of options are available. You can walk to the car camps at P-Bar Flats and Mid-Santa Ynez, continue down the Santa Ynez River to the Mono Trail and Mono Debris Dam, or make your way up to Forbush Flat.

Survey Photos:


  • Paul Cronshaw - 02-15-2015
    Fire ring before repair

  • Paul Cronshaw - 02-15-2015
    Fire ring after repair

  • Steve Genest - 03-20-2015

  • Paul Cronshaw - 03-14-2015

  • Valerie Norton - 04-20-2015
    sign from the trail

  • Valerie Norton - 04-20-2015
    camp area overview

  • Anonymous Backpacker - 03-13-2016

  • Anonymous Backpacker - 03-13-2016

  • James Wapotich - 04-23-2016

  • Matt Swider - 04-30-2016

  • Erin Carroll - 08-20-2016

Submitted Camp Reports

Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 09-11-2017 - by Jared Bresee
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 09-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Jared Bresee
Camp Description:Everything is there, shovel, etc.

No water flow. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Completely Dry
Weather Conditions:Clear & Sunny, 82 degrees
Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 01-08-2017 - by Joshua Isaac
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 01-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Joshua Isaac
Camp Description:Watch for ticks!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Lots of water
Weather Conditions:Low 60s, rainy the day before
Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 11-06-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 11-06-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 08-20-2016 - by Erin Carroll
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 08-20-2016
Surveyor Name:Erin Carroll
Camp Description:Blue Canyon is bone dry already.  Pray for rain!  
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 04-30-2016 - by Matt Swider
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 04-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Matt Swider
Camp Description:Just a quick overnight, arrived after dark and gone by mid morning.  Cleared a couple of fallen trees from the trail toward Cottam at the side creek, which also had water, a trickle.  Beautiful camp, glad we got down there for a night.  Suspect water will be in blue canyon for at least another month.  

Did a quick hike down to the Santa Ynez river past Cottam, no water to see in the river.  Water in camp at Cottam.  Trail to Cottam a bit over grown, did a bit of trail clearing along the way.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Nice flow through the canyon. Could hear the water up in camp during the quiet of the night.
Weather Conditions:high low 60's, low high 30's
Images:

Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 04-23-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 04-23-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Decent water flowing in the creek
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 03-13-2016 - by Anonymous Backpacker
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 03-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Backpacker
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:4-5 ft wide stream with 1ft deep. Clear, crisp water for drinking
Weather Conditions:
Images:


Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 02-15-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 02-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 05-13-2015 - by Donnie Tognazzini
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 05-13-2015
Surveyor Name:Donnie Tognazzini
Camp Description:Pleasantly wild. Camp is in good shape.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Clear/Warm; some rain 5-6am
Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 04-20-2015 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 04-20-2015
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Camp Description:Table good, a solid stone ring has been built, shovel available. Poison oak is getting thick at the edges and starting to invade, but there is still a clear path to water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:stream flowing, tributary just downstream was flowing on first pass, mud puddle on second
Weather Conditions:mild to warm
Images:

sign from the trail

camp area overview
Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 03-20-2015 - by Steve Genest
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 03-20-2015
Surveyor Name:Steve Genest
Camp Description:This was my first visit to the Dick Smith Wilderness. We started at Cold Spring Trail on E Camino Cielo. No water at Forbush. The tread was great the whole way, just a little spring growth encroachment...but no biggy. As expected, much poison oak. Still  some good wildflowers to see. We had the place to ouselves all day & night. There were signs of a very recent wildlife scuffle at Cottam proper...looked like cat prints and a 10" deep hole dug...something was trying to root out a critter.
Blue Canyon Camp is a great spot...very remote feel to the place which is exactly what we were hoping for. Long, slow hike out on Saturday for these old legs! Tick check revealed none.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Decent flow of good, clear water in the creek though there was a very slight overnight drop in flow.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 03-14-2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 03-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Seat added to the old metal toilet. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 02-15-2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 02-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Camp is in good condition. 

There are  3 old ice box stoves; two are still intact on their stone pedestals, the middle one is broken and laying in the bushes.  

We cleaned out the toilet and fire ring. 


Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:1 -2 feet of water in pools by campsite
Weather Conditions:Sunny and warm.
Images:

Fire ring before repair

Fire ring after repair

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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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