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Bluff Guard Station Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type:
  • Topo Map Link: Big Pine Mountain
  • Elevation: 4,480 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Dick Smith
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Barbara Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.66557502746582
  • Latitude: 34.67376979653913
  • Water Sources: Water in creek beind the cabin, Flows year round and is good quality.
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
08-17-2017Richard HumphreyFlowing
08-05-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
04-16-2017EcduzitFlowing
07-16-2016Anonymous SurveyorDry
05-17-2016Jasonn BeckstrandTrickle
03-29-2016Aaron SongerTrickle
02-27-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
02-14-2016JamesTrickle
09-13-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
08-30-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
08-21-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
07-05-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
06-23-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
03-31-2015Shaddus Maximus Flowing
02-22-2015Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
02-14-2015Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
12-13-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
08-31-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
08-06-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing

Description:

 

Overview: Bluff Guard Station still serves as an administrative outpost for Forest crews and volunteer crews. It is located 20 miles north of Upper Oso on the Buckhorn Road and at the point where the Grapevine Trail out of the San Cruz drainage crosses the road and then becomes the Indian Trail. Bluff Camp is located just east of the Station.

Historical Highlights

Bob Burtness Notes
Named after some nearby bluffs, this camp was established in 1931 as a base for Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) crews building the Buckhorn Road.

Jim "ER" Blakley Notes
Indian Trail is one of the most enjoyable trails in the backcountry. It starts at Bluff Camp and descends along the creek of the same name until the creek joins Mono Creek a short distance up stream from the Santa Ynez River. A beautiful section from Pens Camp down to just above Indian Creek Camp was, thankfully, never completed. Although there isn't a designated trail, you can hike with care through the narrows. There are several beautiful water falls and numerous deep pools that provide good swimming and trout fishing.

Survey Photos:


  • Shaddus Maximus - 03-31-2015
    Camping area at Bluff.

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 07-05-2015
    Photo Humphrey

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 07-05-2015
    Photo Humphrey

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 06-23-2015
    Photo Humphrey

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 08-21-2015
    That is most of the time a pool. Photo Humphrey

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 07-16-2016
    Pool next to campsite. Dry

Submitted Camp Reports

Bluff Guard Station Survey - 08-17-2017 - by Richard Humphrey
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 08-17-2017
Surveyor Name:Richard Humphrey
Camp Description:Santa Barbara Canyon to Blufff camp.  The jeep-way was clear to Bluff, a few small rock but nothing to stop travel.  Choke Cheryy was flowing, West Big Pine Spring plenty of water, and Bluff Camp Spring flowing steady.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Bluff Spring flowing nicely
Weather Conditions:mild, mid 80's, lots of flies
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 08-05-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 08-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Creek was flowing beautifully at Bluff!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Sunny and hot, low 90's.
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 04-16-2017 - by Ecduzit
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 04-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Ecduzit
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Tons of flowing water in the creek. The road between bluff and big pine is pretty damaged and washed out. only passable on foot or on bicycle.
Weather Conditions:
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 07-16-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 07-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:First time I have ever seen this pool empty
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at the pool
Weather Conditions:85
Images:

Pool next to campsite. Dry
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 05-17-2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 05-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:during the afternoon and evening the creek is a trickle

early morning it is low but flowing.  Get your water in the morning
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:clear in the small pools. large pool has lots of decaying leaves
Weather Conditions:70
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 03-29-2016 - by Aaron Songer
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 03-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Aaron Songer
Camp Description:Great camp as always. Indian Creek has a heavy trickle, wouldn't call it flowing though. Plenty of water for a big group.

Had some brief light snow coming down off of Big Pine, followed by steady small hail at Bluff.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:good amount of clean water
Weather Conditions:cold.
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 02-27-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 02-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Steady trickle of water in Indian Creek; more than enough to fill bottles and cook with.  Didn't check spring or tank.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 02-14-2016 - by James
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 02-14-2016
Surveyor Name:James
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Indian creek is flowing slightly. Camp is dry
Weather Conditions:
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 09-13-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 09-13-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:The upper spring is dry, BUT after digging down a foot and waiting overnight, there was a small puddle.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 08-30-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 08-30-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:VWR Patrol / Project

Bluff is officially 100% dry.  No water in the creek or at the spring.  Time for rain, SOON!
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Hot, mid 80's, sunny and windy
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 08-21-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 08-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:As part of a VWR patrol.
Bluff Camp was busy with hunters who park their quads at the last gate and ride bikes or hike in to Bluff.  The camp was busy but clean and orderly.  Water along the creek is now 100% dry.  There is still some water up near the spring but it's getting very very light in flow.  When the trees start to gear up for winter they'll stop drinking so much and the flow should consequently increase.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Hot, but not too hot!
Images:

That is most of the time a pool. Photo Humphrey
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 07-05-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 07-05-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:LPFA trail and road patrol.  Water is flowing slowly by steadily at Bluff.  There is water in the pools around the camp and down the trail on the Indian Creek side.  Much more water this year compared to last.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Photo Humphrey

Photo Humphrey
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 06-23-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 06-23-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:For years there've been rumors about a rattler which lives under the cabin at Bluff Camp.  Well, the rumors have been confirmed.  We've heard of two groups this year having run-ins with the rattler who lives under the cabin.  If you're out there, be sure to watch where you step.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Photo Humphrey
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 03-31-2015 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 03-31-2015
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow of water coming out of the spring right next to the camp/station.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Camping area at Bluff.
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 02-22-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 02-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:I suspect the water tank is running low.  Indian creek was flowing, so I refilled my water there.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Indian creek flowing. Water tank low
Weather Conditions:50s & cloudy
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 02-14-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 02-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good quality, easy to fill bottles
Weather Conditions:
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 12-13-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 12-13-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Pools above the camp from the recent rains.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 08-31-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 08-31-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:A few hunters had a semi-permanent campsite for the season.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:For the first time in forever, the camp was dry! Although some water could be found at the spring source.
Weather Conditions:Hot and Windy
Bluff Guard Station Survey - 08-06-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Bluff Guard Station
Date: 08-06-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:22 miles from Upper Oso, This Guard Station is also behind 2 locked gates.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water is available behind cabin in the creek
Weather Conditions:80's

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Comments (1)

    Bluff Camp Spring is still flowing, enough for backpackers and mountain bikers who need a source of water to pump. The Buckhorn jeep way is in good shape for  mountain bikers.  

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