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Sulphur Spring - Zaca Lake Survey - 10-11-2107 - by Fede
Link: Sulphur Spring - Zaca Lake
Date: 10-11-2107
Surveyor Name:Fede
Camp Description:The Zaca Ridge trail is quite overgrown in several sections.  The descent into the lake is very hard to follow, with thick brush everywhere and some large fallen trees.  The trail seems quite abandoned.  Once you reach the lake (if you do), it's paradise down there.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

view of lake along shore

View of lake from top of trail, near Zaca Peak


Fish Creek Camp Survey - 12-10-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 12-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Nearest water is up canyon near Ray's Camp.
Weather Conditions:
Rays Camp Survey - 12-10-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Rays Camp
Date: 12-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Excellent clear pools with flow right there at Ray's Camp.
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Camp Survey - 12-10-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 12-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Excellent clear pools with flow right there at Manzana Camp.
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 12-10-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 12-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Alcove Camp Survey - 12-10-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Alcove Camp
Date: 12-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Small pool just above campsite fed by a trickle from a nearby spring. Filter recommended.
Weather Conditions:
Ballard Camp Survey - 12-08-2017 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Ballard Camp
Date: 12-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:Trail to camp needs brushing and tread work.

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good clean water at the camp. Nice pool to dunk in below the camp
Weather Conditions:Clear, but smoke is moving in. 75F
Images:

First Campsite

Nice set of pools
Heath Camp Survey - 12-02-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Heath Camp
Date: 12-02-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:Troop 111's Pathfinders team spent a night at Heath during their service project weekend; camp was in good shape with plenty of water. Lows into the high 30s at night. Lots of bear signs on trail in.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Lower than usual, but still plenty.
Weather Conditions:Cold and clear
Images:


Willet Camp Survey - 11-30-2017 - by Martin Schenker
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 11-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Martin Schenker
Camp Description:One of the most lovely places to camp in Sespe Wilderness. The deserted ranch provides for some awesome scenery as well as places to stay. Came up here with the usual crew and couldn't help but notice- THE TRASH! please take it! don't just dump it in an old cabin! What was crazy was that most of the trash was freeze dried food bags, an extremely hard item to fold away and pack out. 
Water- There is an easy place to fill up water closer to the famous Willett Cabin (area near the pasture), if you notice when you walk along the fence closest to the mountain, there is a small stone pool that I assume is constantly provided with spring water. 
Hot Spring- not the warmest of hot springs, but will soothe the muscle soreness either way. be careful arriving there at night, as the trail up to the hot spring is very narrow and steep. 

Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:decent amount of water flowing down from the hot spring.
Weather Conditions:mid 70's at day, 40's at night.
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 11-27-2017 - by Dan Hughley
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 11-27-2017
Surveyor Name:Dan Hughley
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water to be found at the Schoolhouse. There is flowing water just before and after Dabney cabin in both directions.
Weather Conditions:Mostly Sunny 80s/50s
Coldwater Camp Survey - 11-27-2017 - by Dan Hughley
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 11-27-2017
Surveyor Name:Dan Hughley
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Great tasting, filterable water at the stream crossing just passed camp as well as by the campsite on the stream.
Weather Conditions:Mostly Sunny 80s/50s
Matilija Camp Survey - 11-25-2017 - by Hugh Warren
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 11-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Hugh Warren
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The next camp up, at elevation 2026, also has flowing water.
Weather Conditions:clear and mid seventies at noon.
Timber Top Camp Survey - 11-25-2017 - by Tony Velazquez
Link: Timber Top Camp
Date: 11-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Tony Velazquez
Camp Description:Epic views from 3,000 feet overlooking the ocean. Very few places around the world that you can get this view.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No streams anywhere on trail
Weather Conditions:Dry in the evening/Dense fog in the morning. 45° - 70°
Images:

South Fork Camp - Sisquoc Survey - 11-25-2017 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: South Fork Camp - Sisquoc
Date: 11-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Two hikers from Orange County were occupying the cabin who had ridden mountain bikes and hiked the Sweetwater trail to come to the cabin for a marriage proposal event.  Cabin is in good shape.  

Campsites are in excellent condition.  

Great weather with nice temperatures.  No bugs.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good water in South Fork and Sisquoc rivers
Weather Conditions:Sunny; high 70s, no wind
Images:

The Beeman prepares to depart from the South Fork Station cabin

Autumn comes to the Sisquoc River
Mansfield Camp Survey - 11-25-2017 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Mansfield Camp
Date: 11-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Camp is in good condition. There are two fire rings and Klamath stoves at two sites.

Good water in the Sisquoc River.

Added a new binder to the register to replace the binder that was damaged in Feb 2017 rain storm.    
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water in Sisquoc Creek
Weather Conditions:Sunny, high in upper 70s
Images:

Mansfield Camp
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 11-24-2017 - by Jason Samuels
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 11-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Jason Samuels
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Rays Camp Survey - 11-24-2017 - by Tom Hinshaw
Link: Rays Camp
Date: 11-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Tom Hinshaw
Camp Description:Two sites on either side of the trail, one with a picnic table and fire ring near the creek. The other is more open under oak trees but no table or fire ring.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Sone pools 3 feet deep, nice flow
Weather Conditions:
Images:

camp site on side of trail away from creek

this pool is just east of the campsite
Twin Forks Camp Survey - 11-23-2017 - by Jason Samuels
Link: Twin Forks Camp
Date: 11-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Jason Samuels
Camp Description:Great sunsets. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Clear
Trail Springs Camp Survey - 11-23-2017 - by Megan Gee
Link: Trail Springs Camp
Date: 11-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Megan Gee
Camp Description:Only water on the main stretch of the east edge of this loop
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Quality seemed fine but there was a bit of trash nearby, definitely filter
Weather Conditions:temperate
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 11-21-2017 - by Chris Pechous
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 11-21-2017
Surveyor Name:Chris Pechous
Camp Description:Passed through, and camp was in good shape. Water was available. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Trickle, but into a larger pool of water.
Weather Conditions:
Santa Cruz Camp Survey - 11-20-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Santa Cruz Camp
Date: 11-20-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:VWR patrol down to Santa Cruz Station.  The hike was doable but sketchy in the Rey Fire burned areas, in particular the section just north of Alexander Saddle, now named the Legolas section as it requires elf like quickness to skirt across the scree fields.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good water flowing at Santa Cruz Station
Weather Conditions:
Bear Creek Camp Survey - 11-20-2017 - by Martin Schenker
Link: Bear Creek Camp
Date: 11-20-2017
Surveyor Name:Martin Schenker
Camp Description:Lots of campers and hikers were there around this time, as it is such a beautiful and intermediate hike to the camp. While we were there, it seemed as though a lot of people were continuing along the campground and trying to find the trail towards the very most eastern site, instead of veering right and crossing the river to the other side where the trail resumes. Overall, the camp was in great condition. 
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Decent amount of water, yet not flowing at all, looked pretty murky.
Weather Conditions:mid 70's, sunny
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc Survey - 11-19-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: South Fork Camp - Sisquoc
Date: 11-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Lots of water at South Fork.  Cabin looked great.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Potrero Camp Survey - 11-19-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Potrero Camp
Date: 11-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:Great conditions, but no water at either camp. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Cool and clear.
Images:


Sage Hill Campground Survey - 11-18-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sage Hill Campground
Date: 11-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Nira Campground Survey - 11-18-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 11-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Camp was clean and orderly. Both upstream and downstream Manzana Trails were PACKED, cars/trucks/trailers everywhere.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water in the Manzana but there was water flowing out of Fir Canyon.
Weather Conditions:COLD, low temps in the high 20's.
Potrero Camp Survey - 11-18-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Potrero Camp
Date: 11-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Hazard trees at the upper camp are a little scary, pick your position carefully.  Lower camp looked great.  
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Not sure where the nearest water source is but it's not close to the camp. There was intermittent water in the Manzana.
Weather Conditions:Perfectamundo! Sunny, coolish and perfect for hiking!
Images:

This camper chose to setup camp directly under the largest hazard tree at the Upper Camp.

Lower Camp glowing with autumn colors.
Coldwater Camp Survey - 11-18-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 11-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:The intrepid mountain men of Troop 111 (Ventura) packed in to Coldwater this past weekend for some training and to catch a bit of the Leonids meteors. Lots of traffic on the trail, and three separate parties using the site (including Troop 489 [Arroyo Grande]; thanks guys for sharing the space). A Scout is courteous so I won't say anything about the third party there. ;-)

Love this large camp. Got down to 28F Saturday night. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Low, but still moving
Weather Conditions:Cool and clear.
Images:


Haddock Camp Survey - 11-18-2017 - by Chris Pechous
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 11-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Chris Pechous
Camp Description:Hiked from up from the Piedra Blanca Trailhead and passed through Haddock on my way up to Reyes Peak. Water is flowing in all of the little streams on the Piedra Blanca Trail once again. I didn't really need to carry more than a liter until I hopped on the Reyes Peak Trail. Haddock Camp looked the same as usual, pretty desolate and clean for the most part. No trash laying around. Saw some bear tracks in the mud and some bear poop as well. The trail was a little easier to follow than the last time, and I had no problem navigating through. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water was slowly flowing at parts, stagnant at others, but there was plenty.
Weather Conditions:
Three Mile Camp Survey - 11-18-2017 - by Chris Pechous
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 11-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Chris Pechous
Camp Description:Passed through on my way up to Reyes Peak this past Saturday. Water was flowing! 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water was slowly flowing
Weather Conditions:
Raspberry Camp Survey - 11-18-2017 - by Chris Pechous
Link: Raspberry Camp
Date: 11-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Chris Pechous
Camp Description:Filled up a few liters here. Water was slow, but otherwise a very reliable water source. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Trickle, but good enough!
Weather Conditions:
Fishbowls Camp Survey - 11-18-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Fishbowls Camp
Date: 11-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flowing but not much. Not great tasting but it works.
Weather Conditions:Cold at night. 27F our water bottles froze. Great during the day.
Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 11-18-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 11-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Packed in enough water to make it to Fishbowls without getting water here but you could if you had to. 
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:A couple stagnant pools would be enough to fill bottles
Weather Conditions:Cold at night. Perfect during the day
Villa Creek Camp Survey - 11-18-2017 - by Andrew
Link: Villa Creek Camp
Date: 11-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Andrew
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Villa Creek was very strong with deep pools
Weather Conditions:High 70F, Low 42F
Images:


Buckeye Camp Survey - 11-18-2017 - by Andrew
Link: Buckeye Camp
Date: 11-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Andrew
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Muddy water trickling right through camp. Soda Springs about a 1/4 mile up the trail had a slightly better flow.
Weather Conditions:
Lower Cruickshank Camp Survey - 11-15-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Lower Cruickshank Camp
Date: 11-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:In good condition, scenic location
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Upper Cruickshank Camp Survey - 11-15-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Upper Cruickshank Camp
Date: 11-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:I did not see a water source, there likely is one as these camps were normally built near water. The camp is a fine camp. There is an old wrecked corral with barb wire, cleaning that use would be a good thing.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:I did not see a water source, I had to click on a button, so clicked on trickle.
Weather Conditions:
Buckeye Spring Survey - 11-15-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Buckeye Spring
Date: 11-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:This is a great camp in a pocket potrero, lots of graze and room for a couple of scout troops. There is a table under a giant oak. A very pleasant place to camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Old spring box with pipe, and some flow in streamlet
Weather Conditions:
Lower Cruickshank Camp Survey - 11-15-2017 - by JBPonyGal
Link: Lower Cruickshank Camp
Date: 11-15-2017
Surveyor Name:JBPonyGal
Camp Description:Trail crews have done a fantastic job clearing and repairing the steep climb up from Highway 1. Switchbacks make the climb more hiker friendly leading to the deep shade of Bay, Oak and Pine trees. This campground has a picnic bench. No other apparent amenities, no views, thickly shaded.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Clear, sunny, mid-70s
Chokecherry Spring Survey - 11-13-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Chokecherry Spring
Date: 11-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:No water at Chokecherry.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Ant Camp Survey - 11-12-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Ant Camp
Date: 11-12-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:There is some trash strewn about.  Beer cans, plastic water bottles, toilet paper, etc.  There is no water in the creek immediately beside the camp.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 11-11-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 11-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Only slightly skuzzy, slow trickle.
Weather Conditions:
Fishbowls Camp Survey - 11-11-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Fishbowls Camp
Date: 11-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Shallow but swift trickle into deep and clear pool.
Weather Conditions:
Big Cone Spruce Camp Survey - 11-11-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Big Cone Spruce Camp
Date: 11-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Lower camp picnic table needs work but it is usable.

One Section of the trail is close to impassable on the way up from Manzana Narrows. About 1.5 miles up the trail a sycamore tree has fallen against a rock face directly across the path. The trunk of the tree has a honey bee hive in it as well, 

You can bushwhack your way round the blocked section of the trail to the left via the stream.

Poison Oak has withered and is not an issue on the trail.

Beautiful big treas to look at and great access to water at the site. 
 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Steady Flow from the streams around the lower camp site.
Weather Conditions: low 70s during the day and chilly at night, recommend a tent
Upper Matilija Camp Survey - 11-11-2017 - by Oh Three
Link: Upper Matilija Camp
Date: 11-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Oh Three
Camp Description:
We just took a break here. It would be a great overnight camp. Easy to reach from the north, and far enough from the south that you'll leave all the other day trippers behind.

Plenty of water. In fact, there's a nice mini-waterfall over a rock that made filling my gravity filter bag quite easy.

It's not located quite where trail guides say it is, but ... as they say, you can't miss it. There are some "gypsy" camps between Maple and this Upper, where there's one site and a rock fire ring. Ignore them.

This site has the antique "icecan" fireplace to let you know you're at the right site. And it's much bigger than any of the outlaw sites. You could put 15+ people here, packed a little tight.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 11-11-2017 - by Oh Three
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 11-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Oh Three
Camp Description:
Large Camp. No end of water. 

We took a long break here. It's probably not far enough away from the south end to avoid the crowds. If you want solitude, stick  to Upper or Maple. But with a little bad weather, or, obviously, mid-week, you'll likely have this beautiful camp to yourself.

And there's 3 giant oaks here that must date back to, I don't know, way back!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Matilija Camp Survey - 11-11-2017 - by Oh Three
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 11-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Oh Three
Camp Description:
We passed this camp on the way out, hiking downhill from the north. Plenty of water. Unfortunately, because it's so close to the south end, plenty of people also. Lots of day hikers passing through, and lots of "backpackers" carrying their gear the 30 minutes from their car to this site. So if you like crowds, this camp is for you!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Ballard Camp Survey - 11-10-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Ballard Camp
Date: 11-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Did a day trip to the meadow where Ballard Creek enters Birabent Canyon. Trail is pretty overgrown at places. Water is flowing nicely from Upper Ballard Camp down through the junction of the La Jolla Spring canyon. It goes underground from there down the canyon. Ladybugs everywhere at the upper camp and some banana slugs too.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water flowing nicely through canyon and camp
Weather Conditions:
White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness Survey - 11-10-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness
Date: 11-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 11-10-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 11-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 11-10-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 11-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:I saw 1 tiny puddle...
Weather Conditions:
Ant Camp Survey - 11-10-2017 - by M. Jones
Link: Ant Camp
Date: 11-10-2017
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Camp Description:

Cleaned up camp site, we hiked out 30 lbs. of trash between us. Old shredded tent, sleeping bags, plastic and aluminum waste were removed from camp and hollow tree due east. Left the 6 full water bottles in tree under skull and crossbones.

Table needs to be replaced; logs are being used for bench seating.  There’s a small pot, skillet and two shovels, two steel grills at camp site. 

Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:64 and sunny
Images:

Camp after clean-up

Water bottles cached in tree under this
Maple Camp Survey - 11-10-2017 - by Oh Three
Link: Maple Camp
Date: 11-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Oh Three
Camp Description:
Beautiful rarely used camp. It's a mere 45 minutes downhill from the trailhead, assuming you can drive the length of Cherry Creek Road. 4-wheel drive needed.

Almost the entire camp is covered with grass. Only around the fireplace (NOT USED! due to Level III Fire Danger) is the vegetation trampled into raw dirt.

We spread 15 people out over close to 100'. The moon didn't rise until midnight so we had the Milky Way, and shooting stars, above us.

The creek is dry north (upstream) of the camp. Water starts flowing right where the fireplace is, but water starts flowing rather whole-heartedly. So water is actually between a trickle and "flowing." There's plenty of small pools to pump and filter.

Our Scouts cooked their meals on the gravel and rocks down by the stream, to avoid having to clear 5' circles free of flammable materials in the camp. "Leave No Trace." 

Cuidado! The trail is overgrown and washed out both above and below the camp, so good trail skills are needed. Not at all impassible, it just requires paying attention.


Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Slight clouds, 45 degrees at night. Perfect!
Images:

Cow Spring Camp Survey - 11-10-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cow Spring Camp
Date: 11-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Not a horrible place to fill up. It could be worse. USE FILTER
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Cloudy, hunters hung a deer carcass above the spring runnel a few yards down stream.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Dripping Springs Survey - 11-10-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Dripping Springs
Date: 11-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Dripping from moss covered rock. Bees are in the area drinking from the drips
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Dripping Springs Survey - 11-10-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Dripping Springs
Date: 11-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Bottochers Gap Campground Survey - 11-05-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Bottochers Gap Campground
Date: 11-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Closed for a year now!

This whole site seems to not have any updates showing closures in Big Sur.

I am starting to understand how so many clueless people come into this area uninformed thinking things are open!
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Warning!Trail information on this website is not accurate or up to date!
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Camp Survey - 11-05-2017 - by Scott E
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 11-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Scott E
Camp Description:Right pipe had a steady trickle, approx 1L per minute or two.  Ample water to filter for cooking.

Camp was great!  Everything we could ask for- plenty of water, great tent sites, great fire pits with log seating, and a fantastic view from the lower camp.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Left pipe slow drip, right pipe steady trickle
Weather Conditions:Rained all night until 4am, rain froze by dawn. Low 30’s.
Kerr Spring - Sespe Survey - 11-05-2017 - by Peter Green
Link: Kerr Spring - Sespe
Date: 11-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Peter Green
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Same as it was in August - trickle, but flowing.
Weather Conditions:
Bear Creek Camp Survey - 11-05-2017 - by Peter Green
Link: Bear Creek Camp
Date: 11-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Peter Green
Camp Description:
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Stagnant but still deep and somewhat clear.
Weather Conditions:
White Ledge Camp - Red Reef Trail Survey - 11-05-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: White Ledge Camp - Red Reef Trail
Date: 11-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Was a 5 mile hike up to white ledge from trailhead.  There are 3 campsites and beautiful tree coverage over the whole campground.  Water was flowing good. Not heavy, but good enough to use Sawyer purifier. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:it was flowing nicely, not heavy, but enough to use water purifier
Weather Conditions:rained on Sat night, 68 degree
Meadow Camp Survey - 11-05-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Meadow Camp
Date: 11-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:First time visiting Meadow since the Rey Fire.  UNRECOGNIZABLE. The oak tree is dust, as is the table and the whole camp is buried in belly-high star thistle.  Bazaar feeling walking up to a camp we knew so well and not knowing where exactly you were.

Ultimately the camp needs to be moved west into the remaining oak trees.  We'd recommend not camping here for a while unless you like star thistle.

Would be a great boy scout project to restore the camp.  Any takers?
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Nearest water was at Lower Buckhorn Camp. Much of Buckhorn had water. Didn't see any water in Indian Creek, but didn't go above Meadow Camp.
Weather Conditions:high 60's, pleasant.
Images:

Where's the oak tree?

Looking east to where the camp used to be.


Dreamy view up Indian remains.

View down to meadow from the Lower Buckhorn saddle.
Sheep Camp Survey - 11-04-2017 - by Joe McD



Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 11-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Joe McD
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Left pipe only dripping, right pipe has slow trickle.
Weather Conditions:43 daytime/34 overnight
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 10-30-2017 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 10-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:Eagle scout project was completed with a successful toilet install.  Also the Campsite 1 was cleaned up, new table, new fire pit.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good water in Oso Creek, Spring just has a drip due to clogged pipe.
Weather Conditions:75
Images:

New Campsite sign

Oso Creek


Spring full of water but only dripping

Main camp and new fire ring


Campsite 3 burnt table. Needs replacement
Maple Camp Survey - 10-29-2017 - by Peter
Link: Maple Camp
Date: 10-29-2017
Surveyor Name:Peter
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Dry but slightly flowing at the campsite.
Weather Conditions:
Oretega Hill Survey - 10-28-2017 - by Old Man
Link: Oretega Hill
Date: 10-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Old Man
Camp Description:The firebreak up Ortega Hill is rather overgrown. I tried summit'ing it, wearing shorts, and my legs looked like I played jump rope with barbed wire. I gave up after a couple hundred yards. No bueno.   
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water.
Weather Conditions:
Hidden Potrero Camp Survey - 10-26-2017 - by Arliss Crow
Link: Hidden Potrero Camp
Date: 10-26-2017
Surveyor Name:Arliss Crow
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Went by on my bike and noticed that the trough was full.
Weather Conditions:
Estrella Camp Survey - 10-21-2017 - by Nate
Link: Estrella Camp
Date: 10-21-2017
Surveyor Name:Nate
Camp Description:This is a beautiful camp among the trees and by the Salmon Creek. There were several campers there when we got there, but there was plenty of space
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The Salomon Creek has a pretty good, clean flow. There are pools of water everywhere
Weather Conditions:clear 65F
Spruce Creek Camp Survey - 10-21-2017 - by Nate
Link: Spruce Creek Camp
Date: 10-21-2017
Surveyor Name:Nate
Camp Description:Nice camp, but a little small and crouded for my taste. There were a ton of day hikers passing through, but it is a really nice camp
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:lots of clean, clear water
Weather Conditions:sunny 65
Coldwater Camp Survey - 10-21-2017 - by Forrest
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 10-21-2017
Surveyor Name:Forrest
Camp Description:Campsites are in good shape, as is the toilet. The large pool of water at the first campsite is still pretty full, maybe about waist deep (3ish feet) at the center.  There are small pools on the trail before Coldwater but well after Potrero. A mile or so past Coldwater the pools are more frequent, still somewhat stagnant though. Saw a few snakes, lots of lizards of course, some deer in the am. Didn't see any predators but plenty of old bear, fox/coyote scat around.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:More than stagnant but flowing very little...
Weather Conditions:Windy in the morning. 55 degrees. wind dies down in the afternoon and it warmed up to 80ish
Images:

1st campsite

pool before 1st campsite


2nd campsite
Valley View Camp Survey - 10-21-2017 - by James Wapotich
Link: Valley View Camp
Date: 10-21-2017
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:No water at camp, did not explore very far up or downstream from camp
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Oak Camp Survey - 10-19-2017 - by Murray Ruben
Link: Oak Camp
Date: 10-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Murray Ruben
Camp Description:Very pretty campsite with plenty of good, flat tent space and three fire rings/stoves alongside creek.
Well worth the (relatively easy) hike in.
Bring bug dope or veil as the flies were very pesky (but only at the campsite).
Wear long leggings to protect against the brambles.

Trail is passable, slightly overgrown, and not recommended for dogs as it is full of fox tails.
Pay careful attention following trail as the undergrowth tended to disguise the trail at several stream crossings, none of which were well marked.

Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Everything is bone dry.
Weather Conditions:Mid 70's and gusty wind 20mph.
Willow Spring - Chimney Canyon Survey - 10-14-2017 - by Nate
Link: Willow Spring - Chimney Canyon
Date: 10-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Nate
Camp Description:It looks like there were pipes in place to fill a cattle trough, but what little water was pooled and pretty stagnant. I wanted to filter some, but  did not want to risk clogging my water filter
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Very Muddy and contaminated
Weather Conditions:Hot and over 80 degrees
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 10-14-2017 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 10-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:

19 Oaks is starting to rebound after the Rey fire.  The plants are springing  back.

Currently there is an eagle scout project happening to fix up the Pit Toilet that burned and also the main camp.

If you get out there you can enjoy the new table.

We also encountered a large rattlesnake while doing some maintenance.

So be on the lookout

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Oso Creek is still low but good and clear. The trough is at a trickle
Weather Conditions:85 hot and buggy
Images:

Troop 26 Eagle scout project

Water in oso creek low but flowing


trough down to a trickle

Rattlesnakes are out
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 10-14-2017 - by Forrest
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 10-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Forrest
Camp Description:Some stagnant-ish water at Lost Valley camp, a mile or so before Fish Creek but Fish Creek is completely dry.  Saw several deer. Saw lots of old bear scat, maybe a week old or so right around where Fish Creek comes into Manzana Creek. Trail is still in fine shape. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:BONE dry.
Weather Conditions:6am temp was about 39 but by noon it was 85
Lost Valley Camp Survey - 10-14-2017 - by Forrest
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 10-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Forrest
Camp Description:Camp is in good shape. Water is pump-able but I would pump and boil just to be sure. Right upstream from Lost Valley the water is flowing a bit more, it's less stagnant at least. Still only ankle deep though
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Some stagnant-ish pools right below camp. Upstream is a tad more flowing but overall it's pretty low.
Weather Conditions:weather was fine. High 30's in the early AM and mid 80s by noon.
Sheep Camp Survey - 10-14-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 10-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:Camps all in fine shape; main spring is a trickle but still reliable. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Clean but slow
Weather Conditions:Cool and sunny
Images:

Lower camp

Patience.
Chula Vista Campground Survey - 10-13-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Chula Vista Campground
Date: 10-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:A fine evening at Chula Vista. The restrooms are open again, and the camp was clean ... enjoy it before the snow weekenders overrun it! ;-)
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:There is no water at this camp.
Weather Conditions:Cool and clear.
Images:


Chokecherry Spring Survey - 10-11-2017 - by Wesley Wright
Link: Chokecherry Spring
Date: 10-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Wesley Wright
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Trough is full. Bugs floating on top, but the quality of the water is good.
Weather Conditions:
Fishbowls Camp Survey - 10-08-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Fishbowls Camp
Date: 10-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Camp Survey - 10-08-2017 - by Erin C
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 10-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Erin C
Camp Description:Lots of wind and falling pinecones at night and almost a full moon made it hard to sleep. Bring ear plugs!
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Both springs are flowing still! The spring on the right side is flowing nicely at about a half liter per minute.
Weather Conditions:Windy and cold at night, calm and warm during day
Images:





Manzana Camp Survey - 10-08-2017 - by Cahikerchick
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 10-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Cahikerchick
Camp Description:hiked thru here yesterday.  plenty of water running from Ray's Camp up to Manzana Narrows.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Nira Campground Survey - 10-08-2017 - by Cahikerchick
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 10-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Cahikerchick
Camp Description:The campground and restrooms are in great shape.  Campsites and fire rings are raked.  The new concessionaire is doing a good job of maintaining the campground.  

Surprisingly, there were no campers and only one car when we left on Friday and again when we returned on Sunday.  May be due to the warm weather predicted for the weekend.  We had the trail and camps all to ourselves.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 10-07-2017 - by Cahikerchick
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 10-07-2017
Surveyor Name:Cahikerchick
Camp Description:Spent night 2 at Manzana Narrows.  Really nice camp, well spread out with 3 tables.  Nice toilet.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:nice clear water, flowing nicely.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Home Sweet Home

Nice deep pool with trout!


Spacious accommodations!

You made it!
Willet Camp Survey - 10-07-2017 - by Heather Salvatore
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 10-07-2017
Surveyor Name:Heather Salvatore
Camp Description:Hot springs had just been emptied and scrubbed down, it was lovely! Unfortunately little to no water flowing in the river. Ended up using the re-directed natural spring water in the camp to re-fill.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Water was minimal but natural spring was great to filter from!
Weather Conditions:Hot! Around 85-90 during the day, cooled off to low 60's at night.
Images:

Rays Camp Survey - 10-06-2017 - by Cahikerchick
Link: Rays Camp
Date: 10-06-2017
Surveyor Name:Cahikerchick
Camp Description:Stayed here on first night as it was the first water source we encountered. Beautiful camp, with an upper and lower area.  We camped higher and kept the food in the tree at the lower spot.  Lots of fresh bear scat along the trail from Fish Camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:very good moving flow.
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 10-06-2017 - by Cahikerchick
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 10-06-2017
Surveyor Name:Cahikerchick
Camp Description:This was our destination for our first night out, but the lack of water made us push on to Ray's Camp which was flowing nicely.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Some random pools about 1/4 mile downstream.
Weather Conditions:
Cliff Camp Survey - 10-04-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cliff Camp
Date: 10-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Good grass for horses, but no water at Cliff Camp.  Trail was mostly overgrown, but still findable with GPS. 10/4/2017
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Sycamore Camp Survey - 10-04-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sycamore Camp
Date: 10-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Low flow near camp. Wet upstream of Sycamore, but goes dry just downstream.
Weather Conditions:
Abel Canyon Camp Survey - 10-04-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Abel Canyon Camp
Date: 10-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Pretty good campsite. Broken picnic table can still be used while hikers are seated on the ground.  Decent grass for horses after a rare September rain.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Low flow near camp. Wet downstream for about a mile. Abel Canyon Creek had a trickle as well.
Weather Conditions:
Miller Camp Survey - 10-04-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Miller Camp
Date: 10-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Campsite is pretty exposed, lots of sun.  It looks like a tree fell on the fence of the horse corral.  No good water for at least a mile or more downstream of Miller, we did not make it all the way to Mormon Camp though.  Abel Camp upstream was better: more shade and flowing water. 10/4/2017.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:one stagnant pool dried to mud in the afternoon
Weather Conditions:
Jackson Spring Survey - 10-04-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Jackson Spring
Date: 10-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Cattle have access to the spring, it was flowing though 10/4/2017.
Weather Conditions:
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 10-02-2017 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 10-02-2017
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:Campsite restoration coming along.  there have been multiple scout projects there.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Slow steady flow down oso creek. Not a trickle yet.
Weather Conditions:Low 80s by mid day. calm and clear.
Images:

Oso creek just past campsite junction on Santa Cruz Trail
Mission Pine Springs Camp Survey - 09-24-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Mission Pine Springs Camp
Date: 09-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Checked in at Mission Pine Spring to see the shape of the water and camp.  Water is flowing really nicely, camp has been well-used by recent hunters.  There were some deer remains left around camp that will hopefully disappear soon.  Other than that, camp remains well loved and one of the better high-backcountry camps in the Los Padres.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Really nice water and lots of it coming from the spring.
Weather Conditions:mid-70's, picture perfect. Evening temps into the 40's.
Images:

Sign at MPS Camp.

Camp looking good!


Water flowing good!
Sheep Camp Survey - 09-23-2017 - by GS Troop 12345
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 09-23-2017
Surveyor Name:GS Troop 12345
Camp Description:We brought empty plastic 1 gallon milk containers and just let them sit under the spring to collect water since it's very slow right now.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:It was 32 degrees at 8:00 p.m., and dropped well below freezing at night.
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 09-19-2017 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 09-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:

The camp repairs have started, with an other Eagle Scout project.  Progress updates will follow as the repairs start.

Plans to fix toilet and main camp are the first.  Then the other camps to follow

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Low but flowing and clear, moss is starting to grow, spring has good flow to trough
Weather Conditions:Clean, Calm, 75F
Images:

Oso creek next to Santa Cruz trail and 19 Oaks turn off

Trough at camp, feed by spring
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 09-19-2017 - by NickD
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 09-19-2017
Surveyor Name:NickD
Camp Description:Campsite in good condition. The trail to Alder Creek is tough to follow however and mostly unmarked zig zagging over the creek. I ended up hiking through the dry creek bed most of the way. Alder Creek is bone dry. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:80's
Shady Camp Survey - 09-19-2017 - by NickD
Link: Shady Camp
Date: 09-19-2017
Surveyor Name:NickD
Camp Description:Trail tough to follow between Alder Creek Camp and Shady Camp. It zig-zags numerous times and it's easy to miss sections. Shady camp itself is nice, situated between to huge oak trees for shade. There's a big cliff to the west though so it does lose daylight early, and as another poster pointed out, it gets WINDY! 

Water had dwindled down to a trickle just about 20yards long. Under current conditions I'd guess it's gone in a month
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:80's
Sheep Camp Survey - 09-17-2017 - by MightyM
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 09-17-2017
Surveyor Name:MightyM
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Trickle from two separate pipes, patience required to fill a bottle. Not enough to filter from the pool.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

trickle
Thorn Meadows Campground Survey - 09-16-2017 - by Jesse A
Link: Thorn Meadows Campground
Date: 09-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Jesse A
Camp Description:Fire ring under Oak tree campsite needs to be put back in the ground. Only there a short overnight or I would have fixed it. People have really trashed the bathrooms, as if shooting them up wasn't enough, looks like someone tore a bunch of blocks out too. Picked up a lot of micro trash, it was everywhere. Humans.......
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Water at Piru Creek crossing. Could filter if you had too.
Weather Conditions:
Jackson Hole Camp Survey - 09-16-2017 - by Fritz
Link: Jackson Hole Camp
Date: 09-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Fritz
Camp Description:The trail from the punch bowls was heavily overgrown and nearly impassable. There were points where we were on our hands and knees crawling under brush. Lost the trail twice and had to backtrack and search for markers. Game trails look more heavily used then the actual trail. Took about 2.5 hours to hike the 1.5 miles to the falls.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:The falls were dry but there was a trickle of water in the creek and some of the pools down stream were full.
Weather Conditions:Nice 70 degrees or so with a light breeze
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 09-16-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 09-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:flowing steadily, but slowly. Pool was about waist deep, good enough to cool off in
Weather Conditions:80 degrees
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 09-16-2017 - by Chris Pechous
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 09-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Chris Pechous
Camp Description:Stayed here on 9/16 after starting from the Howard Creek Trail Head, taking the Nordhoff Ridge to the Piedra Blanca Trailhead and then hopping on the Piedra Blanca Trail. The creek at PML was pretty full and had a very slow trickle, from rain the past few weeks. Easy to dip and sip (of course with a filter). Temps easily dropped into the low 40s. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Heath Camp Survey - 09-14-2017 - by Ben Lakish
Link: Heath Camp
Date: 09-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Ben Lakish
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good flow. it had rained 72 hours before though.
Weather Conditions:
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
Forbush Camp Survey - 09-11-2017 - by Jared Bresee
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 09-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Jared Bresee
Camp Description:Everything at the camp is in good shape, no water anywhere though. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No flow, completely dry
Weather Conditions:
Cottam Camp Survey - 09-11-2017 - by Jared Bresee
Link: Cottam Camp
Date: 09-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Jared Bresee
Camp Description:Totally dry creek and grass. Wear pants for the stickers and poison oak taking the trail in. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water anywhere, this is totally dry
Weather Conditions:
Haddock Camp Survey - 09-07-2017 - by Kevin H
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 09-07-2017
Surveyor Name:Kevin H
Camp Description:Barely a trickle at Haddock on Sept 7, 2017.  There is also a spring with slightly more flow about half mile SE of Haddock.  No water at Three Mile.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
San Antonio Camp Survey - 09-07-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: San Antonio Camp
Date: 09-07-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Traveled from the Indain's going around Mr Bottoms ranch to the east, Road and trail directly to the River in good shape, lots of wildlife, bobcat, quail and deer.  Biked to the end of the road, missed the direct trail cut off and forded the river up to the camp.  Consult google earth before and be aware of the private property.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good flow, cold and clear
Weather Conditions:Perfect, shade up to 80 but comfortable
Three Mile Camp Survey - 09-06-2017 - by Kevin H
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 09-06-2017
Surveyor Name:Kevin H
Camp Description:No water at Three Mile on Sept 6, 2017.  
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Bone dry.
Weather Conditions:
Cone Peak Survey - 09-03-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cone Peak
Date: 09-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Great Day, only 2 other groups on the mountain,  Rattlesnake on the trial,  coastal fog cooled the trail up then cleared to a magnif view of ocean, bridge and inland. Remark able day.  Trail in good track and shape thanks for those who work on it. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Big Cone Spruce Camp Survey - 08-31-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Big Cone Spruce Camp
Date: 08-31-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flow in Manzana Creek and at the Spring behind Big Cone Spruce Camp. Lots of flies though.
Weather Conditions:
Mission Pine Springs Camp Survey - 08-24-2017 - by Nate
Link: Mission Pine Springs Camp
Date: 08-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Nate
Camp Description:This is a beautiful camp only hampered by the amount of flies. I had the camp to myself for a night, but it was obvious that hunters had been there recently by the blood left on the rocks and table. But kudos to everyone for leaving little trash, making it a pretty clean camp. What I did not expect to see in the area was redwood trees that dot the area around the camp. The views were better on the trail coming into camp than at the camp itself, but it was secluded and beautiful. There are also a ton of great rock formations and giant pines that really make this area different than most other parts of the Los Padres. One of a kind. It is a long hike with a place to water at Mckinly Springs if you hike from the Cachuma Saddle, but it is worth it. Just make sure you bring enough water storage per person in the dry months.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:The water was a decent trickle, clean, clear and cool. There was water at camp and about 1/4 mile further up the trail
Weather Conditions:Hot, windy and dry. About 95
McKinley Spring - San Rafael Mountain Survey - 08-23-2017 - by Nate
Link: McKinley Spring - San Rafael Mountain
Date: 08-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Nate
Camp Description:Nothing really special about this camp as far as being a camping destination, but it is the only place to get water before getting to the Mckinley Saddle. This camp is about 8 miles from the Cachuma Saddle. It has some shade and tons of flies, two tables and a fire pit. A warning, as there are plenty of rattlesnakes between here and Mission Pine Springs
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:There is plenty of clean, clear water here, helped by several storage containers
Weather Conditions:Hot and dry 93
Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 08-20-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 08-20-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Bluff Spring Survey - 08-17-2017 - by Rick Humphrey
Link: Bluff Spring
Date: 08-17-2017
Surveyor Name:Rick Humphrey
Camp Description:Jeep way from Santa Barbara Canyon to the Sierra Madre connector is great, and the route to Bluff is open with no issues, just some sections that are a bit roughed up after the dozer went through....Buckhorn jeep way from Bluff towards Upper Oso is closed due to rocks down about 1/2 out of Bluff camp.

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Spring behind Bluff is more than a trickle and lightly flowing, as were the Springs on top of West Big Pine...
Weather Conditions:
Lockwood Peak Survey - 08-17-2017 - by Dave Burnett
Link: Lockwood Peak
Date: 08-17-2017
Surveyor Name:Dave Burnett
Camp Description:Nice hike of about 6 1/3 miles that Bob, Don and myself undertook.  We followed Hiking Route 1 from Hundreds Peak Section website to the peak and returned via Hiking Route 2 to the Yellow Jacket Trail where we turned left to return to our vehicle.  Yellow Jacket Trail is easy to follow.  The route up the gully is basically a path with some fallen trees and lots of boulders.   Ducks mark the path frequently, though there is little choice on where to proceed once into the gully.  Fewer markers in the gully we followed down, but not a problem since there is little choice to be made.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:One small, stagnant source of water on Yellow Jacket Trail between the two gullies usable for access to Lockwood Peak.
Weather Conditions:Great visibility in all directions. Temp was around 70 at the peak at 10 am.
Images:

This was the only water source we saw. There is a large marshy area to the left (SE) of this location which probably has small pools of water. Note the several butterflies clustering around the water. There were approximately a dozen butterflies in this one spot.

The track with double red line is the one we followed. The solid red and blue tracks are the Hundred Peaks Section Hiking Routes 1 & 2 respectively. Both of these a re partly obscured by our track.


Gully downward. This was very steep in spots and narrow almost all the way.

Entrance to the gully we followed up to the peak.


Alamo Mountain from Lockwood Peak
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
Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 08-11-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 08-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
The Pines Camp Survey - 08-11-2017 - by Eldon Walker
Link: The Pines Camp
Date: 08-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Eldon Walker
Camp Description:I have 50 years experience visiting The Pines camp and approximately 40 years worth of pictures. One can fairly say that The Pines camp no longer exists in a recognizable form as The Pines due to drought and bark beetle infestation.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Hot, 90 degrees + and dry on August 11, 2017.
Images:

The Pines camp, panoramas: pre-drought (upper) and August 11, 2017 (current state).
Sheep Camp Survey - 08-07-2017 - by Ken Arnold
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 08-07-2017
Surveyor Name:Ken Arnold
Camp Description:Cool and breezy for 3 days.  All campsites in good condition.  Second shovel we have found left at a trail camp (also Madulce).  BIG bright moon.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Same as described by Angeles Explorer
Weather Conditions:Upper 40's, Upper 70's
Launtz Creek Camp Survey - 08-06-2017 - by Juan c Jiménez
Link: Launtz Creek Camp
Date: 08-06-2017
Surveyor Name:Juan c Jiménez
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Kerr Spring - Sespe Survey - 08-06-2017 - by Peter
Link: Kerr Spring - Sespe
Date: 08-06-2017
Surveyor Name:Peter
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Not a lot, but enough to get a few cups in a minute or so.
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Camp Survey - 08-05-2017 - by Angeles Explorer
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 08-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Angeles Explorer
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Spring flowing at approx 0.75 liters per minute
Weather Conditions:
Images:

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.
Forbush Camp Survey - 07-30-2017 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 07-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Both campsites are in good condition. Pink tape in fire pits indicates Level III fire restrictions. Large oak tree covers trail 100 yards before junction to camp.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Stagnant pool below lower camp, pools above the upper camp.
Weather Conditions:80's, Sunny
Images:

Lower Campsite

Pools with trickling water up creek from upper campsite
Oak Flat Camp Survey - 07-29-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Oak Flat Camp
Date: 07-29-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Trail not well marked
Weather Conditions:Clear and mid 90s
Kerr Spring - Sespe Survey - 07-28-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Kerr Spring - Sespe
Date: 07-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Clear and mid 90s
Piedra Blanca Camp Survey - 07-24-2017 - by Erico
Link: Piedra Blanca Camp
Date: 07-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Erico
Camp Description:Monday, camp was empty, clean.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Great flow, clear.
Weather Conditions:Very warm, no air flow.
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 07-24-2017 - by Erico
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 07-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Erico
Camp Description:Pools were still during the day, but the next morning, there were ripples from higher pools to lower. The spring is still producing drinkable water, but must filter due to bugs and bits.

Trail from Rose Valley to Pine Mountain was empty, no other people anywhere. Only 3 cars in the Rose Valley parking lot.

Pine Mountain camp was clean, several good fire rings and stands for setting your stove on.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:A few pools of 100 gallons or so each. Drinkable.
Weather Conditions:Hot, No air flow.
Sheep Camp Survey - 07-23-2017 - by Paul Croshaw
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 07-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Paul Croshaw
Camp Description:Trail and camp in good condition with no hazards. Ashe in fire rings need to be cleaned out.  No bugs
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flowing at approximately 1 liter per minute
Weather Conditions:Sunny, 70's
Images:

Upper Sheep campsite

Trail Junction down to Sheep Camp
Arroyo Seco Campground Survey - 07-23-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Arroyo Seco Campground
Date: 07-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Great recent article featuring some cleanup and educational outreach performed by the Ventana Wilderness Alliance.  Enjoy the writeup and be kind to the land:

https://xasauantoday.com/2017/07/23/a-day-on-the-arroyo-seco/
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Llly Meadows Camp Survey - 07-22-2017 - by Troop 128
Link: Llly Meadows Camp
Date: 07-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Troop 128
Camp Description:Water source is .25 mile below camp
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flowing
Weather Conditions:
Squaw Spring Survey - 07-21-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Squaw Spring
Date: 07-21-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Camp Survey - 07-19-2017 - by bardley
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 07-19-2017
Surveyor Name:bardley
Camp Description: - no dead animals this time.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details: - more than a trickle, less than a great flow.
Weather Conditions:73F, sl breeze
Images:

Bear Creek Camp Survey - 07-16-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Bear Creek Camp
Date: 07-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Note that there is very little shade on the trail from the Piedra Blanca Trailhead. Trail camp is clean, but unmarked. If you get to the Sespe creek crossing, you have gone too far. All the earlier crossings are of dry creek-beds.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Water was still flowing but very slowly
Weather Conditions:
Matilija Camp Survey - 07-15-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 07-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:I camped here last year in September, and the water level was noticeably higher this weekend. Was a scorching hot weekend, but we decided to hike the newly opened Matilija Falls trail and enjoyed basking in the swimming holes between treks.

It was pretty buggy, lots of flies in the morning and evening that liked to buzz around your face. There was a fair amount of red angry poison oak along the edges of the trail and dispersed through the camps so you definitely had to watch your footing. Gorgeous scenery and barely anyone else on the trails.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:95 daytime, 65 nighttime
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County Survey - 07-15-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County
Date: 07-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Alder was clean and tidy but its usual dark self with not a lot of room to spread out.  Water was flowing both in the creek below the camp and the tributary just down stream from the camp.

The camp crapper is located in the trail about 10 yards above the camp.  Would be nice to move that and install it in a more appropriate place.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:mid-90's, hot and smoky from the Whittier Fire
Images:

Crapper in the Trail
Lockwood Peak Survey - 07-12-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Lockwood Peak
Date: 07-12-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Recent article by ValHikes about Lockwood Peak.  Enjoy:

http://valhikes.blogspot.com/2017/07/lockwood-peak.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MomentsInDirtAndInk+%28Moments+in+Dirt+and+Ink%29
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
San Guillermo Mountain Survey - 07-12-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: San Guillermo Mountain
Date: 07-12-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:ValHikes article about San Guillermo:

http://valhikes.blogspot.com/2017/07/san-guillermo-mountain.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MomentsInDirtAndInk+%28Moments+in+Dirt+and+Ink%29
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Carrizo Springs Camp Survey - 07-08-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Carrizo Springs Camp
Date: 07-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:First time, great trail in good shape to the Springs.  Great morning hike, alternating shade and exposed. Good tread except in two spots. Great to go thru strands of infant, juvenile and established groves of sugar pine...making our way thru sandstone gardens with great views.  The trail impels you to keep going to the next turn and view. Don't realized the steepness of the trail til you go down. Shade was the Savior on this record hot day...nice pool to cool down at the bridge. For more historical information look up Tim Bottoms youtube on his ranch.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Hard to get to thru the poison oak
Weather Conditions:very hot 109
Chorro Spring Survey - 07-08-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Chorro Spring
Date: 07-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Completely dry. Heard from a search and rescue person that it has been dry for a few years now even in the winter.
Weather Conditions:
Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 07-03-2017 - by H. Ketchum
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 07-03-2017
Surveyor Name:H. Ketchum
Camp Description:Lovely open camp.  There are three fire rings, one for each camp site.  Lots of rocks to use as cooking surfaces but no tables.  Plenty of dry wood to burn, mostly small sticks, had to hunt for larger logs.  Wish we had gone in late May or June with more water in the creek.  There were lots small black flies and mosquitoes. Prepare to get bitten.  Not crowded at all.  Just us and one other small party.  Didn't see anyone hike through. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Two pools with a trickle between them. It's down a steep little hill on the edge of the Camp.
Weather Conditions:Hot and Sunny. 85 degrees during day, 58 at night.
Images:

Sign at Cedar Creek Camp. If you see this sign, you made it!

Small pools connected with a trickle. Down steep hill on edge of camp. Enough to filter and drink.


Camp Site

Fire Ring
Lady Bug Camp Survey - 07-03-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 07-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:The portion of the spring nearest to the campsite was ample for water replenishing. The higher up I went (South, towards Hines Peak/away from the Sespe River) away from the camp the better the flow of the spring.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:80/50F
Oak Spring - Salisbury Potrero Survey - 07-03-2017 - by Duane Waite
Link: Oak Spring - Salisbury Potrero
Date: 07-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Duane Waite
Camp Description:Assuming that this is the Oak Spring near the Judell trail head, the spring is flowing.
The rate from the pipe is approximately an ounce per second. There's a bit of sulphur smell to the water, and the water has a greenish tint. I resisted the urge to drink a bit of it unfiltered considering the bovine activity nearby..
Lots of wildlife swimming around in the tub....
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Tub is full. Flow is 1 oz per second. Water tastes a bit sulphury and has a greenish tint
Weather Conditions:Clear skies, cool breeze. Daytime temp near 90, night temp 45
Images:

Filling up water bottle at Oak Spring.
Bates Canyon Campground Survey - 07-03-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Bates Canyon Campground
Date: 07-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Few snake 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Dry, Sunny. 100F/65F
Images:

Snake tracks



Raspberry Camp Survey - 07-03-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Raspberry Camp
Date: 07-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:NW facing camp is nice and shady 'til at least 10:30am, although finding a level spot large enough for a tent is a bit of a challenge.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:2 drops per second out of main spring, 1 drop per second out of secondary pipe
Weather Conditions:
Images:


Forbush Camp Survey - 07-02-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 07-02-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Camp sites in great shape! Lots of bugs around. The trail in is a little overgrown but still completely accessible. Some poison oak along trail. 
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:2 in deep, mostly dry
Weather Conditions:
Images:


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:
Haddock Camp Survey - 06-29-2017 - by larry frassoldati
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 06-29-2017
Surveyor Name:larry frassoldati
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Three Mile Camp Survey - 06-29-2017 - by larry frassoldati
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 06-29-2017
Surveyor Name:larry frassoldati
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 06-29-2017 - by larry frassoldati
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 06-29-2017
Surveyor Name:larry frassoldati
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Twin Forks Camp Survey - 06-29-2017 - by larry frassoldati
Link: Twin Forks Camp
Date: 06-29-2017
Surveyor Name:larry frassoldati
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Camp Survey - 06-27-2017 - by Rich
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 06-27-2017
Surveyor Name:Rich
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Mid 70's in daytime with gentle breeze. Strong winds at night.
Images:

Sheep Camp Lower Spring on 6-27-2017
Haddock Camp Survey - 06-26-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 06-26-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:As part of of their 8-day trek across the Sespe Wilderness, Troop 111 (Ventura) spent a lunch at Haddock on Mon 6/26/2017. Warm and a bit buggy, but camp is in good shape and still plenty of water. Sad to see the cedar and other trees burnt from the recent fire.

Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Getting low, but still pumpable
Weather Conditions:Hot.
Images:

Three Mile Camp Survey - 06-26-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 06-26-2017
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 Monday 6/26/2017. Warm and a bit buggy, but camp is in good shape and still enough water to pump. 

All the unnamed crossings to here coming from Beartrap still had plenty of water, which was great. There's a huge down tree just upstream from camp, which can be ducked under but isn't passable to stock. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Pumpable but getting lower
Weather Conditions:Hot, oh so very hot.
Images:


Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 06-26-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 06-26-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:As part of of their 8-day trek across the Sespe Wilderness, Troop 111 (Ventura) spent their second night at Beartrap on Monday 6/26/2017. Warm and a quite buggy, but camp is in good shape and still enough water ... but noticeably lower than other camps along the trail.


Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Enough water to filter, but getting low
Weather Conditions:Hot. Buggy. Did we mention hot?
Images:


Sheep Camp Survey - 06-25-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 06-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Nice and cold!
Weather Conditions:Mostly hot, brief thunderstorm. H90/L60
Sheep Camp Survey - 06-25-2017 - by Troop 1
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 06-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Troop 1
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Cold and fresh
Weather Conditions:
Upper Reyes Camp Survey - 06-25-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Upper Reyes 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 a lunch break at Upper Reyes on Sunday 6/25/2017. 97F and no breeze, but camp is in good shape and still plenty of water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Lower than last month, but still plenty
Weather Conditions:
Images:

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:





Flores Flat Camp Survey - 06-25-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Flores Flat Camp
Date: 06-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Great article by James Wapotich flirting with some of the old homesteads and other off-trail sites to visit in the area.  Songs of the Wilderness is a great resource, check it out:

https://songsofthewilderness.com/2017/06/25/trail-quest-santa-cruz-creek-homesteads/ 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Montecito Peak Survey - 06-22-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Montecito Peak
Date: 06-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Is there anywhere ValHikes hasn't been.  Here she talks about a recent trip up to Montecito Peak:

http://valhikes.blogspot.com/2017/06/montecito-peak.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MomentsInDirtAndInk+%28Moments+in+Dirt+and+Ink%29

ValHikes is a tremendous resource for anyone exploring the Los Padres wilds. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Willet Camp Survey - 06-15-2017 - by larry frassoldati
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 06-15-2017
Surveyor Name:larry frassoldati
Camp Description:hotub is flowing and awsome
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:sespe creek is flowing ,, spigot has been altered and is flowing 1 gallon every 15 min. or so
Weather Conditions:hot 90 F
Pine Mountain Campground Survey - 06-14-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Pine Mountain Campground
Date: 06-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Pleasantly cool
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:None
Weather Conditions:Clear/Cool
Coldwater Camp Survey - 06-11-2017 - by MSchless
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 06-11-2017
Surveyor Name:MSchless
Camp Description:Quick overnight after work. Camp is in great shape. Good flow through the creek. Watched a full moon come up over the meadow. Pretty awesome.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow. Lots of algae.
Weather Conditions:Mid 50s overnight
Cottam Camp Survey - 06-10-2017 - by Seedubyuh
Link: Cottam Camp
Date: 06-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Seedubyuh
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Ankle Deep
Weather Conditions:
Happy Hunting Ground Camp Survey - 06-10-2017 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Happy Hunting Ground Camp
Date: 06-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Hiked through the camp on a day hike to South Fork. There is a coffee can with toilet paper that has been mauled by a bear. 

The fire ring has been repaired and there is a pan and bucket available for use.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Standing water is located in a few pools above and below the camp.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Stagnant pool below the camp.
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc Survey - 06-10-2017 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: South Fork Camp - Sisquoc
Date: 06-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Day hiked from the Narrows to do some minor cabin repairs and deliver supplies. Photographed register entries. Reviewed the cabin procedures with a hiker who was going to stay in cabin.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Sisquoc and South Fork Rivers have good flow of water for this time of year.
Weather Conditions:Sunny with day time temp 86 degrees.
Coche Camp Survey - 06-10-2017 - by Axel
Link: Coche Camp
Date: 06-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Axel
Camp Description:Coming down off the Santa Cruz trail from Mission Pine Basin, I could not fine the camp so went down stream to Kellogg. I the area I thought the camp would be is choked with overgrowth, poison oak, and blow downs.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Black Willow Spring Survey - 06-10-2017 - by Erica Reinheimer
Link: Black Willow Spring
Date: 06-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Erica Reinheimer
Camp Description:By my reckoning, this is the spring next to the cabin on Montgomery Portero. The spigot near the cabin was dry, but the inlet to the cattle trough was flowing well. Fortunately, we had a shallow pan to catch the water before it went into the trough; then we filtered the water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County Survey - 06-10-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County
Date: 06-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Creek still flowing well.
Poison oak on the trail, and around the campsite is a drag.
We cleared some, but there is plenty more....
We were there the same day as the private plane crash nearby, hope pilot recovers well.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Chorro Grande Camp Survey - 06-10-2017 - by larry frassoldati
Link: Chorro Grande Camp
Date: 06-10-2017
Surveyor Name:larry frassoldati
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:hot 95 F
Kellogg Camp Survey - 06-09-2017 - by axel
Link: Kellogg Camp
Date: 06-09-2017
Surveyor Name:axel
Camp Description:Came down from Mission Pine, could not find Coche Camp so stayed at Kellogg. The camp has not seen much use lately, and weeds were growing in the fire ring, but the table is still there and water is flowing in the creek. Signs of very recent bear activity and the trail is impassible just down stream, to Flores Camp because of deadfall and overgrowth.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good clear cold water flowing.
Weather Conditions:Pleasant weather with air temperature in the 70s. Nights cool.
Images:

Santa Ynez Peak Survey - 06-08-2017 - by Jim Young
Link: Santa Ynez Peak
Date: 06-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Jim Young
Camp Description:Broadcast Peak and Santa Ynez Peak via Tequepis trail. 12.2 mi. total included ~0.5 mi. wandering around at trail head. Total time was 4 hrs, 45 min. Total elevation gain (as reported by GPS) was 3400'. Vertical gain was 3120'. Parked at small "Los Padres" designated are just below Circle V camp gate. 
Weather started as typical June overcast, but cleared to become quite warm. Trail was shady and cool for ~1.5 mi, then breaks out into chaparral with great  open views of Lake Cachuma and the back country. At the crest,  I scrambled up  the motorcycle hill climb track to Broadcast Peak.Footing was sketchy due to steepness and loose dirt and rocks.. Continued West on Camino Cielo road to another OHV trail on the ridge leading up to Santa Ynez Peak. Had lunch sitting under all the antenna equipment. Returned to Tequepis trail via Camino Cielo. 
On the descent, encountered about 25 young hikers on their way up. There's very little shade on the trail, so bring lots of sun protection and water. I expected to be disappointed about using Camino Cielo to complete the hike, but saw no one on the road. I was probably fortunate because it was a weekday. Views of Gaviota Coast are spectacular and worth the hike or drive.
PS-This is my first trip report, so feedback is appreciated.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water after leaving creek about 1 mi. above trailhead.
Weather Conditions:Scattered clouds, 70 - 80 deg. Wind 5-10 mph.
Santa Ynez Peak Survey - 06-08-2017 - by Jim Young
Link: Santa Ynez Peak
Date: 06-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Jim Young
Camp Description:Broadcast Peak and Santa Ynez Peak via Tequepis trail. 12.2 mi. total included ~0.5 mi. wandering around at trail head. Total time was 4 hrs, 45 min. Total elevation gain (as reported by GPS) was 3400'. Vertical gain was 3120'. Parked at small "Los Padres" designated are just below Circle V camp gate. 
Weather started as typical June overcast, but cleared to become quite warm. Trail was shady and cool for ~1.5 mi, then breaks out into chaparral with great  open views of Lake Cachuma and the back country. At the crest,  I scrambled up  the motorcycle hill climb track to Broadcast Peak.Footing was sketchy due to steepness and loose dirt and rocks.. Continued West on Camino Cielo road to another OHV trail on the ridge leading up to Santa Ynez Peak. Had lunch sitting under all the antenna equipment. Returned to Tequepis trail via Camino Cielo. 
On the descent, encountered about 25 young hikers on their way up. There's very little shade on the trail, so bring lots of sun protection and water. I expected to be disappointed about using Camino Cielo to complete the hike, but saw no one on the road. I was probably fortunate because it was a weekday. Views of Gaviota Coast are spectacular and worth the hike or drive.
PS-This is my first trip report, so feedback is appreciated.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water after leaving creek about 1 mi. above trailhead.
Weather Conditions:Scattered clouds, 70 - 80 deg. Wind 5-10 mph.
Valley View Camp Survey - 06-06-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Valley View Camp
Date: 06-06-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Nice spot to spend the night. Beware of poison oak / ivy. It's everywhere. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:There was a steady flow and a couple of pools. Good enough to filter through my Sawyer and enjoy drinking
Weather Conditions:High 80's during the day, mid 50's overnight
Images:







Madulce Camp Survey - 06-04-2017 - by Dirge
Link: Madulce Camp
Date: 06-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Dirge
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Plenty of water at camp
Weather Conditions:
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County Survey - 06-02-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County
Date: 06-02-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Bugs were relentless 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Still flowing pretty strong
Weather Conditions:
Heath Camp Survey - 06-02-2017 - by Arliss Crow
Link: Heath Camp
Date: 06-02-2017
Surveyor Name:Arliss Crow
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The Sisquoc is flowing nicely.
Weather Conditions:
Falls Camp Survey - 06-02-2017 - by Arliss Crow
Link: Falls Camp
Date: 06-02-2017
Surveyor Name:Arliss Crow
Camp Description:The camp is in great shape.  A fire ring, a log bench and no trash.  It is a very shady camp that is ideal in the warmer weather.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The waterfall is looking real nice.
Weather Conditions:
Haddock Camp Survey - 06-01-2017 - by JD
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 06-01-2017
Surveyor Name:JD
Camp Description:Came in via Reyes Peak. The trail is steep going down the backside of Mt Haddock into camp, and it's really easy to lose it in the burned out areas of the route. Also-- beware of rattlers. Dern near stepped on one a them buggers, but he gave me a courtesy rattle just in time. Camp is pretty, except where some folks left a bunch of broken glass in one of the fire pits. Have fun hiking back up. It's about 1500-1600 ft elevation gain in 1.5-2 miles. With rattlers. And burn scars. And a disappearing trail. And loose sand. But it IS very beautiful and we really loved our three day camp. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flow slowing, but still plenty of clear water to filter
Weather Conditions:Warm, cold, rain, sun, wind. We brought a range of layers and needed them all
Images:

Main camp. Great place to bed down for a couple nights.

Easy to lose the trail.


Rattler was in the bushes right off the trail.
Potrero Camp Survey - 06-01-2017 - by Forrest
Link: Potrero Camp
Date: 06-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Forrest
Camp Description:

It was a bit hot (low 90s) but plenty of shade at camp.  We stayed in the first of the two campsites.  We saw about a dozen or so people throughout our trip headed to camps further along like Coldwater or School House.  Some deer and raccoon tracks along the creek bank.  Other campers say they saw cat tracks around the Coldwater camp ground.  We saw only quail, hawks, frogs, lizards and plenty of water/garter snakes. 

Day hiked upstream for while, in the creek. The water was mostly ankle-deep but there were isolated pools here and there that you could dip into. Poison  Oak is everywhere as always.

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:There were two pools that were knee to waist high at Potrero, neither stagnant although there looked like they were going to be in a few weeks time
Weather Conditions:Thursday was mid 70s down to mid 60s; perfect. Friday and Saturday was noticeably hotter during the day, low 90s.
Images:

Creek at Potrero: first crossing

Creek at Potrero: first crossing
Sheep Camp Survey - 05-30-2017 - by bardley
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 05-30-2017
Surveyor Name:bardley
Camp Description:dead chipmunk removed from spring box.  hoping previous visitors sterilized water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:slow flow. water level in spring box just at lower pipe.
Weather Conditions:
Cow Spring Camp Survey - 05-30-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cow Spring Camp
Date: 05-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:You have to look for it. If I had not followed creek bed that had a little moisture, would of missed it.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Small water flow plenty for drinking at the source.
Weather Conditions:
Reyes Creek Campground Survey - 05-29-2017 - by Jeff C
Link: Reyes Creek Campground
Date: 05-29-2017
Surveyor Name:Jeff C
Camp Description:Was supposed to be stocked with trout yesterday, 05/28/17, but water seems a little too low. Not sure where stocking takes place, or if it was stocked. Nobody fishing. Many ladybugs in one kind of tree along the creek. Must have been hundreds in each tree. Very few people for Memorial Day.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water clear, a few feet wide, water spilling over small (3 ft) falls near the campground.
Weather Conditions:Clear,sunny, mid 80's
Bellyache Springs Survey - 05-29-2017 - by Lana Ziegler
Link: Bellyache Springs
Date: 05-29-2017
Surveyor Name:Lana Ziegler
Camp Description:Tastes great!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flowing!
Weather Conditions:Sunny, 81 degress
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Sheep Camp Survey - 05-28-2017 - by Troop 119
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 05-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Troop 119
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good quality from pipe
Weather Conditions:
Matilija Camp Survey - 05-28-2017 - by Andrew
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 05-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Andrew
Camp Description:This was a nice campsite, but bring bug spray or nets because it was fly and mosquito heavy at times. We stayed at the first campsite (the one without a grill) and enjoyed listening to the creek at night. There's a place for your hammock also. It's an easy 20-30 minute hike from the parking lot if you know where you're going so I would recommend this place to people looking for an introduction to backpacking.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:water was moving along and with enough volume to make some crossings challenging. it was easy to fill water and the quality was very good. However, it has decreased some from a couple months ago.
Weather Conditions:50 - 75 degrees F and clear
Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 05-28-2017 - by Bryant Koger
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 05-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Bryant Koger
Camp Description:Plenty of water for filtration. Plenty of fallen trees for fire.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Weather was ideal in the mid 70's
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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
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Raspberry Camp Survey - 05-27-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Raspberry Camp
Date: 05-27-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Pine mountain area seems very dry even after above average rainfall in Ventura County.  May be that springs would benefit more from snow which rarely occurs here any longer.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Just dripping. One drop / second
Weather Conditions:
Cottam Camp Survey - 05-27-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cottam Camp
Date: 05-27-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 05-27-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 05-27-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Big campsite with shade. Water is flowing. If you continue down to Shady Camp and follow the creek there is a waterfall and some shallow pools. There is a landslide that has blocked the trail to Sespe hot springs. We were a large group and decided it wasn't worth the risk but we know there are other campers who have continued on the trail past the landslide block. Lots of mosquitos out and watch out for rattlesnakes. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:lots of flowing water
Weather Conditions:85F
Upper Reyes Camp Survey - 05-27-2017 - by Paul M.
Link: Upper Reyes Camp
Date: 05-27-2017
Surveyor Name:Paul M.
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Halfmoon Campground Survey - 05-27-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Halfmoon Campground
Date: 05-27-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Thorn Meadows Campground Survey - 05-27-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Thorn Meadows Campground
Date: 05-27-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Deep water crossing at last bend in the road.
Weather Conditions:
Three Mile Camp Survey - 05-25-2017 - by bardley
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 05-25-2017
Surveyor Name:bardley
Camp Description:a falling tree, approx 48" diameter,  missed both the stove at camp site one and the table at camp site two.  however, it did completely block the trail.  two sections of the tree at the 'crown' end were removed so that the trail is now open w/o tree hurdling.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Fishbowls Camp Survey - 05-24-2017 - by Lightningrod
Link: Fishbowls Camp
Date: 05-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Lightningrod
Camp Description:Spent a couple of nights at Fishbowls, which has plenty of water and the large pool is really nice for a cool down as summer approaches.  Bugs are becoming a nuisance as the weather warms up.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Creek is flowing all the way from the trail head to the camp.
Weather Conditions:Clear and 80 plus degrees
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 05-24-2017 - by Ryan Cheney
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 05-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Ryan Cheney
Camp Description:Lots of good camp spots. Manzana Creek is flowing well.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Manzana Creek flowing with algae.
Weather Conditions:75 sunny
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 05-24-2017 - by bardley
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 05-24-2017
Surveyor Name:bardley
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:like the man said, more than a trickle ....
Weather Conditions:
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 05-23-2017 - by Erin c
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 05-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Erin c
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow and nice camp. Bugs are hungry right now!
Weather Conditions:
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Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 05-23-2017 - by Lightningrod
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 05-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Lightningrod
Camp Description:Made a day hike over to Cedar Creek camp from Fishbowls.  Camp is really nice with plenty of shade from the big trees.  No one camping there.  Plenty of water in the creek.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Creek has a nice flow at the present time.
Weather Conditions:Clear and 80 plus degrees
Happy Hunting Ground Camp Survey - 05-23-2017 - by Ryan Cheney
Link: Happy Hunting Ground Camp
Date: 05-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Ryan Cheney
Camp Description:Camp in decent shape. Creek behind had a slow flow with lots of algae.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Weak trickle.
Weather Conditions:100 sunny
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc Survey - 05-23-2017 - by Ryan Cheney
Link: South Fork Camp - Sisquoc
Date: 05-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Ryan Cheney
Camp Description:Lots of good camping spots. Siscouq River was flowing really well. Took a dip on a 100 degree day.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Strong flow in the siscouq. Some deep pools.
Weather Conditions:100 degrees and sunny ins the shade.
Sycamore Camp Survey - 05-23-2017 - by Ryan Cheney
Link: Sycamore Camp
Date: 05-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Ryan Cheney
Camp Description:Camp is in disrepair. Lots of trash left by horse campers. Privy is collapsing and totally full. Almost no tent pads as the camp is being taken over by grasses and foxtails.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Siscouq Flowing Well.
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 05-22-2017 - by Ryan Cheney
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 05-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Ryan Cheney
Camp Description:Camp in good condition. Toilet is full, ticks on the lid and bees living inside. Creek had a strong flow.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Strong Flow
Weather Conditions:90 and sunny
Valle Vista Campground Survey - 05-22-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Valle Vista Campground
Date: 05-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Valle Vista was in great shape with the usual commanding views overlooking the valley.  Probably the most appropriately named camp in the Los Padres.

The sign indicating where to turn off is a little confusing.

NO WATER
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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Bear Creek Camp Survey - 05-21-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Bear Creek Camp
Date: 05-21-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Plenty of water to swim and jump in. Flow rate is slowing down.
Weather Conditions:Highs in the mid 80s, low was 42F.
Choke Cherry Spring Survey - 05-21-2017 - by MSchless
Link: Choke Cherry Spring
Date: 05-21-2017
Surveyor Name:MSchless
Camp Description:Trough is stagnant but actual spring stream is weakly flowing
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Weak flow down hillside and under road into the canyon
Weather Conditions:Upper 70s...maybe 80 as the day progressed
Upper Santa Ynez Camp Survey - 05-21-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Upper Santa Ynez Camp
Date: 05-21-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Volunteer Wilderness Ranger project to clean up the camp, paint the tables and check on the status of the camp.  Lots of bugs, camp is clean and in good shape.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:91 degrees and buggy
Images:

Photo Humphrey

Photo Humphrey
East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 05-20-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 05-20-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:As part of their 16-mile trek from Piedra Blanca TH to Thacher School, the intrepid mountain men of Troop 111 (Ventura) took a break and re-filled their water supply at East Fork on Saturday 5/20. The cold water was a welcome relief from the heat of the day.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good enough for a dip!
Weather Conditions:Hot and dry.
Images:

West Fork Lion Camp Survey - 05-20-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: West Fork Lion Camp
Date: 05-20-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:As part of their 16-mile trek from Piedra Blanca TH to Thacher School, the intrepid mountain men of Troop 111 (Ventura) surveyed West Fork on Saturday 5/20. There is a large dead bear at the camp, and the smell is horrible. Advise not camping there until either the scavengers haul the rest off or he's removed/buried/other.

Blackberry bramble just west of the kitchen is extremely thick; difficult to reach the old overflow site across the creek now.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Hot and dry.
Images:


The Pines Camp Survey - 05-20-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: The Pines Camp
Date: 05-20-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:As part of their 16-mile trek from Piedra Blanca TH to Thacher School, the intrepid mountain men of Troop 111 (Ventura) took a break at The Pines on Saturday 5/20. Sad to see the camp as it is now. Site should be cleared of grass before any campfires. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Hot and dry.
Images:

Madulce Camp Survey - 05-20-2017 - by MSchless
Link: Madulce Camp
Date: 05-20-2017
Surveyor Name:MSchless
Camp Description:Stopped by Madulce on the way up to Big Pine. 250 ish lb bear in the meadow just after cresting heartbreak hill. Lots of good water in the creek. Didn't check the spring box.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Clear steady flow through creek
Weather Conditions:Mid 70s around 11:30 am
Alamar Saddle Camp Survey - 05-20-2017 - by MSchless
Link: Alamar Saddle Camp
Date: 05-20-2017
Surveyor Name:MSchless
Camp Description:Beautiful night at the saddle. A little breezy but nothing too crazy. Big deadfall on the road between turnoff for Upper Bear and Alamar Camp. Dropped down to Upper Bear for water.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:High 70s/Mid 50s
Upper Bear Camp Survey - 05-20-2017 - by MSchless
Link: Upper Bear Camp
Date: 05-20-2017
Surveyor Name:MSchless
Camp Description:Didn't camp here. Just dropped down from Alamar to get water for the night and hike out the next morning. Good flowing water through the creek. Really nice little camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow through creek
Weather Conditions:70s
Log Cabin Camp Survey - 05-20-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Log Cabin Camp
Date: 05-20-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Lots of frogs
Weather Conditions:
Big Pine Camp Survey - 05-19-2017 - by MSchless
Link: Big Pine Camp
Date: 05-19-2017
Surveyor Name:MSchless
Camp Description:Grated "tank" has a bunch of bugs and stuff on the surface with water about 5-6 ft below the grate. Lots of hazard trees around. Counted 5 different ice can stoves, but only one site below a big oak just up the drainage from the spring is safe to camp. Big deadfall tree across the picnic table which basically confirms the danger of camping at that "main" site. Lots of bear sign including scat and scratches below the big oak where we camped. Beautiful sunset over the Sisquoc.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Spring is trickle/flowing with good clear water
Weather Conditions:High 40s overnight
Squaw Spring Survey - 05-18-2017 - by Kara Hooper
Link: Squaw Spring
Date: 05-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Kara Hooper
Camp Description:Squaw Springs is a wonderful secret spot along the Alder Trail.  It is fairly close to the Dough Flat Trailhead, about 2 miles away.  There is typically good water, and there is a small fire ring as well.  It is a place that is camp-able.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:steady small flow, easy to pump
Weather Conditions:
Bear Creek Camp Survey - 05-18-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Bear Creek Camp
Date: 05-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Great place to camp. Good for large groups as well.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Enough water to swim unfettered
Weather Conditions:mid-70's during day
Alcove Camp Survey - 05-16-2017 - by wehumananimals
Link: Alcove Camp
Date: 05-16-2017
Surveyor Name:wehumananimals
Camp Description:
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Some standing pools at the top of alcove falls across the main trail from camp. Good enough for drinking for now.
Weather Conditions:
Chorro Grande Camp Survey - 05-16-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Chorro Grande Camp
Date: 05-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Yet another report of the spring gone dry at Chorro Camp.  Wonder what happened to the water?  Might be worth exploring the area to see if another spring has sprouted in its absence.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness Survey - 05-16-2017 - by wehumananimals
Link: White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness
Date: 05-16-2017
Surveyor Name:wehumananimals
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Steady flow between pools above camp. Water collecting in large pools for nearly 1/4 mile above camp
Weather Conditions:
Images:


Shady Camp Survey - 05-16-2017 - by Kara Hooper
Link: Shady Camp
Date: 05-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Kara Hooper
Camp Description:It was wonderful to be back at Shady Camp and to see all of the water!  Wow!  The waterfall, located in the canyon just down from camp, was roaring and three times the size it was a year ago.  Alder Creek itself had plenty of water.  We packed out an entire tent that had been left behind as well as some old tin cans.  Remaining at the camp is a large, green tarp, which is actually really helpful to use and is in good shape.  There is also a sleeping pad there which is defunct.

Shady Camp is a lovely spot with a wonderful flat rock and a spacious, well constructed fire ring.  This is a little slice of paradise.  It can get really windy at times, and cool, as it is at the mouth of a canyon that leads Alder Creek into the Sespe.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:nice steady flow
Weather Conditions:
Lonnie Davis Camp Survey - 05-15-2017 - by Tim Molloy
Link: Lonnie Davis Camp
Date: 05-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Tim Molloy
Camp Description:Spent a quiet night here. Camp has only one good campsite, but looks like it used to have two others that are now overgrown. I'm grateful for all of the hard work put in by volunteers, especially cheery Paul the beekeeper who I met fixing the trail.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Cow Spring Camp Survey - 05-15-2017 - by Kara Hooper
Link: Cow Spring Camp
Date: 05-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Kara Hooper
Camp Description:I have stayed at Cow Springs in May each of the last four years, and this was the most significant water I have seen there.  It was trickling at a steady small flow up at the spring source, and water extended out into the creek bed, with numerous tadpoles growing and wriggling in the pools.  This camp is spacious and has an excellent cooking area.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:There is actually a trickle from up by the springs, and this is the most significant wanter I have seen here in 4 trips at this time of year.
Weather Conditions:
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:
Upper Santa Ynez Camp Survey - 05-13-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Upper Santa Ynez Camp
Date: 05-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Good clean campsite.  The wind sounded like it was going to blow my tent over.  The site is kind of out of sight but there grass is thinner on the track.  That's how I ended up finding it.  Lots of tall grass around the campsite but there is a good clearing. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water was clear and flowing
Weather Conditions:Sunny and 70s during day, 50s at night and windy
Cove Camp Survey - 05-13-2017 - by Aria Zoner
Link: Cove Camp
Date: 05-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Aria Zoner
Camp Description:

In regards to the survey on this page 1-18-15, I'm a 40 year old too but in my recent experience the Agua Blanca trail was in excellent shape. I day-hiked it from Ant Camp to Pothole Spring and back, making it from Pothole Spring back to Ant Camp in 4 hours. There were as he said, short sections of game trail from Ant Camp to Big Narrows, but no branch-breaking or bushwhacking. The trail is not super obvious like a typical trail but along the way there were a lot of broken branches, saw-cuts, rock stacks, and footprints in the sand and grass; plus a few sun-bleached ribbons scattered between them which I have a good eye for spotting (micro-trash). The junctions to Pothole Spring and Dough Flat trails were obvious to find and well-marked too.

***BE AWARE of potential flash flooding if trying to reach this camp. Also, I would only recommend camping at Ant or Old Cabin and not randomly between, as there were no sites in the safe zone - above the debris line - that I saw.

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Forbush Camp Survey - 05-13-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 05-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:During our descent along the trail to Forbrush we heard frequent gunshots over a duration of about 1/2 hour, and could see two people out on the flats.  Firing had ceased by the time we got to the picnic table at the Forbush campsite.  On the path towards the creek there is a rusted metal beam standing by the trailside.  It has scratched onto it "Beware of Dog" and some other lettering.  Beyond that we could see a large blue tent (or Tarp construction) and a woman nearby in the shade under the trees.  She told us that her dog was "bad with other dogs but OK with people".  The vibe was pretty weird, especially after all of the gunshots, so we turned around and left.

On the plus side: the trail from Camino Cielo to Forbrush is mostly in quite good condition.  Lots of wildflowers, lots of butterflies.  The trail out of Forbrush towards Blue Canyon is pretty overgrown.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Cottam Camp Survey - 05-13-2017 - by Paul Nicholson
Link: Cottam Camp
Date: 05-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Paul Nicholson
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Mono Campground Survey - 05-13-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Mono Campground
Date: 05-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Camp is completely silted out, tables buried to top with mud. One fire pit dug out. Out houses standing in water. Meadow looks great. Creek is flowing well but is disorganized and braided through the mono jungle. No single channel heavily silted.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water flowing over entire length of debris dam
Weather Conditions:
Images:

meadow

debris dam

silted table
Upper Reyes Camp Survey - 05-13-2017 - by LoveNote
Link: Upper Reyes Camp
Date: 05-13-2017
Surveyor Name:LoveNote
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
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.
Dripping Springs Survey - 05-12-2017 - by Erin c
Link: Dripping Springs
Date: 05-12-2017
Surveyor Name:Erin c
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:A strong trickle, but lots of poison oak!
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Cow Spring Camp Survey - 05-12-2017 - by C Erin
Link: Cow Spring Camp
Date: 05-12-2017
Surveyor Name:C Erin
Camp Description:
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:No flow but there is pretty clear water here. Not the greatest campsite.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Kerr Spring - Sespe Survey - 05-12-2017 - by Cairngorm
Link: Kerr Spring - Sespe
Date: 05-12-2017
Surveyor Name:Cairngorm
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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:
Tin Can Cabin Camp Survey - 05-11-2017 - by Aria Zoner
Link: Tin Can Cabin Camp
Date: 05-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Aria Zoner
Camp Description:At this time, the Tin Can Cabin campsite is not obvious from the trail and may be overgrown or located out of sight from the trail. I did not try to locate it using gps.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Cove Camp Survey - 05-11-2017 - by Aria Zoner
Link: Cove Camp
Date: 05-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Aria Zoner
Camp Description:Cove Camp itself is not directly visible from the trail but the terrace and trees described above are. I saw no trail leading up to it and did not go up to the actual flat to see it due to overgrown poison oak between.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Log Cabin Camp Survey - 05-11-2017 - by Aria Zoner
Link: Log Cabin Camp
Date: 05-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Aria Zoner
Camp Description:Log Cabin Camp is in great shape and easily located from the Agua Blanca/Pothole Spring junction.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Baja Campground Survey - 05-08-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Baja Campground
Date: 05-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Over west by 35 mile canyon there is a trailer with gates and fences all around it. The owner has blocked off the national forest road. He has tried to intimidate people suggesting that they will get shot if they travel on the road. Looks like the person might be mentally ill?

Law enforcement should check into this situation.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flowing slowly, looks like it could dry up in a month or so.
Weather Conditions:
Oak Flat Camp Survey - 05-06-2017 - by Clayton Stevens
Link: Oak Flat Camp
Date: 05-06-2017
Surveyor Name:Clayton Stevens
Camp Description:Great site just across the creek from the trail.  Look for the cairns.  Several nice sites to choose from.  Access to water was perfect.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Strong flow, clear clean water
Weather Conditions:Showers and cool
Images:

Sespe pool

Looking down on Oak Flat
Oak Flat Camp Survey - 05-06-2017 - by Clayton Stevens
Link: Oak Flat Camp
Date: 05-06-2017
Surveyor Name:Clayton Stevens
Camp Description:Great site just across the creek from the trail.  Look for the cairns.  Several nice sites to choose from.  Access to water was perfect.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Strong flow, clear clean water
Weather Conditions:Showers and cool
Images:

Sespe pool

Looking down on Oak Flat
Reyes Creek Campground Survey - 05-06-2017 - by Mike C.
Link: Reyes Creek Campground
Date: 05-06-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike C.
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Creek is stocked, poachers netting dozens of trout at 6:30 AM. Had a dusting of snow overnight, turning into rain in the morning. Campground in relatively good shape with six sites occupied.
Weather Conditions:Creek is stocked, poachers netting dozens of trout at 6:30 AM. Had a dusting of snow overnight, turning into rain in the morning. Campground in relatively good shape with six sites occupied. Creek i
Willet Camp Survey - 05-05-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 05-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Hot tub was full, flowing and so awesome! Camp sites were great and river flowing enough to sit in with head out of water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

second or third site as you come into Willett
Baja Campground Survey - 04-30-2017 - by Inman-Ojai Valley School
Link: Baja Campground
Date: 04-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Inman-Ojai Valley School
Camp Description:Several tables. Outhouse. Water flowing slow and thin.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Slow flow with some algae present. Still pools 1'-2' deep in places.
Weather Conditions:
Buckeye Camp Survey - 04-30-2017 - by Matt Inman-Ojai Valley School
Link: Buckeye Camp
Date: 04-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Matt Inman-Ojai Valley School
Camp Description:We camped in the meadow just west of the actual Buckeye Camp for ease of access to water. Buckeye itself was a little "oakey" and on a much smaller creek about 100 yards off the trail.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Excellent water just west of official camp. Clean, clear, strong flow with pools 2'-3' deep.
Weather Conditions:
Sulphur Pot Camp Survey - 04-30-2017 - by Matt Inman-Ojai Valley School
Link: Sulphur Pot Camp
Date: 04-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Matt Inman-Ojai Valley School
Camp Description:Really nice camp. Plenty of space. Water looks like it will be reliable for quite a long time. Trail between Upper Lopez and Sulfur Pots is fully overgrown with poison oak.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Great water at Sulfur Pots. Flowing strong and clear. "Sulfur Pots" were at least knee deep.
Weather Conditions:
Upper Lopez Camp Survey - 04-30-2017 - by Matt Inman-Ojai Valley School
Link: Upper Lopez Camp
Date: 04-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Matt Inman-Ojai Valley School
Camp Description:Nice clear decent from trailhead on recently brushed and high quality tread. Trail goes into the toilet once you hit the bottom of the valley and continues in poor shape until east of Sulfur Pots.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Decent water at Upper Lopez. Flowing nicely approx. 6"-8" deep. Nothing stagnant visible. Clean and clear.
Weather Conditions:
Little Falls Spring Survey - 04-30-2017 - by Matt Inman-Ojai Valley School
Link: Little Falls Spring
Date: 04-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Matt Inman-Ojai Valley School
Camp Description:We camped here on the Condor Wilderness Trail after coming from Upper Lopez the night before.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:4" of nice fresh water flowing below spring. Big tank full of water and cattle trough below, full but somewhat stagnant.
Weather Conditions:
Sulphur Pots Survey - 04-30-2017 - by Matt Inman-Ojai Valley School
Link: Sulphur Pots
Date: 04-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Matt Inman-Ojai Valley School
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Excellent water coming down through the pots.
Weather Conditions:
Garica Potrero Spring Survey - 04-30-2017 - by Matt Inman-Ojai Valley School
Link: Garica Potrero Spring
Date: 04-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Matt Inman-Ojai Valley School
Camp Description:After checking in with the ranch owner by phone, we planned to camp near Stoney Creek  Camp or Garcia Potrero Spring, but decided to hike on due to poor water quality. Next available source for us on the Condor Wilderness Trail was Escondido Spring.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Trickle of water evident @ Garcia Potrero with cattle troughs and tanks in surrounding valley. Water was plentiful, 4"-6" deep in Stoney Creek but heavily impacted by ranching activity.
Weather Conditions:
Agua Escondida Spring Survey - 04-30-2017 - by Matt Inman-Ojai Valley School
Link: Agua Escondida Spring
Date: 04-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Matt Inman-Ojai Valley School
Camp Description:Good water and nice camping spot for backpackers tucked up in a little pocket on the hill.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:We cleaned out the spring box at Agua Escondida Spring and it is good reliable water. Box could use a little more work to be ideal, but it was clean, cold, and sweet, flowing about .5 liter per minute.
Weather Conditions:
Cable Corral Spring Survey - 04-30-2017 - by Matt Inman-Ojai Valley School
Link: Cable Corral Spring
Date: 04-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Matt Inman-Ojai Valley School
Camp Description:Land owner has trailer parked nearby and signs everywhere about trespassing. Looks ugly for such a beautiful location.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:No water evident from a spring, but creek was flowing nicely with solid 6" of water and pools up to 2' deep.
Weather Conditions:
Soto Spring Survey - 04-30-2017 - by Matt Inman-Ojai Valley School
Link: Soto Spring
Date: 04-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Matt Inman-Ojai Valley School
Camp Description:Just east of this location a private land owner or squatter has gated off the forest service road three times in approx. 100 yards. There are no trespassing signs everywhere, motion activated game cameras aimed at the road, halloween decorations in the bushes such as skulls and skeletons, a sign that says trespassers will be considered armed and dangerous, and a shooting range with human targets. 

Forest service administration needs to deal with this situation before someone get hurt.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Nicely flowing spring piped into a wildlife watering station. Water is still accessible to hikers.
Weather Conditions:
East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 04-28-2017 - by LoveNote
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 04-28-2017
Surveyor Name:LoveNote
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Horseshoe Spring Campground Survey - 04-28-2017 - by Rod H
Link: Horseshoe Spring Campground
Date: 04-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Rod H
Camp Description:Camp has not seen visitors in awhile due to road closure from the winter rains.  Visited the camp  as part of our backpack trip into Brookshire from the Willow Springs trail head on Hwy 166.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Water in the trough up the road from camp. Trickle in the creek just up stream from camp.
Weather Conditions:Sunny in the mid 70's
Images:

Horseshoe Springs Camp



Shady campsite at Horseshoe Springs
Oak Flat Camp Survey - 04-27-2017 - by Ken J Nishiya
Link: Oak Flat Camp
Date: 04-27-2017
Surveyor Name:Ken J Nishiya
Camp Description:Great time.  Water is flowing well.  Everything in good shape.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:85, Hot, Dry, Windy
Brookshire Campground Survey - 04-26-2017 - by Lightningrod
Link: Brookshire Campground
Date: 04-26-2017
Surveyor Name:Lightningrod
Camp Description:Six of us packed into Brookshire from the Willow Springs trail head on Hwy 166.  Camp has not been used in awhile due to road closure from winter rains.  The Willow Springs trail down from the Lake Ridge trail needs brushing badly as it is rather overgrown.  Perfect weather.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow in the creek adjacent to camp
Weather Conditions:Low 70's with wind
Images:

Brookshire Camp

Camp amenities
Deal Junction Camp Survey - 04-25-2017 - by C Day
Link: Deal Junction Camp
Date: 04-25-2017
Surveyor Name:C Day
Camp Description:Most of the trail is in decent shape.  There were a couple of trees down across the trail.  On the near approach to the camp, erosion from this year's rains has damaged the trail, making it difficult to follow.  Just keep on going, crossing the water wherever it seems easiest and you will come to the camp. The camp was clean and had not been used lately.  

There was a great variety of wildflowers along the way.  We encountered a large rattlesnake while crossing the floodplain of the Cuyama river.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:got our shoes a little wet crossing
Weather Conditions:pleasantly warm, some high clouds
Matias Potrero Camp Survey - 04-25-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Matias Potrero Camp
Date: 04-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:The trail down to Matias Potrero Camp continues to degrade, making it harder and harder to find but you can push through the grass down the hill and over to the old camp - which is also hard to find.  No indication of anyone camping here anytime recently.  

Really nice views and love the sound of wind through the grasses.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water was flowing good in the creek next to the camp and at the "trail" crossing.
Weather Conditions:low 80's and pleasant.
Images:

Little Pine Spring Camp Survey - 04-23-2017 - by James Wapotich
Link: Little Pine Spring Camp
Date: 04-23-2017
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Spring faithfully flow, camp not burned in the Rey Fire. Watched a bear cruise by in the morning on the trail above camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Hidden Potrero Camp Survey - 04-22-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Hidden Potrero Camp
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Just cycled past, didn't stop to check for water in the tanks. Camp is destroyed from the Rey fire only charred bits of things remain.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Didn't check for water.
Weather Conditions:Sunny and warm
Montgomery Spring Survey - 04-22-2017 - by Jen Ogren
Link: Montgomery Spring
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Jen Ogren
Camp Description:The spring is .25 mi. west of Painted Rock Camp.  There is not a designated trail.
Look for a reservoir tank to the left of the trail, to the right of the tank you will find a hose to fill your canisters.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water is flowing steadily
Weather Conditions:70's - low 80's
Flores Flat Camp Survey - 04-22-2017 - by James Wapotich
Link: Flores Flat Camp
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Santa Cruz Creek flowing great
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Santa Cruz Camp Survey - 04-22-2017 - by James Wapotich
Link: Santa Cruz Camp
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Great water flowing in Santa Cruz Creek. Santa Cruz Falls are the best they've been in years.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Santa Cruz Falls
Kellogg Camp Survey - 04-22-2017 - by James Wapotich
Link: Kellogg Camp
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Good water flowing in creek. The bears, however, are slowly reducing the table to scrap.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Pelch Camp Survey - 04-22-2017 - by James Wapotich
Link: Pelch Camp
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Good water flowing in Grapevine Creek
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 04-22-2017 - by Benjamin Youngblood
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Benjamin Youngblood
Camp Description:Always a great camp site after a nice hike up there. The water is some of the most refreshing water I've visited. The camp was clean and had about one of the five spots left. this camp is popular so it is highly recommended you get there earlier rather than later.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water head a steady stream with more than enough to either wash up or resupply.
Weather Conditions:78 with clear skys
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 04-22-2017 - by S. Sampson
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:S. Sampson
Camp Description:A quick overnight from the Piedra Blanca Trailhead. There was plenty of water until you reach the last mile or so before camp. Watch out for widowmaker branches at this campsite. Good water right when you get to the campsite (I used my coffee mug to fill up my water filter bags as the water was not deep enough). Farther down at the "real" PML the water is stagnant. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:2-3 inches deep, not a strong flow but better than a trickle
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Sycamore Camp Survey - 04-22-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Sycamore Camp
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Camp Description:Second night of solo four day Condor Trail section hike. Table is in good shape. Register is present. Great reading of some of the postings in the register. Latrine is pretty much full. Very little trash around. Grass is high. Quiet night.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Can't cross the Sisquoc here without getting your feet wet
Weather Conditions:Clear and warm for April
Images:

Register and camp sign

Sycamore Camp
Upper Reyes Camp Survey - 04-22-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Upper Reyes Camp
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:The intrepid mountain men of Troop 111 (Ventura) camped at Upper Reyes the night of 4/22. Great weather, if a bit warm. Bugs were better than expected. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Cold and deep!
Weather Conditions:Warm and breezy.
Images:

Bear Creek Camp Survey - 04-21-2017 - by John B.
Link: Bear Creek Camp
Date: 04-21-2017
Surveyor Name:John B.
Camp Description:Beautiful day. My first time backpacking in about 40 years. This was a great test hike. Left Piedra Blanca trail-head and got to Bear Creek camp in about 2-1/2 hours. 5 stream crossings. The first 3 were right out of the trail-head. Manged to balance on rocks and tree trunks to keep feet dry. The other 2 along the main trail are pretty shallow. My GPS reported that I'd done a total of 500' climbing in elevation. The thing is, going in, the uphills are generally mild and the downhills are steep. So of course, going back the uphills were a little tough on this old guy. I got a workout. Heading back out on Saturday, the trail was pretty crowded. Very popular. Friday night we only had a few campers at Bear Creek Camp. Saturday night was probably pretty crowded. Plenty of water. Swimming in the Creek was refreshing. If I go Back in the future, it will probably be during the week. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The swimming hole at this camp was deep enough to dive into. Very cold but felt good since it was warm outside
Weather Conditions:clear, Sunny, high 70's
Images:







19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 04-21-2017 - by James Wapotich
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 04-21-2017
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Camp of course burned in the Rey Fire...amazing amount of flow in the horse trough that has been completely dry since the drought. Good water in Oso Creek as well. Currently the hillsides are experiencing their own super bloom with mariposa lilies, fiesta flowers, and fairy lanterns. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

West Big Pine Survey - 04-17-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: West Big Pine
Date: 04-17-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Didn't actually make it to the peak,  but hiked to a knob just south east...road/trail had many downed trees.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:


Cottam Camp Survey - 04-16-2017 - by Donald T
Link: Cottam Camp
Date: 04-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Donald T
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Forbush Camp Survey - 04-16-2017 - by Donald T
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 04-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Donald T
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Big Pine Mountain Survey - 04-16-2017 - by EC
Link: Big Pine Mountain
Date: 04-16-2017
Surveyor Name:EC
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:The register at the summit got wet! Paper is wet and pages are stuck together. Amazing the register survived the zaca fire but got destroyed from the rain and snow. Please bring a new dry notebook if you come up here.
Weather Conditions:
Images:


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:
Coldwater Camp Survey - 04-15-2017 - by Nate
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 04-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Nate
Camp Description:Large group of people were camping there when we passed through, but the camp was in decent shape
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good, clean water with plenty of tadpoles. It was under a foot deep in most places, but it had a good rate of flow. Manzana Creek is about 15-20 feet wide in most places
Weather Conditions:70's, nice
Potrero Camp Survey - 04-15-2017 - by Nate
Link: Potrero Camp
Date: 04-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Nate
Camp Description:Passed through the camp heading towards the School House. Camp looked to be in good shape
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good, clean
Weather Conditions:
Mission Pine Springs Camp Survey - 04-15-2017 - by Terry Jarrett
Link: Mission Pine Springs Camp
Date: 04-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Terry Jarrett
Camp Description:Trail and campsite in good condition. One downed tree across the trail between San Rafael Mountain and the campsite is easily bypassed.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:6 liters per minute from the spring. Good quality. Nearby creeks also are flowing.
Weather Conditions:Clear and temperate.
McKinley Spings Camp Survey - 04-15-2017 - by Terry Jarrett
Link: McKinley Spings Camp
Date: 04-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Terry Jarrett
Camp Description:Campsite in good condition. McKinley Road generally is in good condition, with several obstacles to four wheel vehicles.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Spring tank and stock trough both full. Half liter per minute flow from the spring inlet pipe. Good quality.
Weather Conditions:Pleasant.
Raspberry Camp Survey - 04-15-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Raspberry Camp
Date: 04-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Camp in great shape! A beautiful area. Only a few patches of snow
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:The springs are a steady dribble. I was able to fill 64 oz of water in around 40 minutes. The old basin under the spring is dry however.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

The spring, a reliable water source

Mostly dry basin
Chorro Grande Camp Survey - 04-15-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Chorro Grande Camp
Date: 04-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Chorro springs is completely dry. It seems to be retired. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Dry as a bone..
Weather Conditions:
Oak Camp Survey - 04-15-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Oak Camp
Date: 04-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good amount of water flowing
Weather Conditions:
Dry Canyon Survey - 04-14-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Dry Canyon
Date: 04-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Camp Description:Hiked down Dry Canyon after coming up Tinta Canyon and bagging Cuyama Peak. Wide dirt road. Easy to walk. There was water in Tinta where it joined the road and water at the bottom in Santa Barbara Canyon. Will require some work for vehicular traffic as some culverts are washed out. Bear scat and tracks. Mt Lion tracks. Some pics.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Clear, cool, breezy, 60s.
Images:

Looking down road from near top near Tinta Trail

Typical Dry Canyon Raod


Big Cat tracks

Looking up Dry Canyon from about two miles from Santa Barbara Canyon


Washed out culvert near bottom of road
Cuyama Peak Survey - 04-14-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Cuyama Peak
Date: 04-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Camp Description:Bagged Cuyama on a hike up Tinta Canyon and down Dry Canyon. Tower was covered in rime ice from previous night's windy cold weather. Some video.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Tower was covered in rime ice ;)
Weather Conditions:Cold and windy. 40's.
Images:

Old tower

Half the old tower on south slope


Stariway

View down Tinta Canyon toward Pine Mountain


Rime ice on north side tower
Bear Creek Camp Survey - 04-14-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Bear Creek Camp
Date: 04-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:Perfect conditions at Bear Creek this spring. There were two crews camped there Easter weekend. The swim hole is in fine shape.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Fast, deep, and clear
Weather Conditions:Clear and breezy
Images:


Mill Canyon Survey - 04-14-2017 - by Erin c
Link: Mill Canyon
Date: 04-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Erin c
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Road is in good shape!
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Chokecherry Spring Survey - 04-13-2017 - by Captain Nomad
Link: Chokecherry Spring
Date: 04-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Captain Nomad
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Steady flow of clean water
Weather Conditions:
Happy Hunting Ground Camp Survey - 04-07-2017 - by Caz
Link: Happy Hunting Ground Camp
Date: 04-07-2017
Surveyor Name:Caz
Camp Description:this site is coming back, still badly burned from 2007 Zaca Dire
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:water was OK; need to filter though
Weather Conditions:
Alcove Camp Survey - 04-05-2017 - by M Schless
Link: Alcove Camp
Date: 04-05-2017
Surveyor Name:M Schless
Camp Description:Small trickle above campsite heading up to the amphitheater. Stream at the top of the falls had a slow but steady flow.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Camp Survey - 04-02-2017 - by M Schless
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 04-02-2017
Surveyor Name:M Schless
Camp Description:Really good flow up and down Manzana from Nira through the Narrows. Camped overnight here at Manzana. Lots of water, lots of bugs, trail has some poison oak.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Rays Camp Survey - 04-02-2017 - by M Schless
Link: Rays Camp
Date: 04-02-2017
Surveyor Name:M Schless
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 04-02-2017 - by M Schless
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 04-02-2017
Surveyor Name:M Schless
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Lost Valley Camp Survey - 04-02-2017 - by M Schless
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 04-02-2017
Surveyor Name:M Schless
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Matias Potrero Camp Survey - 04-01-2017 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Matias Potrero Camp
Date: 04-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Camp Description:I didn't actually find the campsite, just a corral.  Followed the 'dozer track down through the hills and across the creek and back up to that.  The small creek has a little water that goes underground just above where I crossed.  It looked like someone actually came down while I was poking around the corral and headed downhill after crossing the creek.  I thought I heard voices and there was newly flattened grass in a footstep pattern.  Maybe that's where the camp is?  or their grow?

Were I camping in the area, I would probably go a little west of the connector near where someone's put a blue ribbon way off trail.  This has more view and is close to a really nice flowing creek.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Big Pine Camp Survey - 04-01-2017 - by Littleredridingwood
Link: Big Pine Camp
Date: 04-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Littleredridingwood
Camp Description:While I didn't actually find/stay at this camp, I scouted the road from buckhorn/Sierra Madre intersection,  to Big Pine Mtn/windy gap.
Road washed out/Rockfall  in many places,  a few large trees down, blocking road/trail.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Sunny,65
Images:

Rock fall a few miles in from sierra Madre rd.

Large tree down at the sisquoc trailhead towards bear camps.


Multiple trees down before big pine mtn/windy gap

Looking south west towards cachuma, West big pine to the right?


West dry canyon rd washed out...
Chorro Grande Camp Survey - 04-01-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Chorro Grande Camp
Date: 04-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Amazingly, we got a report that the spring remains dry at Chorro.  Surprising.  Wonder if the drought broke the spring?
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Oak Camp Survey - 03-30-2017 - by Dan Whelan
Link: Oak Camp
Date: 03-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Dan Whelan
Camp Description:Good water flow in the creek at camp. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good flow past the entire camp
Weather Conditions:cool and windy
Potrero Camp Survey - 03-26-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Potrero Camp
Date: 03-26-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Davy Brown Campground Survey - 03-24-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Davy Brown Campground
Date: 03-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:I road my bike down the Catway and saw the campground.  It was in great shape and there was plenty of water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Clear and flowing
Weather Conditions:Sunny
Lower Bear Camp Survey - 03-20-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Lower Bear Camp
Date: 03-20-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Camp in regular shape.  Dark, a little cold and a good smattering of branches and limbs that could be cleaned up or burned.  Plenty of great, nice water in both branches of the Sisquoc.  Lots of downed trees both upstream and downstream of Lower Bear.  Prepare for battle.......
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:


Forbush Camp Survey - 03-19-2017 - by WayneG
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 03-19-2017
Surveyor Name:WayneG
Camp Description:

Both camps in good condition. Crew worked area recently cutting downed trees. Large wood pile at the 2nd camp site. A lot of blackflies in the area. Apple trees in bloom.

Trail in was in decent shape with only a few wash out spots. Trail into Blue Canyon is overgrown and washed out. Only ventured about a mile and turned back.

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Very Good flow
Weather Conditions:Cloudy with partial sun
Images:

Good Flow

2nd Campsite


1st Campsite

Firewood for the future


Apple Tree in Bloom
Madulce Camp Survey - 03-19-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Madulce Camp
Date: 03-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Madulce is in great shape.  Showing a little bit of use but no overuse.  Signs of recent equestrian use at the main Station Campsite.  The Backpacker Campsite still has that one huge dead hazard pine tree lingering over camp which makes it sketchy to camp at.  Suggest staying at the Station Camp.  Tons of water in the creek, green grass in the fields and flowers on the plants.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Sunny, mid-60's, perfect.
Images:

First view of Madulce from the top of Heart Break Hill on the Santa Barbara Canyon Trail.

The Station Campsite.


Spring box is working great, but there is so much water everywhere.

The huge hazard pine at the Backpacker Campstie. Again, suggest camping at the Station Site.
Alamar Saddle Camp Survey - 03-19-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Alamar Saddle Camp
Date: 03-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Camp is looking great.  Pines are growing thick and healthy.  The main coulter is approaching 12-15ft tall.  Toilet could use a coat of paint.  The Alamar Trail isn't getting much use even though it's been worked over the past few years.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at Alamar Camp
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Alamar Camp

Pooper


Alamar Trailhead

Alamar Canyon View from Alamar Saddle
Upper Bear Camp Survey - 03-19-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Upper Bear Camp
Date: 03-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Camp in good shape.  Plenty of water.  Upper Bear seems to be getting more people camping at it than Bear or Lower Bear.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Coldwater Camp Survey - 03-18-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Coldwater camp in good condition, lots of poison oak.  Saw a rattlesnake on trail on way in.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:river is 15 yards wide and knee deep...flow is moderate, crossable
Weather Conditions:
White Ledge Camp - Red Reef Trail Survey - 03-18-2017 - by BSA T-119
Link: White Ledge Camp - Red Reef Trail
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:BSA T-119
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Camp was in good shape with lots of clean water flowing.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Haddock Camp Survey - 03-18-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Lots of bushwhacking on the trail to camp. According to a ranger we met along the trail, the trail has been closed since June 2016 due to the Pine Fire. However, the National Forest Service website stated that the trail was open. Certain areas of the trail were sketchy to camp, including parts with snow. Water was reliable and flowing near camp. Even though this campground doesn't seem to get much foot traffic, it seems like people still like to leave their trash behind. We found broken glass bottles, rusty cans and leftover cooking pans in the numerous fire pits. This area is definitely mountain lion country and prints were spotted all over the trail. The morning after camping, while packing up, a young buck carcass was discovered about 100 ft from where we setup camp. It wasn't fresh but still a shocking sight to see!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water level was a little low but still flowing
Weather Conditions:Sunny, 30s/40s at night
Images:

Good signage at camp

Trash left in fire pit


More trash (glass) in one of the other sites

Dead young buck carcass discovered in the morning 100ft from where we setup camp
Deal Junction Camp Survey - 03-18-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Deal Junction Camp
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Brisk flow in both creeks
Weather Conditions:
Lady Bug Camp Survey - 03-16-2017 - by Daniel J. Hall
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 03-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Daniel J. Hall
Camp Description:Camp in good shape with Timber Creek flowing well.  Photos of water flow this date at http://tinyurl.com/n4af85e
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good, clear flow of Timber Creek
Weather Conditions:
Oak Flat Camp Survey - 03-15-2017 - by Daniel J. Hall
Link: Oak Flat Camp
Date: 03-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Daniel J. Hall
Camp Description:Good water, good camp and a safe, sane crossing into the camp on this date. 
Photos at http://tinyurl.com/n4af85e 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:knee deep crossing of the Sespe, swift in some places, into the camp
Weather Conditions:
Potrero John Camp Survey - 03-12-2017 - by James Wapotich
Link: Potrero John Camp
Date: 03-12-2017
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Creek and falls flowing
Weather Conditions:
Chorro Grande Camp Survey - 03-10-2017 - by Dan Whelan
Link: Chorro Grande Camp
Date: 03-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Dan Whelan
Camp Description:Camp itself till in great shape, just no water at all
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Completely Dry
Weather Conditions:
Oak Camp Survey - 03-10-2017 - by Dan Whelan
Link: Oak Camp
Date: 03-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Dan Whelan
Camp Description:Camp is in good shape however a shovel is need to clean out the fire pits. Some has build and additional pit next to one pit instead of cleaning out the original 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Very low flow but flows by the entire camp
Weather Conditions:
Cow Spring Camp Survey - 03-05-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cow Spring Camp
Date: 03-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Camp is nice and clean. There's a lot of water in the creek right now. It's all over the place right now actually.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Matilija Camp Survey - 03-05-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 03-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:The intrepid mountain men of Boy Scout Troop 111 (Ventura) backpacked the length of the Upper North Fork (from Cherry Creek Road at Hwy 33 to lower Matilija TH) Friday 3/3 to Sunday 3/5.

Boys spent Sunday lunch at lower Matilija. Great water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Fast and clear!
Weather Conditions:Drizzle
Images:

Lower Matilija; courtesy Sr Avila

Lower Matilija; courtesy Sr Avila
Forbush Camp Survey - 03-04-2017 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 03-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Both campsites were clean and intact. We dug out the ashes in rock fire pits. 

Found the old icebox stove in the bushes and placed in on the cement foundation in the lower campsite. 

We repaired slide on trail above campsite and one of the many slides on the switchback section of the West Blue Canyon Trail 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The best flow we have had in a long time.
Weather Conditions:Sunny, temps in high upper 60s; Rain on Sunday
Images:

Upper campsite

Lower campsite


Water flowing in Gidley Creek.
Maple Camp Survey - 03-04-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Maple Camp
Date: 03-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:The intrepid mountain men of Boy Scout Troop 111 (Ventura) backpacked the length of the Upper North Fork (from Cherry Creek Road at Hwy 33 to lower Matilija TH) Friday 3/3 to Sunday 3/5.

Maple camp in great shape (and green!); boys cleared some downfall to allow plenty of space. Great water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Fast and clear!
Weather Conditions:Cool and sunny
Images:


Scouts clearing debris at Maple, courtesy Sr Avila


Ice Can Stove at Maple, courtesy Sr Avila

Upper Matilija Camp Survey - 03-04-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Upper Matilija Camp
Date: 03-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:The intrepid mountain men of Boy Scout Troop 111 (Ventura) backpacked the length of the Upper North Fork (from Cherry Creek Road at Hwy 33 to lower Matilija TH) Friday 3/3 to Sunday 3/5.

Upper Matilija camp in great shape (and green!); boys spent their lunch break here. Some shale debris actually helped clear out the brush that was encroaching. Great water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Fast and clear!
Weather Conditions:Cool; high clouds.
Images:

Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 03-04-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 03-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:The intrepid mountain men of Boy Scout Troop 111 (Ventura) backpacked the length of the Upper North Fork (from Cherry Creek Road at Hwy 33 to lower Matilija TH) Friday 3/3 to Sunday 3/5.

Spent second night of our trek at Middle Matilija. Camp's in great shape though the steep drop into camp from the north is gullied from recent storms. Poison oak coming back with a vengeance along little bluff above creek.

Great water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Fast and clear!
Weather Conditions:Cool and high clouds; rain began as we packed out.
Images:


Bear Creek Camp Survey - 03-01-2017 - by Daniel J. Hall
Link: Bear Creek Camp
Date: 03-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Daniel J. Hall
Camp Description:The Feb 17 storm caused a lot of flooding there which greatly rearranged the camping area.  Photos at http://tinyurl.com/jnz5acw
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:flowing high & fast, but wadeable at crossing
Weather Conditions:
Forbush Camp Survey - 02-25-2017 - by Michel Giroux
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 02-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Michel Giroux
Camp Description:Both camps are clean and in good condition.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:There is a good flow of clear water.
Weather Conditions:
Colson Campground Survey - 02-25-2017 - by Nate
Link: Colson Campground
Date: 02-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Nate
Camp Description:Fairly rough road up to the camp. Streams cross the road 11 times up the canyon to the camp, and the gate at the entrance of the Los Padres was locked.
  The camp itself was fairly overgrown with grass and was not well kept, but were no other people there. The hike up the canyon was very beautiful with waterfalls and caves.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The streams have a high flow rate. If you want to drive up to the camp, you will need a truck to get the Los Padres Gate. The streams cross the road 11 times, and it is deep in places.
Weather Conditions:Weather was overcast and 45 degrees
Images:

Road into the camp

beginning of camp


Waterfall while hiking up Colson Canyon to the camp

One of the 11 places the water crossed the road
Aliso Campground Survey - 02-25-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Aliso Campground
Date: 02-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:-Road to camp was in good shape.
- Great clear flowing water through camp.
- A few downed oak branches around camp, but otherwise in good shape.
- The toilet was out of paper, almost filled up and had a bunch of trash inside the bathroom.
- Green grass, cold nights (below freezing), warm days; great time to get out!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:


Shady Camp Survey - 02-25-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Shady Camp
Date: 02-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Made an unplanned stay at this campsite because we were not able to follow the sespe creek trail down into the sespe drainage due to washout.  The trash noted be a previous visitor is still at the site, in addition to other trash that has since been left.  We picked up the small trash scattered across the ground, but did not have room to carry out the large items
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Pile of trash left by previous campers
West Fork Lion Camp Survey - 02-25-2017 - by James Wapotich
Link: West Fork Lion Camp
Date: 02-25-2017
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:The falls are looking really good, even water flowing in the side creek to the left of the falls.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Great water
Weather Conditions:
East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 02-25-2017 - by James Wapotich
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 02-25-2017
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Impressive waterfall currently, four separate channels flowing into one pool, very cool
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Great water flowing the length of the creek from Lion Canyon Trail to the camp and beyon
Weather Conditions:
Mono Campground Survey - 02-25-2017 - by edsafaris
Link: Mono Campground
Date: 02-25-2017
Surveyor Name:edsafaris
Camp Description:Mono Creek completely left it's banks and flowed across the campsite, leaving 3-4' of silt and mud/ash all through the camp. Tables, firepits gone. (Mud all the way to the outhouses, which survived nicely.)

Road section from P-Bar to Mono has large washout hole where it leaves the river bank and begins up the hills. 

And, Little Caliente is filled-in with stones and mud, and is running cold!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flowing is an understatement.
Weather Conditions:Sun to rain.
Images:

road near P-Bar

Mono Camp


Mono Meadow
Painted Rock Camp Survey - 02-24-2017 - by Matt M
Link: Painted Rock Camp
Date: 02-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Matt M
Camp Description:

Started from Aliso Camp Trailhead.  Trail was in much better shape than anticipated given the recent rains.  First quarter to Hog Pen was fine, creek was flowing nicely, water crossings were minor.  Switchbacks were great...a few potholes, but no major erosion.  Sierra Madre fireroad had 4-6 medium sized boulders from minor landslides that would make it impassable for vehicles.  I think you'd need a wench to clear them.

 Didn't make it down Jackson trail...we decided to day hike to Lion Canyon on Saturday.  That entire zone (Painted Rock, Montgomery Potrero, Lion Canyon) is one of the most epic Chumash magic spots I've seen back there...can't believe it took me this long to see them.  10/10.  Got some significant snowfall Saturday night/Sunday morning, which added to the fun.

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Springs flowing everywhere, montgomery potrero was essentially a marsh
Weather Conditions:Beautiful hike in on Friday, warm and sunny. Snowstorm on the way out Sunday!
Images:

Painted Rock

Cabin near Jackson Trail


Lion Canyon

Snow at Painted Rock
Lady Bug Camp Survey - 02-16-2017 - by Aaron and GC
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 02-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Aaron and GC
Camp Description:Seems like a cold shaded camp in the winter.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Plenty of water in the creek
Weather Conditions:
Whitaker Peak Survey - 02-16-2017 - by Dave Burnett
Link: Whitaker Peak
Date: 02-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Dave Burnett
Camp Description:Day hike on Thursday, 2/16/17 with two other hikers.  Day was cloudy with some threat of rain seen to the north, but we stayed dry.  Our hike was about 9 miles RT.  We did not follow the road the entire distance, starting on a firebreak about 3/4 miles south of the main trailhead.  Very steep and challenging, but fun.  From there we also took a couple of side trails as much as was practical.  See the included track and profile for a summary of this hike.  Note that the 3D vies of the track is to the southeast from high above a location roughly above Cobblestone Mountain.  Hike took about 5 hours including time for rest and geocaching.  No issues with the trail(road, mostly).  Off road was mostly on a reasonably well-defined path.  Most challenging was the narrow ridge from the location of the fire tower (now removed) to the actual peak.  This was generally brush covered.

Great views, especially of Cobblestone Mountain, Slide Mountain and Piru Lake.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Cloudy with temp in 60's
Images:

3D track of hike to Whitaker Peak. View to SE

Hike Profile
Lady Bug Camp Survey - 02-15-2017 - by Kevin Fox
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 02-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Kevin Fox
Camp Description:Camp is in good shape.  Not a ton of good flat spots for tents here so it could be tight for a group.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Lots of water flowing in the creek - Lulled me right to sleep on a cold night!
Weather Conditions:Not sure if this camp sees any sun in the winter months!
Images:

Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 02-13-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 02-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:First solo trip and first time camping in Los Padres. Camp was generally clean apart from a little trash in the fire pits. Stayed at the first campsite when approaching the campground from south since it looked a little more tidy and there were a lot of ants around the other fire pit. Water flowing rapidly but murky. Not much firewood probably due to Bryant K. being there the night before (haha)... I mostly took remnants from around and in the other fire pit. Temps in the low 40s at night. Encountered some ticks in the area so check yourself if going through bushes.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flowing rapidly; murky
Weather Conditions:Sunny and partly cloudy at times. Low 40s at night.
Images:

My Campsite...
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 02-13-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 02-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Survey by Bardley of Ojai.

Plenty of water, lots of ladybugs, snow along north slopes and in the shade.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

PML, photo Bardley of Ojai
Manzana Camp Survey - 02-13-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 02-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Hip deep at some crossings.  The 2017 storms caused an oak tree/branch to fall across the upper table.  Report by Bard of Goleta.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:COLD and WINDY, between storms, some rain.
Images:

Photo Bard
Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 02-12-2017 - by Bryant K.
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 02-12-2017
Surveyor Name:Bryant K.
Camp Description:Trail was in pretty good condition even after the heavy rain the day prior. Trail was a little grown over at times and with poison oak creep in sections, but in great condition for the most part. Camp had an abundance of wood in its various desirable forms to have a nice fire. Up stream from the camp the trail required a little bush whacking, but still easily hikeable. Experienced strong gusts around 3 am, but tempature never got lower than 48 degrees.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water was flowing great. A bit murky so you may want to bring your blackflow tool if you have a Sawyer Mini
Weather Conditions:Very pleasant with the right layers.
Images:





East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 02-12-2017 - by Nick Name
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 02-12-2017
Surveyor Name:Nick Name
Camp Description:Flowing water and deep pools from the falls through the campground parking lot. Very high flow and water level at the upper pool. Several crossings are required and parts of the trail are in shallow water. Rudimentary trails over flattened shrubs are being used to get around stagnant water in a few areas.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:High flows
Weather Conditions:70s and clear
Images:



Forbush Camp Survey - 02-12-2017 - by Michael S
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 02-12-2017
Surveyor Name:Michael S
Camp Description:Got caught with an unexpected and unforecasted rain through the afternoon and evening, but cleared by 9 PM or so. Full moon was phenomenal and lit up the whole camp. Water flowing at both the upper and lower campsite. Lots of food scraps around the upper site. Looks like people were just scattering their leftovers instead of packing out or at least burying appropriately.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Steady strong flow at both camps
Weather Conditions:Rain Saturday night. High 30s-low 40s overnight. Sunday was sunny in the upper 60s.
Willett Hot Springs Survey - 02-12-2017 - by Kevin Fox
Link: Willett Hot Springs
Date: 02-12-2017
Surveyor Name:Kevin Fox
Camp Description:Good flow and soaking.  Crawl up past the tubs to see if you can fix the pluming if things aren't flowing right.

Trail up to springs is passable
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Lots of flow from 2 pipes Hot and very warm. Whome tub can fill in about 1/2 hour
Weather Conditions:
Piedra Blanca Camp Survey - 02-12-2017 - by Mike maki
Link: Piedra Blanca Camp
Date: 02-12-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike maki
Camp Description:Group of about 6 just leaving camp. Clean.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Heavy flow from plentiful winter rains
Weather Conditions:Cool, clear, calm.
Images:

Main Camp

Creek just above camp before Twin Forks


Camp just below main camp
Twin Forks Camp Survey - 02-12-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Twin Forks Camp
Date: 02-12-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Camp Description:Did not make it to camp. Stopped just short of creek crossing. Plenty of water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Heavy flow due to abundant winter rains
Weather Conditions:Cool, clear, calm
Images:

Creek crossing just before camp
Forbush Camp Survey - 02-05-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 02-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Cedar trees were planted to replace the recently fallen dead trees at Forbush Camp.  Legend has it, as per James Wapotich, that the original cedars were planted at Forbush by kids at Camp Conestoga.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water is flowing well.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Sespe Hot Springs Survey - 02-05-2017 - by anonymous
Link: Sespe Hot Springs
Date: 02-05-2017
Surveyor Name:anonymous
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Nice flow at Coldwater Fork
Weather Conditions:
Bear Creek Camp Survey - 02-04-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Bear Creek Camp
Date: 02-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Creek near bear bear camp was about mid thigh deep. Water was freezing but passable.
Weather Conditions:
Middle Camuesa Camp Survey - 02-03-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Middle Camuesa Camp
Date: 02-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:The wine barrel spring burned in the rey fire. The chairs and picnic table survived though! Lots of water flowing in creeks. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Rock Campground Survey - 02-03-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Rock Campground
Date: 02-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:The creek near rock camp is flowing big right now. The first hot spring at big caliente is nice and full and hot. The two other hot springs in the creek were dry but Ted spent an hour fixing the broken pipes so they should be flowing now with toasty water!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Potrero John Camp Survey - 01-29-2017 - by Mike Maki
Link: Potrero John Camp
Date: 01-29-2017
Surveyor Name:Mike Maki
Camp Description:Although we were not camping we stopped by the camp. A single camper had just arrived and was setting up camp. Camp looked in good shape.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow due to winter rains. Some snow on the ground.
Weather Conditions:Clear, cool. 60's
Images:

Some snow in camp.
Forbush Camp Survey - 01-28-2017 - by Day Tripper
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 01-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Day Tripper
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 01-28-2017 - by Talia
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 01-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Talia
Camp Description:1st time hiking this trail. We backpacked to Middle Matilija camp and I counted a total of 10 creek crossings from the trailhead to camp. Some areas with poison oak but as long as you wear long pants you'll be fine. Trail was easy to follow and not too overgrown. Lots of shade along the trail. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Creek was flowing and full of water.
Weather Conditions:70s during the day, high 30s to low 40s at night
Images:

Creek right down the path from camp had ample water but was a little murky

Wanted to follow the trail across the creek to Upper Matilija camp but there was a rock slide from the recent rains and the trail looked steep and super narrow.
Potrero Camp Survey - 01-22-2017 - by Josh Isaac
Link: Potrero Camp
Date: 01-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Josh Isaac
Camp Description:Visited during a dry spell between storms -- the storm had toppled a tree in camp. It fell on the table and over the campfire ring. Needs removal and table needs repair.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Beast mode! Thigh high, strong current.
Weather Conditions:High 40s, had just stormed
Images:




Balm of Gilead Camp Survey - 01-17-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Balm of Gilead Camp
Date: 01-17-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Balm of Gilead Camp has seen better days but is quite lovely at the same time.  Lots of oak trees, a beautiful babbling brook runs right next to camp and you can pretty much guarantee you won't see anyone while you're out there.  PLUS it might be the coolest name of any camp across the Los Padres. 

NOTE: The USGS topo maps show the camp in the wrong spot.  It is further down the canyon.  If you have to look for it, you're in the wrong place.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Sunny, mid-60's
Images:

The turnoff for Balm of Gilead along the Sellers Potrero Trail. The trees along the trails have blazes that will help you.

The sign at the trail junction.


Balm of Gilead Camp

Balm of Gilead Camp
Mono Campground Survey - 01-16-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Mono Campground
Date: 01-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Lots of water flowing in Mono Creek with the recent rains
Weather Conditions:
Forbush Camp Survey - 01-16-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 01-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Good clear pools of water to filter from with a small amount of flow.
Weather Conditions:
Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 01-16-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 01-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flowing nicely with several pools
Weather Conditions:Mild and sunny!
Lady Bug Camp Survey - 01-15-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 01-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Trail from Sespe in good shape. 
Camp area is visted a lot less than the usual Sespe destination. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:My visit was just after the recent storm. Lows in the 30's
Rock Campground Survey - 01-15-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Rock Campground
Date: 01-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good amount of flowing water in Caliente Creek
Weather Conditions:
Upper Caliente Camp Survey - 01-15-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Upper Caliente Camp
Date: 01-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Potrero Camp Survey - 01-15-2017 - by Coyote Dave
Link: Potrero Camp
Date: 01-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Coyote Dave
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Manzana was boot to calf deep at crossing
Weather Conditions:
Lost Valley Camp Survey - 01-15-2017 - by Coyote Dave
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 01-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Coyote Dave
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Manzana was fllowing nicely
Weather Conditions:
Cottam Camp Survey - 01-14-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Cottam Camp
Date: 01-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Lots of flowing water in the creek right now!
Weather Conditions:
Twin Forks Camp Survey - 01-14-2017 - by Yellow Mantis
Link: Twin Forks Camp
Date: 01-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Yellow Mantis
Camp Description:clean camp...Great for a quick overnight trip.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:clear delicious flowing water
Weather Conditions:nice in the day cold and breezy at night
Gridley Springs Camp Survey - 01-08-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Gridley Springs Camp
Date: 01-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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
Upper Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 01-08-2017 - by Joshua Isaac
Link: Upper Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 01-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Joshua Isaac
Camp Description:Watch for ticks!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Plenty of water
Weather Conditions:Low 60s, rainy the day before
The Pines Camp Survey - 01-08-2017 - by Josh Lee Pasholk
Link: The Pines Camp
Date: 01-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Josh Lee Pasholk
Camp Description:Hiked up here on a Sunday after it rained. Plenty of people hiking on the trail but only a few made it up to the camp.

All but a few of the pine trees have been cut down due to the hazardous nature of standing dead trees in a place where people frequent. 

It's a sad sight as it was a really nice little getaway just outside Ojai, which is a getaway in and of itself.

I wouldn't recommend camping here as you now have to pack in all of your own water, and at 8 pounds a gallon be my guest.

If you'd like to check out some more pictures, take a look at my blog! I plan to post at least one hike a month if not more.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Spring wasn't flowing, sitting rainwater in trough stagnant
Weather Conditions:Cloudy 55
Images:





Gridley Springs Camp Survey - 01-06-2017 - by Josh Pasholk
Link: Gridley Springs Camp
Date: 01-06-2017
Surveyor Name:Josh Pasholk
Camp Description:Hiked up here with a buddy to check out the camp as I haven't been there in a while. Check out my blog post about it for more information and pictures of the hike if you'd like! 


Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at all.
Weather Conditions:Weather was nice, in the mid to upper 50s when we started the hike then dropping to the mid 40s on the way down.
Images:

Water Tough

Bridge and Trough


The Camp Itself
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc Survey - 01-01-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: South Fork Camp - Sisquoc
Date: 01-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow of water in the South Fork and (less) flowing in the Sisquoc.
Weather Conditions:
Lonnie Davis Camp Survey - 01-01-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Lonnie Davis Camp
Date: 01-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness Survey - 01-01-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness
Date: 01-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:There is a massive pool next to the camp that will provide water for several months to come no matter what the weather does.
Weather Conditions:
Happy Hunting Ground Camp Survey - 01-01-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Happy Hunting Ground Camp
Date: 01-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Alcove Camp Survey - 01-01-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Alcove Camp
Date: 01-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 01-01-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 01-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Camp Survey - 01-01-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 01-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Rays Camp Survey - 01-01-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Rays Camp
Date: 01-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:While there's but a trickle of water at Ray's, there are big, clear pools to filter from.
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 01-01-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 01-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Lost Valley Camp Survey - 01-01-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 01-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Hi Mountain Survey - 12-29-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Hi Mountain
Date: 12-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:The trail that drops of the south side of the condor lookout to HI Valley has been rehabbed and thoroughly brushed.
Sidenote: why is this trail and the Hi Valley trail to Huff's Hole not on this database???
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:There was water in the cistern at the summit the last time I was there and plenty of water flowing in Hi Valley
Weather Conditions:
American Canyon Campground Survey - 12-25-2016 - by Jon-Erik Storm
Link: American Canyon Campground
Date: 12-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Jon-Erik Storm
Camp Description:Completely empty campground with no signs of recent visits, water flowing in all the creeks, clear in most.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:There was abundant water around
Weather Conditions:Calm, overcast, around freezing overnight
Chester Spring Survey - 12-25-2016 - by Jon-Erik Storm
Link: Chester Spring
Date: 12-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Jon-Erik Storm
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Low turbidity, steady small flow
Weather Conditions:Brisk, partly cloudy
Don Victor Camp Survey - 12-19-2016 - by Menso de Jong
Link: Don Victor Camp
Date: 12-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Menso de Jong
Camp Description:I rode through on a back country epic mtb ride via Monte Arido. The stovepipe well thing had some water in the bottom but the spigot was stuck and broke off when I tried to open it. The bottom was completely plugged with sediment so no water came out. Continued on Don Victor (completely overgrown) to Alamar, which was the first water of the day.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Navigating to the remains of Don Victor Road
Rollins Camp Survey - 12-19-2016 - by Menso de Jong
Link: Rollins Camp
Date: 12-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Menso de Jong
Camp Description:Came through on an epic mtb adventure. Hour ten, no water yet, had to push on to Alamar.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:A few icy puddles, nothing deep enough to filter from
Weather Conditions:freezing
Images:

Sundown near the turn to Alamar Camp
Lower Alamar Camp Survey - 12-19-2016 - by Menso de Jong
Link: Lower Alamar Camp
Date: 12-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Menso de Jong
Camp Description:First water at hour ten of a crazy adventure. Water is readily available all along Mono Alamar Trail downstream from here to Oglivy Ranch.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water readily availabe here
Weather Conditions:freezing cold
Images:

Water at last!
Deal Junction Camp Survey - 12-19-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Deal Junction Camp
Date: 12-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:LPFA had multiple trail crews staying at Deal Junction Camp in December 2016 as part of a 3 week trail maintenance project working from Rancho Nuevo to Upper Rancho Nuevo.  It was COLD with temps as low as 14˚ - Brrr!  The camp was otherwise in great shape.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:There were some frozen puddles at camp but nothing worth drinking.
Weather Conditions:Cold and still, temps ranging from 14-40˚
Images:

14.2˚

Deal Junction Camp with Canvas Trail Crew Tent
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 12-17-2016 - by Matt Daily
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 12-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Matt Daily
Camp Description:
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Trickling (nearly stagnant) near large gate just past Dabney cabin. Stagnant at crossing at Dabney. No water at schoolhouse camp itself.
Weather Conditions:
McKinley Spings Camp Survey - 12-17-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: McKinley Spings Camp
Date: 12-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:The spring basin was full, the reservoir was full and clean. Faucet flowed when opened...gorgeous spot!
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:5gpm flow rate,
Weather Conditions:40 degrees, foggy
Images:







McKinley Spings Camp Survey - 12-17-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: McKinley Spings Camp
Date: 12-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:The spring basin was full, the reservoir was full and clean. Faucet flowed when opened...gorgeous spot!
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:5gpm flow rate,
Weather Conditions:40 degrees, foggy
Images:







Upper Rancho Nuevo Camp Survey - 12-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Upper Rancho Nuevo Camp
Date: 12-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Upper Rancho Nuevo was a mess once again with weathered old camping gear thrown around camp in all directions.  The camp has never recovered from the Zaca Fire and is small and cold.  There are nicer places to setup a tent close by.  But the canyon remains wild and beautiful!
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:A few frozen puddles near camp, more water just below camp but not very good for human consumption.
Weather Conditions:COLD - Freezing when not in the sun.
Images:

The slender camp at URN

Great rock outcrops outside of camp


And the detritus of campers come and gone - BUMMER
Cottam Camp Survey - 12-05-2016 - by TJ
Link: Cottam Camp
Date: 12-05-2016
Surveyor Name:TJ
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Didnt locate any water while camping at Cottam 1 night. Temperature at freezing overnight.
Weather Conditions:30-70
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County Survey - 12-04-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County
Date: 12-04-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:At the camp is dry but flowing nicely just downtrail from the camp.
Weather Conditions:
Images:





Bear Creek Camp Survey - 11-27-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Bear Creek Camp
Date: 11-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Large pool of water. Not flowing. Enough water to swim, filter, etc.
Weather Conditions:
Willet Camp Survey - 11-27-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 11-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:water flowing slightly in sespe creek directly south of camp. water spigot working fine
Weather Conditions:
Painted Rock Camp Survey - 11-26-2016 - by Nathan
Link: Painted Rock Camp
Date: 11-26-2016
Surveyor Name:Nathan
Camp Description:Found water by the cabin. Flowing at a slow rate from the hose. Judging from the green grass down stream the spring had been flowing for some time. Saw a nice snow storm the way out. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Trickle
Weather Conditions:Windy and Snowing
Hartman Camp Survey - 11-26-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Hartman Camp
Date: 11-26-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:water barely flowing in sespe creek west of camp. enough water to filter
Weather Conditions:
White Ledge Camp - Red Reef Trail Survey - 11-26-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: White Ledge Camp - Red Reef Trail
Date: 11-26-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:No water at the camp, as reported by the Sierra Club.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Matilija Camp Survey - 11-24-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 11-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Quite a few nice spots to camp. We chose to stay right by the river, unique spot. Short and easy hike from the parking spot just before walking through a gated ranch. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Brookshire Campground Survey - 11-23-2016 - by Condor Trail
Link: Brookshire Campground
Date: 11-23-2016
Surveyor Name:Condor Trail
Camp Description:Miner is section hiking the CT and reported plenty of water at Brookshire.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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
Middle Lion Campground Survey - 11-21-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Middle Lion Campground
Date: 11-21-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The river was shallow around the campsites, but the further you walk up the trail the more water there was.
Weather Conditions:Clear and chilly. At night it got down to 29 degrees F.
Alejandro Camp Survey - 11-19-2016 - by Greg S.
Link: Alejandro Camp
Date: 11-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Greg S.
Camp Description:Alejandro Trail  is in good shape from Colson Canyon Rd. to Alejandro Camp considering it doesn't get much use.  wear protective clothing to guard off poison oak and ticks, LOTS OF TICKS!  Trail between Alejandro  Camp and Barrel Springs is very hard to follow, we had to turn around and head back up Alejandro Trail because it constantly dissappears.  Still, the hike was worth it because its a beautiful  lush canyon and very secluded.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Mid 60's
Nira Campground Survey - 11-19-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 11-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Interesting article by Dan McCaslin in Noozhawk:

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/dan_mccaslin_fish_creek_and_lost_valley_camp_day_hike_20161119

Explains some of the history of NIRA Camp as well as a description of the Manzana Trail up to Fish Camp and some camp information about Fish Camp.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Rancho Nuevo Campground Survey - 11-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Rancho Nuevo Campground
Date: 11-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Rancho Nuevo Camp was in typical RN Camp form with some trash scattered around, not a whole lot of amenities, beautiful scenery and as much solitude as you'd hope for from a designated car-camping campground.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Some water flowing at camp but not very appetizing. Bring your own!
Weather Conditions:Chilly - freezing until the sun came up.
Images:

Matilija Camp Survey - 11-15-2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 11-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:water flowing and nice pools to dunk in
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 11-15-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 11-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Manzana Creek is slightly flowing from Manzana Narrows down 3-4 crossing from there, best water at Manzana Narrows.  There is also a trickle of water at the springs above the switchbacks near the Alcove.

Report by LGomes
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc Survey - 11-15-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: South Fork Camp - Sisquoc
Date: 11-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:DRY.  No water at South Fork or Lonnie Davis.  Nearest water was 30-40mins up the Sisquoc from South Fork.

Report LGomes
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Cottonwood Camp - Sisquoc Trail Survey - 11-15-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cottonwood Camp - Sisquoc Trail
Date: 11-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Water YES

Report LGomes
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Mansfield Camp Survey - 11-15-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Mansfield Camp
Date: 11-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:DRY

Report LGomes
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Escondido Campground Survey - 11-14-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Escondido Campground
Date: 11-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Access is via Fort Hunter Light and Milpitas /Del Venturi road. Access is about 18 miles from the Ft. Hunter Light Main gate to the entry to Los Padres. About 6 miles on a paved road to Memorial Campground and 3 miles on an unpaved road past a gate. The gate is normally closed during the rainy season. Depending on the whims of the base Commandant- identification at the main gate to Ft. Hunter Light may be required The access road from the campground northward toward Arroyo Sec ws closed by landslides some years ago. There are no plans to re-open the access from the north.
 Reasonably quiet as a camping site but is popular as a trailhead for Ventana Wilderness trail hikes. Campground has about 9 total sites with thrash cans, fire rings and picnic tables. Plenty of shade with a fenced in meadow w/gate adjacent to campground. Toilet is typical Forest Service vault type. 
Depending on conditions the fire risk becomes high by the beginning of July and the Forest Service enacts the typical fire restrictions. Both a Forest Pass and a California Campfire Permit are required (the latter free and available on-line)
The biggest problem will be biting flies year round. Insect repellent is a must. There is also a large yellow jacket population. These are not much of a problem during the spring but become more aggressive as the hot weather progresses. They are extremely aggressive in the fall. There is a lot of California Chapparal so watch out for Poison Oak.
Although there is no running water except for a small spring fed pool - trails give access to the Arroyo Sec watershed and swimming holes with hikes of a mile or so. Not for everyone but if you like seclusion this is a decent place. 

Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Spring on site- flow rate is fairly low and flows into small pool. Not a stagnant pool but consider water non-potable. Not always available ate fall.
Weather Conditions:Temperatures are pleasant in the spring but can get quite cold in the early spring or late in the season. Extremely hot and dry through the fall months.
Cottonwood Campground Survey - 11-12-2016 - by Oh Three
Link: Cottonwood Campground
Date: 11-12-2016
Surveyor Name:Oh Three
Camp Description:We day hiked here from Sunset Camp. See separate review. We came up the abandoned road along the stream bed. Very brushy for 1st 50' when we left the current road. Once north in the canyon, very pleasant and wild hike. Cottonwood Camp itself has two separate picnic tables, one under a GIANT cottonwood tree. Spacious camping area. Excellent water flow. I doubt it's visited much at all since it's no longer on the 4-wheel drive road.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Strong flow given the 4-year drought! Very nice.
Weather Conditions:75 day
Bear Creek Camp Survey - 11-12-2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Bear Creek Camp
Date: 11-12-2016
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good water where Bear Creek connects to the Sespe
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Bear Creek good Water

Clear pool at Bear creek and Sespe, just some leaving covering


Main Pool not flowing and starting to look dark and merky
Big Pine Mountain Survey - 11-11-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Big Pine Mountain
Date: 11-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Chokecherry Spring
Weather Conditions:
Sespe Hot Springs Survey - 11-11-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sespe Hot Springs
Date: 11-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:No water along sespe river trail until about half a mile from willet
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Sunset Campground Survey - 11-11-2016 - by Oh Three
Link: Sunset Campground
Date: 11-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Oh Three
Camp Description:Sunset Campground is actually 3 separate campsites. 1st is at the dead tree, fire ring, no picnic table out in the open flats. 2nd is west of Lockwood, north of Piru, fire ring, picnic table, directly on the Miller Jeep trail. 3rd is by far the best, south of Piru Creek and west of Miller jeep trail. Fire ring, picnic table, under an oak tree, up against Alamo Mountain. Not that campfires are an option in this drought. Each of the 3 separate campsites is out of visual of the other 2. We had 15 Boy Scouts at #3, and 4 adult leaders at #2 for Veteran's Day weekend. Fresh mountain lion prints along Lockwood Creek. Two groups of 4-wheel drives came through, so if you camp at what I call site #2, make sure your sleeping bag is in a sheltered area where you won't get run over by yahoos. They show up late at night, loudly. I speak from experience. We day hiked to Cottonwood Camp up the abandoned trail up Lockwood Creek. Wonderful wilderness.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Strong flow given the 4-year drought! Very nice.
Weather Conditions:75 day, 30's night
Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 11-11-2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 11-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good clean water at the camp. Nice pools to dunk in below the camp
Weather Conditions:72 no wind perfect hiking
Images:

Forbush Camp Survey - 11-06-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 11-06-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Dry, dry, bone dry. Last week's rain immediately soaked into the earth.
Weather Conditions:
Cottam Camp Survey - 11-06-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Cottam Camp
Date: 11-06-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Bone dry. Pack your own water in if you're planning on camping here.
Weather Conditions:Mercury just touched the freezing point overnight.
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:
Big Pine Camp Survey - 11-06-2016 - by Cameron D
Link: Big Pine Camp
Date: 11-06-2016
Surveyor Name:Cameron D
Camp Description:The subterranean tank had fairly clean water. Lots of bugs on the surface but after skimming those off (and filtering) the water looked and tasted good. I poked around the area and didn't see the spring. It might be dry or just trickling, but more likely I just missed it since I wasn't really looking.

Trail to campground from road was a bit grown over and there were a lot of different use paths. Still easy enough to find the way down since all the options probably worked.

Campground itself was somewhat overgrown and had lots of 'widow makers'. The whole area rests on a hill as well, but the site I stayed at had two nearby cut-outs of level ground (big enough for 1).
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Spring tank was fine, did not locate other sources
Weather Conditions:
Piedra Blanca Camp Survey - 11-06-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Piedra Blanca Camp
Date: 11-06-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Good water at both Piedra Blanca and Twin Forks
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Twin Forks Camp Survey - 11-06-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Twin Forks Camp
Date: 11-06-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Good water at both Twin Forks and Piedra Blanca
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 11-06-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 11-06-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Just barely are trickle at Pine Mountain Lodge, however, by continuing upstream towards the spring there is a flowing water and nice little pool of clear water. Currently at the off trail site with the picnic table and ice can stove, there is just standing pools of water.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Coldwater Camp Survey - 11-05-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 11-05-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Curt Cragg reported that there is some standing, but clear water at Coldwater Camp and some good clear pools of water near Dabney Cabin with some flow.  No other water along the Lower Manzana.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 10-30-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 10-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Recent article by Dan McCaslin:

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/dan_mccaslin_pine_mountain_lodge_via_twin_forks
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
McKinley Spings Camp Survey - 10-29-2016 - by Tina
Link: McKinley Spings Camp
Date: 10-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Tina
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Nira Campground Survey - 10-25-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 10-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:No water.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Davy Brown Campground Survey - 10-25-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Davy Brown Campground
Date: 10-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Good enough water at the camp.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Brookshire Campground Survey - 10-23-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Brookshire Campground
Date: 10-23-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Standing pools of water with way too much cattle activity, was able to find one good-sized pool of water up the creek before it meets the trail. The water was clear, unmolested by the cows and perhaps enlivened some by the recent rain
Weather Conditions:
Coldwater Camp Survey - 10-22-2016 - by Troop 91
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 10-22-2016
Surveyor Name:Troop 91
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Coldwater Camp Survey - 10-22-2016 - by Troop 91
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 10-22-2016
Surveyor Name:Troop 91
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Upper Santa Ynez Camp Survey - 10-22-2016 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Upper Santa Ynez Camp
Date: 10-22-2016
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:Still a tad buggy, but a great weekend with Troop 111 at Upper Santa Ynez. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Clear and cold.
Weather Conditions:
Images:


McKinley Spings Camp Survey - 10-19-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: McKinley Spings Camp
Date: 10-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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:
Matilija Camp Survey - 10-17-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 10-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:plenty of water flow, some parts deep enough to take a dip
Weather Conditions:
Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 10-17-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 10-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:plenty of water flow. camp in great shape
Weather Conditions:
Upper Matilija Camp Survey - 10-17-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Upper Matilija Camp
Date: 10-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:enough water to filter. camp is a little small but still very nice
Weather Conditions:
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 10-17-2016 - by Eldon Walker
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 10-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Eldon Walker
Camp Description:Surprised by the very usable pool of water at Pine Mountain Lodge camp. Hiked from Piedra Blanca trailhead the morning after some much needed rain in mercifully cool conditions.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Very usable pool of water at the entrance to Pine Mountain Lodge camp.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Water at PIne Mountain Lodge Camp, 10-17-2016.
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 10-17-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 10-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Not much flow but adequate supply for drinking.
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Camp Survey - 10-17-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 10-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:There is no waterflow at this camp but Manzana Creek is flowing about a mile East of camp.
Weather Conditions:
Lonnie Davis Camp Survey - 10-15-2016 - by lesliegomes
Link: Lonnie Davis Camp
Date: 10-15-2016
Surveyor Name:lesliegomes
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:no water at all
Weather Conditions:
Middle Lion Campground Survey - 10-11-2016 - by Mark
Link: Middle Lion Campground
Date: 10-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Mark
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:more than a trckle but i would not cal it flowing
Weather Conditions:
Rose Valley Campground Survey - 10-11-2016 - by Mark
Link: Rose Valley Campground
Date: 10-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Mark
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Mission Pine Springs Camp Survey - 10-02-2016 - by Sebastian
Link: Mission Pine Springs Camp
Date: 10-02-2016
Surveyor Name:Sebastian
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good water flow, basin refilled much faster than we could filter
Weather Conditions:
Piedra Blanca Camp Survey - 09-26-2016 - by Stan Kruslicky
Link: Piedra Blanca Camp
Date: 09-26-2016
Surveyor Name:Stan Kruslicky
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:there was minimal water in a few spots, but all of it is stagnant and the river beds are dried up
Weather Conditions:100 during the day, 40 at night
Buckeye Camp Survey - 09-24-2016 - by B.Wampler
Link: Buckeye Camp
Date: 09-24-2016
Surveyor Name:B.Wampler
Camp Description:We did a one night out and back. Trail is all single-track but clear. Three bear sightings but they all turned away from us (brown bear). 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Hot day in late September. Water still flowing. 3 bear sightings, 4 cows, multiple deer.
Weather Conditions:90f Day, 55-60f Evening. Clear Sky's!
Images:

West Fork Lion Camp Survey - 09-24-2016 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: West Fork Lion Camp
Date: 09-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:Had the Boy Scouts at West Fork as part of the NPLD project on 9/24/2016. Low but moving water just about and adjacent to camp. West Fork Falls though are bone-dry.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Enough to filter a few quarts quickly
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Sheep Camp Survey - 09-20-2016 - by John Santoyo
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 09-20-2016
Surveyor Name:John Santoyo
Camp Description:Hiked from the Nordic base with one friend. Very clean and open space in the lower edge of the campground.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:low of 49 at night high of 73
Images:

Cable Corral Spring Survey - 09-19-2016 - by Jack Owen, Jr
Link: Cable Corral Spring
Date: 09-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Jack Owen, Jr
Camp Description:Signage on the south side of the road indicates "Private Property".  Walked to Cable Corral from Los Machos Hills Road where it meets Branch Creek Road.  I saw two camp trailers set up at Cable Corral, but no people around.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:100 degrees, no wind.
Images:

Bear walking at Cable Corral

Facing West at Cable Corral


Facing South at Cable Corral
Piedra Blanca Camp Survey - 09-18-2016 - by erico
Link: Piedra Blanca Camp
Date: 09-18-2016
Surveyor Name:erico
Camp Description:Just stopped by on our way to spend the night at Twin Forks. Turned in to the campground, saw a 150 pound black bear at 11:00 AM. He saw me, started to walk away, then our dog started after him. Bear ran away fast, could hear him crunching through the brush.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Cool and clear
Weather Conditions:Hot in the sun, nice in the shade.
Twin Forks Camp Survey - 09-17-2016 - by Eric O
Link: Twin Forks Camp
Date: 09-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Eric O
Camp Description:Hiked in from Rose Valley, spent 1 night. Got warm in the afternoon, 2 quarts of water only got me to just under Pine Mountain Lodge for a day hike. A few mosquitoes, gnats. Very nice afternoon, warm night. Barely got cold enough to zip up the sleeping bag at 3-4 AM. Did not make a fire.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Plenty of water. Cold and clear.
Weather Conditions:Hot in the sun, nice in the shade.
Dominguez Canyon Survey - 09-15-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Dominguez Canyon
Date: 09-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Article about the Dominguez Brothers:

http://dominguezranch.drupalgardens.com/node/16
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Did not survey the canyon, water unknown.
Weather Conditions:
Bear Creek Camp Survey - 09-11-2016 - by Michael S
Link: Bear Creek Camp
Date: 09-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Michael S
Camp Description:Nice campsite with plenty of shade. PACK OUT YOUR TP! No one wants to see that and it looks like animals have been digging it up. (Lots behind second camp right above the water). Lots of trash in the bushes below first camp.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Two deep pools with plenty of water for filtering. Tastes like algae though.
Weather Conditions:Hot...High 80s Low 90s
Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 09-10-2016 - by M Subbotin
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 09-10-2016
Surveyor Name:M Subbotin
Camp Description:No fires or gas stoves allowed due to Level 4 fire restrictions on Forest.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 09-10-2016 - by M Subbotin
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 09-10-2016
Surveyor Name:M Subbotin
Camp Description:trail crossing into camp is dry, but shallow 3" deep pool just above;  trickle of water and deeper pools upstream 100 yds.
Gene Marshall/Piedra Blanca trail is closed between Pine Mountain Lodge and Upper Reyes due to Pine Fire closure
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:sunny and clear, mid 70's
Images:

trickle flow about 100 yds above camp
Upper Reyes Camp Survey - 09-09-2016 - by M Subbotin
Link: Upper Reyes Camp
Date: 09-09-2016
Surveyor Name:M Subbotin
Camp Description:No fires or stoves allowed, Trail closed past the campground due to Pine Fire
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Oak Flat Camp Survey - 09-08-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Oak Flat Camp
Date: 09-08-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:a 3 foot by 3 foot shallow puddle is left in which fish are trying to survive until the next rain. Basically no water.
Weather Conditions:
Willet Camp Survey - 09-08-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 09-08-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:water flowing through willet is heavily sulfurized with the sulfer from the spring since the spring is flowing so low.  Not potable even after filter/boil.  Springbox is not providing water currently to willett camp as it is so low.  The hotspring tub is full and nice, but through overgrown thickets of poison oak or very stabby plants.  (we chose stabby plants).
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Kerr Spring - Sespe Survey - 09-07-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Kerr Spring - Sespe
Date: 09-07-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:hot dry
Sheep Camp Survey - 09-03-2016 - by JuancaD
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 09-03-2016
Surveyor Name:JuancaD
Camp Description:Hiked with friends from Chula vista Trail head to Cerro Noreste and back, but took a detour to check out Sheep camp.
The camp was empty, no water available on site.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water flowing or trickle, moist soil only at the water trap.
Weather Conditions:Clear sky's, and about 70 deg. temp.
Fishbowls Camp Survey - 08-27-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Fishbowls Camp
Date: 08-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:We ended up not staying because the campsite was lousy with mosquitoes & other flying bugs and our boys were exhausted. We did end up pumping from the stagnant water through our filter and no one has reported any diarrhea. 
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Water is stagnant with a film on it.
Weather Conditions:
Miranda Pine Campground Survey - 08-25-2016 - by Jack Owen, Jr
Link: Miranda Pine Campground
Date: 08-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Jack Owen, Jr
Camp Description:Camp was clean and in good shape.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:90 degrees, wind from the southwest at 15 mph.
Images:




Bates Canyon Campground Survey - 08-25-2016 - by Jack Owen, Jr
Link: Bates Canyon Campground
Date: 08-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Jack Owen, Jr
Camp Description:Bates Canyon Road is repaired and now open from the campground up to Sierra Madre Road.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Twin Forks Camp Survey - 08-22-2016 - by Ken Wickersham
Link: Twin Forks Camp
Date: 08-22-2016
Surveyor Name:Ken Wickersham
Camp Description:Water quality looked good.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow for a drought stricken area.
Weather Conditions:Hot and dry.
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 08-22-2016 - by Ken Wickersham
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 08-22-2016
Surveyor Name:Ken Wickersham
Camp Description:I plugged up my filter with this water. Not enough shade here.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Low flow. Needs filtering.
Weather Conditions:Hot and dry.
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:

Bear Creek Camp Survey - 08-19-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Bear Creek Camp
Date: 08-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Nice camp spot, not too far of a trek from the trailhead. 
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Not moving but cleanish. Must be filtered to drink.
Weather Conditions:Very very hot and very very dry.
Willet Camp Survey - 08-19-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 08-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Beautiful and peaceful camp spot. This time of year it is very very hot and dry and there is limited water.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Very hot and dry
Mono Campground Survey - 08-15-2016 - by Byrdie Boy
Link: Mono Campground
Date: 08-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Byrdie Boy
Camp Description:Creek bed dry camp seems to be in good condition caution a few ticks sill hanging around. Trail to the dam is clear few pools at the base of the dam all of which are stagnant. Mountain lion tracks and scat all around the campground. Thick layer of oak leaves covering the ground extreme caution with fires.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:No flow left just small pools of water at the base of Mono Debris Dam
Weather Conditions:Hot Dry 80°+
Matilija Camp Survey - 08-15-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 08-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Nice pools and plenty of flow
Weather Conditions:
Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 08-15-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 08-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:I may have missed the main source for this camp. There's water flowing above and below the camp.
Weather Conditions:
Upper Matilija Camp Survey - 08-15-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Upper Matilija Camp
Date: 08-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Barely a trickle at camp. Flowing at at least 3 creek crossings between middle and upper camp. Might want to carry water up from a lower crossing.
Weather Conditions:
Big Pine Camp Survey - 08-14-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Big Pine Camp
Date: 08-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Good water flowing below the spring tank as well as within the spring tank.  A scout project is planned for later in 2016 to relocate one of the campsites, fix the trail down to the camp and make some improvements to the spring tank water collection system.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:mid-90's and HOT HOT HOT!
Chokecherry Spring Survey - 08-13-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Chokecherry Spring
Date: 08-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:The trough at Chokecherry was mostly full with algae infested water.  The tomb had just a splash of water and was not flowing over into the trough.  Chokecherry need water. 
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Low 90's and HOT
Images:

Chokecherry Tomb

Chokecherry Trough
Bates Canyon Campground Survey - 08-11-2016 - by Jack Owen, Jr
Link: Bates Canyon Campground
Date: 08-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Jack Owen, Jr
Camp Description:The campground is open and available.  Bates Canyon Road from camp up to Sierra Madre Road is impassable and CLOSED.  It has washed out in numerous places.  You can walk the road, but no vehicle access is possible.

Forest Service personnel have told me they don't know when it will be fixed as it needs a major amount of work.  some portions of the road are completely washed away (GONE!) and it is going to be a major project.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Willett Hot Springs Survey - 08-11-2016 - by Colin Riordan
Link: Willett Hot Springs
Date: 08-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Colin Riordan
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flowing well at the top and steadily but slowly in the creek below. Easy to obtain clean water from the creek in the valley.
Weather Conditions:Very hot and dry
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County Survey - 08-11-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County
Date: 08-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Spot for a 1 person tent that is flat, anything bigger the ground is pretty slanted. Plenty of firewood around and rocks for sitting. The Santa Inez river was dry as well as the surrounding area, once near Alder Creek water was clear and flowing. The creek near the campsite had a strong sulfur-egg odor, but water further down was clean and clear. The trail Alder Creek is decently maintained but about 1 mile up  with a very sketchy area where rocks and shale make passing treacherous--still accessible--but do so with care. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Trickle in some, Flowing further down the trail
Weather Conditions:MIld 70-80 degrees
Images:

the campsite

back down the trail
Sespe Hot Springs Survey - 08-10-2016 - by Colin Riordan
Link: Sespe Hot Springs
Date: 08-10-2016
Surveyor Name:Colin Riordan
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Plentiful clean hot water flowing well
Weather Conditions:
Bear Creek Camp Survey - 08-09-2016 - by Colin Riordan
Link: Bear Creek Camp
Date: 08-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Colin Riordan
Camp Description:
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Plentiful usable but stagnant water
Weather Conditions:Very hot and dry
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 08-09-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 08-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Visited 19 Oaks on August 9, 2016 to check out the new toilet and new third campsite that the scouts installed earlier in the year.  Things were clean and looking good.  The scout projects were great!  Little did I know that this was all going to burn in just over 2 weeks. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water anywhere nearby. Closed water was just above Upper Oso.
Weather Conditions:80's and pleasantly hot
Images:

The new upper campsite, located SE across the draw.

The new toilet installed by the scouts as part of an Eagle Project. NICE!


And the old throne, is it salvagable? Is it still standing?
Cross Camp Survey - 08-07-2016 - by Josh Isaac
Link: Cross Camp
Date: 08-07-2016
Surveyor Name:Josh Isaac
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Hot. Sunny. Hot.
Jackson Hole Camp Survey - 08-07-2016 - by Josh Isaac
Link: Jackson Hole Camp
Date: 08-07-2016
Surveyor Name:Josh Isaac
Camp Description:The location of this camp was not at the coordinates on the map; as the other poster mentioned, there is a blue turn-off about 1/4 mile BEFORE the location of the camp on the map, while you are still in a forested area. 

The coordinates of the camp are: 34.4631, -119.0564

Camp has enough room for at least 3 tents; there's a fire pit and a small stream close by. Located down a steep trail off the main trail. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Pretty Low Flow, but enough to filter
Weather Conditions:Hot during the day. Did not get very cold at night.
Images:

Big Cone Camp Survey - 08-06-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Big Cone Camp
Date: 08-06-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Camp is in good shape. Trail is overgrown in places
Weather Conditions:
Big Cone Camp Survey - 08-06-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Big Cone Camp
Date: 08-06-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Camp is in good shape. Trail is overgrown in places
Weather Conditions:
Murietta Camp Survey - 07-31-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Murietta Camp
Date: 07-31-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Recent Noozhawk article by Dan McCaslin about hiking up Murietta Canyon:

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/dan_mccaslin_murrieta_trail_ojai_20160726
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Estrella Camp Survey - 07-29-2016 - by Daniel
Link: Estrella Camp
Date: 07-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Daniel
Camp Description:Went up to Estrella Camp with plans to stay overnight for two nights, ended up going back to Spruce Camp due to lack of water.

There was water at Estrella, but we were hoping for the waterfall and an abundance (which Spruce had). Filtered water for a refill there and found it fairly murky and very low. Hiked up creek a ways to see if it increased, but it didn't.

Camps looked in good condition, no tables but plenty of benches, fire pits, etc. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flowing slowly, very low, no waterfall.
Weather Conditions:70-80 during the peak of day
Spruce Creek Camp Survey - 07-29-2016 - by Daniel
Link: Spruce Creek Camp
Date: 07-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Daniel
Camp Description:Stayed two nights at Spruce Creek Camp. Saw lots of day hikers, dogs, etc. 

Water was flowing, both sites had picnic tables and were easy to camp at.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Beautiful, lots of water, deep pools
Weather Conditions:70-80 during the peak of day, mid-50's at night
Brookshire Campground Survey - 07-28-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Brookshire Campground
Date: 07-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Still green, water trickling..lots of poison oak. Campsite fairly clean, intact. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:5gpm flow rate
Weather Conditions:90 degrees
Images:

In the creek Brookshire camp

Brookshire Campground Survey - 07-28-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Brookshire Campground
Date: 07-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Still green, water trickling..lots of poison oak. Campsite fairly clean, intact. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:5gpm flow rate
Weather Conditions:90 degrees
Images:

In the creek Brookshire camp

Alder Creek Camp - Silver Peak Wilderness Survey - 07-27-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Silver Peak Wilderness
Date: 07-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Nice drive up camp site from Willow Creek Rd. 3 sites with picnic tables and fire rings.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Dry as a bone
Weather Conditions:76 and Sunny
Madulce Camp Survey - 07-23-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Madulce Camp
Date: 07-23-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Great article by James Wapotich on the history of the Madulce Camp site, enjoy:

https://songsofthewilderness.wordpress.com/2016/07/23/trail-quest-madulce-guard-station/
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Mesa Spring Camp Survey - 07-17-2016 - by Alex
Link: Mesa Spring Camp
Date: 07-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Alex
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flow runs 35 feet down canyon then disappears. Saw "dead" bird...bring water filter.
Weather Conditions:Hot during day but nice in the evening.
Images:

Mt. Mars Survey - 07-16-2016 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Mt. Mars
Date: 07-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Camp Description:I hiked up Baldwin Ranch Road from Ragged Point Inn to get out of the fog. Clear and beautiful on road following ridge top. At the County Line Rd intersection you keep following the ridge north where you'll find the rough remains of a road or trail all the way to Mt. Mars and running down the other side. It's a bushwhack with some poison oak, but I did it in shorts with minimal bloodshed. The summit is flat, unmarked, and unimpressive, but there's a meadow with a great view on the west side. I saw where some have hiked the northeast ridge towards Dutra Flat - looked doable but rough.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Sunny & warm with heavy marine layer
Images:

Mt. Mars summit

Trail from County Line Rd follows this ridge
Dutra Flat Camp Survey - 07-16-2016 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Dutra Flat Camp
Date: 07-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Camp Description:A pretty site with room for a crowd. A reliable pring feeds a trough. Fencing surrounds camp site and spring to keep cattle out.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Good water from a pipe feeding a trough.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

View from Dutra Flat Camp

Camp site from spring


Spring
Fishbowls Camp Survey - 07-16-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Fishbowls Camp
Date: 07-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Hiked Fishbowls-Cedar Creek Loop. Occasional water in Piru Creek. No water at creek crossings at Fishbowls campsite.

Three trees down in approximately first 3 miles from Fishbowls TH. Trees easily passable.

All Fishbowls Campsites in very good condition/clean.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Upper pool mirky with layer of film on water
Weather Conditions:Sunny, 85 degrees
Images:




Lower Fishbowl



Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 07-16-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 07-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Campsites in good condition. Bear tracks on trail NE of camp
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Low water
Weather Conditions:Sunny, 85 degrees F
Images:

Creek crossing NW of camp

Creek to NE of camp
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
Big Pine Camp Survey - 07-16-2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Big Pine Camp
Date: 07-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:spring was clear and clean located 20 feet north of the well, next to the trail.
Weather Conditions:85
Images:

Spring is full and clear and about 4 feet deep

well has water but easier just to go to the spring
Lower Bear Camp Survey - 07-16-2016 - by jasonn beckstrand
Link: Lower Bear Camp
Date: 07-16-2016
Surveyor Name:jasonn beckstrand
Camp Description:lots of stinging nettles
camp clean
no signs the fire pit has been used.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:great water at next to the camp and water fall is flowing
Weather Conditions:85
Upper Bear Camp Survey - 07-16-2016 - by jasonn beckstrand
Link: Upper Bear Camp
Date: 07-16-2016
Surveyor Name:jasonn beckstrand
Camp Description:watch out lots of stinging nettles
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:steady flow next to camp
Weather Conditions:clear and 80
Images:

steady flow right at camp
Ballard Camp Survey - 07-14-2016 - by J DeVine
Link: Ballard Camp
Date: 07-14-2016
Surveyor Name:J DeVine
Camp Description:Overnight trip with my son.  Hot this time of year and this 1.8 miles down to the camp with a pack (and back up to the car next day) seems longer than 1.8 miles but can be easily done in an hour.  Pretty views from the trail of Birabent Canyon and the upper portion of the trail must be beautiful when the wildflowers are out. The second campsite you come to is better than the first because it has a clearing and there are a bunch of nettles just off trail and in the first campsite.  In the second campsite there is a fire ring, standing cast iron grill (how the heck did this heavy thing get down here?) and shovel, but we did not have a fire due to restrictions and just ate pack food.  We could have filtered water in the creek, but we had packed in 6 liters. We tried to go down the trail/creek to explore Original Ballard Camp but had to turn back after a couple tenths of a mile due to overgrown poison oak.  Not much to do here as you are in the middle of a narrow canyon shaded by trees. Bring bug spray. Flies/gnats during the day. Mosquitoes at night.    
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Water was flowing and pools several inches deep
Weather Conditions:Sunny 87 degrees/exposed at trailhead/shady in camp. About 60 degrees at night.
Images:

Trailhead

Trail


Second Campsite
Prewitt Ridge Campground Survey - 07-14-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Prewitt Ridge Campground
Date: 07-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Great camp with outstanding views.  There was a bunch of trash and toilet paper left around the camp that was a distraction but still a great place to get above the fog and take in the views of the mountains and coastline.  Lots of bugs.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Did not find water at the camp.
Weather Conditions:Sunny, high 70's to low 50's at night
Images:

Nice views from the top looking to the south

A quarantined area in the pines, pretty gross.
Chalk Peak Campground Survey - 07-14-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Chalk Peak Campground
Date: 07-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:The camp was empty when we swung by and nice and cool compared to other nearby camps.  No water.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at Chalk Peak.
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Camp Survey - 07-13-2016 - by Nick Dincelli
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 07-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Nick Dincelli
Camp Description:Site had some left overs from the last group (hat, plastic water container), but the biggest disappointment was that some jerk took a #2 right in the middle of the river bed / main Manzana pool. Feces and toilet paper in plain view so we can all drink it next time it rains. 

These people should be banned from reproducing. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water whatsoever. Bone dry.
Weather Conditions:Insanely HOT
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 07-13-2016 - by Nick Dincelli
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 07-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Nick Dincelli
Camp Description:There's no visible water trickling into the pool and it's now starting to fill with forest debris and algae. There's a tiny trickle below the pool but I'd guess this will be gone in 2-3 weeks. 

Someone painted a fake petroglyph on one of the big rocks in the middle of camp. It's better than graffiti but still lame. They actually took some time on it. 

Insanely hot back there right now and didn't see a soul. 


Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Pool Stagnant / tiny trickle just below
Weather Conditions:INSANELY HOT
Mission Pine Springs Camp Survey - 07-10-2016 - by James
Link: Mission Pine Springs Camp
Date: 07-10-2016
Surveyor Name:James
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good water
Weather Conditions:hot & sunny
West Fork Lion Camp Survey - 07-09-2016 - by Mark J.
Link: West Fork Lion Camp
Date: 07-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Mark J.
Camp Description:Nice 2.5 mile hike from Middle Lion Campground.  The trail is overgrown in a few spots which almost makes it look like the trail disappears or ends.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:There is water in the creek several inches deep in spots but no noticeable movement
Weather Conditions:Sunny. Mid 80s
Middle Lion Campground Survey - 07-09-2016 - by Mark J.
Link: Middle Lion Campground
Date: 07-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Mark J.
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Sunny. Mid 80s
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 07-09-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 07-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Dry and hot
Cow Spring Camp Survey - 07-09-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cow Spring Camp
Date: 07-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Shady Camp Survey - 07-09-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Shady Camp
Date: 07-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Hot and dry
Sheep Camp Survey - 07-09-2016 - by Avid Hiker
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 07-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Avid Hiker
Camp Description:Campground was rather full, due to fire elsewhere in the Los Padres, they camped here instead. Amazing that all the wild flowers were still in bloom. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Actually more of a steady drip than trickle. Took over an hour to fill a half gallon. With other campers also needing water, would make it difficult getting enough.
Weather Conditions:low 70s when we left at noon, high 50s at night.
Images:

Figueroa Campground Survey - 07-08-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Figueroa Campground
Date: 07-08-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:

FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN CLOSURES
Due to a plethora of dead hazard trees, the Santa Lucia Ranger District has decided to close Figueroa Campground, Pino Alto Day Use Area, Figueroa Lookout, Cumbre Day Use Area and the Figueroa Mountain Lookout Rd (8N16). When these will reopen is unknown. Complete FS press release is below:

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Los Padres Announces Closures on Santa Lucia Ranger District
GOLETA, CA, July 8, 2016…

Los Padres National Forest officials today announced the closure of the recreation sites in the Figueroa Recreation Area due to concerns related to dead and dying hazardous trees that pose a safety risk to visitors. The temporary closure is effective immediately.
This temporary closure includes Figuerora Campground, Pino Alto Day Use Area, Figuerora Lookout, Cumbre Day Use Area and Forest Service Road 8N16 (Lookout Road). These areas will remain closed until the public safety risk is mitigated by cutting the hazardous trees.

The effects of rising temperatures, extended drought, and aggressive bark beetle infestations have created a tree mortality epidemic across California. Since 2010, an estimated 40 million trees have been lost. These standing dead trees have created hazards across the forest and surrounding communities and campgrounds, and present an unnecessary risk to visitors and employees along roads, trails and utility corridors. They also pose a significant threat to communities and fire responders if a wildfire occurs in these high-hazard areas.

“We are temporarily closing these areas until we can safely eliminate the risk these hazard trees pose to visitors as well as our employees,” said Santa Lucia District Ranger Nathan Rezeau. “We appreciate the public’s cooperation and understanding while we take the necessary steps to safely remove the dangerous trees.”
Members of the public are reminded that they should always call ahead to the district office for the latest conditions and consult the National Weather Service for current weather forecasts.
For more information, visit our website or call the Santa Lucia District Office at (805) 925-9538.
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Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Never Water
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Campo Alto Campground Survey - 07-04-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Campo Alto Campground
Date: 07-04-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Been going here for years. Great camp with nearby trail that goes to Mt Pinos. Good Mtn bike trails nearby. Note that you cannot make reservations here but usually not a problem.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Camp Survey - 07-03-2016 - by random guy
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 07-03-2016
Surveyor Name:random guy
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 07-03-2016 - by Kyle R
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 07-03-2016
Surveyor Name:Kyle R
Camp Description:Very hot and dry. No water. Very little shade.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at all near camp. Creek has water the first mile from the trailhead but nothing within a mile of camp.
Weather Conditions:High 80s
East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 07-03-2016 - by Kyle & Victoria
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 07-03-2016
Surveyor Name:Kyle & Victoria
Camp Description:Camp is dry. Little shade. There is water in the creek the first mile from the trail head. There is no water within a mile of the camp.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Zero Water
Weather Conditions:High 80s
Dripping Springs Survey - 07-03-2016 - by "Oh Three"
Link: Dripping Springs
Date: 07-03-2016
Surveyor Name:"Oh Three"
Camp Description:If you scrape all the scuz out of this stagnant pool, wait 30 minutes, put extra coffee filters over your pre-filter, and really know what you're doing with your pump, you *might* not clog your water filter. 

Or you could ignore Cow Springs, stay thirsty, and walk the 3 miles back to your car at Dough Flats. 

Going west, the next water past Cow Springs is below Shady Camp. It's clear and free flowing.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:90 degrees
Images:

Sespe Hot Springs Survey - 07-03-2016 - by "Oh Three"
Link: Sespe Hot Springs
Date: 07-03-2016
Surveyor Name:"Oh Three"
Camp Description:My first visit here since 1994. Wow. The entire valley is now hot water with multiple streams flowing. The west fork above hot springs used to be a cold water stream. Rainstorms in the past (2005?) wiped out the flats where we used to camp right beside the hillside hot spring. 

About 1 mile downstream, 1/4 mile below the junction with Johnson Ridge trail, I found a pool, still hot, but cool enough to lower my aching carcass into, after my long hike into the Hot Springs. Nice!

I ended up filtering the hot water to drink, afraid I'd melt my MSR filter. It turned out ok, and with some coffee powder, I had my morning joe, with no need to use my stove!

Absolutely the most fascinating geological oddity in Southern California.


 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:90 degrees
Images:





Upper Reyes Camp Survey - 06-25-2016 - by Erico
Link: Upper Reyes Camp
Date: 06-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Erico
Camp Description:Stopped on my way to Beartrap. Hot in Camp Schideck / Reyes Creek. Nice and cool under the trees at Upper Reyes. Nobody else on the trail. No trash, no mess.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Cold, clear, flowing well.
Weather Conditions:Clean and warm.
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.
Chokecherry Spring Survey - 06-25-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Chokecherry Spring
Date: 06-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Los Padres Outfitters led a volunteer project to fix Chokecherry Spring.  It was cleared, cleaned and re-plumbed where needed.  Working great with great water flow.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

The Chokecherry Tomb

The Chokecherry Trough
Cow Spring Camp Survey - 06-24-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cow Spring Camp
Date: 06-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Standing Puddle / Water Clear / Filterable
Weather Conditions:
Images:


Dripping Springs Survey - 06-24-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Dripping Springs
Date: 06-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Very Low / Murky
Weather Conditions:95F+
Images:




Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 06-24-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 06-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Dry at camp; low flow east of camp
Weather Conditions:95F+
Images:




Shady Camp Survey - 06-24-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Shady Camp
Date: 06-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Trash at camp (thermarest, tarp, plastic drop cloth, plastic bag with toiletries). Removed plastic drop cloth.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:95F+
Images:


Alder Creek - South of Camp



Mission Pine Springs Camp Survey - 06-20-2016 - by Curt Cragg
Link: Mission Pine Springs Camp
Date: 06-20-2016
Surveyor Name:Curt Cragg
Camp Description:Mission Pine Spring Crosscut Project
Hiked from McKinley Saddle to Mission Pine Spring to clear downed trees as reported in previous surveys.  There were 5 trees down from McKinley saddle to the MP Spring camp.  Four were cleared, two required re-routes including one that was cut to allow for a larger opening for the re-route.  We were unable to cut the large tree that is down about 1/4 mile east of the camp.  We did clean up the trail around it.
Camp was in great condition.  Ferns have re-grown making it a little hard to find the trail out of the camp toward MP Basin, but tread can be found.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Spring is flowing and good water in the basin.
Weather Conditions:Weather was clear and temps in the mid 70's
Images:

Large tree--had to re-route the trail at this point.

Larger tree cut and cleared


Had to leave this one until next time
Madrone Camp Survey - 06-20-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Madrone Camp
Date: 06-20-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Trail completely over grown with tons of poison oak. Didn't even start.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Agua Escondida Spring Survey - 06-20-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Agua Escondida Spring
Date: 06-20-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:site was in bad shape.  no facilities left to speak of.  Fine for primitive camping though.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:spring cistern for the animals was functioning and full no water in creek
Weather Conditions:hot dry
Upper Santa Ynez Camp Survey - 06-18-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Upper Santa Ynez Camp
Date: 06-18-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:There is a trickle of water in the creek at the crossing near the camp, with refreshingly cold water in the pool. The camp however is buggy this time of year, better to wait until it gets too cold for them to camp there.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Murietta Camp Survey - 06-18-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Murietta Camp
Date: 06-18-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:No water at camp, there is good water about a half mile before the camp. That is, on the hike from the road along the trail, just when the trail first gets near the creek there's water there. The two crossings before camp and the camp itself however are dry.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Sulphur Pot Camp Survey - 06-17-2016 - by Green Machine (aka Perry Way)
Link: Sulphur Pot Camp
Date: 06-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Green Machine (aka Perry Way)
Camp Description:Was with my buddy on overnighter starting at Rinconada Trailhead and ending at East Cuesta Trailhead (shuttle trip). We previously attempted getting to Sulphur Pots twice, once from the south and once from the north. Both times we had to turn back due to excessive vegetation and poison oak. First time we tried was from north, starting at East Cuesta and going down into upper Lopez Canyon. We made it only a wee bit further than Upper Lopez camp on that trip. Next trip we started from Rinconada and went down Big Falls to Lopez canyon and got as far as we could before it was a complete jungle. This last trip we brought our pruners and spent about half of the day pruning vegetation including poison oak. We have carved tunnels through the vegetation and thoroughly removed any poison oak above mid-thigh or waist level. You will still need long pants and gaiters are recommended to keep PO off shoelaces. Ground cover PO is ubiquitous but bush PO is seriously trimmed back to allow a wide girth passage.

Water levels flowing at a very good rate still!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:flowing nicely, lots of water
Weather Conditions:cooler days on canyon floor and stars at night
Images:

clearing vegetation

proof we got to the camp :)


sulphur pots flowing nicely

as seen from Lopez Canyon trail


many signs of bears nearby. Be careful!
Piedra Blanca Camp Survey - 06-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Piedra Blanca Camp
Date: 06-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Twin Forks Camp Survey - 06-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Twin Forks Camp
Date: 06-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 06-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 06-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Three Mile Camp Survey - 06-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 06-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Haddock Camp Survey - 06-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 06-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Still a little water
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 06-15-2016 - by Amanda Grandfield
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 06-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Amanda Grandfield
Camp Description:Only one of the two small waterfalls above the pool is still flowing.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Rays Camp Survey - 06-15-2016 - by Amanda Grandfield
Link: Rays Camp
Date: 06-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Amanda Grandfield
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Camp Survey - 06-15-2016 - by Amanda Grandfield
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 06-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Amanda Grandfield
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Lady Bug Camp Survey - 06-11-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 06-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Flores Flat Camp Survey - 06-11-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Flores Flat Camp
Date: 06-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:"Hiker said there was spotty water at Flores."
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:warm, overcast/cloudy.
Santa Cruz Camp Survey - 06-11-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Santa Cruz Camp
Date: 06-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Not a whole lot of water, but there is some.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Sespe Hot Springs Survey - 06-11-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sespe Hot Springs
Date: 06-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Great flow rate from the springs and down the creek.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Hot Water flowing doen the creek

Sespe Hot Spring Source
Sulphur Pots Survey - 06-11-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sulphur Pots
Date: 06-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Was with my buddy on overnighter starting at Rinconada Trailhead and ending at East Cuesta Trailhead (shuttle trip). We previously attempted getting to Sulphur Pots twice, once from the south and once from the north. Both times we had to turn back due to excessive vegetation and poison oak. First time we tried was from north, starting at East Cuesta and going down into upper Lopez Canyon. We made it only a wee bit further than Upper Lopez camp on that trip. Next trip we started from Rinconada and went down Big Falls to Lopez canyon and got as far as we could before it was a complete jungle. This last trip we brought our pruners and spent about half of the day pruning vegetation including poison oak. We have carved tunnels through the vegetation and thoroughly removed any poison oak above mid-thigh or waist level. You will still need long pants and gaiters are recommended to keep PO off shoelaces. Ground cover PO is ubiquitous but bush PO is seriously trimmed back to allow a wide girth passage.

Water levels flowing at a very good rate still!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water flow is excellent
Weather Conditions:cooler days on canyon floor and stars at night
Images:

clearing vegetation

proof we got to the camp :)


sulphur pots flowing nicely

as seen from Lopez Canyon trail


many signs of bears nearby. Be careful!
Upper Lopez Camp Survey - 06-11-2016 - by Green Machine (aka Perry Way)
Link: Upper Lopez Camp
Date: 06-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Green Machine (aka Perry Way)
Camp Description:My buddy and I did a lot of clearing of vegetation to make the trip into Upper Lopez Camp one where you can avoid the poison oak from mid-thigh up. You still can't escape the PO on lower legs. Advise you wear long pants and gaiters to protect your shoelaces. Long sleeve shirts might come in handy also to combat the mosquitoes if you're against using repellent (like me).
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good water flow, plenty of deeper pools to pump from right next to camp
Weather Conditions:cool to balmy
China Camp Campground Survey - 06-04-2016 - by Reginald Carson
Link: China Camp Campground
Date: 06-04-2016
Surveyor Name:Reginald Carson
Camp Description:
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Kinda Dry in quite a few areas down the hill. But some aera looked very promising for pigs. I also had the chance to meet with some of the property owners up there, really nice people. I would definitely visit again.
Weather Conditions:The Weather was comfortable, not bad at all.
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County Survey - 06-04-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County
Date: 06-04-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Water still flowing nicely in both the tributary and the main creek.  Water also along most of the course of the trail.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Low 90's and HOT but not that hot, certainly doable and shady at the camp.
Sheep Camp Survey - 06-04-2016 - by M Subbotin
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 06-04-2016
Surveyor Name:M Subbotin
Camp Description:used a 20-ft plumbing snake to ream the outlet tube. Removed a minor blockage; and new sign at camp

Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:1 liter per minute
Weather Conditions:45 in AM, 75 during day
Images:

spring and spring box above

New sign at spring


Upper camp w/ improved access and stove recovered and placed adjacent to rock fire ring
Madulce Camp Survey - 05-30-2016 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Madulce Camp
Date: 05-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Camp Description:LPFA conducted a trail maintenance project based at Madulce Station site May 20-30. The station site is being taken over by cherry & roses, but still room for several tents. The corral was repaired and is safe for holding livestock. Water in the creek was slightly more than a trickle and adequate for filling buckets and watering stock.

Backpacker's camp is in good shape, but has some hazardous dead trees that will fall at some point.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Ankle deep, sweet, clear water at cabin site.
Weather Conditions:Mostly clear. Heavy frost May 20, chilly nights.
Mesa Spring Camp Survey - 05-30-2016 - by Coyote Dave
Link: Mesa Spring Camp
Date: 05-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Coyote Dave
Camp Description:Spring tank has been repaired since Jack's February 2016 survey.  Suspicious disconnected irrigation piping coiled up next to camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Meadow Camp Survey - 05-30-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Meadow Camp
Date: 05-30-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:No water in the creek at camp, standing pools that could be filtered downstream. 
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Santa Cruz Camp Survey - 05-29-2016 - by James
Link: Santa Cruz Camp
Date: 05-29-2016
Surveyor Name:James
Camp Description:Crowded camp during memorial day weekend.  Creek was flowing nicely.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Creek is flowing
Weather Conditions:70s & sunny.
McKinley Spring - San Rafael Mountain Survey - 05-29-2016 - by Duane Waite
Link: McKinley Spring - San Rafael Mountain
Date: 05-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Duane Waite
Camp Description:Visited this spring over Mem Day and spent two nights with a buddy. Both tubs are crystal clear but the flow rate is about 3-5 mins per liter.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Great Quality But Slow Flow
Weather Conditions:Cool and windy at night.
Mission Pine Springs Camp Survey - 05-29-2016 - by Duane Waite
Link: Mission Pine Springs Camp
Date: 05-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Duane Waite
Camp Description:Rate of flow is 1-2 liters per minute. However the pipe has either fallen out or has been pulled out 

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flowing Well But Pipe Missing
Weather Conditions:Windy and cool
Mesa Spring Camp Survey - 05-29-2016 - by Coffman, Kevin
Link: Mesa Spring Camp
Date: 05-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Coffman, Kevin
Camp Description:Thick rattler living down in the marshy gully below the water tank.  Night time light-up frisbee in the meadow is a must.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Full water tank; slight sulfur taste
Weather Conditions:70's; partly cloudy
Indian Creek Camp Survey - 05-29-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Indian Creek Camp
Date: 05-29-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Trickle at Camp. Small flow of water in the falls. Indian Creek is flowing intermittently between Indian Camp and Meadow Camp. No water at Meadow Camp, just standing pools downstream from camp that could be filtered.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Bill Faris Camp Survey - 05-29-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Bill Faris Camp
Date: 05-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Due to a hazard pine tree explosion that destroyed the main camp, the camp has been moved up to the small meadow above the sign.  It remains seldom visited but that should change as the trail was worked from Alamar Saddle down to Bill Faris and is now in very good shape.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at Bill Faris. You could hear it further down the canyon but it's a hard push to get to where the water is.
Weather Conditions:
Images:


Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 05-28-2016 - by Philip E. Ankrom
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 05-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Philip E. Ankrom
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:I saw no movement. Had to clear the surface to dip out water. The Sawyer filter worked well.
Weather Conditions:Mid-40's in the morning.
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 05-28-2016 - by Cameron D
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 05-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Cameron D
Camp Description:River and creek near schoolhouse are dry. The crossing before the schoolhouse is also dry, save a small puddle which will be dry within days. Fill up at creek crossing a little ways (.5 mile?) before the last gate (or there's a small trickle just ~75 yards before the gate next to small campsite).

The trail to the Hurricane Deck is near impassible, see trail page. The trail up the Sisquoc river looked bad as well and I saw one group turn back.

There is however a seemingly brand new trail that forks from the trail to Sluice Box canyon right under the trees on the far side of wash that holds the Sisquoc. It heads steeply up the side of the valley before traversing to a couple of small oak trees and a great overlook up the Sisquoc valley and convergence with Manzana creek.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Near Dry Puddle
Weather Conditions:
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 05-28-2016 - by Hannah Strong
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 05-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Hannah Strong
Camp Description:No water at the campground, but the Santa Cruz Trail crosses over a small creek just past the turnoff for 19 Oaks (north/towards Little Pine).  The water there was low but clear and flowing.

The campground itself was in good condition, though it was hard to find the individual campsites as they are spaced out. Ours had a firepit and picknic table in the sun and a shady area to pitch tents.

We went there for labor day weekend when the park was pretty busy and all the campsites that we saw were full (4 out of a rumored 7).
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Trough and stream in campgrounds bone dry, but water flowing on Santa Cruz Trail just north of the turnoff.
Weather Conditions:
Little Pine Spring Camp Survey - 05-28-2016 - by James
Link: Little Pine Spring Camp
Date: 05-28-2016
Surveyor Name:James
Camp Description:There was a fallen tree or two on the way into camp.  Table is still missing a bench.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Trough was full, spring was flowing.
Weather Conditions:70s & sunny.
Pens Camp Survey - 05-28-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Pens Camp
Date: 05-28-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Barely a trickle at Pens, better water upstream towards Poplar along the trail. No water at Poplar.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Poplar Camp Survey - 05-28-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Poplar Camp
Date: 05-28-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:No water at Poplar
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Bear Creek Camp Survey - 05-27-2016 - by Hiking Viking
Link: Bear Creek Camp
Date: 05-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Hiking Viking
Camp Description:Arrived on Friday 5/27/16 with the intent of spending 4 days and hiking out on Monday.  Our first night was spent reacting to regular rustles in the bushes near our camp.  We ended up finding arroyo toads hopping about. There were several about and they became a source of amusement for us in the following nights, never sure when you would go for a walk and happen across one sitting in the path looking at you or sitting outside your tent.

The camp was extremely busy, there was a boy scout troop present with about a dozen kids.  The foot traffic by the camp was also never ending and even after the scouts left, their vacated camp was immediately snapped up and filled again.

This was our first overnight trip up the Sespe River and while we will certainly go again we will necessarily avoid the holidays and probably only use Bear Creek CG as a brief stop over, before heading down stream further to Oak Flat or Willett.

When the foot traffic subsided the location was peaceful and serene. 


Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The water was flowing well in places, the cascade of water could be hear upstream from the camp. The swimming hole was slow moving with almost no perceptible current.
Weather Conditions:Daytime temps ranged from mid 70's to high 80's. Nights were cool and comfortable in the 50's.
Sheep Camp Survey - 05-27-2016 - by Coyote Dave
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 05-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Coyote Dave
Camp Description:Spring has two outlet pipes that discharge from the spring box.  Looking uphill, the outlet pipe on the left was barely flowing with a slow drip.  The pipe on the right had a very slow steady flow of approximately 1/10 L /minute.  We had vessels placed under both outlet pipes which easily sustained our group of 8, but required several vessels to containerize and transfer water for filtering. We used a large cooking pot and a collapsible bucket.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:1/10 L /minute
Weather Conditions:
Bluff Camp - Santa Paula Trail Survey - 05-27-2016 - by Rick and James
Link: Bluff Camp - Santa Paula Trail
Date: 05-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Rick and James
Camp Description:Attempted to find the trail from Bluff to last chance. Did fine outta Bluff for about 45 min. Then the brush was too thick. After 3 hrs up and down, in and out of manzanita, beautiful groves though, I felt i found a good path. But the water, time wasted and the unknown  ( James had to be back Sun.), we retreated ti Cienega for the night and back down the next morn. Gonna try again in fall or spring. Lots of bears signs, but no sightings this trip. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:after drawing a gal. out with pump. had to wait for pool to fill up to previous level
Weather Conditions:nice, clear
Images:

facing west, going north. Where trai ended
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:
Llly Meadows Camp Survey - 05-26-2016 - by Coyote Dave
Link: Llly Meadows Camp
Date: 05-26-2016
Surveyor Name:Coyote Dave
Camp Description:Water in creek available about 0.25 miles downstream from the camp.  Creek is flowing slowly. Some pools are about 4 to 6 inches deep and we were able to transfer water to a collapsible bucket for filtering.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Coldwater Camp Survey - 05-25-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 05-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:pools are clear, but lots of silt.
Weather Conditions:70 and clear
Potrero Camp Survey - 05-25-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Potrero Camp
Date: 05-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:clear and clean if you don't stir up the silt
Weather Conditions:70 and clear
Chorro Spring Survey - 05-25-2016 - by Drew Smith
Link: Chorro Spring
Date: 05-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Drew Smith
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Spring under large rock, but only wet ground.
Weather Conditions:
Chorro Grande Camp Survey - 05-25-2016 - by Drew Smith
Link: Chorro Grande Camp
Date: 05-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Drew Smith
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Oak Camp Survey - 05-25-2016 - by Drew Smith
Link: Oak Camp
Date: 05-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Drew Smith
Camp Description:The flowers are fantastic in the recent burn area, 1/4 mile south of camp to trailhead. I counted 31 types.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:The flow is just upstream from the camp. Dry exactly next to camp.
Weather Conditions:
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County Survey - 05-24-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County
Date: 05-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Hiked up to Alder Creek Camp from the Jameson Trailhead in order to scout the trail for an upcoming trail project.  The camp was clean and in great shape.  It has received some recent special attention courtesy of a MTF special task force.  Water was flowing nicely in both the main creek as well as the nearby downstream tributary.  Great camp, lots of shade, nice place to go when the weather heats up.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:High 70's, warm, slight breeze, pleasant.
Images:

Newly fashioned shovel at camp, courtesy MTF.

The Camp


Creek flowing nicely in nearby tributary.

The Camp 2
Coldwater Camp Survey - 05-22-2016 - by James
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 05-22-2016
Surveyor Name:James
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Manzana is flowing through coldwater.
Weather Conditions:70s & sunny.
Potrero Camp Survey - 05-22-2016 - by James
Link: Potrero Camp
Date: 05-22-2016
Surveyor Name:James
Camp Description:Good water at Potrero camp
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Manzana is flowing nicely
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 05-22-2016 - by David Madajian (Scoutmaster Troop 4)
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 05-22-2016
Surveyor Name:David Madajian (Scoutmaster Troop 4)
Camp Description:Campsite was in good shape.  Pit toilet was nice and had a privacy screen.  Fire pit with shovel.  Table in good shape. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:needed to go about 2 miles to get to water
Weather Conditions:Cold at night (40's)
Images:

Troop 4
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 05-21-2016 - by James
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 05-21-2016
Surveyor Name:James
Camp Description:Fill up at the final crossing before reaching schoolhouse.  There is no other water.

A large oak tree is blocking the trail into camp.  Hikers can fit under it easily, but I do not think stock could get around it.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Sisquoc Dry, Manzana dry after final crossing before schoolhouse
Weather Conditions:70s & sunny.
Matilija Camp Survey - 05-21-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 05-21-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Clear, cool water in creek. Flowing at campsite.
Weather Conditions:Cloudy 65 degrees during the day, Clear 45 degrees at night
Madulce Camp Survey - 05-21-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Madulce Camp
Date: 05-21-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:The water at the camp is starting to dry up. There is still water upstream along the trail, as well as the spring box.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Madulce Camp Survey - 05-21-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Madulce Camp
Date: 05-21-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:The water at the camp is starting to dry up. There is still water upstream along the trail, as well as the spring box.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Madulce Camp Survey - 05-21-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Madulce Camp
Date: 05-21-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:The water at the camp is starting to dry up. There is still water upstream along the trail, as well as the spring box.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Upper Bear Camp Survey - 05-21-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Upper Bear Camp
Date: 05-21-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Good water at Upper Bear. No water at (Middle) Bear.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Mission Pine Springs Camp Survey - 05-21-2016 - by Terry Jarrett
Link: Mission Pine Springs Camp
Date: 05-21-2016
Surveyor Name:Terry Jarrett
Camp Description:Several downed trees across the trail between McKinley Saddle and the San Rafael Mountain ridge are minor impediments. Trail and campsite in good condition.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:2 liters per minute from the spring. Good quality. Creeks are dry except a few pools of standing water.
Weather Conditions:Windy, cloudy & cool.
19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp Survey - 05-17-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: 19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp
Date: 05-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:The trail is in good condition to the camp.

Small pools near the camp.  Nothing deep.

19 Oaks camp clean up is underway.  This is an Eagle Scout Project.

Looking good.  Scout running the project will submit a full report when complete.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:the water is low but clear
Weather Conditions:72 and no wind
Images:

Little water fall near 19 Oaks turn off

Lots of Wildflower along the trail


Campsite ready to go

New Thrown
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
Brookshire Campground Survey - 05-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Brookshire Campground
Date: 05-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Good water in camp.

Report from FROG the Condor Trail thru-hiker
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Raspberry Camp Survey - 05-15-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Raspberry Camp
Date: 05-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:As per Ranger Heidi:
"the flow is drip, drip!"
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Upper Bear Camp Survey - 05-15-2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Upper Bear Camp
Date: 05-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good water for filtering
Weather Conditions:70
Ventana Camp Survey - 05-15-2016 - by Kali
Link: Ventana Camp
Date: 05-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Kali
Camp Description:The site was not particularly crowded and river was flowing. Plenty of trees for shade and hanging a hammock. We saw a juvenile rattlesnake stretched across the trail on the way down, so stay vigilant for them. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Plenty of water with a good flow. Not a raging river, but definitely a steady stream to stock up on water
Weather Conditions:
Roque Camp Survey - 05-15-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Roque Camp
Date: 05-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Good flowing water at Roque Camp along the Condor Trail.

Report from FROG the Condor Trail thru-hiker
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
West Fork Lion Camp Survey - 05-15-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: West Fork Lion Camp
Date: 05-15-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Decent water at the camp, barely a trickle in the falls.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Madulce Camp Survey - 05-14-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Madulce Camp
Date: 05-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Ankle deep water flowing in creek and plenty in the spring box.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Lady Bug Camp Survey - 05-14-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 05-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Little flow, expected to "dry up soon".

- M. Spencer
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Chokecherry Spring Survey - 05-14-2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Chokecherry Spring
Date: 05-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:The trough is full of merky water.  No want flow out of the spring or the tank
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:no flow from the spring
Weather Conditions:70 no wind
Redwood Camp Survey - 05-14-2016 - by Kali
Link: Redwood Camp
Date: 05-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Kali
Camp Description:I love this campground. I would have stayed there the whole time if I could. There was one other couple there when we camped there, but the peace and solitude we found there was perfect. The giant redwoods in the camp provide plenty of shade and opportunities for hanging a hammock. We did not build a fire (didn't need one), but there is plenty of wood to collect to do so. There are a lot of mosquitoes in the area, so keep that in mind. The river was flowing quite strongly--not enough to make crossing it a hazard, but well enough to allow us to restock on water. The trails on both sides of the camp are very overgrown with brush, especially on the China Camp side, and could use a little maintenance. Keep this in mind as bushwhacking through the brush gave us numerous encounters with ticks, so check yourselves and your travel companions frequently.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow, plenty for restocking on water
Weather Conditions:Perfect
East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 05-14-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 05-14-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:No water at camp, however good water just upstream at the first pool/cascade, as well as upstream
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Coldwater Camp Survey - 05-13-2016 - by Wayne G
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 05-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Wayne G
Camp Description:Great three day trip. Foxtails and burrs drying out. Pants or gaiters recommended for the trail. Day hiked to Dabney Cabin, good water all the way.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Decent Flow,Pools at Coldwater Camp about three feet deep.
Weather Conditions:Sunny, Daytime upper 70's Nightime mid 40's
Images:




Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 05-13-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 05-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:The Sisquoc is dry below Water Cyn but Manzana is flowing through to the Schoolhouse.

Report from FROG the Condor Trail thru-hiker
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Fishbowls Camp Survey - 05-12-2016 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Fishbowls Camp
Date: 05-12-2016
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Camp Description:Hiked the loop (and recorded it here) to see the Fishbowls. They were silted in two years ago, they are much better now.  Water flowing the whole way in Piru and Cedar Creek.  The first ford is over knee high.  "Halfway up my door" according to Ranger Roy.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow in Piru, a little flow in the tributary.
Weather Conditions:clear and around 75-80
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc Survey - 05-12-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: South Fork Camp - Sisquoc
Date: 05-12-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Report from FROG the Condor Trail thru-hiker
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Potrero Camp Survey - 05-11-2016 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Potrero Camp
Date: 05-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Both campsites are in good condition.  A large tree has fallen across the creek; it makes for a nice bridge for hikers with good balance. A rock hop can also be done below the fallen tree.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Ankle deep
Weather Conditions:Rain ; 60s
Images:

Crossing Manzana at Potrero Camp

Upper Potrero Campsite
Cachuma Mountain Survey - 05-11-2016 - by Steve Lynes
Link: Cachuma Mountain
Date: 05-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Lynes
Camp Description:Hiked up the West side of the mountain. It was a very steep scramble over rocks and through bushes. The trail was overgrown in many areas. My buddy wore shorts and that was a BAD call. I made the mistake of carrying a full pack up as well which sucked. In hindsight a light day pack would have been the way to go. There were loose rocks too so caution is recommended.

The summit was awesome! Cool rock formations and the summit register was fresh with only a few signatures which was very surprising. There were lots of butterflies and the views were awesome! I enjoyed this summit far more than McKinley down the road a ways.

We went down the east side which is not as steep and without all of the large rocks that must be climbed. Small portions of the trail were overgrown but it was much better than the west side. There were still loose rocks that made for a slipping hazard so wear supportive boots.

I recommend the east side trail for anybody interested in doing this.  I'll be doing this one again with the wife but from the east side.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:N/A
Weather Conditions:Sunny & mid-70s
Images:

The western approach to the Cachuma Mountain Summit

One of the larger rock formations on the west side trail that need to be climbed over.


Summit with summit register tucked down in a rock

View north towards Hurricane Deck


Summit rocks with lots of butterflies
Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 05-10-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 05-10-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Upper Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 05-10-2016 - by Dan
Link: Upper Blue Canyon Camp
Date: 05-10-2016
Surveyor Name:Dan
Camp Description:Surrounding trail is fairly overgrown and some tough sections for mountain biking. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Ankle deep
Weather Conditions:
Mono Campground Survey - 05-10-2016 - by Dan
Link: Mono Campground
Date: 05-10-2016
Surveyor Name:Dan
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Large pools near the dam. Very slow flow but mostly stagnant.
Weather Conditions:
Upper Bear Camp Survey - 05-10-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Upper Bear Camp
Date: 05-10-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Beautiful camp, highly recommended.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Low 70's and perfect!
Lower Bear Camp Survey - 05-10-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Lower Bear Camp
Date: 05-10-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Great water flowing through the falls and down the Sisquoc.  No water at Bear Camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Cottam Camp Survey - 05-08-2016 - by Kelsey
Link: Cottam Camp
Date: 05-08-2016
Surveyor Name:Kelsey
Camp Description:
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Two pools of water remain if you walk about 100ft up the creek. Don't expect there to be any water remaining within next couple of months.
Weather Conditions:Sunny, 70's
Images:




White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness Survey - 05-07-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness
Date: 05-07-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Matilija Camp Survey - 05-07-2016 - by Jake Nonnemaker
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 05-07-2016
Surveyor Name:Jake Nonnemaker
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good steady flow. Crossings over the water on the rocks was very easy.
Weather Conditions:cloudy, lows around 50, highs in mid/low 60s
Coldwater Camp Survey - 05-07-2016 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 05-07-2016
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Both campsites are in good condition. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Ankle Deep
Weather Conditions:Rain and in 60s
Lower Bear Camp Survey - 05-07-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Lower Bear Camp
Date: 05-07-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Good water in the Sisquoc from Rattlesnake Falls to above Lower Bear. Water flowing in Bear Falls.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Lower Bear Camp Survey - 05-07-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Lower Bear Camp
Date: 05-07-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Good water in the Sisquoc from Rattlesnake Falls to above Lower Bear. Water flowing in Bear Falls.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Cottonwood Camp - Sisquoc Trail Survey - 05-06-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Cottonwood Camp - Sisquoc Trail
Date: 05-06-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Good water flowing in the Sisquoc. Some water in Rattlesnake Falls.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Heath Camp Survey - 05-06-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Heath Camp
Date: 05-06-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Good water in the Sisquoc from Rattlesnake Falls to above Lower Bear/Falls Camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Cottam Camp Survey - 05-03-2016 - by Taylor
Link: Cottam Camp
Date: 05-03-2016
Surveyor Name:Taylor
Camp Description:Clear skies, night temp was in 50's
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Clear trickeling water located within 100 yards of this camp
Weather Conditions:
Piedra Blanca Camp Survey - 05-03-2016 - by Anonymous
Link: Piedra Blanca Camp
Date: 05-03-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous
Camp Description:I did not stay at this camp, but did fill up water here.  also if you look around you can see some indian paintings on one of the rocks
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:flowing delicious clean water
Weather Conditions:
Images:




Sycamore Camp Survey - 05-03-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Sycamore Camp
Date: 05-03-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Sycamore Camp is mostly brome grass.  Water on the Sisquoc goes under ground after camp.  We went up the trail out of the back of camp to get to water.  I don't know how long the water will last, it is lower than I have seen it before, but I have never been there this late in the season.

The tamarisk bush is back in the creek at the bottom of the trail & needs to be dug out & poisoned.

The corral needs fixing, some smooth wire & T post clips would do it.  Fencing pliers are needed to tighten the wires.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 05-02-2016 - by Yellow Mantis
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 05-02-2016
Surveyor Name:Yellow Mantis
Camp Description:water was moving but very shallow, plenty to fill up water bottles with (if you dig out the bottom of the stream bed enough)
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:shallow moving water
Weather Conditions:scattered sprinkles, cold at nigth
Images:


Rays Camp Survey - 05-01-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Rays Camp
Date: 05-01-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Someone stole the sign for the camp.

BOO, HISS........
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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:

Forbush Camp Survey - 04-30-2016 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 04-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Both campsites were in good condition.  There is a leaf rake and shovel.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Several pools of clean water below lower campsite
Weather Conditions:Sunny, temps in high 70's
Images:

Pool of clean water below the lower campsite.
Little Caliente Spring Survey - 04-29-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Little Caliente Spring
Date: 04-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Pools were full and a nice stream of water was flowing in to them.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Sunny and 72* with a light wind.
Images:

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:


Haddock Camp Survey - 04-25-2016 - by Scott Williams
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 04-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Scott Williams
Camp Description:
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:The creek is at a trickle. The pools are full but becoming stagnant.
Weather Conditions:
Three Mile Camp Survey - 04-25-2016 - by Scott Williams
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 04-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Scott Williams
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:The creek is at a slow trick now. The pools are full and not stagnant.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Santa Cruz Camp Survey - 04-25-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Santa Cruz Camp
Date: 04-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Water flowing across the road and at the trail. The flow is not very deep but better than last year at this time. Don’t think there will be enough water for stock this summer.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Estrella Camp Survey - 04-23-2016 - by Hiker Tim
Link: Estrella Camp
Date: 04-23-2016
Surveyor Name:Hiker Tim
Camp Description:This camp has an upper area, 2 to 3 tents, and a lower area by the creek with space for 2 separate parties with multiple tents. All camps had fire pits. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Strong flow, dept in spots to 18", water was clear and cold.
Weather Conditions:High 69, low mid 50s
Images:

Tent pad

Tent pad, fire ring
Pothole Spring Survey - 04-23-2016 - by Gordon A Jenkins
Link: Pothole Spring
Date: 04-23-2016
Surveyor Name:Gordon A Jenkins
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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:
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Cottam Camp Survey - 04-23-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Cottam Camp
Date: 04-23-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Flowing water just upstream from Cottam Camp
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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Forbush Camp Survey - 04-23-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 04-23-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Still some water flowing just below the second campsite
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 04-23-2016 - by Scott Williams
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 04-23-2016
Surveyor Name:Scott Williams
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The creek is at a very low flow, almost at a trickle. Pools are full. Some pools are stagnant below the camp.
Weather Conditions:
Santa Cruz Camp Survey - 04-23-2016 - by John Deacon
Link: Santa Cruz Camp
Date: 04-23-2016
Surveyor Name:John Deacon
Camp Description:Nice camp with plenty of sites and tables
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:About 1 foot deep
Weather Conditions:Clear, H 70, L 38
Images:

Santa Cruz Creek
Little Pine Spring Camp Survey - 04-23-2016 - by John Deacon
Link: Little Pine Spring Camp
Date: 04-23-2016
Surveyor Name:John Deacon
Camp Description:It is a bit hard to descend from the Santa Cruz Trail to the camp, but if you need water, it is there.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Slow drips into the basin. Looks clean
Weather Conditions:
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Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County Survey - 04-23-2016 - by Ben Crop
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County
Date: 04-23-2016
Surveyor Name:Ben Crop
Camp Description:The lower approach trail was overgrown.  We did out best to clear the way and added cairns where the trail changed due to down trees.  So much poison oak!  The allergic should beware; it was everywhere and there was no way to hike the trail to the camp without interacting with it.  It was even growing in the campsite itself.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Small stream about 6 inches deep, no signs of slowing; plenty of water at the lower end of the trail.
Weather Conditions:Very windy, 70deg F at noon, 40 deg F at night
Images:

Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 04-23-2016 - by M Subbotin
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 04-23-2016
Surveyor Name:M Subbotin
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:6" deep pool at camp; water flowing at trailhead too!
Weather Conditions:sunny, high 50's
Images:

Clear pool deep enough to fully submerge Nalgene bottle right at camp
Oak Camp Survey - 04-22-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Oak Camp
Date: 04-22-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Ojai Ranger District project to work the trail within the recent fire perimeter.  They worked around the three fire rings to reduce the fire hazard, brushed and removed hazard limbs,  A little water at camp.

Thanks Ranger Heidi and the volunteers for your help! 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Low at Upper Site
Weather Conditions:
P-Bar Flats Campground Survey - 04-22-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: P-Bar Flats Campground
Date: 04-22-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:P Bar is closed due to hazard trees.  The Forest Service is working to clear the area of the dead trees but there is a lot of work to do.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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White Ledge Camp - Red Reef Trail Survey - 04-20-2016 - by Drew Smith
Link: White Ledge Camp - Red Reef Trail
Date: 04-20-2016
Surveyor Name:Drew Smith
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Good usable water source. Could fill bottle in flow
Weather Conditions:
Fishbowls Camp Survey - 04-19-2016 - by Rod Hallin
Link: Fishbowls Camp
Date: 04-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Rod Hallin
Camp Description:Did a dayhike to Fishbowls from Pine Mountain Lodge to check out the camp.  Plenty of water flow and the camp was in good shape.  No one at the camp which was not unexpected with Grade Valley Road still closed.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Very good flow on Piru Creek next to the camp.
Weather Conditions:Sunny and mild; temp in the upper 60's.
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 04-18-2016 - by Brad Anderson
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 04-18-2016
Surveyor Name:Brad Anderson
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
McKinley Spings Camp Survey - 04-17-2016 - by Steve Lynes
Link: McKinley Spings Camp
Date: 04-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Lynes
Camp Description:The water was flowing well and I was able to very easily refill all of my water storage. It was a warm day and the cool water was very refreshing.

On a negative note, there was an abnormally large amount of flies and gnats in the area and along the trail where the pine trees grow. They were so thick as to be akin to a swirling cloud. I wonder if all of the recent rains have something to do with this phenomenon?
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water flowing well. The runoff tank below the spring was also full and overflowing the rim.
Weather Conditions:Hot & sunny in the 80's but much cooler in the shade of the campground, which was refreshing!
Images:

McKinley Mountain Survey - 04-17-2016 - by Steve Lynes
Link: McKinley Mountain
Date: 04-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Lynes
Camp Description:The trail to the summit was a bit overgrown in a few places and needed some machete work. The summit registers are full also and a new one is needed. Also, the plastic screw top lid that the registers are in has a hole in the top, as a result it's stashed under a rock ledge to keep it dry.

For some reason there were an abnormally large quantity of flies when I was there which took away from the enjoyment of sitting up on the summit as I was constantly having to swat them away from my face.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:N/A
Weather Conditions:
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Potrero John Camp Survey - 04-17-2016 - by Hiking Viking
Link: Potrero John Camp
Date: 04-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Hiking Viking
Camp Description:Camp was in excellent shape with good fire pit and log seating. Plenty of space for multiple tents. We had four and could have easily fit 4 more.   Weather was perfect.  Cool but not cold night. Great place for a short getaway. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details: crossings no more than an inch to inch and half deep, easy to walk through with waterproof boots.
Weather Conditions:Morning temp was in low 50s F, day warmed to mid 80s by noon. Clear with occasional breeze.
Images:

Potrero Camp Survey - 04-17-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Potrero Camp
Date: 04-17-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Good water, great swimhole
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Coldwater Camp Survey - 04-17-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 04-17-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Good water
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Forbush Camp Survey - 04-16-2016 - by Matt Swider
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 04-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Matt Swider
Camp Description:Trail to Forbush is failrly clear, but one area of poison oak on the trail.  We hiked in at dark under a 1/2 full moon.  Got water from the lower site (which was already occupied) in the dark, so did not full scope out the water scene.  Did observe no water in the creek adjacent to the upper camp, clear trickle with 6" to 8" pools at the lower camp.  Hike 4/17 down to the Santa Ynez river, which was about 10' across and 4-6" deep.  The canyon was beautiful, but lots of poison oak to walk through.  Managed to clean it off at home as we have not gotten any reaction 3 days later.  Get out there before it gets any hotter and the water is all gone!!
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:No water at the upper camp, clear trickle with 6" to 8" pools at the lower camp
Weather Conditions:warm and clear
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
Mission Pine Basin Camp Survey - 04-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Mission Pine Basin Camp
Date: 04-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:"mission pine basin did have some water just south of the old camp"
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Villa Creek Camp Survey - 04-15-2016 - by Hiker Tim
Link: Villa Creek Camp
Date: 04-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Hiker Tim
Camp Description:Beautiful camp with a picnic table and fire ring, space for two tents. The camp is situated right by Villa Creek in a grove of Redwoods. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Villa creek was more like a river, very strong flow of cold clean water.
Weather Conditions:Clear with highs of 67, lows in the high 40s.
Images:

Campsite

Villa Creek
Santa Cruz Camp Survey - 04-15-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Santa Cruz Camp
Date: 04-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Campsite in great shape. Horse sheds stocked with hay. River was flowing and clean
Weather Conditions:Sunny. 60-deg
Happy Hollow Camp Survey - 04-15-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Happy Hollow Camp
Date: 04-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water. Fire Rings. Picnic Tables in an open burned out valley.
Weather Conditions:
Three Mile Camp Survey - 04-14-2016 - by Doug Thomas
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 04-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Doug Thomas
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Haddock Camp Survey - 04-14-2016 - by Doug Thomas
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 04-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Doug Thomas
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Upper Reyes Camp Survey - 04-13-2016 - by Doug Thomas
Link: Upper Reyes Camp
Date: 04-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Doug Thomas
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Santa Cruz Camp Survey - 04-11-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Santa Cruz Camp
Date: 04-11-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Good water at Santa Cruz Camp. Santa Cruz Falls is flowing, but after 4 years of drought is not all that impressive
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Davy Brown Campground Survey - 04-10-2016 - by Steve Lynes
Link: Davy Brown Campground
Date: 04-10-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Lynes
Camp Description:The creek at the back side of the campground was flowing heavily and it was extremely serene and peaceful. The campsite was in great shape.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:All streams and creeks were flowing heavily due to it being the day after it rained.
Weather Conditions:Cloudy & overcast
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Mansfield Camp Survey - 04-09-2016 - by Sonia Connors
Link: Mansfield Camp
Date: 04-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Sonia Connors
Camp Description:
Trail a bit confusing here amongst the tall grass - actually started up the Fall Canyon Trail by mistake.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Cool and cloudy, occasional light hail.
Images:

Trail up from Register is Fall Canyon Trail

Forbush Camp Survey - 04-09-2016 - by Michael S
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 04-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Michael S
Camp Description:Camped in the rain for a quick Friday, post work trip. Couple bobcats calling from opposite ends of the meadow. Creek had 6-8" deep puddles with trickle when we got there Friday. Overnight rain increased to a more moderate flow in the creek Saturday morning.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Creek had low flow by lower camp. Plenty to filter.
Weather Conditions:Rain
East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 04-09-2016 - by Ken Arnold
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 04-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Ken Arnold
Camp Description:Comfortable T-shirt temp with poncho on. Not very cold overnight.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:No water at camp site. Falls past campsite are fully flowing.
Weather Conditions:Steady rain during the day. Clear at night.
West Fork Lion Camp Survey - 04-09-2016 - by Ken Arnold
Link: West Fork Lion Camp
Date: 04-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Ken Arnold
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Rain
Sheep Camp Survey - 04-09-2016 - by Eric
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 04-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Eric
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:One pike was doing 3 drips in 2 seconds, the other pike was running at 1 liter in 70 seconds
Weather Conditions:foggy, on & off drizzle and snow - high of 34 degrees F
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc Survey - 04-06-2016 - by Tom Plymale
Link: South Fork Camp - Sisquoc
Date: 04-06-2016
Surveyor Name:Tom Plymale
Camp Description:Me and my crew did clean up and do hazard reduction on the site by the river. Is ready to camp in. We also did the hazard reduction around  the Guard Station in preparation for summer. Will upload some photos soon.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow, was a little murky due to heavy sedimentation after last summer's thunderstorms, South Fork Sisquoc is flowing clean
Weather Conditions:Days: 80-90 Night: 40's. Normal diurnal winds, sometimes gusty especially late afternoon.
Dripping Springs Survey - 04-03-2016 - by Bartolucci
Link: Dripping Springs
Date: 04-03-2016
Surveyor Name:Bartolucci
Camp Description:Flowing but not substantial. Most parts stagnant allowing mosquitoes to breed extensively/ 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:minimal flow
Weather Conditions:clear sky 72 degrees Fahrenheit
Mormon Camp Survey - 04-02-2016 - by Katie Mendenhall
Link: Mormon Camp
Date: 04-02-2016
Surveyor Name:Katie Mendenhall
Camp Description:Great spot for camping!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Sisquoc River had lots of water.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

The campsite

Nearby farm ruins from the settlers


Nearby farm equipment from the settlers
Water Canyon Camp Survey - 04-02-2016 - by Katie Mendenhall
Link: Water Canyon Camp
Date: 04-02-2016
Surveyor Name:Katie Mendenhall
Camp Description:Camp is pretty overgrown with tall grass, but still looks good for camping.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Sisquoc River had lots of water.
Weather Conditions:
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Madulce Camp Survey - 04-02-2016 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Madulce Camp
Date: 04-02-2016
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Stayed at main campsite where the original cabin once stood.  There is a nice rock firing with grate, shovel, ax and post hole digger.  Stock pen is functional. 
Upper campsite is unsafe due to two standing hazard trees.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Nice pools of clean water
Weather Conditions:Sunny, temps in high 70's, frost in AM
Images:

Campsite from ridge trail

Old Cabin site


Madulce Creek

Upper Campsite
Murietta Camp Survey - 04-02-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Murietta Camp
Date: 04-02-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Report from Ranger Heidi:

There is water ½ mile from lower trailhead and about ¼ mile above the camp.  No water at the camp.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Sycamore Camp Survey - 04-01-2016 - by Katie Mendenhall
Link: Sycamore Camp
Date: 04-01-2016
Surveyor Name:Katie Mendenhall
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Sisquoc River had lots of water
Weather Conditions:
Cliff Camp Survey - 04-01-2016 - by Katie Mendenhall
Link: Cliff Camp
Date: 04-01-2016
Surveyor Name:Katie Mendenhall
Camp Description:I only looked at the camp from a distance, but I could see a table and fire pit amongst the overgrown grass.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Sisquoc River had lots of water
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Camp is located under the oak tree

Abel Canyon Camp Survey - 04-01-2016 - by Katie Mendenhall
Link: Abel Canyon Camp
Date: 04-01-2016
Surveyor Name:Katie Mendenhall
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Sisquoc River had lots of water
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Miller Camp Survey - 04-01-2016 - by Katie Mendenhall
Link: Miller Camp
Date: 04-01-2016
Surveyor Name:Katie Mendenhall
Camp Description:Camp is very overgrown with tall grass. Beautiful spot with fantastic oak trees, old table & fire pit (same condition as previous survey).
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Sisquoc River had lots of water.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 04-01-2016 - by Sonia Connors
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 04-01-2016
Surveyor Name:Sonia Connors
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

West Fork Lion Camp Survey - 03-31-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Link: West Fork Lion Camp
Date: 03-31-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:This is a single-site camp, so first come, first serve. Lovely creek with pools and good water flow right now. Perfect for rock-hopping and exploring up or down stream from the designated camp site. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 03-31-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 03-31-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The creek bed is dry directly at the large camp sites for E. Lion. Fear not, however, as there is plenty of clear, flowing water--complete with falls and pools--just upstream from the camp.
Weather Conditions:
Middle Lion Campground Survey - 03-31-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Middle Lion Campground
Date: 03-31-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Lonnie Davis Camp Survey - 03-31-2016 - by Katie Mendenhall
Link: Lonnie Davis Camp
Date: 03-31-2016
Surveyor Name:Katie Mendenhall
Camp Description:Poison oak is tricky to get around on the side trail into camp (just after the Sisquoc crossing)- needs to be cut back.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Lots of water in South Fork Sisquoc
Weather Conditions:
South Fork Camp - Sisquoc Survey - 03-31-2016 - by Katie Mendenhall
Link: South Fork Camp - Sisquoc
Date: 03-31-2016
Surveyor Name:Katie Mendenhall
Camp Description:Cabin is in great shape. 

ATTN: The shutter closest to the front door on the bunk-side of the cabin can easily come loose when pushed on it. Since a bear has figured out how to get inside the cabin, be sure to secure that shutter with extra care- it needs a new screw or something to hold the latch.

Throne (toilet) is located down the trail towards Skunk Camp; it's behind a bush BEFORE the last wire gate. It's easy to miss.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Sisquoc River water was cloudy, but a great flow. South Fork Sisquoc had lots of clear water.
Weather Conditions:
White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness Survey - 03-31-2016 - by Sonia Connors
Link: White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness
Date: 03-31-2016
Surveyor Name:Sonia Connors
Camp Description:Beautiful camp with flowing creek, white rocks and campsite nestled under the pines.  Fire pit, grill, logs and shovel.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Partially cloudy, about 65
Images:

White Ledge Camp

Wildflowers at White Ledge


Campside creek

White Ledge Camp
Sespe Hot Springs Survey - 03-30-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Sespe Hot Springs
Date: 03-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Coltrell Flat Survey - 03-30-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Coltrell Flat
Date: 03-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good water in the Sespe right now. A bit cold to swim in at the moment, but good to see it flowing so well.
Weather Conditions:
Hartman Camp Survey - 03-30-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Hartman Camp
Date: 03-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Willet Camp Survey - 03-30-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 03-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Thacher Camp Survey - 03-30-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Thacher Camp
Date: 03-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Lady Bug Camp Survey - 03-30-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 03-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:This is an ice box of a camp, so bring your layers if plan on overnighting here. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:The creek bed is dry immediately next to the camp site, but all you have to do is walk 100 feet or so upstream, where you'll find spring-fed, clear water (before it disappears underground).
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 03-30-2016 - by Katie Mendenhall
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 03-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Katie Mendenhall
Camp Description:Both sites at Fish Camp were in good condition. Both picnic tables and the throne (toilet) were sturdy and in good condition.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Lots of water in Manzana Creek
Weather Conditions:Low 30's at night, frosty in the morning, clear skies.
Images:


Lost Valley Camp Survey - 03-30-2016 - by Katie Mendenhall
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 03-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Katie Mendenhall
Camp Description:Camp is in good condition.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Lots of water in Manzana Creek
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Meadow Camp Survey - 03-30-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Meadow Camp
Date: 03-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Water is flowing, everything is green, flowers are great.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
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.
Hidden Potrero Camp Survey - 03-29-2016 - by Aaron Songer
Link: Hidden Potrero Camp
Date: 03-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Aaron Songer
Camp Description:The box at the road was empty but the ground was damp. I didn't check the water tanks, but they should have water.

The camp is nice and very green right now.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:spring box has no water
Weather Conditions:cool, sunny, breezy
Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 03-29-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 03-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Halfmoon Campground Survey - 03-29-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Halfmoon Campground
Date: 03-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Heath Camp Survey - 03-29-2016 - by Sonia Connors
Link: Heath Camp
Date: 03-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Sonia Connors
Camp Description:Heath camp beautifully green, with fire pit, grill, shovel and McCloud.  Plenty of lupine and wildflowers and tall grasses.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Great quality and flowing well
Weather Conditions:Hailing lightly.
Images:

Heath Camp



Heath Camp
Cottonwood Camp - Sisquoc Trail Survey - 03-29-2016 - by Sonia Connors
Link: Cottonwood Camp - Sisquoc Trail
Date: 03-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Sonia Connors
Camp Description:Camp in great shape among beautiful wildflowers and tall grass - even a newly reconstructed pit toilet!  Two camps with fire pits, grills, and shovels.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Lightly hailing
Images:

Cottonwood Camp

Primary Campsite


Secondary camp

New reconstructed pit toilet
Toad Springs Campground Survey - 03-28-2016 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Toad Springs Campground
Date: 03-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Camp Description:There are five tables and five metal fire pits, no stoves, no toilets, no trash service. Sites are very small and next to the road, but there is almost no traffic along this road. May not be accessible by passenger car, especially in wet weather.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No source. Spring is across the road on the map, but saw no indication of water over there.
Weather Conditions:a little hail that did not melt, right about freezing
Montgomery Spring Survey - 03-28-2016 - by Aaron Songer
Link: Montgomery Spring
Date: 03-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Aaron Songer
Camp Description:Spring had good water. The pipe had a continuous drip. Filtered about 4.5 liters with a pump and there was enough left in the spring to do much more.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:constant, steady drip
Weather Conditions:breezy, sunny, high 50s - low60s
Images:


Painted Rock Camp Survey - 03-28-2016 - by Aaron Songer
Link: Painted Rock Camp
Date: 03-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Aaron Songer
Camp Description:Camp is in great shape. Potrero is green and full of flowers.

Went down to Jackson Cabin and it is holding up strong. There was one trough next to the cabin that was full of water.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:montgomery spring had a couple inches of good water and was trickling
Weather Conditions:sunny and mild
Images:

Painted Rock Camp

Road to Jackson Cabin


Jackson Cabin

Lion Canyon


Montgomery Potrero
Chokecherry Spring Survey - 03-28-2016 - by Aaron Songer
Link: Chokecherry Spring
Date: 03-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Aaron Songer
Camp Description:There is no flow into the trough since the pipe is broken. The trough is full of good water though.

The drainage hole into the culvert is full of dirt and rocks again. 
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:pipe from tank to trough is broken
Weather Conditions:cool, breezy
Images:


Alamar Saddle Camp Survey - 03-28-2016 - by Aaron Songer
Link: Alamar Saddle Camp
Date: 03-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Aaron Songer
Camp Description:Camp is nice and clean. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:windy, cold, sunny
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp Survey - 03-28-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Pine Mountain Lodge Camp
Date: 03-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Kerr Spring - Sespe Survey - 03-28-2016 - by Yellow Mantis
Link: Kerr Spring - Sespe
Date: 03-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Yellow Mantis
Camp Description:to get to where you can get drinking water, (going east on the trail), when the trail stops climbing the hill and turns left, go right past a couple of fallen trees.  approx. 20 yards from main trail you will find a tube shoved into the mountain with water flowing out of it.  it is slow but will fill your water bottles.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:delicious cold clean water
Weather Conditions:
Dry Canyon Survey - 03-28-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Dry Canyon
Date: 03-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Another exploration by ValHikes:
http://valhikes.blogspot.com/2016/03/santa-barbara-and-dry-canyons.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MomentsInDirtAndInk+%28Moments+in+Dirt+and+Ink%29
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Oak Spring - Salisbury Potrero Survey - 03-28-2016 - by Sonia Connors
Link: Oak Spring - Salisbury Potrero
Date: 03-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Sonia Connors
Camp Description:
Beautiful and green with wildflowers, lots of cow paddies.  
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Cool and windy, probably around 50 degrees.
Images:

Picnic Table above the Springs
Valley View Camp Survey - 03-27-2016 - by Jacob Duran
Link: Valley View Camp
Date: 03-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Jacob Duran
Camp Description:Hiked  in at midnight,  A few days after the full moon, which gave plenty of light. The site is clean. It seems like very few people ever come here. There are a couple of fallen trees once you get to the trail that leads to the camp.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:There is definitely a nice trickle, and the pools have a little water.
Weather Conditions:
Upper Rancho Nuevo Camp Survey - 03-27-2016 - by Geoff
Link: Upper Rancho Nuevo Camp
Date: 03-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Geoff
Camp Description:

This is a small camp. There are a couple of flat areas where you could pitch a tent, one near the fire grate and another to the southwest of the central open area. A tent could be pitched in the central open area but the ground is gently sloping towards the creek and therefore may be uncomfortable. The campsite has a significant amount of thorn bushes all around. The thorns will pull at your legs as you enter the camp and when you go to fetch water. The thorns are also around the areas where you can pitch a tent. On another note, the views at the campsite are not the best around. We basically found the camp to be somewhat undesirable.

The camp has a lot of trash right now, including two synthetic sleeping bags, a heavy jacket, a large piece of bubble wrap, several beer cans, alcohol bottles, food cans and other trash. Unfortunately, we were not able to clean up the trash. The next time I hike to this area I will carry a larger backpack and bring a contractor’s trash bag to carry out as much as possible.

Approximately 250 ft southwest of the Upper Rancho Nuevo Camp is an open, flat, grassy terrace on the southwest side of a northwest-southeast trending ridge. We camped at this location (near 119.461033°W 34.685583°N). It is a comfortable place to camp, there are many good places to pitch a tent, the views are great, and it is not very far from water. There is no shade on the terrace, but the vegetation just below the terrace can provide some relief from the sun.

We found water at two locations. The closest water to the Upper Rancho Nuevo Camp is at a stagnant pool just west-southwest of the campsite. We found it difficult to obtain water from the pool because there is a lot of very soft clay in the creek bed and at the areas adjacent to the pool. The soft clay made it challenging to get near the water. Also, the clear to slightly cloudy water in the stagnant pool easily became very cloudy when disturbing the bottom of the pool. The second water source is trickling within the creek, starting about 415 ft downstream from the campsite (near 119.460283°W 34.687150°N). The flow was very shallow, making it difficult to collect water. But we found water running over a small log and it only took a few seconds to fill a bottle. The water was clear but the creek bed at the running water had a rust colored bottom, possibly from iron bacteria. The water had a slight mineral taste.

 


Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Very shallow trickle flow starting about 415 ft downstream from the camp, stagnant pool at the camp.
Weather Conditions:Sunny, warm days. Cold night.
Images:

Looking north-northeast towards the fire grate from the central open area.

Sleeping bags and other trash at the campsite.


Camp on the terrace, near 119.461033°W 34.685583°N.

Another view of the camp on the terrace, near 119.461033°W 34.685583°N.


The stagnant water pool near the campsite.
Deal Junction Camp Survey - 03-27-2016 - by Geoff
Link: Deal Junction Camp
Date: 03-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Geoff
Camp Description:

I did not stay here. Just passed through. This is a nice small site with a fire grate. I looked around but did not see any flat areas for a tent. The open areas primarily appeared to be gently sloping towards the creek. It may be that I missed the best tent site(s).

When I hiked down Deal Canyon on 03-16-2016, the creek in Deal Canyon and Rancho Nuevo Creek were flowing. When I passed this camp on 03-27-2016, there were only stagnant water pools in Rancho Nuevo Creek.

 


Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Shallow pools in Rancho Nuevo Creek.
Weather Conditions:Sunny, warm.
Images:

The fire grate at Deal Junction Camp.

Looking northwest from the fire grate at Deal Junction Camp.


Looking northeast from the fire grate at Deal Junction Camp.

Water in Rancho Nuevo Creek at Deal Junction Camp on 03-27-2016.
Llly Meadows Camp Survey - 03-26-2016 - by Mike McGurk
Link: Llly Meadows Camp
Date: 03-26-2016
Surveyor Name:Mike McGurk
Camp Description:There are small patches of quickly vanishing snow near camp on north/east facing slope. The riverbed at camp is dry but about 1/4 mile south of camp there is running water in places but only a trickle.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:small patches of snow and intermittent trickle
Weather Conditions:mid 30's with 20mph winds
Rancho Nuevo Campground Survey - 03-26-2016 - by Geoff
Link: Rancho Nuevo Campground
Date: 03-26-2016
Surveyor Name:Geoff
Camp Description:

I did not stay here. I only passed through this site. This campground may be closed permanently. However, there are no signs or any information regarding its closure. At least, none that I saw. The only sign I noted was a direction and distance sign to the campground on Hwy 33.

There was a very large family camping at the Rancho Nuevo campground/trailhead. There are no restroom facilities at the site. The family had been walking down the start of the Rancho Nuevo trail and openly defecating. There was unburied shit and toilet paper all over the place. There is a little less shit now, because a hiker’s dog who enjoys a shitty treat gulped a bunch of it down.

If the campground is closed, then there should probably be a no camping sign installed at the site. Also, the sign on Hwy 33 should indicate that the campground is closed. If the campground is open, then there should probably be a pit toilet or other restroom facility installed to help prevent people from shitting all over the place.

 


Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Shallow pools in the creek near the camp.
Weather Conditions:Sunny, Warm.
Big Cone Spruce Camp Survey - 03-26-2016 - by Ash
Link: Big Cone Spruce Camp
Date: 03-26-2016
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
Weather Conditions:
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 03-24-2016 - by Fredrick W Heiser
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 03-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Fredrick W Heiser
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Couple inches in most places. Flowing good.
Weather Conditions:Sunny, 70F
Images:

Water in Alder Creek 3-24-16

Campsite

Dripping Springs Survey - 03-24-2016 - by Fredrick W Heiser
Link: Dripping Springs
Date: 03-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Fredrick W Heiser
Camp Description:There is a very active honeybee colony in a cavity in the rock on the north side of the trail, a little bit downstream of where the water comes out.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Cottam Camp Survey - 03-23-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Cottam Camp
Date: 03-23-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:3-5 inches deep
Weather Conditions:
Forbush Camp Survey - 03-23-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 03-23-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:pools of flowing water 6-8 inches deep
Weather Conditions:
Lonnie Davis Camp Survey - 03-23-2016 - by Sonia Connors
Link: Lonnie Davis Camp
Date: 03-23-2016
Surveyor Name:Sonia Connors
Camp Description:Lovely campsite with tall grass, shady river with nice swimming holes.  Lots of poison oak on the trail from the river to the campsite.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Cool and cloudy, maybe 55 degrees.
Images:

Lonnie David Campsite

River near the campsite
Lower Camuesa Camp Survey - 03-22-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Lower Camuesa Camp
Date: 03-22-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:slightly windy
Happy Hollow Camp Survey - 03-20-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Happy Hollow Camp
Date: 03-20-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Camped here as part of a LPFA trail project.  Camp is still barren as compared to what it looked like pre-Zaca Fire but it's getting better.  Some regrowth pines are now getting to be head high and many of the firs are coming back with new shoots.  We felled one hazard oak tree that was near the round-about camp, cleared the trail to the outhouse and did some odds and ends cleanups around the camp.  Nice large camp and not far walk from one of the premier sunset locations in the SB Backcountry.  It gets cold at Happy Hollow, we had temps as low as 27˚.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water
Weather Conditions:Sunny and mid 70's in the day and cold mid 20's at night
Buckeye Camp Survey - 03-19-2016 - by Bri K.
Link: Buckeye Camp
Date: 03-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Bri K.
Camp Description:Nice place to camp. But trail gets lost after the camp. I couldn't find where the Caldwell trout trail continued past camp. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Right by camp, there is a trickle, but 100 yds away was flowing gooooooood
Weather Conditions:
Kerr Spring - Sespe Survey - 03-19-2016 - by A. Hope
Link: Kerr Spring - Sespe
Date: 03-19-2016
Surveyor Name:A. Hope
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Not enough flow to collect drinking water
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Camp Survey - 03-19-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 03-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:10 % coverage with snow at Sheep Camp, 1-4 inches deep. Tried to go further up to Sawmill camp, got to 2-3 foot drifts across the trail at the 8400 foot level.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Pipe filled a quart in 5 minutes.
Weather Conditions:High 40s at night. 65ish daytimes
Llly Meadows Camp Survey - 03-18-2016 - by Eric
Link: Llly Meadows Camp
Date: 03-18-2016
Surveyor Name:Eric
Camp Description:North falls at the bottom of the trail was flowing fine. Nothing at Lilly Meadows, but 1/4 mile down the hill has a narrow place in the canyon. Underground water bubbles up to the surface and was just a few minutes to fill 4 quarts.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at Lilly Meadows camp, but 1/4 mile down the canyon is a flow to fill canteens in 1 minute.
Weather Conditions:
White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness Survey - 03-15-2016 - by CJ
Link: White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness
Date: 03-15-2016
Surveyor Name:CJ
Camp Description:Observed good flow 24 hours after .5" rainfall.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Brisk flow with 2'-3' wading pools
Weather Conditions:
Happy Hunting Ground Camp Survey - 03-13-2016 - by CJ
Link: Happy Hunting Ground Camp
Date: 03-13-2016
Surveyor Name:CJ
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Stream consistent at 4"-6" depth, 24 hours after 0.5" rain.
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 03-13-2016 - by CJ
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 03-13-2016
Surveyor Name:CJ
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Brisk flow and nice double waterfall, with 5' deep wading pool.
Weather Conditions:
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:


Matilija Camp Survey - 03-12-2016 - by cuparius
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 03-12-2016
Surveyor Name:cuparius
Camp Description:The creek is flowing and some of the pools near camp are 4-5 feet deep.  Camp is in good shape, but unfortunately someone trashed the lower site.  There was litter strewn about everywhere: broken glass, aluminum cans, plastic wrappers, and even empty Primus Power Gas canisters.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Pool directly below upper site
Forbush Camp Survey - 03-12-2016 - by Anonymous Backpacker
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 03-12-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Backpacker
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Shallow pools of water with slight trickle between pools - could pump to treat
Weather Conditions:
Willet Camp Survey - 03-07-2016 - by Yellow Mantis
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 03-07-2016
Surveyor Name:Yellow Mantis
Camp Description:water was good from faucet in camp, sterilized from steripen.  sespe river was flowing above ground from rose valley through willett, only had to take shoes off at one crossing (the one shortly after kerr spring).  it was nice hearing a bullfrog choir all night long.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:flowing water above ground from rose valley through willett
Weather Conditions:cold
Images:




Willett Hot Springs Survey - 03-07-2016 - by Yellow Mantis
Link: Willett Hot Springs
Date: 03-07-2016
Surveyor Name:Yellow Mantis
Camp Description:another group got there before mine and said the pipes that fill the hot tub had fallen out, they put one back in best they could, after about half an hour only 2 inches were in the bottom of the hot tub =(...

i'm sure once i left it was full again.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:hot and good flow
Weather Conditions:hot water
Images:

Oak Flat Camp Survey - 03-07-2016 - by Yellow Mantis
Link: Oak Flat Camp
Date: 03-07-2016
Surveyor Name:Yellow Mantis
Camp Description:did not stay at this camp but passed through. water was flowing, a little murky, but probably from the rain.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:flowing water above ground from rose valley through willett
Weather Conditions:
Images:


Bear Creek Camp Survey - 03-07-2016 - by Yellow Mantis
Link: Bear Creek Camp
Date: 03-07-2016
Surveyor Name:Yellow Mantis
Camp Description:swimming hole was filled, the creek crossing right after camp was almost too deep  to cross without taking off boots. not a lot of trash around campsites.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:flowing water above ground from rose valley through willett
Weather Conditions:
Images:




creek, crossing right after bear creek campground
East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 03-05-2016 - by Nickname
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 03-05-2016
Surveyor Name:Nickname
Camp Description:Medium flow at the main and upper falls, crystal clear water. Stagnant, very low flow and dry areas below the falls. Bug head net and long sleeves recommended for the flies and mosquitoes. Trail is good.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Very clean and clear, medium flow
Weather Conditions:Intermittent drizzle
Images:




one of the upper falls

Hard Luck Campground Survey - 03-05-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Hard Luck Campground
Date: 03-05-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Went in just to check it out after seeing that it was closed down. You have to park at the fence which is three miles away from the actual camp. The hike in is on a beaten/forgotten paved road and is about 3.2 miles. There was water flowing just before the camp and I could hear trickles of the stream but didn't really look at it. I just went in for a nice little day hike. I think it is worth the 3.2 mile walk but others may not. Its cool to see an abandoned campground with all of its amenities still there but in disrepair.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:There was flowing water about 100 yards before the actual campsite
Weather Conditions:
Flores Flat Camp Survey - 03-03-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Flores Flat Camp
Date: 03-03-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Flores was beautiful.  Cleaned up most of the horse packer trash that had been "hidden" for the past few years.  There are still a few remains including a red Igloo cooler.  The water was crystal clear and flowing great with some of the pools being 4-5 feet deep.  Fantastic.  Besides the cooler, the camp is primitive with nothing other than a metal fire grate and a few old nails in the tree.  The oak at Flores is a little scary to sleep under but it's a beauty.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:AWESOME water, really, awesome
Weather Conditions:
Images:

The camp is under the large oak on the left, Mission Pine can be seen in the background

The campsite


Santa Cruz Creek was spectacular!
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura Survey - 03-02-2016 - by Geoff
Link: Alder Creek Camp - Ventura
Date: 03-02-2016
Surveyor Name:Geoff
Camp Description:I didn't stay at Alder Creek Camp, just hiked through. I hiked past several great campsites. Water was steadily flowing in Alder Creek a couple/few inches deep. The loose sand in the creek was easily dug out to produce a nice pool for collecting water. The pool quickly refilled with sand.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flowing a couple/few inches deep.
Weather Conditions:Sunny, warm.
Images:

Water in Alder Creek on 03-02-16.
Coche Camp Survey - 03-02-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Coche Camp
Date: 03-02-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:You could hear water flowing nicely in the creek but we didn't take the necessary plunge to confirm first hand. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Sounded nice, the creek always has good water.
Weather Conditions:PERFECT! Hiked through around 4pm and it was beautiful along the trail.
Images:

Kellogg Camp Survey - 03-02-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Kellogg Camp
Date: 03-02-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Stopped briefly at Kellogg Camp on my way from Big Pine and to Flores.  Kellogg remains the best camping option in the Grapevine network of camps.  The "table" at camp continues to be a punching bag for local bear and will probably lose the battle with gravity sooner rather than later.  The old toilet box has been moved to above the camp just off the trail, which is an upgrade.  Camp looks good.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good water flowing right at camp, as always.
Weather Conditions:Fantastic. Sunny, low 70's with a gentle breeze
Images:

Kellogg Camp - named after longtime Santa Barbara Backcountry Ranger Kerry Kellogg

The creek at Kellogg, flowing nicely and passed the pooch taste test


Crapper box, just above the camp and off the trail

The table, not long for this world


Kellogg Camp
Tin House Camp Survey - 03-01-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Tin House Camp
Date: 03-01-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:This is considered a "Lost Camp."  The trail to the site is lost also.  Only way to reach it is via some very harsh bushwacking.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Bill Faris Camp Survey - 03-01-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Bill Faris Camp
Date: 03-01-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:The camp at Bill Faris has been moved out from under the dead pine and into the nearby meadow, which is a good thing.  No water in the creek.  It is currently very hard to get to Bill Faris.  You will bleed getting here but the views are fantastic and it's wild WILD WILD.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Had to scramble down the creek about 1/4mile to find a puddle, it sucked but was wet.
Weather Conditions:Low 80's in the day, high 40's at night.
Images:

Looking up-canyon towards Bill Faris, you used to see it by the pine tree, which is now dead and half fallen

The indestructible Bill Faris sign. The big pine fell right on it without so much as a scratch.


The old camp location, which is great if you like sleeping under hazard trees

And the new camp location, you can see the sign and dead tree in the background
Lower Alamar Camp Survey - 02-29-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Lower Alamar Camp
Date: 02-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Lower Alamar Camp (aka Alamar Tin Shack) was looking great.  The table and fire ring were moved into the small meadow about a year ago and its made the camp much much nicer.  Didn't appear that anyone has stayed here since then.  Water was flowing nicely through the creek, although it had more silt in it than you'd like with no deep pools to be found.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:HOT for February, low 80's and sunny!
Images:

The remains of the Alamar Tin Shack

Trail sign at camp


Lower Alamar Camp

Water just below camp, it was better than it looked in the photo
Rollins Camp Survey - 02-29-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Rollins Camp
Date: 02-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Rollins my friend, you are looking great!  Your green grass perfectly highlighted the Padre Brown freshly painted tables.  Your pit toilet was in one piece with hardly a bear scratch.  No trash, lots of flat space to camp and enough water in your creek.  The only issue is the few dead limbs hanging precariously off your oaks near camp.  You really should do something about that, hopefully when no one else is around.  Great to see you again and l'm ready looking forward to seeing you next time. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Rollins looking good mang......

Water at the crossing upstream from Rollins


Alamar on Alamar just above Rollins
Dutch Oven Camp Survey - 02-29-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Dutch Oven Camp
Date: 02-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Camp was green and still there.  This has got to be one of the more remote and seldomly visited camps in the Los Padres.  I fixed the sign at the Alamar / Puerto Suello trail junction and remounted it to the oak tree facing the correct direction.  The camp doesn't jump out and say CAMP HERE CAMP HERE, but if you spend a night there it will grow on you.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Did not walk down to the creek, there was no water in Puerto Suello Creek at the crossing above Dutch Oven.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

That's Dutch Oven Camp

The sign is in the oak tree at the junction of Puerto Suello and Alamar, see it?


In case you couldn't see it, now securely in place
Buck Creek Camp Survey - 02-29-2016 - by Geoff
Link: Buck Creek Camp
Date: 02-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Geoff
Camp Description:The location for the Buck Creek Camp varies on different reference maps. I stayed at a camp at 118.850896°W 34.645203°N, which is near the camp location shown on the Tom Harrison and National Geographic topographic maps. The camp is shaded by many oak trees. Buck Creek was flowing with clear water and pools were deep enough to submerge a water bottle. The creek became dry a little more than a half mile upstream from the camp. The last water pools were near 118.858591°W 34.641120°N. There is a camp near the location of the Buck Creek Camp shown on this Internet site. I looked for Buck Creek Spring but could not find any water and the nearby drainages were dry.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Please see my description for where I found water.
Weather Conditions:Sunny, warm days, cool night.
Images:

Camp at 118.850896°W 34.645203°N.
Buck Creek Spring Survey - 02-29-2016 - by Geoff
Link: Buck Creek Spring
Date: 02-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Geoff
Camp Description:I looked for Buck Creek Spring but could not find any water^ The lo#ation for the spring on this Internet site is about 350 feet east of the spring lo#ation on the USGS topographic map^ I looked near both areas but no luck^ The closest water I found is in Buck Creek near 118.858591°W 34.641120°N, which is about 0.75 mi northeast of the reported spring location.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Sunny, warm.
Pens Camp Survey - 02-28-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Pens Camp
Date: 02-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Creek is flowing nicely past camp.  Doesn't look like camp has seen much recent use.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Blue Jay Camp Survey - 02-28-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Blue Jay Camp
Date: 02-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Good water at the crossings both above and below Blue Jay.  The camp hasn't seen much use lately.  It could use a nice cleanup.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:mid-70's and perfect!
Images:

See the campfire and stove in there?
Poplar Camp Survey - 02-28-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Poplar Camp
Date: 02-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:This camp has great potential.  It is located off the trail by about 200 yards, which gives it a little more seclusion (not that you'd likely see anyone anyway).  There is plenty of space around the camp to setup tents and not be right on top of the firepit.  You get nice views over-looking the creek and there are lots of nearby off-trail adventures.  The camp has an old dilapidated table which will be firewood soon.  There is also the usual firepit makings, a pick axe and a Poplar Camp sign.  Probably the nicest camp along Upper Indian but it just doesn't get the use to make it appear too comfortable.

Water flowing at a fast trickle rate in the creek at Poplar.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:mid-70's and perfect!
Images:

That's Poplar Camp

Poplar Camp sign, where it used to be.


Looking back out over the firepit and into the meadow. Lots of space around.

Posted the sign in a new location, as seen here.
Pens Camp Survey - 02-28-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Pens Camp
Date: 02-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Water was pretty silted but flowing nicely.  I waited for the other group on this day but then had to keep going.  Sorry we didn't meet up.  Pretty camp.  The pencil that used to say "INDIAN CAN" is no longer on the metal post at camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:mid-70's and perfect!
Images:

Them there Pens Camp.
Santa Cruz Camp Survey - 02-27-2016 - by brenner
Link: Santa Cruz Camp
Date: 02-27-2016
Surveyor Name:brenner
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Knee deep pools in some places. Clear, cold and flowing.
Weather Conditions:
Chokecherry Spring Survey - 02-27-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Chokecherry Spring
Date: 02-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Trough full but looking kinda' bad.  Fill pipe appears to be disconnected between tank and trough.  Plenty of good, clean water flow into and out of tank... it's just not making it into the trough at the moment.  Filled directly from outflow of tank instead.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Sunny, 65*F
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:
Vincente Flat Camp Survey - 02-26-2016 - by Hiker Tim
Link: Vincente Flat Camp
Date: 02-26-2016
Surveyor Name:Hiker Tim
Camp Description:We camped at the last site upstream, area was in good condition and clean. Beautiful camp in the redwoods. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Very strong water flow from Hair creek, clear and 18" deep in spots.
Weather Conditions:Clear, highs mids 60s, low 50s overnight
Images:

Campsite

Section of Hair creek
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
Images:

Camp site & table

Trash in tree


empty drinking bottle trash
Oak Spring - Salisbury Potrero Survey - 02-26-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Oak Spring - Salisbury Potrero
Date: 02-26-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:No water in the trough and no water flowing through the pipes.  Grass is green and lush... just not enough rain/water to get the spring flowing again quite yet.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Mesa Spring Camp Survey - 02-26-2016 - by Jack Elliott
Link: Mesa Spring Camp
Date: 02-26-2016
Surveyor Name:Jack Elliott
Camp Description:The wood tank at the spring finally gave way. It was empty but for a smidgen running across its bottom. There was still cool water flowing nicely from the pipe at the bottom of the empty tank.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Winter's sweet. We call it summer.
Images:

One empty tank.
Bucksnort Spring Survey - 02-25-2016 - by M Subbotin
Link: Bucksnort Spring
Date: 02-25-2016
Surveyor Name:M Subbotin
Camp Description:Spring is located at confluence of two small drainages and is identifiable from a distance by the lone, vertical Italian Cypress tree.  There is a concrete cistern as well that contains stagnant water.  Water quality from the spring is unknown
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:shallow pools; pump or dig deeper in soft sand
Weather Conditions:70 & clear
Images:

Italian cypress from a distance

concrete cistern


flowing water
Piedra Blanca Camp Survey - 02-21-2016 - by Troop 26
Link: Piedra Blanca Camp
Date: 02-21-2016
Surveyor Name:Troop 26
Camp Description:Nice camp with plenty of room for our large boy scout troop. It is well maintained and has an established cook area. There is a barbecue which is rusted and lying on the ground but makes for an ideal cooking surface. The creek is just 20 feet away and has a small pool and running water. We picked up just a small amount of trash on the way out so the camp should be nice and clean. There are many trees which provide shade for the camp and rocks to sit on. There is also a lower area just 50 feet away from the main camp which can be used for tents. Also it is situated just a 45 minute walk from the rocks so you can hike over for a day trip. Overall I would definitely recommend this camp if you're planning on coming to the area.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Constant flow rate, suitable for drinking
Weather Conditions:sunny and comfortable at 75 degrees fahrenheit
Images:

Running water at piedra blanca campground
Lady Bug Camp Survey - 02-20-2016 - by JO
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 02-20-2016
Surveyor Name:JO
Camp Description:Camp has picnic table tools and pots and pans.  Lady bugs still plentiful.  Haven't been here since late 1970s.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Dry at camp, trickle at spring source.
Weather Conditions:pleasant
Images:

Lady Bug camp

lady bugs
Little Pine Spring Camp Survey - 02-20-2016 - by Mark Brown
Link: Little Pine Spring Camp
Date: 02-20-2016
Surveyor Name:Mark Brown
Camp Description:The trail is very exposed past the 19 Oaks trail sign and the sun becomes very overbearing. It's a relatively strenuous hike to the peak with a lot of elevation gain and the heat definitely adds to that. Water wasn't an issue because of the small trickle at Little Pine Springs where we spent the night, but it had rained on Wednesday and Thursday, so I wouldn't count on the flow to last too long. Pack plenty of extra water just to be safe. The campsite is nice, offering a table and a fire pit, however one of the table's benches is missing (i mention that in case a ranger or someone else sees this and decides to repair it). Took about 4 hours to get out to Little Pine Springs and about 2 and a half to get back, just add or subtract an hour depending on your ability level and you have a fairly good idea of what to expect. Overall it was a fantastic two-day trip. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Trough is full with a slow but steady drip of water
Weather Conditions:Hot with little cover from the sun
Madulce Camp Survey - 02-20-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Madulce Camp
Date: 02-20-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Light flow in the creek behind the old Madulce Cabin.  Enough for camping but not nearly enough for late February during an El Niño year.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Goat Camp Survey - 02-19-2016 - by Hiker Tim
Link: Goat Camp
Date: 02-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Hiker Tim
Camp Description:Beautiful small camp, only 4 tent pads available. We camped at the pad under the oak tree on the point with a nice view of the ocean
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Very strong flow, water very clear
Weather Conditions:Highs low 60s, low in the low 40s
Images:

Campsite with ocean view

Water source 100 yards from camp


Trail sign
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:
Forbush Camp Survey - 02-15-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 02-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
White Ledge Camp - Red Reef Trail Survey - 02-15-2016 - by J Cuparius
Link: White Ledge Camp - Red Reef Trail
Date: 02-15-2016
Surveyor Name:J Cuparius
Camp Description:
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:
Cottam Camp Survey - 02-14-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Cottam Camp
Date: 02-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 02-14-2016 - by Yellow Mantis
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 02-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Yellow Mantis
Camp Description:overall clean camp and trail was easy to follow from rose valley connector trail to east lion camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:plenty of clear, clean water on 14th, on 15th still plenty in creek but noticeably lower water level than day before.
Weather Conditions:warm in the day cold at night
Images:





Shady Camp Survey - 02-13-2016 - by Ron Varenchik
Link: Shady Camp
Date: 02-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Ron Varenchik
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Lots of waterfalls just down the creek!
Weather Conditions:
Oak Flat Camp Survey - 02-13-2016 - by flynn
Link: Oak Flat Camp
Date: 02-13-2016
Surveyor Name:flynn
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:water is flowing all the way to oak flat.
Weather Conditions:
Chokecherry Spring Survey - 02-13-2016 - by James
Link: Chokecherry Spring
Date: 02-13-2016
Surveyor Name:James
Camp Description:The tank wasn't full enough to start flowing, but there was still water in the trough.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Water available
Weather Conditions:
Big Pine Camp Survey - 02-13-2016 - by James
Link: Big Pine Camp
Date: 02-13-2016
Surveyor Name:James
Camp Description:Campsite is very overgrown, and lots of dead trees in the area.  Originally was planning on camping here, but decided it would not be prudent to camp under so many dead trees during a windstorm.

There was 1 picnic table, and 4 ice can stoves.

Well had water

Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Water in well
Weather Conditions:
Chalk Peak Campground Survey - 02-13-2016 - by Kelley
Link: Chalk Peak Campground
Date: 02-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Kelley
Camp Description:A small, shady pond nestled in the mountains, great for 1 - 2 vehicles & tents. Be wary of the path off the road, especially after rain. Except for the cars passing by this was a beautiful campsite brimming with life. During summer the frogs and salamanders of the pond will provide lovely background noise to any real nature adventure. This site is absolutely gorgeous, always remember to take only pictures and leave only footprints.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Clear standing water, 4ft-8ft deep, slight flow keeps pond very clean.
Weather Conditions:Light offshore breeze, very shady and mild, approximately 75-80F day and 50F at night.
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