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Cedar Creek Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: San Guillermo Mountain
  • Elevation: 5,080 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Sespe
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Mt. Pinos Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.1404503
  • Latitude: 34.62837438
  • Water Sources: There is seasonal water along both nearby creeks but they do dry up in the summer time. While swimming is not an option, you can plunge and bath when water levels are high.
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Birding
    • Camping
    • Campfire Rings
    • Day-Hiking
    • Hunting
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Wilderness-Camping

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
08-20-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
08-11-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
07-03-2017H. KetchumTrickle
05-28-2017Bryant KogerFlowing
05-23-2017LightningrodFlowing
09-10-2016M SubbotinDry
07-16-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
05-10-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
04-23-2016M SubbotinFlowing
03-29-2016Shaddus Maximus Flowing
01-30-2016Howard CohenDry
09-12-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
07-03-2015Joshua IsaacFlowing
05-16-2015Michael S.Flowing
04-30-2015Mark SFlowing
03-30-2015Norman93001Trickle
05-24-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing

Description:

Located on a bench between the South Fork Cedar Creek and an unnamed drainage, Cedar Creek is a fantastic camp under a lush forest of incense cedar and ponderosa pines.

There are three fire-rings within the camp and enough room to play some frisbee or spread out should you have a larger group. 

Being at over 5,000ft, the camp will have snow for some of the winter months and remain cooler in the summer as compared to some of its lower elevation cousin camps. 

There are no tables and no Forest Service facilities outside of the fire-rings and camp sign.  There is an old Klamath Stove near one of the camps although it is no longer in working condition.

Great camp, very beautiful and well worth the short hike to enjoy a night under the large trees.

Survey Photos:


  • Mark S - 04-30-2015

  • Joshua Isaac - 07-03-2015

  • Joshua Isaac - 07-03-2015
    Look at this handy saw

  • M Subbotin - 04-23-2016
    Clear pool deep enough to fully submerge Nalgene bottle right at camp

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 07-16-2016
    Creek crossing NW of camp

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 07-16-2016
    Creek to NE of camp

  • Bryant Koger - 05-28-2017

  • Bryant Koger - 05-28-2017

  • Bryant Koger - 05-28-2017

  • H. Ketchum - 07-03-2017
    Sign at Cedar Creek Camp. If you see this sign, you made it!

  • H. Ketchum - 07-03-2017
    Small pools connected with a trickle. Down steep hill on edge of camp. Enough to filter and drink.

  • H. Ketchum - 07-03-2017
    Camp Site

  • H. Ketchum - 07-03-2017
    Fire Ring

Submitted Camp Reports

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:
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:
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
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
Images:




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
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:
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
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:
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
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:
Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 01-30-2016 - by Howard Cohen
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 01-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Howard Cohen
Camp Description:I have been to this camp area many times and was surprised to find it dry.  Our destination was Thorn Peak so we continued in that direction and found water that was slow moving and stagnant.  As we followed the trail the water source became cleaner and flowing much better. We pumped water where water flowed over sandstone slabs probably within a mile of the campground. Granted there is water closer but not as clean and flowing as where we stopped to fill up. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water in the camping area but some down stream
Weather Conditions:50-60s and windy
Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 09-12-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 09-12-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Water at Cedar Creek Camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 07-03-2015 - by Joshua Isaac
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 07-03-2015
Surveyor Name:Joshua Isaac
Camp Description:Very buggy. Just stopped for lunch on our way up to Fishbowls. Hot day - upper 80s at least in the sun.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:There was no water at camp, but there was flowing water close by. The flow wasn't amazing, but it is more than a trickle.
Weather Conditions:
Images:


Look at this handy saw
Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 05-16-2015 - by Michael S.
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 05-16-2015
Surveyor Name:Michael S.
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Ample Water......
Weather Conditions:
Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 04-30-2015 - by Mark S
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 04-30-2015
Surveyor Name:Mark S
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:shallow flow but deeper pools to 1ft depth
Weather Conditions:sunny and clear, mid 70's
Images:

Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 03-30-2015 - by Norman93001
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 03-30-2015
Surveyor Name:Norman93001
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Enough flow to fill water bottles
Weather Conditions:
Cedar Creek Camp Survey - 05-24-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cedar Creek Camp
Date: 05-24-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Information gathered by James Wapotich while on a VWR Patrol. You can follow James on his blog:http://songsofthewilderness.wordpress.com
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water is flowing at the camp down both side creeks.
Weather Conditions:

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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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