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Coldwater Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Bald Mountain
  • Elevation: 1600 feet
  • Wilderness Area: San Rafael
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.9765308
  • Latitude: 34.7892029
  • Water Sources: Mazana Creek seasonal
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Creek
    • Day-Hiking
    • Wilderness-Camping

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
06-11-2017MSchlessFlowing
04-15-2017NateFlowing
03-18-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
11-05-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
10-22-2016Troop 91Dry
10-22-2016Troop 91Dry
05-25-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
05-22-2016JamesFlowing
05-13-2016Wayne GFlowing
05-07-2016Paul CronshawFlowing
04-17-2016James WapotichFlowing
12-27-2015Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
12-27-2015Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
12-21-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
12-15-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
04-05-2015Duane WaiteFlowing
08-31-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
08-16-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationStagnant

Description:

Coldwater Camp is a small primitive trail camp on the Manzana Trail (30W13) located in the San Rafael Wilderness

Survey Photos:


  • Anonymous Surveyor - 12-27-2015

  • Wayne G - 05-13-2016

  • Wayne G - 05-13-2016

  • Wayne G - 05-13-2016

Submitted Camp Reports

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
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
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:
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:
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:
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
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.
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:




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
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:
Coldwater Camp Survey - 12-27-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 12-27-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Creek is running at coldwater camp
Weather Conditions:
Coldwater Camp Survey - 12-27-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 12-27-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Coldwater Camp Survey - 12-21-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 12-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Interesting post about Coldwater Camp on the Jack Elliott blog:

http://yankeebarbareno.com/2015/12/19/coldwater-camp-san-rafael-wilderness/
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Coldwater Camp Survey - 12-15-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 12-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:As reported in an article by Dan McCaslin, Cold Water is dry BUT you can find water a short distance below the camp.  This might be the ONLY water between NIRA and the Cody Inholding:

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/dan_mccaslin_coldwater_camp_on_lower_manzana_creek
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Coldwater Camp Survey - 04-05-2015 - by Duane Waite
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 04-05-2015
Surveyor Name:Duane Waite
Camp Description:Checked out conditions on a trail run from Nira to Manzana School House. The water is clear but running low. It won't be clear for now. However, the grass is still green, and hopefully the recent rain will keep it green a while longer.
The swimming hole at horseshoe camp near the gorge is clear, cool and 4 feet deep. But it's been a dry spring. It won't be there for long, either.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Low flow, but clear for now
Weather Conditions:
Coldwater Camp Survey - 08-31-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 08-31-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Water located about 300 yards downstream from Coldwater Camp, it was flowing.
Weather Conditions:
Coldwater Camp Survey - 08-16-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Coldwater Camp
Date: 08-16-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Stagnant pool just upstream of Coldwater Camp.  No water other than that nearby.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:

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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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