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Cow Spring Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Devils Heart Peak
  • Elevation: 3700 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Sespe
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District
  • Longitude: -118.9057529
  • Latitude: 34.55939536
  • Water Sources: springs (seasonal)
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Camping
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Wilderness-Camping

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
05-30-2017Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
05-15-2017Kara HooperStagnant
05-12-2017C ErinStagnant
03-05-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
07-09-2016Anonymous SurveyorDry
06-24-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
11-21-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
11-06-2015M. JonesTrickle
05-18-2015Kara HooperTrickle
03-22-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
09-07-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
06-09-2014M. JonesTrickle

Description:

Located at the end of the Squaw Flat abandoned road, the camp was the beginning of the Alder Creek Trail (20W11) that descended to Alder Creek. North of the camp, along the trail are large exposures of deep red Sespe sandstone. There is a small seasonal waterfall at the head of Stone Corral Creek. Cow Springs Camp used to be a popular drive-in camp. There were six sites, most of which are in a total state of destruction with no maintenance. Water is unreliable from Cow Spring but is available at Dripping Spring on the side of the trail descending to Alder Creek.

Survey Photos:


  • M. Jones - 06-09-2014

  • M. Jones - 06-09-2014

  • M. Jones - 11-06-2015

  • M. Jones - 11-06-2015

  • M. Jones - 11-06-2015

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 06-24-2016

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 06-24-2016

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 03-05-2017

  • C Erin - 05-12-2017

Submitted Camp Reports

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:
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:
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:

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:

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:
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:


Cow Spring Camp Survey - 11-21-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cow Spring Camp
Date: 11-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Ojai Ranger District project to install carsonite Condor Sanctuary signs along the west boundary of the Alder Creek Trail.  Somewhat surprisingly they found a small puddle of water at Cow Springs.  
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Cow Spring Camp Survey - 11-06-2015 - by M. Jones
Link: Cow Spring Camp
Date: 11-06-2015
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Camp Description:

Spring had a pool of water that could be pumped. However,  there were deer parts in the water at the spring which may foul the water supply.  

Camp site had a pile of 30.06 rifle shells and toilet paper spread about.

Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Small pool of poor quality water
Weather Conditions:60*, sunny and windy
Images:




Cow Spring Camp Survey - 05-18-2015 - by Kara Hooper
Link: Cow Spring Camp
Date: 05-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Kara Hooper
Camp Description:Cow Springs used to be the last camp that cars could drive to before the wilderness was closed.  It is flat, and it has an ice box stove.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:I am calling it a trickle because the water is moving some, but it is on the line between stagnant and trickle. You could pump it and drink it if needed. You have to walk up the dry creek bed and around a curve to find the spring.
Weather Conditions:
Cow Spring Camp Survey - 03-22-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cow Spring Camp
Date: 03-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:According to a Sierra Club hike through the area:

Damp seep at Cow Springs, could probably produce water if a hole was dug.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Cow Spring Camp Survey - 09-07-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Cow Spring Camp
Date: 09-07-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Cow Spring Camp Survey - 06-09-2014 - by M. Jones
Link: Cow Spring Camp
Date: 06-09-2014
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Camp Description:Nice concrete camp stove, not often seen in the LPNF
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:A very small pool of water is being fed by the spring, looked ok to pump if desperate.
Weather Conditions:Sunny and mid-90's
Images:



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