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East Fork Lion Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Lion Canyon
  • Elevation: 3440 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.1441503
  • Latitude: 34.52830007
  • Water Sources: East fork of lion creek
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Creek
    • Day-Hiking
    • Wildlife Viewing

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
05-20-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
04-28-2017LoveNoteFlowing
02-25-2017James WapotichFlowing
02-12-2017Nick NameFlowing
07-03-2016Kyle RDry
07-03-2016Kyle & VictoriaDry
05-14-2016James WapotichDry
04-09-2016Ken ArnoldFlowing
03-31-2016Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
03-05-2016NicknameFlowing
02-14-2016Yellow MantisFlowing
11-14-2015Rick KaylorDry
06-19-2015Christian HammonTrickle
03-23-2015Craig R. CareyFlowing
02-15-2015Ed DiazTrickle
01-12-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
12-30-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
12-06-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
11-11-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
08-17-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationStagnant
05-17-2014Hike Los PadresTrickle

Description:

This camp was formerly known as Spruce Falls. A short distance up stream is a small waterfall. The area surrounding the camp was burned over by the 1971 Bear Fire but vegetation has erased most of the fire scars.

Northeast of Ojai via State Highway 33 for 141/2 miles, Rose Valley Road (7NO3) for 5.2 miles, and the Lion Canyon Trail (22WO6) which begins at Middle Lion Camp and leads for
2 miles to the Four Points Trail Junction where the traveler should turn left and continue for another half mile to the camp.

Survey Photos:


  • Ed Diaz - 02-15-2015
    East Lion Falls

  • Ed Diaz - 02-15-2015
    Middle Lion Trails

  • Craig R. Carey - 03-23-2015
    Lion Junction | T. Chavez

  • Craig R. Carey - 03-23-2015
    East Fork Lion Goofery

  • Christian Hammon - 06-19-2015

  • Christian Hammon - 06-19-2015

  • Christian Hammon - 06-19-2015

  • Christian Hammon - 06-19-2015

  • Yellow Mantis - 02-14-2016

  • Yellow Mantis - 02-14-2016

  • Yellow Mantis - 02-14-2016

  • Yellow Mantis - 02-14-2016

  • Nickname - 03-05-2016

  • Nickname - 03-05-2016

  • Nickname - 03-05-2016
    one of the upper falls

  • Nickname - 03-05-2016

  • Nickname - 03-05-2016

  • Nick Name - 02-12-2017

  • Nick Name - 02-12-2017

  • Craig R. Carey - 05-20-2017

Submitted Camp Reports

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:

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:
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:
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:



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
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:
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.
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:
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

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:





East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 11-14-2015 - by Rick Kaylor
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 11-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Rick Kaylor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at the east or west fork.
Weather Conditions:
East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 06-19-2015 - by Christian Hammon






Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 06-19-2015
Surveyor Name:Christian Hammon
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Bottom waterfall/pool is completely dried up. If you climb up the dry creek to the next level up, there is water at a couple of small pools with ok water flow going into the top one. A nice place to sit and soak feet/fill up water jugs, but don't know how much longer it will last.
Weather Conditions:HOT 93 degrees F
East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 03-23-2015 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 03-23-2015
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:Cub Scout daytrip to East Fork Lion in the rain. Camp was clean and in good shape; recently visited by Ventura-area Boy Scout troop. Kids had a great time exploring the formations above camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Clear, moderate flow.
Weather Conditions:Cold, rainy. Most excellent!
Images:

Lion Junction | T. Chavez

East Fork Lion Goofery
East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 02-15-2015 - by Ed Diaz
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 02-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Ed Diaz
Camp Description:

Trail from Lions Camp to junction with Rose Connector a little brushy in places.  Trail from junction to East Fork Lion Camp brushy in places as well.

Camp in decent shape but wouldn't take a very large group to camp here. Might accommodate up to six comfortably. poison oak really starting to take off in camp and trail to falls.  Trail from camp to falls, about 100 yds.., sketchy at best with lots of busted up trees and poison oak.

Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:decent water and definitely drinkable with a filter.
Weather Conditions:clear and 80 degrees
Images:

East Lion Falls

Middle Lion Trails
East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 01-12-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 01-12-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 12-30-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 12-30-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 12-06-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 12-06-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:As reported by Troop 33:

East Fork has great water 1,000 yards up from camp at falls. Multiple flowing pools with crystal clear water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 11-11-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 11-11-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 08-17-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 08-17-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Information gathered from David Stillman:

http://davidstillman.blogspot.com/2014/08/dry-times-east-west-forks-lions-creek.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DavidStillman+%28David+Stillman%29
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:No water in the falls but a little stagnant water below a ways.
Weather Conditions:
East Fork Lion Camp Survey - 05-17-2014 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: East Fork Lion Camp
Date: 05-17-2014
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:The pool is flowing but not very much. Good enough to get water for drinking but not for long.
Weather Conditions:

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