Welcome To Hike Los Padres!
User Log In or Sign Up
Use Marker Cluster
Markers: Use Marker Groups
Time used: ms
Routes
    Trails
    OHV Trails
    Forest Roads
    Streams
Wildfire Layers
    Wolf 2002
    Piru 2003
    Day 2006
    Zaca 2007
    Gap 2008
    La Brea 2009
Forest Layers
    Forest Boundary
    Wilderness Areas
    Ranger Districts
    Counties
    Topographic Outlines
    Trailheads
    OHV Trailheads
Helpful Hints
    ↣ Right click the map for location data. ↣ Click a stream for Water Stats.

Forbush Camp Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Santa Barbara
  • Elevation: 2438 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Barbara Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.63746
  • Latitude: 34.49747713
  • Water Sources: Seasonal water in Gidney Creek that flows by the camp. Normally flows in the winter and spring months and is dry in the summer and fall.
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Camping
    • Campfire Rings
    • Mountain Biking
    • Tables
    • Wildlife Viewing

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
07-02-2017Anonymous SurveyorStagnant
05-13-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
04-16-2017Donald TFlowing
03-19-2017WayneGFlowing
03-04-2017Paul CronshawFlowing
02-25-2017Michel GirouxFlowing
02-12-2017Michael SFlowing
02-05-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
01-28-2017Day TripperFlowing
01-16-2017Shaddus MaximusTrickle
11-06-2016Shaddus Maximus Dry
04-30-2016Paul CronshawTrickle
04-23-2016James WapotichTrickle
04-16-2016Matt SwiderTrickle
04-09-2016Michael SFlowing
03-23-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
03-12-2016Anonymous BackpackerTrickle
02-15-2016Shaddus Maximus Dry
02-07-2016JamesDry
02-07-2016JamesDry
11-27-2015Anonymous SurveyorDry
11-21-2015Hiker TimDry
11-03-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
12-21-2014Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
12-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
11-05-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
10-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
05-20-2014Hike Los PadresStagnant

Description:

Fobush Flats Camp is located about 1.5 miles down the Cold Spring North Trail from Cold Spring Saddle.  The camp is set in a hanging potrero about midway down the north slope of the Santa Ynez Mountains.  It is bordered on north by Gidney Creek, south by a geologic ridge spine, east a steep drop into Blue Canyon and the west flows out Gidney Creek.  

The camp is also home to a varriety of plant life including madrone, oak, sycamore, cedar, pine and pear trees.  PEAR TREES?  Yes, pear trees.  Legend has it that a man named Forbush settled this flat and grew an orchard of apple and pear trees.  While one of the apple trees was disgracfully cut down a few years back, there are a handful of pear trees that remain.  If you happen across the camp in the late summer or early fall you can literally taste the fruits of Forbushes labor.

Forbush is nestled on the edge of a meadow that allows for great star gazing, the occasional animal siting or frisbee playing.  There are two main campsites, each with a table and fire ring.  There is also a small crapper above the higher of the two camps.  Forbush is a great beginner backpacking destination and offers quick relief for the urban challenged in Santa Barbara since you can be at camp less than 2hrs after you leave your driveway.

 

If you have any additional information or corrections to this description, please let us know.

Survey Photos:


  • Los Padres Forest Association - 11-05-2014
    Trailhead Sign

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 11-05-2014
    Forbush Camp

  • Hiker Tim - 11-21-2015
    One of the Forbush fruit trees with Fall color.

  • Hiker Tim - 11-21-2015
    Our camp

  • Hiker Tim - 11-21-2015
    Fossil on the trail to Mono

  • Hiker Tim - 11-21-2015
    Fall color on the trail to Forbush

  • Paul Cronshaw - 04-30-2016
    Pool of clean water below the lower campsite.

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 02-05-2017

  • Paul Cronshaw - 03-04-2017
    Upper campsite

  • Paul Cronshaw - 03-04-2017
    Lower campsite

  • Paul Cronshaw - 03-04-2017
    Water flowing in Gidley Creek.

  • WayneG - 03-19-2017
    Good Flow

  • WayneG - 03-19-2017
    2nd Campsite

  • WayneG - 03-19-2017
    1st Campsite

  • WayneG - 03-19-2017
    Firewood for the future

  • WayneG - 03-19-2017
    Apple Tree in Bloom

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 07-02-2017

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 07-02-2017

Submitted Camp Reports

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:


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:
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:
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
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.
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:
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.
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:

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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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
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
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:
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:
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:
Forbush Camp Survey - 02-07-2016 - by James
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 02-07-2016
Surveyor Name:James
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Creek & Buckley Spring dry
Weather Conditions:Nice
Forbush Camp Survey - 02-07-2016 - by James
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 02-07-2016
Surveyor Name:James
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Creek & Buckley Spring dry
Weather Conditions:Nice
Forbush Camp Survey - 11-27-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 11-27-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:no water in the creek on the way to forbush and no water at blue canyon camp
Weather Conditions:
Forbush Camp Survey - 11-21-2015 - by Hiker Tim
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 11-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Hiker Tim
Camp Description:Both camps were in use and in good condition. We ended up camping by the big oak tree in the meadow. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Clear skis, high 70s, overnight low 50
Images:

One of the Forbush fruit trees with Fall color.

Our camp


Fossil on the trail to Mono

Fall color on the trail to Forbush
Forbush Camp Survey - 11-03-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 11-03-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Report from Ranger Rik:

- No water at Forbush
- Trail down from Camino in great shape
- Some trash left at camp
- People ignoring the no campfires signs
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Forbush Camp Survey - 12-21-2014 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 12-21-2014
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Not a steady flow of water but plenty of large, clear pools of water in the creek next to both established campsites at Forbush.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Clear pools of water in creek
Weather Conditions:
Forbush Camp Survey - 12-18-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 12-18-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:There was a little water in the drainage at the junction of the Blue Canyon and Cold Spring Trails.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Forbush Camp Survey - 11-05-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 11-05-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Camp and trail in good shape, but no water out there.  

Photos by Ranger Rik
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Trailhead Sign

Forbush Camp
Forbush Camp Survey - 10-18-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 10-18-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Camp was clean
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water
Weather Conditions:
Forbush Camp Survey - 05-20-2014 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Forbush Camp
Date: 05-20-2014
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Camp Description:Camp looked great! We were on an LPFA trail project and stopped by for a visit.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:There was one small pool located above the camp up the creek. Was not flowing.
Weather Conditions:

Leave A Camp Report

Survey / Report Form



Questions or Comments








Last Updated: Thursday, March 12, 2015

Join Our Mailing List
×
Get updates on conditions, surveys and more...

Weather Forecasts

L.P.N.F. Contacts »

  • Forest Headquarters
    Phone: (805) 968-6640
  • Mt. Pinos District
    Phone: (661) 245-3731
  • Ojai Ranger District
    Phone: (805) 646-4348
  • Santa Barbara District
    Phone: (805) 967-3481
  • Santa Lucia District
    Phone: (805) 925-9538
  • Monterey District
    Phone: (831) 385-5434
2015 © Hike Los Padres - Do not copy content, maps, data, images and Hiking and Backpacking Trails || Website developed By John Ziegler and Powered by Santa Barbara Web & Graphic Design