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Haddock Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: San Guillermo Mountain
  • Elevation: 6080 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Sespe
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.2240228
  • Latitude: 34.63006258
  • Water Sources: Piedra Blanca Creek (Seasonal)
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
11-18-2017Chris PechousFlowing
09-07-2017Kevin HTrickle
06-29-2017larry frassoldatiFlowing
06-26-2017Craig R. CareyTrickle
06-01-2017JDFlowing
03-18-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
06-16-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
04-25-2016Scott WilliamsStagnant
04-14-2016Doug ThomasFlowing
12-06-2015Kinji LeslieDry
11-13-2015Chris NovakDry
05-09-2015Arnold LevinFlowing
05-09-2015Arnold LevinTrickle
03-29-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
03-22-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
02-14-2015Aaron and Tom SongerTrickle
11-29-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
11-16-2014John SpiegelDry
10-11-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
08-31-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
07-05-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
05-01-2014LPFAFlowing
9-30-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry

Description:

Haddock Camp, technically pronounced 'hay-dock' but commonly called 'had-dik', is located along the upper Piedra Blanca drainage along Pine Mountain in the Sespe Wilderness.  The camp is set amidst towering pine trees in a grassy small flat surrounded by white rock crags.  Haddock is most commonly accessed via the Piedra Blanca Trail (22WO3) coming from the Reyes Creek Trailhead but can also be reached via Reyes Peak Trailhead or Piedra Blanca Trailhead.  It's often covered in snow during the winter and early spring months and due to the high elevation enjoys a late spring season compared to most of the rest of the Los Padres.  Bear sightings are not uncommon here.

NOTE: The 2016 Pine Fire was started at Haddock Camp.  

Survey Photos:


  • LPFA - 05-01-2014

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 10-11-2014
    Photo Rik

  • Aaron and Tom Songer - 02-14-2015
    Haddock Campground

  • Aaron and Tom Songer - 02-14-2015
    Piedra Blanca Creek right before Haddock

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-22-2015

  • Arnold Levin - 05-09-2015
    Fire pit next to tree

  • Arnold Levin - 05-09-2015
    Almost stagnant after the rains two days before.

  • Arnold Levin - 05-09-2015
    Water shot 2

  • Arnold Levin - 05-09-2015
    Another shot around the fire pit

  • Arnold Levin - 05-09-2015
    Downed sign just W of the camp

  • Arnold Levin - 05-09-2015
    Stagnant water source even though fresh (two days prior it rained)

  • Arnold Levin - 05-09-2015
    Fire pit just south of entrance to camp.

  • Chris Novak - 11-13-2015

  • Chris Novak - 11-13-2015

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 03-18-2017
    Good signage at camp

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 03-18-2017
    Trash left in fire pit

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 03-18-2017
    More trash (glass) in one of the other sites

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 03-18-2017
    Dead young buck carcass discovered in the morning 100ft from where we setup camp

  • JD - 06-01-2017
    Main camp. Great place to bed down for a couple nights.

  • JD - 06-01-2017
    Easy to lose the trail.

  • JD - 06-01-2017
    Rattler was in the bushes right off the trail.

  • Craig R. Carey - 06-26-2017

Submitted Camp Reports

Haddock Camp Survey - 11-18-2017 - by Chris Pechous
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 11-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Chris Pechous
Camp Description:Hiked from up from the Piedra Blanca Trailhead and passed through Haddock on my way up to Reyes Peak. Water is flowing in all of the little streams on the Piedra Blanca Trail once again. I didn't really need to carry more than a liter until I hopped on the Reyes Peak Trail. Haddock Camp looked the same as usual, pretty desolate and clean for the most part. No trash laying around. Saw some bear tracks in the mud and some bear poop as well. The trail was a little easier to follow than the last time, and I had no problem navigating through. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water was slowly flowing at parts, stagnant at others, but there was plenty.
Weather Conditions:
Haddock Camp Survey - 09-07-2017 - by Kevin H
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 09-07-2017
Surveyor Name:Kevin H
Camp Description:Barely a trickle at Haddock on Sept 7, 2017.  There is also a spring with slightly more flow about half mile SE of Haddock.  No water at Three Mile.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Haddock Camp Survey - 06-29-2017 - by larry frassoldati
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 06-29-2017
Surveyor Name:larry frassoldati
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Haddock Camp Survey - 06-26-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 06-26-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:As part of of their 8-day trek across the Sespe Wilderness, Troop 111 (Ventura) spent a lunch at Haddock on Mon 6/26/2017. Warm and a bit buggy, but camp is in good shape and still plenty of water. Sad to see the cedar and other trees burnt from the recent fire.

Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Getting low, but still pumpable
Weather Conditions:Hot.
Images:

Haddock Camp Survey - 06-01-2017 - by JD
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 06-01-2017
Surveyor Name:JD
Camp Description:Came in via Reyes Peak. The trail is steep going down the backside of Mt Haddock into camp, and it's really easy to lose it in the burned out areas of the route. Also-- beware of rattlers. Dern near stepped on one a them buggers, but he gave me a courtesy rattle just in time. Camp is pretty, except where some folks left a bunch of broken glass in one of the fire pits. Have fun hiking back up. It's about 1500-1600 ft elevation gain in 1.5-2 miles. With rattlers. And burn scars. And a disappearing trail. And loose sand. But it IS very beautiful and we really loved our three day camp. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flow slowing, but still plenty of clear water to filter
Weather Conditions:Warm, cold, rain, sun, wind. We brought a range of layers and needed them all
Images:

Main camp. Great place to bed down for a couple nights.

Easy to lose the trail.


Rattler was in the bushes right off the trail.
Haddock Camp Survey - 03-18-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 03-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Lots of bushwhacking on the trail to camp. According to a ranger we met along the trail, the trail has been closed since June 2016 due to the Pine Fire. However, the National Forest Service website stated that the trail was open. Certain areas of the trail were sketchy to camp, including parts with snow. Water was reliable and flowing near camp. Even though this campground doesn't seem to get much foot traffic, it seems like people still like to leave their trash behind. We found broken glass bottles, rusty cans and leftover cooking pans in the numerous fire pits. This area is definitely mountain lion country and prints were spotted all over the trail. The morning after camping, while packing up, a young buck carcass was discovered about 100 ft from where we setup camp. It wasn't fresh but still a shocking sight to see!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water level was a little low but still flowing
Weather Conditions:Sunny, 30s/40s at night
Images:

Good signage at camp

Trash left in fire pit


More trash (glass) in one of the other sites

Dead young buck carcass discovered in the morning 100ft from where we setup camp
Haddock Camp Survey - 06-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 06-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Still a little water
Weather Conditions:
Haddock Camp Survey - 04-25-2016 - by Scott Williams
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 04-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Scott Williams
Camp Description:
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:The creek is at a trickle. The pools are full but becoming stagnant.
Weather Conditions:
Haddock Camp Survey - 04-14-2016 - by Doug Thomas
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 04-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Doug Thomas
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Haddock Camp Survey - 12-06-2015 - by Kinji Leslie
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 12-06-2015
Surveyor Name:Kinji Leslie
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:There were a couple of 1-inch thick frozen pools of stagnant creek.
Weather Conditions:Upper 50s, lower 60s on daytime hike through. Calm winds.
Haddock Camp Survey - 11-13-2015 - by Chris Novak
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 11-13-2015
Surveyor Name:Chris Novak
Camp Description:Camp is in good condition, one campsite has a bear box.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Patches of snow in the area but no water
Weather Conditions:Mid 50's day, 30 overnight
Images:


Haddock Camp Survey - 05-09-2015 - by Arnold Levin
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 05-09-2015
Surveyor Name:Arnold Levin
Camp Description:Very wide area set up for many more campers than the area further West. Not as 'picturesque' as those either with little shade. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flowing but not as much as the area's west of here.
Weather Conditions:Clear and sunny
Images:

Fire pit next to tree

Almost stagnant after the rains two days before.


Water shot 2

Another shot around the fire pit
Haddock Camp Survey - 05-09-2015 - by Arnold Levin
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 05-09-2015
Surveyor Name:Arnold Levin
Camp Description:Wide area for camping with less exposure at the northern portion of the camp.  A couple of fire rings around but the place IMHO doesn't have a lot to appreciate in terms of beauty. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Some water, but not a lot of flow due to this being the highest camp on the trail
Weather Conditions:Sunny around 1:00 Pm
Images:

Downed sign just W of the camp

Stagnant water source even though fresh (two days prior it rained)


Fire pit just south of entrance to camp.
Haddock Camp Survey - 03-29-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 03-29-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Camp Description:Water was pretty low & seemed like it would dry up without more precipitation this season.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Haddock Camp Survey - 03-22-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 03-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:VWR trail project along the Reyes Peak and Piedra Blanca trails.  Water was flowing at Haddock.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Haddock Camp Survey - 02-14-2015 - by Aaron and Tom Songer
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 02-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Aaron and Tom Songer
Camp Description:Campground was very nice and open and had two sites each with a fire ring and grill; one site had a metal bear box with food in it for anyone that might be running low. Both sites were in good condition. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:water starts to flow further downstream
Weather Conditions:clear at high 60s
Images:

Haddock Campground

Piedra Blanca Creek right before Haddock
Haddock Camp Survey - 11-29-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 11-29-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Haddock Camp Survey - 11-16-2014 - by John Spiegel
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 11-16-2014
Surveyor Name:John Spiegel
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:There was good flowing water a mile east - half-way along the trail to Three Mile Campground.
Weather Conditions:Clear and cold! 25F just before sunrise.
Haddock Camp Survey - 10-11-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 10-11-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Haddock was dry but there was good water about 1/4mile down canyon
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Photo Rik
Haddock Camp Survey - 08-31-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 08-31-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water any time recently in the creek, we had hiked in our water so plan to bring plenty.
Weather Conditions:
Haddock Camp Survey - 07-05-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 07-05-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:The water source down canyon from camp is below a small waterfall off the trail. The trail crosses the creek and starts to switchback, at that last crossing go downstream and there was water below that small waterfall
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at Haddock Camp BUT there was water about 1/4 mile down canyon.
Weather Conditions:
Haddock Camp Survey - 05-01-2014 - by LPFA
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 05-01-2014
Surveyor Name:LPFA
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Low but moving
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Haddock Camp Survey - 9-30-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Haddock Camp
Date: 9-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:There was water and a small pool about a mile down-canyon from Haddock.  Did not check the nearby hidden spring at Haddock.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Wet mud only
Weather Conditions:

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