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Happy Hunting Ground Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Hurricane Deck
  • Elevation: 3183 feet
  • Wilderness Area: San Rafael
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.8231
  • Latitude: 34.75089
  • Water Sources: No Water Available
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Camping
    • Campfire Rings
    • Creek
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hunting
    • Wilderness-Camping

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
06-10-2017Paul CronshawStagnant
05-23-2017Ryan CheneyTrickle
04-07-2017CazFlowing
01-01-2017Shaddus MaximusTrickle
03-13-2016CJFlowing
01-01-2016Shaddus Maximus Trickle

Description:

Happy Hunting Ground Camp is east of Figueroa Mountain, Take the Sunset Valley Road (7NO7) to Nira Camp, then the Upper Manzana Creek Trail (30W13) for about 9 miles. This small primative trial camp is located in the San Rafael Wilderness Area. 

Burtness Notes: There are some remarkable sandstone formations in the area and, in camp, a gargantuan oak tree, part of which fell to the ground around 1975.
Historical Highlights: This camp was probably so named because it was reportedly a favorite among groups of hunters many years ago. The area was also reportedly used by Indians during the gathering season.

Survey Photos:


  • Paul Cronshaw - 06-10-2017
    Stagnant pool below the camp.

Submitted Camp Reports

Happy Hunting Ground Camp Survey - 06-10-2017 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Happy Hunting Ground Camp
Date: 06-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Hiked through the camp on a day hike to South Fork. There is a coffee can with toilet paper that has been mauled by a bear. 

The fire ring has been repaired and there is a pan and bucket available for use.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Standing water is located in a few pools above and below the camp.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Stagnant pool below the camp.
Happy Hunting Ground Camp Survey - 05-23-2017 - by Ryan Cheney
Link: Happy Hunting Ground Camp
Date: 05-23-2017
Surveyor Name:Ryan Cheney
Camp Description:Camp in decent shape. Creek behind had a slow flow with lots of algae.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Weak trickle.
Weather Conditions:100 sunny
Happy Hunting Ground Camp Survey - 04-07-2017 - by Caz
Link: Happy Hunting Ground Camp
Date: 04-07-2017
Surveyor Name:Caz
Camp Description:this site is coming back, still badly burned from 2007 Zaca Dire
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:water was OK; need to filter though
Weather Conditions:
Happy Hunting Ground Camp Survey - 01-01-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Happy Hunting Ground Camp
Date: 01-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Happy Hunting Ground Camp Survey - 03-13-2016 - by CJ
Link: Happy Hunting Ground Camp
Date: 03-13-2016
Surveyor Name:CJ
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Stream consistent at 4"-6" depth, 24 hours after 0.5" rain.
Weather Conditions:
Happy Hunting Ground Camp Survey - 01-01-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Happy Hunting Ground Camp
Date: 01-01-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:

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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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