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Heath Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Big Pine Mountain
  • Elevation: 3437.5 - Burtness feet
  • Wilderness Area: San Rafael
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.6836089
  • Latitude: 34.73725036
  • Water Sources: 95% of the time the Sisquoc River will be flowing through here, 100% there will be water within 1/4mile up or downstream.
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
12-02-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
09-14-2017Ben LakishFlowing
06-02-2017Arliss CrowFlowing
05-06-2016James WapotichFlowing
03-29-2016Sonia ConnorsFlowing
04-06-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing


Heath Camp is located at the junction of the Sisquoc Trail (30W12) and the Judell Trail in the San Rafael Wilderness.  It is a small camp with one camping area and fire ring.  There are a few remnant camp rings up-canyon, but they are hard to find and not worth the effort to reestablish.  Most people access Heath Camp as part of a multiple day backpacking trip starting from Santa Barbara Canyon.  A great loop is to hike from Willow Flat up the Buckhorn Rd to Judell Canyon, then down to Heath.  Loops back to your car via the Upper Siquoc, Madulce and Santa Barbara Canyon trails.  YOU'LL LOVE IT!

Survey Photos:

  • Hike Los Padres - 04-06-2015
    Sign at junction of Judell and Sisquoc Trails

  • LKasko - 09-05-2015
    Heath camp

  • Sonia Connors - 03-29-2016
    Heath Camp

  • Sonia Connors - 03-29-2016

  • Sonia Connors - 03-29-2016
    Heath Camp

  • Craig R. Carey - 12-02-2017

  • Craig R. Carey - 12-02-2017

Submitted Camp Reports

Heath Camp Survey - 12-02-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Heath Camp
Date: 12-02-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:Troop 111's Pathfinders team spent a night at Heath during their service project weekend; camp was in good shape with plenty of water. Lows into the high 30s at night. Lots of bear signs on trail in.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Lower than usual, but still plenty.
Weather Conditions:Cold and clear

Heath Camp Survey - 09-14-2017 - by Ben Lakish
Link: Heath Camp
Date: 09-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Ben Lakish
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good flow. it had rained 72 hours before though.
Weather Conditions:
Heath Camp Survey - 06-02-2017 - by Arliss Crow
Link: Heath Camp
Date: 06-02-2017
Surveyor Name:Arliss Crow
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The Sisquoc is flowing nicely.
Weather Conditions:
Heath Camp Survey - 05-06-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Heath Camp
Date: 05-06-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Good water in the Sisquoc from Rattlesnake Falls to above Lower Bear/Falls Camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Heath Camp Survey - 03-29-2016 - by Sonia Connors
Link: Heath Camp
Date: 03-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Sonia Connors
Camp Description:Heath camp beautifully green, with fire pit, grill, shovel and McCloud.  Plenty of lupine and wildflowers and tall grasses.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Great quality and flowing well
Weather Conditions:Hailing lightly.

Heath Camp

Heath Camp
Heath Camp Survey - 09-05-2015 - by LKasko
Link: Heath Camp
Date: 09-05-2015
Surveyor Name:LKasko
Camp Description:Camp was in good shape. Toilet pit is too shallow, but serviceable. Unfortunately some previous user didn't know about the toilet and threw some toilet paper flowers nearer the camp and streambed. We stayed 2 nights and saw no one else.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The river right near Heath Camp was dry, but about 100-200 yards downstream it was flowing well, and there was a fairly deep pool with floaties but not scum on top. Very good, plentiful water source. A little hard to get there through the brush.
Weather Conditions:Hot, dry, upper 80's.

Heath camp
Heath Camp Survey - 04-06-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Heath Camp
Date: 04-06-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Camp Description:Water is flowing.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water is flowing perfectly
Weather Conditions:

Sign at junction of Judell and Sisquoc Trails

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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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