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Hidden Potrero Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Little Pine Mountain
  • Elevation: 2,769 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Barbara Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.7385257
  • Latitude: 34.56892557
  • Water Sources: The spring at Hidden Potrero is pretty reliable. The box is across the road but feeds to the water tanks. One of the tanks provides access to water.
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Trail Camp

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
10-26-2017Arliss CrowTrickle
04-22-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
03-29-2016Aaron SongerDry
07-24-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle


Hidden Potrero Camp was named after a potrero which is actually located far above the camp on top of the mountain to the south of camp. Hidden Potrero has two benches, two fire rings and great views of the impressive south face of Little Pine Mtn. The biggest drawback of Hidden Potrero is that it is located literally feet from the Buckhorn Rd. Unless you love the sound of motorcycles, this camp is usually too loud for most campers and doesn't see a ton of use. There is semi-reliable water in the storage tanks and trough above the camp. You will need to play with some of the valves to get it to work, assuming there is enough water in the storage tanks. The steep peak just west of camp is called 'The Nipple' and looks down on 19 Oaks Camp. There is cell reception at Hidden Potrero Camp.

Survey Photos:

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 07-24-2014
    Horse troughs were not surprisingly dry

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 07-24-2014
    Spigot was flowing nicely

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 07-24-2014
    The water tanks

Submitted Camp Reports

Hidden Potrero Camp Survey - 10-26-2017 - by Arliss Crow
Link: Hidden Potrero Camp
Date: 10-26-2017
Surveyor Name:Arliss Crow
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Went by on my bike and noticed that the trough was full.
Weather Conditions:
Hidden Potrero Camp Survey - 04-22-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Hidden Potrero Camp
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Just cycled past, didn't stop to check for water in the tanks. Camp is destroyed from the Rey fire only charred bits of things remain.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Didn't check for water.
Weather Conditions:Sunny and warm
Hidden Potrero Camp Survey - 03-29-2016 - by Aaron Songer
Link: Hidden Potrero Camp
Date: 03-29-2016
Surveyor Name:Aaron Songer
Camp Description:The box at the road was empty but the ground was damp. I didn't check the water tanks, but they should have water.

The camp is nice and very green right now.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:spring box has no water
Weather Conditions:cool, sunny, breezy
Hidden Potrero Camp Survey - 07-24-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Hidden Potrero Camp
Date: 07-24-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:We checked the spring at Hidden Potrero and the box was very low but did have water.  There was also water coming out of the spigot in the water tanks.  The camp had a bit of trash strewn around but was in fair enough shape for the middle of summer.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:

Horse troughs were not surprisingly dry

Spigot was flowing nicely

The water tanks

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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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