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Lady Bug Camp South Los Padres Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Topatopa Mountains
  • Elevation: 4800 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Sespe
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.0676039
  • Latitude: 34.52207769
  • Water Sources: Reliable spring located just up-canyon from the camp.
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Camping
    • Campfire Rings
    • Creek
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hunting
    • Panoramic Views
    • Spring
    • Tables
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Wilderness-Camping

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
03-16-2017Daniel J. HallFlowing
02-16-2017Aaron and GCFlowing
02-15-2017Kevin FoxFlowing
01-15-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
06-11-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
05-14-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
03-30-2016Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
06-02-2015Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
06-9-2017James Lee Rea IIITrickle
06-9-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing


Lady Bug Camp is a small trail camp located on the Red Reef Trail in the Sespe Wilderness.  No surprise here, but the camp has many ladybugs in and around the area, imagine that?  Very beautiful spot along one of the most spectacular trails in the Los Padres.

Survey Photos:

  • JO - 02-20-2016
    Lady Bug camp

  • JO - 02-20-2016
    lady bugs

  • Kevin Fox - 02-15-2017

Submitted Camp Reports

Lady Bug Camp Survey - 03-16-2017 - by Daniel J. Hall
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 03-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Daniel J. Hall
Camp Description:Camp in good shape with Timber Creek flowing well.  Photos of water flow this date at http://tinyurl.com/n4af85e
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good, clear flow of Timber Creek
Weather Conditions:
Lady Bug Camp Survey - 02-16-2017 - by Aaron and GC
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 02-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Aaron and GC
Camp Description:Seems like a cold shaded camp in the winter.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Plenty of water in the creek
Weather Conditions:
Lady Bug Camp Survey - 02-15-2017 - by Kevin Fox
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 02-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Kevin Fox
Camp Description:Camp is in good shape.  Not a ton of good flat spots for tents here so it could be tight for a group.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Lots of water flowing in the creek - Lulled me right to sleep on a cold night!
Weather Conditions:Not sure if this camp sees any sun in the winter months!

Lady Bug Camp Survey - 01-15-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 01-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Trail from Sespe in good shape. 
Camp area is visted a lot less than the usual Sespe destination. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:My visit was just after the recent storm. Lows in the 30's
Lady Bug Camp Survey - 06-11-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 06-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Lady Bug Camp Survey - 05-14-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 05-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Little flow, expected to "dry up soon".

- M. Spencer
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Lady Bug Camp Survey - 03-30-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 03-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:This is an ice box of a camp, so bring your layers if plan on overnighting here. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:The creek bed is dry immediately next to the camp site, but all you have to do is walk 100 feet or so upstream, where you'll find spring-fed, clear water (before it disappears underground).
Weather Conditions:
Lady Bug Camp Survey - 02-20-2016 - by JO
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 02-20-2016
Surveyor Name:JO
Camp Description:Camp has picnic table tools and pots and pans.  Lady bugs still plentiful.  Haven't been here since late 1970s.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Dry at camp, trickle at spring source.
Weather Conditions:pleasant

Lady Bug camp

lady bugs
Lady Bug Camp Survey - 06-02-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 06-02-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Tiny trickle from spring but creak was dry
Weather Conditions:Hot Summer-like day
Lady Bug Camp Survey - 06-9-2017 - by James Lee Rea III
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 06-9-2017
Surveyor Name:James Lee Rea III
Camp Description:Nice shaded campsite with three good tent spots, two fire rings, and a multitude of pines.  Someone has left a shovel, pick axe, two pots and a lid.  Only been there once but it would seem that water would be non-existent later into a hot summer... (only my opinion, not experience)
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:good quality water appears suddenly out of the spring, flows/trickles into a stagnant pool right above the campsite then disappears into the ground not to be seen again for miles.
Weather Conditions:surprisingly cool for time of year with a nice breeze. does seem like the trail and surrounding areas are capable of brutal heat.
Lady Bug Camp Survey - 06-9-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Lady Bug Camp
Date: 06-9-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Lady Bug still had water flowing for about 20 feet before sinking back into the ground and disappearing. There were several gallons per minute flowing. The camp was in good shape with two tables and a fire pit/stove. Lady bugs were present near the water in large numbers.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The water was flowing at at several gallons per minute
Weather Conditions:

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