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Lost Valley Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Bald Mountain
  • Elevation: 1925 feet
  • Wilderness Area: San Rafael
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.9243509
  • Latitude: 34.7665654
  • Water Sources: Mazana Creek - seasonal
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
10-14-2017Forrest Trickle
04-02-2017M SchlessFlowing
01-15-2017Coyote DaveFlowing
01-01-2017Shaddus MaximusTrickle
03-30-2016Katie MendenhallFlowing
02-03-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
11-27-2015Daniel J. HallDry
10-04-2015Jasonn BeckstrandDry
07-19-2015James WapotichDry
07-12-2015Jeaninne LittleTrickle
06-18-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
05-02-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
12-17-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
11-26-2014Paul "The Beeman" CronshawDry

Description:

The Lost Valley Camp is located in the San Rafael Wilderness at the trail junction of the Lost Valley Trail (29W14) and the Manzana Trail (30W13), the camp is near the mouth of Lost Valley canyon. The Lost Valley Trail (29W14) started out as a road to cross the Hurricane Deck and proceeded up the Sisquoc River to its head. But environmentalist stopped construction just a short distance before it reached the top of the Deck to the Hurricane Deck Trail (30W14). The creek down this canyon drains a large area of the Hurricane Deck into the Manzana Creek. This is a great place to start you next adventure into the San Rafael Wilderness Area. Seasonal water is available from the creek, but by mid summer this creek is often very dry.

Survey Photos:


  • Paul "The Beeman" Cronshaw - 11-26-2014
    Entrance to Lost Valley Campsites

  • Paul "The Beeman" Cronshaw - 11-26-2014
    View of the two campsites with respective metal grated fire rings

  • Paul Cronshaw - 05-02-2015
    Lost Valley Camp

  • Katie Mendenhall - 03-30-2016

Submitted Camp Reports

Lost Valley Camp Survey - 10-14-2017 - by Forrest
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 10-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Forrest
Camp Description:Camp is in good shape. Water is pump-able but I would pump and boil just to be sure. Right upstream from Lost Valley the water is flowing a bit more, it's less stagnant at least. Still only ankle deep though
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Some stagnant-ish pools right below camp. Upstream is a tad more flowing but overall it's pretty low.
Weather Conditions:weather was fine. High 30's in the early AM and mid 80s by noon.
Lost Valley Camp Survey - 04-02-2017 - by M Schless
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 04-02-2017
Surveyor Name:M Schless
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Lost Valley Camp Survey - 01-15-2017 - by Coyote Dave
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 01-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Coyote Dave
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Manzana was fllowing nicely
Weather Conditions:
Lost Valley Camp Survey - 01-01-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 01-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Lost Valley Camp Survey - 03-30-2016 - by Katie Mendenhall
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 03-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Katie Mendenhall
Camp Description:Camp is in good condition.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Lots of water in Manzana Creek
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Lost Valley Camp Survey - 02-03-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 02-03-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Recent rains have caused the Manzana to flow.  Also got a report from Potrero Camp that there is running water down there as well.



Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Lost Valley Camp Survey - 11-27-2015 - by Daniel J. Hall
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 11-27-2015
Surveyor Name:Daniel J. Hall
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Lost Valley Camp Survey - 10-04-2015 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 10-04-2015
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at camp. no water upstream. No water until Manzana Narrows
Weather Conditions:
Lost Valley Camp Survey - 07-19-2015 - by James Wapotich
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 07-19-2015
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:no water, however there is good flowing water less than 1/8 mile upstream from the camp
Weather Conditions:
Lost Valley Camp Survey - 07-12-2015 - by Jeaninne Little
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 07-12-2015
Surveyor Name:Jeaninne Little
Camp Description:Camp is in good condition. You may need to walk up stream a little for water, but it is still there.a nice quick hike to the campsite.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:water is mostly clear, somewhere between a trickle and flowing
Weather Conditions:It was pretty hot during the day.
Lost Valley Camp Survey - 06-18-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 06-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:As reported by Dan McCaslin on a recent Noozhawk article:

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/dan_mccaslin_manzana_camp_backpacking_fiasco
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Lost Valley Camp Survey - 05-02-2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 05-02-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:The two fire rings and tables were in good condition.  We cleaned out the closest fire pit. There is one shovel. If you stand under the large oak tree, watch of ticks dropping out of the tree.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:3-6 inches depth
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Lost Valley Camp
Lost Valley Camp Survey - 12-17-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 12-17-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:The Manzana is now flowing again.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Lost Valley Camp Survey - 11-26-2014 - by Paul "The Beeman" Cronshaw
Link: Lost Valley Camp
Date: 11-26-2014
Surveyor Name:Paul "The Beeman" Cronshaw
Camp Description:Two wooden tables. Two grated fire rings. One rock fire ring across trail under oak tree. No fire shovel. A great overnight campsite for a family with young children, approximately one  mile from Nira Trailhead.  
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Sunny and unseasonably warm for November
Images:

Entrance to Lost Valley Campsites

View of the two campsites with respective metal grated fire rings

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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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