|03-19-2017||Los Padres Forest Association||Flowing|
|07-23-2016||Los Padres Forest Association||Trickle|
|02-20-2016||Los Padres Forest Association||Flowing|
|10-04-2015||Los Padres Forest Association||Stagnant|
|04-25-2015||Los Padres Forest Association||Flowing|
|10-25-2014||Los Padres Forest Association||Dry|
|06-27-2014||Los Padres Forest Association||Flowing|
The Malduce Camp was once an old forest service outpost or guard station, the historical structure was first constructed by a squatter in the 1880's and was used by the Forest Service from 1890 to 1929, then was rebuilt in 1930 and was used until it was burnt by an act of arson in late 1990's. The camp is positioned under a group of tall pines and next to a small seasonal creek. The Zaca Fire burnt this area in 2007, please take caution when choosing a location to camp due to multitude of hazard or dead trees, which can be a major issue in a light wind, so please choose a safe location to set up camp. The meadow or clearing below the camp at the old cabin site is both a wonderful and safe place to camp.
Access: 6 miles beyond the locked gate at the head of the Santa Barbara Canyon Trail (25W02), an old jeep road that gradually increases in elevation until near the end of the canyon at which point it steeply escalates up a ridge, this portion is called heartbreak hill. The camp can also be accessed from the Malduce Trail (28W09) via the Puerto Suelo Trail (3E08) or Buckhorn Rd (9N11)
History: This camp takes its name from Malduce Peak, called strawberry peak on the 1905 Forest Service Map, While the term has never existed as written word in Spanish, it (or a term close in appearance and sound) is Catalonian Spanish for "strawberry," and was used as such in this part of the state. The small wild California strawberry plant grows in this area and in the San Rafael Mountains.
~ Robert A. Burtness - A Camper's Guide to the Tri-County Area