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Mansfield Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Big Pine Mountain
  • Elevation: 3022 feet
  • Wilderness Area: San Rafael
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.7148537
  • Latitude: 34.74764526
  • Water Sources: Mansfield sits on a small bench directly above the Sisquoc River. Spitting distance from the main fire ring to the river.
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
11-25-2017Paul CronshawFlowing
11-15-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
04-09-2016Sonia ConnorsFlowing
12-31-2015Shaddus Maximus Flowing
09-06-2015LKaskoDry
04-08-2015Tom PlymaleFlowing
03-02-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
05-24-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry

Description:

Mansfield Camp is located along the Sisquoc Trail in the heart of the area known as the Upper Sisquoc.  The camp is located on a bench above a small bend in the Sisquoc.  There are two fire grates but really one main campsite.  There was once a toilet but it was abandoned and destroyed in the 2007 Zaca Fire.  Mansfield is located at the junction of the Fall Canyon and Sisquoc Trails.  It has great views down canyon and is conveniently situated a short walk from many of the waterfalls which make this portion of the forest so memorable.  Most people tend to camp at Cottonwood Camp but Mansfield is a great option as well.

Origin of the name Mansfield is unknown.

Survey Photos:


  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-02-2015
    Mansfield from across the Sisquoc

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-02-2015
    Campfire on a clear morning after a night of rain

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-02-2015
    Layout at Mansfield

  • LKasko - 09-06-2015
    Mansfield fire ring

  • LKasko - 09-06-2015
    Some trees and shade at Mansfield

  • LKasko - 09-06-2015
    View from small ridge up trail across from Mansfield

  • LKasko - 09-06-2015
    View from small ridge

  • Sonia Connors - 04-09-2016
    Trail up from Register is Fall Canyon Trail

  • Sonia Connors - 04-09-2016

  • Paul Cronshaw - 11-25-2017
    Mansfield Camp

Submitted Camp Reports

Mansfield Camp Survey - 11-25-2017 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Mansfield Camp
Date: 11-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Camp is in good condition. There are two fire rings and Klamath stoves at two sites.

Good water in the Sisquoc River.

Added a new binder to the register to replace the binder that was damaged in Feb 2017 rain storm.    
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water in Sisquoc Creek
Weather Conditions:Sunny, high in upper 70s
Images:

Mansfield Camp
Mansfield Camp Survey - 11-15-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Mansfield Camp
Date: 11-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:DRY

Report LGomes
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Mansfield Camp Survey - 04-09-2016 - by Sonia Connors
Link: Mansfield Camp
Date: 04-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Sonia Connors
Camp Description:
Trail a bit confusing here amongst the tall grass - actually started up the Fall Canyon Trail by mistake.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Cool and cloudy, occasional light hail.
Images:

Trail up from Register is Fall Canyon Trail

Mansfield Camp Survey - 12-31-2015 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Mansfield Camp
Date: 12-31-2015
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Mansfield Camp Survey - 09-06-2015 - by LKasko
Link: Mansfield Camp
Date: 09-06-2015
Surveyor Name:LKasko
Camp Description:Camp is very dry. No toilets. Took a short hike up trail opposite camp to small ridge; nice view. No waterfall, of course!
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Found no water at all anywhere near the camp.
Weather Conditions:Hot, dry, 80's
Images:

Mansfield fire ring

Some trees and shade at Mansfield


View from small ridge up trail across from Mansfield

View from small ridge
Mansfield Camp Survey - 04-08-2015 - by Tom Plymale
Link: Mansfield Camp
Date: 04-08-2015
Surveyor Name:Tom Plymale
Camp Description:From South Fork the trail needs some work due to trees down. A few of the river crossings could use some work to remove willows. Main camp good, 2nd camp not used lately, grass still green.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Still decent flow considering low rainfall
Weather Conditions:Had light rain on 4/7, Daytime temps 60-70's, overnight 30-40's
Mansfield Camp Survey - 03-02-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Mansfield Camp
Date: 03-02-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Gotta love Mansfield.  Great camp right on top of the Sisquoc River, at the base of the Fall Canyon Trail and in the heart of the majesty of the Upper Sisquoc.

Camp was clean.  The Sisquoc is flowing great but there is a bit more silt buildup as compared to recent years.  The big oak on the corner fell a few years back.  Register at the Fall Canyon Trail is still there.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Rainy and cold, no snow.
Images:

Mansfield from across the Sisquoc

Campfire on a clear morning after a night of rain


Layout at Mansfield
Mansfield Camp Survey - 05-24-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Mansfield Camp
Date: 05-24-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:

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Last Updated: Friday, March 27, 2015

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