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Maple Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Wheeler Springs
  • Elevation: 3800 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Matilija
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.3569142
  • Latitude: 34.56179632
  • Water Sources: Upper North Fork of the Matilija Creek
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
11-10-2017Oh ThreeFlowing
03-04-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
01-16-2016Shaddus Maximus Trickle
04-07-2015Hike Los PadresTrickle
11-09-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle


Named after the cluster of maple trees that call this part of the canyon home, Maple Camp is the highest camp along the Matilija Trail within the Matilija Wilderness.  It has a few icecan stoves and is located near semi-reliable water.  The camp is easiest accessed from the Cherry Creek Trailhead but is probably more commonly hiked to from the main Matilija Trailhead.  The camp is very serene and pleasant, especially in the fall as the maples change colors and coat the ground in fallen leaves.

If you look at the overview canyon photo in this post, Maple is located at the bottom bend of the canyon.  Great spot to say the least.

Survey Photos:

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 11-09-2014
    Maple Camp

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 11-09-2014
    Maple Camp

  • Craig R. Carey - 03-04-2017

  • Craig R. Carey - 03-04-2017
    Scouts clearing debris at Maple, courtesy Sr Avila

  • Craig R. Carey - 03-04-2017
    Ice Can Stove at Maple, courtesy Sr Avila

  • Craig R. Carey - 03-04-2017

  • Oh Three - 11-10-2017

Submitted Camp Reports

Maple Camp Survey - 11-10-2017 - by Oh Three
Link: Maple Camp
Date: 11-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Oh Three
Camp Description:
Beautiful rarely used camp. It's a mere 45 minutes downhill from the trailhead, assuming you can drive the length of Cherry Creek Road. 4-wheel drive needed.

Almost the entire camp is covered with grass. Only around the fireplace (NOT USED! due to Level III Fire Danger) is the vegetation trampled into raw dirt.

We spread 15 people out over close to 100'. The moon didn't rise until midnight so we had the Milky Way, and shooting stars, above us.

The creek is dry north (upstream) of the camp. Water starts flowing right where the fireplace is, but water starts flowing rather whole-heartedly. So water is actually between a trickle and "flowing." There's plenty of small pools to pump and filter.

Our Scouts cooked their meals on the gravel and rocks down by the stream, to avoid having to clear 5' circles free of flammable materials in the camp. "Leave No Trace." 

Cuidado! The trail is overgrown and washed out both above and below the camp, so good trail skills are needed. Not at all impassible, it just requires paying attention.

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Slight clouds, 45 degrees at night. Perfect!

Maple Camp Survey - 10-29-2017 - by Peter
Link: Maple Camp
Date: 10-29-2017
Surveyor Name:Peter
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Dry but slightly flowing at the campsite.
Weather Conditions:
Maple Camp Survey - 03-04-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Maple Camp
Date: 03-04-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:The intrepid mountain men of Boy Scout Troop 111 (Ventura) backpacked the length of the Upper North Fork (from Cherry Creek Road at Hwy 33 to lower Matilija TH) Friday 3/3 to Sunday 3/5.

Maple camp in great shape (and green!); boys cleared some downfall to allow plenty of space. Great water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Fast and clear!
Weather Conditions:Cool and sunny

Scouts clearing debris at Maple, courtesy Sr Avila

Ice Can Stove at Maple, courtesy Sr Avila

Maple Camp Survey - 01-16-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Maple Camp
Date: 01-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Barely a slight trickle of water immediately at Maple, but there are a few small pools from which you can filter. Much more water in the creek just below Maple.
Weather Conditions:
Maple Camp Survey - 04-07-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Maple Camp
Date: 04-07-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Camp Description:
As per the Ojai Ranger District:

Water is flowing 100 yards below the camp.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Maple Camp Survey - 11-09-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Maple Camp
Date: 11-09-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:While there is moving water at Maple, it emerges out of the ground and is only a trickle.  A cup is needed to gather the water and poor it into larger vessels.

Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:

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Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015

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