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Matilija Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Old Man Mountain
  • Elevation: 1700 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Matilija
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.3804338
  • Latitude: 34.51554796
  • 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
11-25-2017Hugh WarrenFlowing
11-11-2017Oh ThreeFlowing
07-15-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
05-28-2017AndrewFlowing
03-05-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
11-24-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
11-15-2016Jasonn BeckstrandFlowing
10-17-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
08-15-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
05-21-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
05-07-2016Jake NonnemakerFlowing
03-12-2016cupariusFlowing
01-14-2016Craig R. CareyFlowing
11-27-2015Koert DuBoisFlowing
11-13-2015Rick KaylorFlowing
11-09-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
07-31-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing

Description:

Matilija Camp is a small trail camp located on the North Fork Matilija Trail (23W07)in the Matilija Wilderness

Survey Photos:


  • Los Padres Forest Association - 07-31-2014

  • Craig R. Carey - 01-14-2016

  • cuparius - 03-12-2016
    Pool directly below upper site

  • Jasonn Beckstrand - 11-15-2016

  • Craig R. Carey - 03-05-2017
    Lower Matilija; courtesy Sr Avila

  • Craig R. Carey - 03-05-2017
    Lower Matilija; courtesy Sr Avila

Submitted Camp Reports

Matilija Camp Survey - 11-25-2017 - by Hugh Warren
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 11-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Hugh Warren
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The next camp up, at elevation 2026, also has flowing water.
Weather Conditions:clear and mid seventies at noon.
Matilija Camp Survey - 11-11-2017 - by Oh Three
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 11-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Oh Three
Camp Description:
We passed this camp on the way out, hiking downhill from the north. Plenty of water. Unfortunately, because it's so close to the south end, plenty of people also. Lots of day hikers passing through, and lots of "backpackers" carrying their gear the 30 minutes from their car to this site. So if you like crowds, this camp is for you!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Matilija Camp Survey - 07-15-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 07-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:I camped here last year in September, and the water level was noticeably higher this weekend. Was a scorching hot weekend, but we decided to hike the newly opened Matilija Falls trail and enjoyed basking in the swimming holes between treks.

It was pretty buggy, lots of flies in the morning and evening that liked to buzz around your face. There was a fair amount of red angry poison oak along the edges of the trail and dispersed through the camps so you definitely had to watch your footing. Gorgeous scenery and barely anyone else on the trails.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:95 daytime, 65 nighttime
Matilija Camp Survey - 05-28-2017 - by Andrew
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 05-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Andrew
Camp Description:This was a nice campsite, but bring bug spray or nets because it was fly and mosquito heavy at times. We stayed at the first campsite (the one without a grill) and enjoyed listening to the creek at night. There's a place for your hammock also. It's an easy 20-30 minute hike from the parking lot if you know where you're going so I would recommend this place to people looking for an introduction to backpacking.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:water was moving along and with enough volume to make some crossings challenging. it was easy to fill water and the quality was very good. However, it has decreased some from a couple months ago.
Weather Conditions:50 - 75 degrees F and clear
Matilija Camp Survey - 03-05-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 03-05-2017
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.

Boys spent Sunday lunch at lower Matilija. Great water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Fast and clear!
Weather Conditions:Drizzle
Images:

Lower Matilija; courtesy Sr Avila

Lower Matilija; courtesy Sr Avila
Matilija Camp Survey - 11-24-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 11-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Quite a few nice spots to camp. We chose to stay right by the river, unique spot. Short and easy hike from the parking spot just before walking through a gated ranch. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Matilija Camp Survey - 11-15-2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 11-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:water flowing and nice pools to dunk in
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Matilija Camp Survey - 10-17-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 10-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:plenty of water flow, some parts deep enough to take a dip
Weather Conditions:
Matilija Camp Survey - 08-15-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 08-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Nice pools and plenty of flow
Weather Conditions:
Matilija Camp Survey - 05-21-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 05-21-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Clear, cool water in creek. Flowing at campsite.
Weather Conditions:Cloudy 65 degrees during the day, Clear 45 degrees at night
Matilija Camp Survey - 05-07-2016 - by Jake Nonnemaker
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 05-07-2016
Surveyor Name:Jake Nonnemaker
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good steady flow. Crossings over the water on the rocks was very easy.
Weather Conditions:cloudy, lows around 50, highs in mid/low 60s
Matilija Camp Survey - 03-12-2016 - by cuparius
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 03-12-2016
Surveyor Name:cuparius
Camp Description:The creek is flowing and some of the pools near camp are 4-5 feet deep.  Camp is in good shape, but unfortunately someone trashed the lower site.  There was litter strewn about everywhere: broken glass, aluminum cans, plastic wrappers, and even empty Primus Power Gas canisters.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Pool directly below upper site
Matilija Camp Survey - 01-14-2016 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 01-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:The Cubs of Pack 3179 had a great (soggy) hike from Matilija TH to Middle Matilija, with an extended rock-hopping break at Matilija camp. Camp in good shape after the rains, good water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:High 40s, drizzle.
Images:

Matilija Camp Survey - 11-27-2015 - by Koert DuBois
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 11-27-2015
Surveyor Name:Koert DuBois
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water is flowing well but disappears underground in many sections
Weather Conditions:Sunny and Clear, About 60° Days, Below Freezing at Night
Matilija Camp Survey - 11-13-2015 - by Rick Kaylor
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 11-13-2015
Surveyor Name:Rick Kaylor
Camp Description:The hike to the camp is very easy and is relatively flat.  This camp is just a short hike so it is fairly over used.  It was dusty when I visited.  Good shade.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The water was flowing well for mid-November.
Weather Conditions:Clear day with temperature around 56 degrees at 7:30 a.m..
Matilija Camp Survey - 11-09-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 11-09-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Matilija Camp Survey - 07-31-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Matilija Camp
Date: 07-31-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Small fish visible in the creek as well
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:2 foot deep poole and water flowing nicely!
Weather Conditions:High reached 100˚
Images:


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