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Middle Lion Campground - Los Padres National Forest
Car Campground - No Reservations, first-come, first-serve walk-in campground
34.54987107, -119.1657067

Camp Details

  • TopoMap: Lion Canyon
  • Elevation: 3200 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.1657067
  • Latitude: 34.54987107
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Car Campground - No Reservations, Walk In
  • Activities & Features:
    • Accessible Sites
    • Accessible Toilets
    • Backpacking
    • Biking
    • Birding
    • Car-Camping
    • Camping
    • Campfire Rings
    • Creek
    • Day-Hiking
    • BBQ Grills
    • Group Camping
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hunting
    • Mountain Biking
    • Parking Area
    • Paved Roads
    • Picnic Area
    • Tables
    • Trailheads
    • Wildlife Viewing

    Recent Water Reports:

    Date Surveyor Water Report
    01-15-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
    11-05-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
    06-10-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
    05-17-2014Hike Los PadresFlowing
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Description:

Middle Lion Campground is a car-camp located at the end of the Rose Valley Rd off of Hwy 33.  The camp has a handful of sites, each with a fire ring, table and nearby bathroom.  Middle Lion is set along Lion Canyon Creek, which has year round water.  It is also at the trailhead for the Lion Canyon Trail, which heads up-canyon towards Nordhoff Ridge.  Great views of the Piedra Blanca formation and the Sespe wilderness highlight this camp.  Great spot to camp.

Survey Photos:


  • Los Padres Forest Association - 06-10-2014

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 06-10-2014

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 01-15-2015
    FS Crews doing work and camp after work

Weather Forecasts for Middle Lion Campground


Submitted Camp Reports

Middle Lion Campground Survey - 01-15-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Middle Lion Campground
Date: 01-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Middle Lion was rocked by the December 2014 storms and many trees fell around camp. As a result the camp was closed for about 5 weeks. This week it was reopened by the Forest Service. All good and there should be a lot of firewood for a while.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

FS Crews doing work and camp after work
Middle Lion Campground Survey - 11-05-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Middle Lion Campground
Date: 11-05-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Middle Lion Campground Survey - 06-10-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Middle Lion Campground
Date: 06-10-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:More water than we expected. Flowing nicely.
Weather Conditions:
Images:


Middle Lion Campground Survey - 05-17-2014 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Middle Lion Campground
Date: 05-17-2014
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Pretty good flow.
Weather Conditions:

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Last Updated: Saturday, July 18, 2015

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