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Middle Matilija Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Wheeler Springs
  • Elevation: 2323 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Matilija
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.3507693
  • Latitude: 34.52875982
  • Water Sources: Always water in the nearby Matilija Creek
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
11-11-2017Oh ThreeFlowing
03-04-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
02-13-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
02-12-2017Bryant K.Flowing
01-28-2017TaliaFlowing
01-16-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
11-11-2016Jasonn BeckstrandFlowing
10-17-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
08-15-2016Anonymous SurveyorDry
01-17-2016Shaddus Maximus Flowing
01-09-2016Craig R. CareyFlowing
11-28-2015TrailseekerFlowing
08-29-2015Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
07-18-2015David LeoncavalloFlowing
12-23-2014Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
11-09-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
10-28-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
10-04-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
08-17-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing

Description:

Middle Matilija is a popular camp located up the Matilija Canyon Trail.  The camp has multiple sites, each with a raised BBQ grill and is just above the very reliable Matilija Creek.  This site is frequented by both dayhikers and backpackers and is a regular stop amongst scouting troops in the area.  The trail gets noticably worse above this camp.

Survey Photos:


  • Los Padres Forest Association - 10-28-2014

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 11-09-2014

  • David Leoncavallo - 07-18-2015

  • Craig R. Carey - 01-09-2016

  • Craig R. Carey - 01-09-2016

  • Jasonn Beckstrand - 11-11-2016

  • Talia - 01-28-2017
    Creek right down the path from camp had ample water but was a little murky

  • Talia - 01-28-2017
    Wanted to follow the trail across the creek to Upper Matilija camp but there was a rock slide from the recent rains and the trail looked steep and super narrow.

  • Bryant K. - 02-12-2017

  • Bryant K. - 02-12-2017

  • Bryant K. - 02-12-2017

  • Bryant K. - 02-12-2017

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 02-13-2017
    My Campsite...

  • Craig R. Carey - 03-04-2017

  • Craig R. Carey - 03-04-2017

  • Oh Three - 11-11-2017

Submitted Camp Reports

Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 11-11-2017 - by Oh Three
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 11-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Oh Three
Camp Description:
Large Camp. No end of water. 

We took a long break here. It's probably not far enough away from the south end to avoid the crowds. If you want solitude, stick  to Upper or Maple. But with a little bad weather, or, obviously, mid-week, you'll likely have this beautiful camp to yourself.

And there's 3 giant oaks here that must date back to, I don't know, way back!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 03-04-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Middle Matilija 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.

Spent second night of our trek at Middle Matilija. Camp's in great shape though the steep drop into camp from the north is gullied from recent storms. Poison oak coming back with a vengeance along little bluff above creek.

Great water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Fast and clear!
Weather Conditions:Cool and high clouds; rain began as we packed out.
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Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 02-13-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 02-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:First solo trip and first time camping in Los Padres. Camp was generally clean apart from a little trash in the fire pits. Stayed at the first campsite when approaching the campground from south since it looked a little more tidy and there were a lot of ants around the other fire pit. Water flowing rapidly but murky. Not much firewood probably due to Bryant K. being there the night before (haha)... I mostly took remnants from around and in the other fire pit. Temps in the low 40s at night. Encountered some ticks in the area so check yourself if going through bushes.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flowing rapidly; murky
Weather Conditions:Sunny and partly cloudy at times. Low 40s at night.
Images:

My Campsite...
Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 02-12-2017 - by Bryant K.
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 02-12-2017
Surveyor Name:Bryant K.
Camp Description:Trail was in pretty good condition even after the heavy rain the day prior. Trail was a little grown over at times and with poison oak creep in sections, but in great condition for the most part. Camp had an abundance of wood in its various desirable forms to have a nice fire. Up stream from the camp the trail required a little bush whacking, but still easily hikeable. Experienced strong gusts around 3 am, but tempature never got lower than 48 degrees.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water was flowing great. A bit murky so you may want to bring your blackflow tool if you have a Sawyer Mini
Weather Conditions:Very pleasant with the right layers.
Images:





Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 01-28-2017 - by Talia
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 01-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Talia
Camp Description:1st time hiking this trail. We backpacked to Middle Matilija camp and I counted a total of 10 creek crossings from the trailhead to camp. Some areas with poison oak but as long as you wear long pants you'll be fine. Trail was easy to follow and not too overgrown. Lots of shade along the trail. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Creek was flowing and full of water.
Weather Conditions:70s during the day, high 30s to low 40s at night
Images:

Creek right down the path from camp had ample water but was a little murky

Wanted to follow the trail across the creek to Upper Matilija camp but there was a rock slide from the recent rains and the trail looked steep and super narrow.
Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 01-16-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 01-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flowing nicely with several pools
Weather Conditions:Mild and sunny!
Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 11-11-2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 11-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good clean water at the camp. Nice pools to dunk in below the camp
Weather Conditions:72 no wind perfect hiking
Images:

Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 10-17-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 10-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:plenty of water flow. camp in great shape
Weather Conditions:
Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 08-15-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 08-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:I may have missed the main source for this camp. There's water flowing above and below the camp.
Weather Conditions:
Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 01-17-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 01-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 01-09-2016 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 01-09-2016
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:


Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 11-28-2015 - by Trailseeker
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 11-28-2015
Surveyor Name:Trailseeker
Camp Description:Poison oak has seemed to be dying down, but is still there. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:The stream running by camp provides plenty of water for filtering/cooking, but not enough for swimming.
Weather Conditions:Partly cloudy with light sprinkling. Low 32F, High 69F
Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 08-29-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 08-29-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Beware poison oak, it's pretty much everywhere. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Plenty of water collecting in little pools right below the campsite; makes for easy filtering. Not enough for swimming/soaking.
Weather Conditions:
Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 07-18-2015 - by David Leoncavallo
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 07-18-2015
Surveyor Name:David Leoncavallo
Camp Description:The campsite is in good condition, and there is enough space for 4 or 5 two person tents.  Shady enough to stay cool in the summer.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Plenty of water for camping, not enough for swimming.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 12-23-2014 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 12-23-2014
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:"Water, water, everywhere......"
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 11-09-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 11-09-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 10-28-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 10-28-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Water flowing and pools deep enough for some wading action.  This canyon is old reliable when everything else is dry - at least so far......
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 10-04-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 10-04-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Information from Ojai Ranger District
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Middle Matilija Camp Survey - 08-17-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Middle Matilija Camp
Date: 08-17-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Trail report from Scout Troop 33
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:

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