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Mission Pine Basin Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Big Pine Mountain
  • Elevation: 5440 feet
  • Wilderness Area: San Rafael
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.7466134
  • Latitude: 34.70802291
  • Water Sources: Seasonal at best.
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
12-30-2017Shaddus Maximus Dry
04-16-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationStagnant
05-02-2015Hike Los PadresDry
03-28-2015Paul CronshawDry
03-01-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
02-15-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
09-27-2014Los Padres Forest Association

Description:

Mission Pine Basin is a lovely large flat geographic feature atop the San Rafael Mountains set at the junction of the Fall Canyon, Santa Cruz and Mission Pine Trails.  The camp is a little hard to find as it is off the trail on the far north west side of the basin.  Water is very unreliable at camp with most years having 9months of no water at the camp.  That being said, there is water that can be found down Fall Canyon at some of the reliable springs.  Local lore explains that this area was named Mission Pine after the pine trees from this area being used in the Santa Barbara Mission.  The story goes that the enslaved Chumash were forced to carry pine trees from Mission Pine the 30miles to the Santa Barbara Mission.  

Mission Pine is quite spectacular with pine trees, large views and plenty of room to explore.  It is also wild with bear sitings being pretty regular.  Most of the Basin was burned in the 2007 Zaca Fire but there are still some large trees remaining and many young saplings working at replacing the old burned ones.

Survey Photos:


  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-01-2015
    Mission Pine Camp showing one of the hazard trees

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-01-2015
    First light reveals about 2inches of fresh snow in camp

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-01-2015
    Camp sign

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-01-2015
    Snowy MPB

  • Paul Cronshaw - 03-28-2015
    Large dead pine in center of camp.

  • Paul Cronshaw - 03-28-2015
    Downed trees block the entrance to camp from the basin

  • Paul Cronshaw - 03-28-2015
    Campsite with rock fire ring and benches

  • Paul Cronshaw - 03-28-2015
    Downed trees have destroyed the stock corral

  • Paul Cronshaw - 03-28-2015
    Overview of camp

  • Paul Cronshaw - 03-28-2015
    Mission Pine Basin

Submitted Camp Reports

Mission Pine Basin Camp Survey - 12-30-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Mission Pine Basin Camp
Date: 12-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Mission Pine Basin Camp Survey - 04-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Mission Pine Basin Camp
Date: 04-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:"mission pine basin did have some water just south of the old camp"
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Mission Pine Basin Camp Survey - 05-02-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Mission Pine Basin Camp
Date: 05-02-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Mission Pine Basin Camp Survey - 03-28-2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Mission Pine Basin Camp
Date: 03-28-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:This campsite still shows the devastation from the 2007 Zaca Fire.  There are a lot of downed trees and a couple of standing "widow makers". Choose a campsite carefully. There is a firepit and several primitive benches on rocks. The stock corral has been destroyed by several fallen fire-scarred pines. The entrance to the camp from the basin has been blocked by 4 large pines, but markers show the way around these obstacles
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Dry around the camp and at the willow pool near Fall Canyon Junction
Weather Conditions:Sunny, Temp mid 70s
Images:

Large dead pine in center of camp.

Downed trees block the entrance to camp from the basin


Campsite with rock fire ring and benches

Downed trees have destroyed the stock corral


Overview of camp
Mission Pine Basin Camp Survey - 03-01-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Mission Pine Basin Camp
Date: 03-01-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:There was water in the small creek south of the camp. There was no water in the creek near the trail junction.  There are a few hazard trees near camp that need to be removed.  Most of the new pines are about waist to shoulder high.  They are growing back quickly.  
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Mission Pine Camp showing one of the hazard trees

First light reveals about 2inches of fresh snow in camp


Camp sign

Snowy MPB
Mission Pine Basin Camp Survey - 02-15-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Mission Pine Basin Camp
Date: 02-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Water flowing in drainage near camp.  Not much flow but there is something drinkable and wet.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Mission Pine Basin Camp Survey - 09-27-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Mission Pine Basin Camp
Date: 09-27-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:
Water Source Details:No water at Mission Pine Basin, but there was a small pool near the campsite a third of the way down Fall Canyon.
Weather Conditions:

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