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Pat Springs Camp North Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Ventana Cones
  • Elevation: 3700 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Ventana
  • County: Monterey County
  • Ranger District: Monterey Ranger District
  • Longitude: -121.743944
  • Latitude: 36.3637342
  • Water Sources: Reliable spring located just northwest of the camp
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
01-15-2018Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
11-29-2013Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
01-12-1968Troop 97 BSA Monterey Ca.Flowing


Pat Springs provides awesome ridge-front views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Ventana Double Cones.  One of the best wilderness places to watch the sunset anywhere within the Los Padres.  This camp is along the Ventana Double Cone Trail and is a popular stop for peak baggers.  Pat Springs is also along the Condor Trail.

Survey Photos:

  • L.North - 10-24-2015
    Water source

Submitted Camp Reports

Pat Springs Camp Survey - 01-15-2018 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Pat Springs Camp
Date: 01-15-2018
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Cool writeup from Leor Pantilat who recently paid Pat Springs Camp a visit.  Enjoy:

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:"Always reliable Pat Spring."
Weather Conditions:
Pat Springs Camp Survey - 10-24-2015 - by L.North
Link: Pat Springs Camp
Date: 10-24-2015
Surveyor Name:L.North
Camp Description:The trail from Bottecher's Gap was a little crowded with brush, but nothing we couldn't push through even with packs.  Pat Springs was the only water we saw or heard about from other hikers.  The campsites were clear and quite nice with plenty of room.  There were 4 or 5 other groups but we couldn't see or hear any of them from our campsite. 

There were LOTS of flies sunrise to sunset.  They weren't the biting sort, but they were annoying.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Water was steadily flowing into the basin. Top holding tank was full.
Weather Conditions:80 / 55 and clear.

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Pat Springs Camp Survey - 11-29-2013 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Pat Springs Camp
Date: 11-29-2013
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:The real camping spot is a bit off the trail towards the ocean. You will see the place where people camped right before the cliff down. The views of the ocean are spectacular there. The park doesn't allow campfires but apparently some people didn't get the memo. Every time I come, there is a recent fire pit. One can also see Carmel from this campground and sometimes obtain cell signal.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:The water source is Pat Spring. Nice clean established spring with water buffer.
Weather Conditions:Cold after sunset
Pat Springs Camp Survey - 01-12-1968 - by Troop 97 BSA Monterey Ca.
Link: Pat Springs Camp
Date: 01-12-1968
Surveyor Name:Troop 97 BSA Monterey Ca.
Camp Description:Back in 1968 thirty five boy scouts had to be air lifted by three army helicopters to Fort Ord Ca. The Troop 97 BSA with about 50 hikers left Botchers Gap saturday morning for Pat Springs Camp, a 10 mile trek. Sunday afternoon they left Pat Springs headed to Los Padres Dam, a 9 mile hike. They took the Ventana Trail by accident to Carmel River Campground instead of Blue Ridge Trail to the north. The trail was overgrown and simply disappeared on a ridgetop. The 10 lead scouts broke trail and slipped down to Rattlesnake Creek about 4pm sunday afternoon. They hopped rocks to Danish Creek, and hopped rocks to Carmel River. The scouts were trapped in the gorge of the Los Padres Dam, the water became too deep to wade across so they scaled the steep terrain in the dark with ropes. They came out in Jameburge about 3am with no food, water and flashlight batteries were dead. Monday afternoon the remainder of the hikers were spotted signaling by the air and they were flown out of the woods. This was in the Monterey Peninsula Herald spring 1968. If you are going to Los Padres Dam from Pat Springs, one must go back to Big Pines Camp and take the Blue Ridge Trail.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:fill your canteens at Pat Springs its the only water for 10 miles
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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