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Rays Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: San Rafeal Mountain
  • Elevation: 2380 feet
  • Wilderness Area: San Rafael
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.888821
  • Latitude: 34.743199
  • Water Sources: Mazana Creek - Water can be usually found at this point of the creek
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
04-02-2017M SchlessFlowing
01-01-2017Shaddus MaximusTrickle
06-15-2016Amanda GrandfieldTrickle
05-01-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing


Small camp 5.5 miles upstream from Nira located where the alder trees begin to appear. Typically the first camp where you'll find water during the drier months. Thanks to good friends Dave Weaver and Joe Duran, named after Ray Ford. Ray's Camp is the perfect place to stay for the night if you have time to head out in the afternoon and get in at least two hours of hiking before dusk. The hike is a little bit over 5 miles with just over 500' in elevation gain and relatively mellow. Once there you'll be past the Narrows and up on the Deck in early morning, with an easy hike to White Ledge or all the way to South Fork and plenty of time to explore the rock formations along the way.

Thanks to Joe Duran and Dave Weaver from the Santa Lucia District, the VWR and a host of volunteers, this past year the metal grate was installed Susie Thielman packed in the table with her mules and a camp sign was installed. Joe and Dave were even able to get it added to the newest version of the LP Forest map so it's now an officially sanctioned camp

Submitted Camp Reports

Rays Camp Survey - 10-06-2017 - by Cahikerchick
Link: Rays Camp
Date: 10-06-2017
Surveyor Name:Cahikerchick
Camp Description:Stayed here on first night as it was the first water source we encountered. Beautiful camp, with an upper and lower area.  We camped higher and kept the food in the tree at the lower spot.  Lots of fresh bear scat along the trail from Fish Camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:very good moving flow.
Weather Conditions:
Rays Camp Survey - 04-02-2017 - by M Schless
Link: Rays Camp
Date: 04-02-2017
Surveyor Name:M Schless
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Rays Camp Survey - 01-01-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Rays Camp
Date: 01-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:While there's but a trickle of water at Ray's, there are big, clear pools to filter from.
Weather Conditions:
Rays Camp Survey - 06-15-2016 - by Amanda Grandfield
Link: Rays Camp
Date: 06-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Amanda Grandfield
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Rays Camp Survey - 05-01-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Rays Camp
Date: 05-01-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Someone stole the sign for the camp.

BOO, HISS........
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:

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Last Updated: Monday, January 18, 2016

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