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Sage Hill Campground South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Car Campground - Please Make A Reservation
  • Topo Map Link: San Marcos Pass
  • Elevation: 950 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Barbara Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.7910186
  • Latitude: 34.54605948
  • Water Sources: Piped
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Car Campground - Please Make A Reservation

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
11-18-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
11-22-2015Anonymous SurveyorDry



Nestled in the Santa Ynez Mountain Range, Sage Hill Campground is a great group camping spot with easy access to the Santa Ynez River. Spend time fishing or take in the epic scenery on one of the trails designed for both hikers and horseback riders. One of the campsites is designed for group equestrian camping and includes 12 corrals and a hitching post.

Natural Features:

The campground sits in a flat area with some sites shaded by oak trees. Sage Hill is near the river, which flows into Cachuma Lake about seven miles west. The Santa Ynez Mountains make up part of the Transverse Range along the Pacific Coast of California. The landscape may become very dry by mid-summer.


Fishermen are likely to find carp, catfish, bluegill and the occasional bass that swim up from Cachuma. The Aliso Canyon Trail begins at the rear of the facility and continues to Upper Oso Campground, which is where the Santa Cruz Trail begins.
The nearby Cachuma Lake Recreation Area is perfect for boating, fishing and kayaking.


Each campsite accommodates up to 50 people, and the group equestrian site accommodates up to 60.

Flush toilets, drinking water and paved roads are included, in addition to an extra large parking area to accommodate horse trailers.
The closest dump station is at Cachuma Lake.

Nearby Attractions:

The campground is half an hour from the thriving beach city of Santa Barbara.

Know Before You Go
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • All visitors must ford the river to reach the campground
  • Heavy rains can make river impassible; as a result, campground may be subject to short term closure; call 805-967-8766 for updates
  • Be cautious of snakes in the area
  • Limit 10 vehicles per site; a $5 nightly fee is charged for additional vehicles
  • No swimming in Cachuma Lake; lake is designed for drinking water and body contact is not allowed
  • A boating fee is charged for entrance to lake
  • No live music or sound systems
  • Vehicles must park on pavement
  • For more information on Los Padres National Forest, click here
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Survey Photos:

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 11-22-2015

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 11-22-2015

Submitted Camp Reports

Sage Hill Campground Survey - 11-18-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sage Hill Campground
Date: 11-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Sage Hill Campground Survey - 11-22-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sage Hill Campground
Date: 11-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:very dry and not a lot of shade. it is very evident that a fire when thru the area, burnt areas. great to see the new growth but still so dry and hot. very few wildflowers.
its a challenge and I'm in pretty good shape. took us about 1.5 hours and the trail was about 3.33 miles.
bring water!

Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:76

Sage Hill Campground Survey - 01-03-2015 - by Doug
Link: Sage Hill Campground
Date: 01-03-2015
Surveyor Name:Doug
Camp Description:Rode the switch back trail (Aliso) to upper oso and back. Stayed on the switch back and did not go through the canyon split. Trail was good, not much storm damage, but vast amount of vegiation lost due to White Fire (spring 2013). Currently Sage Hill and Upper Oso camping closed. Day use parking at Sage Hill / Aliso trail head open.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at trail head on Sage Hill side. Water at Upper Oso
Weather Conditions:Cold morning in low 30's warming to low 60s by afternoon

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Comments (1)

    It has been a while since we camped at Sage hill, but nobody else has replied, so here goes.   First, there is creek to cost, on a cement platform, in the road.   If there have been heavy rains, crossing could be a problem.   this is a group camp, with several camp rings including one equestrian ring, all the way at the back of the camp.   parking is pretty spacious.  The restrooms are flush toilets.  Water spigots are around each camp.  There are no showers in the camp, but maybe some available at the paradise store, at the 154/ paradise rd. junction.  Very nice pit barbeques for group cooking, when open fire are ok.  Very nice , large cooking areas, for group cooking.   Some dead wood laying around, but bring your own big wood for the ncampfires (again, when allowed) swimming in then nearby santa Ynez river is nice, when there is ample water.  nice hiking trails- one that leads down towards red rock (a swimming hole, and recreation area on the river).  Some shade for the tents- quite a bit in the third camp ring in, and not much in the first campring.  Bring earplugs, for sleeping on the weekends.  There is supposed to be a noise curfew, but the camphosts, in a trailer up by the equestrian ring, maybe don't hear the noise in the lower rings..  yes ther are rattle snakes in the vicinity, so allways be careful.  ticks too, so if hiking boots and long pants are recommended- even rolled down long sleeve shirts. Nearest source of supplies, ice, etc. is the paradise store. can't remember if ther hosts sell ice or firewood, from their golf carts.   maybe--not sure. 

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