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Santa Barbara County Trail Camps


A total of 38 Santa Barbara County Trail Camps are currently available. ×
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19 or Nineteen Oaks Camp South Los Padres
1709 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
19 Oaks camp is located on the Santa Cruz Trail (27W09) The hike begins at Upper Oso Campground in the Oso Canyon, 34.55729, -119.77116. After going around a locked gate, follow a wide motor cycle road for under three quarters of a mile. The trail is fairly low angle and covered…
Abel Canyon Camp South Los Padres
1726 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Abel Canyon Camp is located on the Sisquoc Trail (30W1) in the San Rafael Wilderness.  Abel is one of the more remote and seldom visited camps.  It's located under a thicket of oak trees just above a perennial seep along the Sisquoc River.  The camp can be quite dark and dank due…
Alamar Saddle Camp South Los Padres
5650 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
This camp is located 2/10 of a mile south of the Alamar Saddle on a side loop of the Buckhorn Road (9N11). Alamar Camp is located at the junction of the Buckhorn and Alamar Trail (26W06), and is not far from the peak of…
Alcove Camp South Los Padres
3750 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Located at the bottom of a cliff and surrounded by oak trees, a great for pitching a tent. The camp has nice spot right under the cliff with soft sand that is totally sheltered from the rain.
Alder Creek Camp - Santa Barbara County South Los Padres
2800 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
East of Santa Barbara via Gibraltar Road to East Camino Cielo Road (5N12), then down Romero Camuesa Road 5N15.1. Park your car at the old Juncal…
Alejandro Camp South Los Padres
1600 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Special features:This camp lies amidst numerous large oaks and is surrounded by a two strand barbed wire fence designed to keep out range cattle in the area. Historical highlights: This site was apparently named after Alejandro Ontiveros who established an early hunter retreat here. The land…
Ballard Camp South Los Padres
2080 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
The camp is named after William N. Ballard. He was the station agent at the Ballard stage coach station which he established in the early 1860's until his death around 1870. The camp was established as a hunting camp on Birabent Creek which was named for a early homesteader in the canyon. Mr. Ballard…
Bear Camp South Los Padres
1400 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Bear camp is located on the Bear Canyon Trail (31W05). This is a small trail camp.
Big Cone Spruce Camp South Los Padres
3800 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
The camp is near some very Iarge big cone Douglas Fir trees which are numerous in this part of the canyon. Located on the Big Cone Spruce Trail (28W04), up the canyon from just above Manzana Narrows Camp.
Big Pine Camp South Los Padres
6,100 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Big Pine Camp (aka Big Pine Spring Camp) is located about 1/4mile down off the Buckhorn Rd on the western flank of Big Pine Mtn in the San Rafael Wilderness.  Big Pine Camp has a very reliable spring which helps fill up a large metal sub-terranean spring tank.  In order to access the water you must…
Bill Faris Camp South Los Padres
4200 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
Bill Faris is a small camp on Alamar Creek between Alamar Saddle and Dutch Oven.  There are about 5 icecan stoves in camp.  The camp used to be pretty nice but after the Zaca Fire the huge pine tree in camp died and has since become a hazard to the camp.  Most people are now camping in the small meadow…
Blue Canyon Camp South Los Padres
1700 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
Blue Canyon gets its name from the blue-green serpentine formations found along its 5 mile length. The canyon runs directly along the Santa Ynez Fault. This is a relatively narrow canyon with several overnight camps along it and a stream that flows year round. Beyond Cottam Camp a number of options…
Blue Jay Camp South Los Padres
3550 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
A small camp lopcated halfway between Bluff and Poplar Camp on Indian Creek. Ray’s Notes Bob Burtness NotesAdministration: Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara District
Cliff Camp South Los Padres
1800 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
The camp was established by a Forest Service trail crew as a trail camp while they were rebuilding the Sisquoc River Trail 3OW12 after the 1968 flood.Located between the Sisquoc River and a tall cliff face. Hawks often nest in cavities in the face of the cliff.
Coldwater Camp South Los Padres
1600 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Coldwater Camp is a small primitive trail camp on the Manzana Trail (30W13) located in the San Rafael Wilderness
Cottam Camp South Los Padres
1600 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
In 1915 Russel and Albert Cottam obtained a special use permit on a meadow where Blue Canyon and Forbush Creek join to flow north to the Santa Ynez River. Originally the camp was known as Lower Blue Camp but later became Cottam Camp. The brothers built a cabin and corrals and used the area as a pack…
Cottonwood Camp - Sisquoc Trail South Los Padres
3400 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Cottonwood Camp is located along the Sisquoc Trail (27W07).  It is most frequently accessed from either Santa Barbara Canyon or as part of a longer trip from Nira Campground.  There are three camps within Cottonwood: a lower camp, which is across the…
Cuchudas Camp South Los Padres
1700 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Chuchudas Camp is located on the Horse Canyon Labrea Trail (31W09) in the San Rafael Wilderness.
Dinsomore Camp South Los Padres
2090 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
Dinsomore Camp is located on the Buckhorn Trail (27W12)  at the junction of the Upper Buckhorn Creek and the Buckhorn Creek. This very primative trail camp is shaded by large trees.
Don Victor Camp South Los Padres
3400 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
A small and very remote trail camp located off the Loma Victor Road (7N05), the Don Victor Trail starts here. The camp was once an old homestead owned by Don Victor in the 1920's, you can find the ruins of his old cabin near by.
Dutch Oven Camp South Los Padres
3700 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
Dutch Oven Camp was supposedly named after a dutch oven pot that was left at the camp and stayed there for some time.  The camp was probably created due to it being just below the junction of the 
Falls Camp South Los Padres
4720 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Falls is a small trail camp located near Lower Bear Camp on the Upper Sisquoc Trail (30W12) in the San Rafael Wilderness 
Fish Creek Camp South Los Padres
2000 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Located at the junction of Fish Creek and Manzana Creek, Fish Creek Camp is a few miles upstream from NIRA along the Manzana Trail.  Legend has it that the camp used to be about a half mile downstream but was moved to its current location after a particularly large winter season of storms.…
Flores Flat Camp South Los Padres
2300 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
Flores Flat Camp is located in between the Santa Cruz Camp and Kellog Camp on the Santa Cruz Trail (27W09) in the San Rafael Wilderness
Forbush Camp Los Padres
2438 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
Fobush Flats Camp is located about 1.5 miles down the Cold Spring North Trail from Cold Spring Saddle.  The camp is set in a hanging potrero about midway down the north slope of the Santa Ynez Mountains.  It is bordered on north by Gidney Creek, south by a geologic ridge spine, east a steep drop into…
Happy Hollow Camp South Los Padres
4,318 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
Happy Hollow Camp is located in the bowl on the crest of Little Pine Mountain.  If you walk around the perimeter of Happy Hollow, you’ll notice that there are no outlets from the top, meaning that all water flows to the center of the bowl.  It’s very interesting and a unique feature to the area.
Happy Hunting Ground Camp South Los Padres
3183 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Happy Hunting Ground Camp is east of Figueroa Mountain, Take the Sunset Valley Road (7NO7) to Nira Camp, then the Upper Manzana Creek Trail (30W13) for about 9 miles. This small primative trial camp is located in…
Heath Camp South Los Padres
3437.5 - Burtness ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Heath Camp is located at the junction of the Sisquoc Trail (30W12) and the Judell Trail in the San Rafael Wilderness.  It is a small camp with one camping area and fire ring.  There are a few remnant camp rings up-canyon, but they are hard to find and not worth the…
Hidden Potrero Camp South Los Padres
2,769 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
Hidden Potrero Camp was named after a potrero which is actually located far above the camp on top of the mountain to the south of camp. Hidden Potrero has two benches, two fire rings and great views of the impressive south face of Little Pine Mtn. The biggest drawback of Hidden…
Indian Creek Camp South Los Padres
2300 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
Indian Camp is a small primative camp located on the Indian Trail (26W08)in the Dick Smith Wilderness
Kellogg Camp South Los Padres
3,217 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
Kellogg Camp is named after Kerry Kellogg who spent 35 years working as Trails Manager for the Santa Barbara Ranger District.  Kerry retired in 2011 and the camp was named in his honor in 2012.  Nearby Coche…
Kerry Canyon Camp South Los Padres
2200 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
This camp was probably named for a local pioneer family. This trail camp is on the poorly maintained Kerry Canyon OHV Trail (30W02) in the San Rafael Wilderness
Little Pine Spring Camp South Los Padres
3300 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
Located just off the Santa Cruz Trail, take the Little Pine Spring Trail down canyon to the small primative Little Pine Spring Camp. Great water can usually be found here.
Lonnie Davis Camp South Los Padres
2600 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Lonnie Davis Camp is located on the Manzana Trail (30W13) in the San Rafael Wilderness.
Lost Valley Camp South Los Padres
1925 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
The Lost Valley Camp is located in the San Rafael Wilderness at the trail junction of the Lost Valley Trail (29W14) and the Manzana Trail (30W13), the camp is near…
Lower Alamar Camp South Los Padres
2800 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
Lower Alamar Camp is located on the Alamar Trail (26W06)
Potrero Camp South Los Padres
1660 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Potrero Camp is located on the Lower Manzana Trail downstream from NIRA.  The camp is situated at the junction of Manzana and Potrero Trails.  There are two campsites, the first just before the first creek crossing and the second camp is about 100 yards downstream from the Potrero Trail junction. …
Roque Camp South Los Padres
3000 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
An old time Basque sheep herder named Roque had a sheep camp near the head of the canyon. His camp became a Forest Service Camp but is rarely used as the trail up the canyon has not been maintained since 1979. It was mostly used by hunters.
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