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Santa Cruz: In Spanish it means, "Holy Cross"
Located on the bank of Santa Cruz Creek the camp was constructed by the CCC in 1931. A Ranger Station was built at the same time under some beautiful oaks on the east end of the camp. The camp is located on the Santa Cruz Trail 27W09 that climbs from Upper Oso over Little Pine Mountain to Santa Cruz Camp and eventually into the San Rafael Wilderness and up to Mission Pine Basin Camp. Santa Cruz Camp has long been a popular fishing camp and is a doorway into the nearby San Rafael Wilderness.
There are several camp sites, some with stoves and tables. There is a pit toilet.
Santa Cruz Creek flows into Cachuma Lake and runs northeast to drain a large area of the south side of the San Rafael Mountains. Santa Cruz Creek flows year round and that in addition to connecting to Cachuma Lake results in better than average fishing by Los Padres standards. Numerous Chumash sites and old hunting and fishing camps are scattered along the upper creek.
Starting from the Big Pine Road (9N11) a Jeep Trail descends the top of a ridge to switch back down into Santa Cruz Canyon just up creek from Santa Cruz Station and campground. This is an administrative road and not open to motorized vehicles. Bike, foot and horse traffic is permissible.
SANTA CRUZ GUARD STATION
In 1931 the CCC_built this Forest Service Patrol Station at the east end of the campground on the Santa Cruz Trail 27W09. At the back of the cabin is a horse barn and just beyond this is the remains of a large stone chimney. E. W. Alexander, who owned Rancho Oso on the Santa Ynez River, ran cattle in this area and the cabin was a line camp for people working the cattle. The cattle were driven over parts of the Santa Cruz and Alexander Trails to market.