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Santa Lucia Ranger District Trail Camps

Trail Camps in the Santa Lucia Ranger District, Los Padres National Forest


A total of 22 Santa Lucia Ranger District Trail Camps are currently available. ×
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…
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.
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…
Balm of Gilead Camp South Los Padres
2000 ft. • San Luis Obispo County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
The Balm of Gilead camp gets its name from the Balm of Gilead trees that grow in the area. This is a trail camp. Access: Located northeast of Arroyo Grande via the Pozo-Arroyo Grande county road and the Trout Creek Trail (31S01)…
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…
Buckeye Camp South Los Padres
1700 ft. • San Luis Obispo County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Buckeye Camp is located on the Caldwell Trout Creek Trail (15E06) in the Garcia Wilderness.
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
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.
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.…
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…
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
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…
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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