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Sespe Wilderness Camps

All trail campsites in the Sespe Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest


A total of 28 Sespe Wilderness Camps are currently available. ×
Alder Creek Camp - Ventura South Los Padres
2520 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
Access the Alder Creek Camp from Alder Creek Trail (20W11) from the trailhead at Dough Flat trailhead. Dough Flat is 17 miles north of Fillmore on unimproved Forest Road 6N16 (Oak Flat/Cow Spring Road). Vehicle…
Ant Camp South Los Padres
2700 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
Ant camp is a small trail camp located on the trail junction of Bucksnort Trail and the Aqua Blanca Trail in the Sespe Wilderness, the camp is at 2700 feet elevation. The camp is well named…
Bear Creek Camp South Los Padres
2820 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
Bear Creek camp is located on the Sespe River Trail in the Sespe Wilderness. The camp sits near the creek on a sandy bench/beach area, the camp is surrounded by sycamores and cottonwoods. The Bear fire of 1971 originated here. Sespe and Willet hot springs are located down trail from here. Access:…
Beartrap Camp South Los Padres
5000 ft. • Ventura County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Trail Camp
Positioned in the pine trees, Bear Trap camp is located on the Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca Trail(22W03) in the Sespe Wilderness. The camp is about 5 Miles from Reyes Creek Camp.
Buck Creek Camp South Los Padres
4200 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
Buck Creek Camp is located on the Buck Creek Trail (18W01) in the Sespe Wilderness
Cedar Creek Camp South Los Padres
5,080 ft. • Ventura County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Trail Camp
Located on a bench between the South Fork Cedar Creek and an unnamed drainage, Cedar Creek is a fantastic camp under a lush forest of incense cedar and ponderosa pines. There are three fire-rings within the camp and enough room to play some frisbee or spread out should you have a larger group.  Being…
Coltrell Flat South Los Padres
2312 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
Coltrell Flat is a small camp along the Sespe River and the Sespe River Trail about 10.5 miles downstream from Piedra Blanca Trailhead. This camp is close to Sespe Hot Springs.
Cove Camp South Los Padres
1750 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
Located on the south side of Agua Blanca Creek on a stream terrace. A bend in the creek forms a shallow cove. Large oak trees shade the camp. It is located about 1 1/2 miles down stream from the Big Narrows. It is a good place to camp and day hike up to explore and swim the Big Narrows pools.  It…
Cow Spring Camp South Los Padres
3700 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
Located at the end of the Squaw Flat abandoned road, the camp was the beginning of the Alder Creek Trail (20W11) that descended to Alder Creek. North of the camp, along the trail are large exposures of deep red Sespe sandstone. There is a small seasonal waterfall at the head of Stone Corral Creek.…
Fishbowls Camp South Los Padres
5200 ft. • Ventura County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Trail Camp
Fishbowls Camp is located near the headwaters of Piru Creek upon Pine Mountain within the Sespe Wilderness.  Named after the series of bowl shaped swimming holes that are upstream from camp, Fishbowls has year round water and is nestled amongst pine trees and sandstone outcrops.  The camp is along…
Haddock Camp South Los Padres
6080 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
Haddock Camp, technically pronounced 'hay-dock' but commonly called 'had-dik', is located along the upper Piedra Blanca drainage along Pine Mountain in the Sespe Wilderness.  The camp is set amidst towering pine trees in a grassy small flat surrounded by white rock crags.  Haddock is most commonly…
Hartman Camp South Los Padres
2489 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
Hartman Camp is located along the Sespe River Trail about 9.5 miles downstream from Piedra Blanca Trailhead, which is by far the most common access point for visitors.   
Jackson Hole Camp South Los Padres
2500 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
Located near Santa Paula off the Highway 150 on the Last Chance Trail (21W09) in the Sespe Wilderness. The hole is a hunting and fishing camp which was named for a former mountaineer who often used the site. The falls are up the canyon above the camp. Further up…
Lady Bug Camp South Los Padres Los Padres
4800 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
Lady Bug Camp is a small trail camp located on the Red Reef Trail in the Sespe Wilderness.  No surprise here, but the camp has many ladybugs in and around the area, imagine that?  Very beautiful spot along one of the most spectacular trails in the Los Padres.
Last Chance Camp - Sespe South Los Padres
4300 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
Last Chance Camp is located along the Last Chance Trail in the upper Santa Paula Canyon drainage.  It is a small seldom visited camp with great views down-canyon and up towards Hines Peak and the southern flank of the Topa Topa Moutains.  The camp doesn't have much shade and is hard to get to.
Little Mutau Camp South Los Padres
5200 ft. • Ventura County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Trail Camp
A small primative trail camp located on the Little Mutau Trail (20W10) in the Sespe Wilderness  
Log Cabin Camp South Los Padres
1510 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
Located on the Agua Blanca Trail (19W10) just past the trail junction of Pothole Trail
Oak Flat Camp South Los Padres
2600 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
Located on a large bend in the Sespe River, the camp is located under large oak trees that grow on the flat above the river. At the west end of the fiat, where the river comes out of a small canyon, is a long, large pool. Good for fishing or swimming. The 1968 flood washed out the short trail over…
Piedra Blanca Camp South Los Padres
3500 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
The Piedra Blanca Camp is located on the Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca Trail in the Sespe Wilderness about 2.1 miles from the Piedra Blanca trail head. This is a small trail camp with a few fire rings, a great place for a quick overnight trip. The Piedra Blanca Creek flows year round.  
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp South Los Padres
6,000 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
Pine Mountain Lodge (PML) is located in the Sespe Wilderness along the Piedra Blanca - Gene Marshall National Recreation Trail.  It is most commonly accessed from the Sespe River side using the Piedra Blanca Trailhead.  That being said, many people pass through PML doing a shuttle trip from Reyes…
Saddle Skirt Camp South Los Padres
2950 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
Saddle Skirt is an old and seldom visited camp along the Agua Blanca in the Sespe Wilderness.  Some of the maps have the wrong location of the camp.  There are a few icecan stoves at the camp and its set in a small potrero surrounded by oaks and sycamore trees.
Shady Camp South Los Padres
2440 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
This camp is located on the southeast side of Alder Creek under large Coast Live oak trees on a low stream terrace. The 1968 floods washed out the short side trail to the camp from the Capper Sespe River Trail 20W30 so one must walk down the bed of Alder Creek. A short distance down stream from the…
Thacher Camp South Los Padres
2528 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
Thacher camp is located along the Sespe River Trail about 9 miles downstream from Piedra Blanca Trailhead.  The camp is just before you enter the bend in the creek where Willett Camp is located.  Thacher is along the bend before you cross the creek before you cross…
Three Mile Camp South Los Padres
5900 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Wilderness Trail
What exactly is this three miles from?  That is the question..... Three Mile Camp is set amongst lovely cedar trees along the Gene Marshall - Piedra Blanca Trail.  This camp can be covered in snow during the winter.  It's also a nice cool…
Tin Can Cabin Camp South Los Padres
2380 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
Tin Can Cabin camp is a small primitive trail camp located on the Aqua Blanca Trail in the Sespe Wilderness, the camp is at 2380 feet elevation.
Twin Forks Camp South Los Padres
3620 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Trail Camp
Twin Forks is a small camp just upstream from the confluence of Piedra Blanca Creek and North Fork Piedra Blanca Creek, which heads up towards Pine Mtn Lodge Camp.  While the name would indicate that both creeks might be identical, the main fork of the Piedra Blanca is clearly a larger creek with…
Upper Reyes Camp South Los Padres
4624 ft. • Ventura County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Wilderness Trail
Upper Reyes Camp is located a few miles up from Reyes Creek Trailhead along the Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca National Recreation Trail.  There are two sites at Upper Reyes, one on each side of the creek.  The western camp is located under some beautiful mature cedar trees.  The east camp has oak trees…
Willet Camp South Los Padres
2520 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Wilderness Trail
Willett Camp is located along the Sespe River Trail about 9 miles downstream from Piedra Blanca Trailhead, which is by far the most common access point for visitors.  There are a variety of camps that are situated around the ruins of an old family settlement that…
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