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Sheep Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Cuddy Valley
  • Elevation: 8400 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Chumash
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Mt. Pinos Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.1745647
  • Latitude: 34.80993646
  • Water Sources: Reliable spring at Sheep Camp
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Birding
    • Camping
    • Day-Hiking
    • Horseback Riding
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Wilderness-Camping

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
05-28-2017Troop 119Flowing
09-20-2016John SantoyoDry
07-09-2016Avid HikerTrickle
07-03-2016random guyTrickle
06-04-2016M SubbotinTrickle
05-27-2016Coyote DaveTrickle
03-19-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
09-19-2015NIck BlakeStagnant
02-21-2015Steven CalkinsFlowing


Located on Lockwood Creek North Fork Trail 22W02 which starts at the Three Falls Boy Scout Camp in Lockwood Valley. This is a very steep trail. It is better to hike in from Mount Abel via the Mount Pinos Trail 21W03 and North Fork Trails north end.
This camp was used by sheep herders from the San Joaquin Valley in the late 1880's and 90's. At one time there were 2 grated stoves and rock rings. Water is available from 2 springs. The one in camp is often contaminated but the spring 1 1/4 mile up the trail is good.

Sheep Camp is one of the highest camps in the Los Padres at just over 8,400ft.  The camp is along the North Fork Lockwood Trail and is most commonly accessed via the Campo Alto or Chula Vista trailheads. 

Survey Photos:

  • M Subbotin - 06-04-2016
    spring and spring box above

  • M Subbotin - 06-04-2016
    New sign at spring

  • M Subbotin - 06-04-2016
    Upper camp w/ improved access and stove recovered and placed adjacent to rock fire ring

  • Avid Hiker - 07-09-2016

  • John Santoyo - 09-20-2016

Submitted Camp Reports

Sheep Camp Survey - 05-30-2017 - by bardley
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 05-30-2017
Surveyor Name:bardley
Camp Description:dead chipmunk removed from spring box.  hoping previous visitors sterilized water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:slow flow. water level in spring box just at lower pipe.
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Camp Survey - 05-28-2017 - by Troop 119
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 05-28-2017
Surveyor Name:Troop 119
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good quality from pipe
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Camp Survey - 09-20-2016 - by John Santoyo
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 09-20-2016
Surveyor Name:John Santoyo
Camp Description:Hiked from the Nordic base with one friend. Very clean and open space in the lower edge of the campground.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:low of 49 at night high of 73

Sheep Camp Survey - 09-03-2016 - by JuancaD
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 09-03-2016
Surveyor Name:JuancaD
Camp Description:Hiked with friends from Chula vista Trail head to Cerro Noreste and back, but took a detour to check out Sheep camp.
The camp was empty, no water available on site.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water flowing or trickle, moist soil only at the water trap.
Weather Conditions:Clear sky's, and about 70 deg. temp.
Sheep Camp Survey - 07-09-2016 - by Avid Hiker
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 07-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Avid Hiker
Camp Description:Campground was rather full, due to fire elsewhere in the Los Padres, they camped here instead. Amazing that all the wild flowers were still in bloom. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Actually more of a steady drip than trickle. Took over an hour to fill a half gallon. With other campers also needing water, would make it difficult getting enough.
Weather Conditions:low 70s when we left at noon, high 50s at night.

Sheep Camp Survey - 07-03-2016 - by random guy
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 07-03-2016
Surveyor Name:random guy
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Camp Survey - 06-04-2016 - by M Subbotin
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 06-04-2016
Surveyor Name:M Subbotin
Camp Description:used a 20-ft plumbing snake to ream the outlet tube. Removed a minor blockage; and new sign at camp

Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:1 liter per minute
Weather Conditions:45 in AM, 75 during day

spring and spring box above

New sign at spring

Upper camp w/ improved access and stove recovered and placed adjacent to rock fire ring
Sheep Camp Survey - 05-27-2016 - by Coyote Dave
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 05-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Coyote Dave
Camp Description:Spring has two outlet pipes that discharge from the spring box.  Looking uphill, the outlet pipe on the left was barely flowing with a slow drip.  The pipe on the right had a very slow steady flow of approximately 1/10 L /minute.  We had vessels placed under both outlet pipes which easily sustained our group of 8, but required several vessels to containerize and transfer water for filtering. We used a large cooking pot and a collapsible bucket.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:1/10 L /minute
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Camp Survey - 04-09-2016 - by Eric
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 04-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Eric
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:One pike was doing 3 drips in 2 seconds, the other pike was running at 1 liter in 70 seconds
Weather Conditions:foggy, on & off drizzle and snow - high of 34 degrees F
Sheep Camp Survey - 03-19-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 03-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:10 % coverage with snow at Sheep Camp, 1-4 inches deep. Tried to go further up to Sawmill camp, got to 2-3 foot drifts across the trail at the 8400 foot level.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Pipe filled a quart in 5 minutes.
Weather Conditions:High 40s at night. 65ish daytimes
Sheep Camp Survey - 09-19-2015 - by NIck Blake
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 09-19-2015
Surveyor Name:NIck Blake
Camp Description:There was evidence along the trail of heavy water runoff from the rain earlier in the week 9-14-2015.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:There was about 4 inches of standing water in the spring. Not high enough to reach the outflow pipe, but it could be drunk if filtered.
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Camp Survey - 08-22-2015 - by Joe
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 08-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Joe
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water coming from the spring. Bring your own.
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Camp Survey - 08-17-2015 - by Eric
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 08-17-2015
Surveyor Name:Eric
Camp Description:Hiked up in mid July, pipe spring filled a quart canteen in two minutes. Mid August, the pipe is dry! Camp sites nice and clean, nobody else camping. Got one day-hiker visiting from Mt Pinos. I hiked up from Boy Scout camp 3 Falls. The North Falls 2 miles up from the camp, or 4 miles down from Sheep Camp still had water flowing, it would fill a quart in 2-3 minutes. Low 70 temperatures in the middle of the day at 8,000 ft. Going to wait for it to rain or snow before I go again.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Both springs at Sheep Camp are dry.
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Camp Survey - 05-25-2015 - by Sara
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 05-25-2015
Surveyor Name:Sara
Camp Description:On Memorial Day weekend, only one other camper was present.  There is a fantastic campsite at lower end nearest to a scenic viewpoint overlooking the valley.

One of the four campsites was impacted by a huge fallen tree lying across the firepit/stove area.  This is the second highest campsite.  There is another campsite just above which is not very visible from the trail.

The spring was flowing beautifully.

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:low 50s to low 70s, breezy
Sheep Camp Survey - 04-05-2015 - by N27C
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 04-05-2015
Surveyor Name:N27C
Camp Description:Camp in excellent condition, but someone had left that morning and the fire pit was still hot. Doused it further.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water flowing well.
Weather Conditions:Mid-40s, sunny and windy
Sheep Camp Survey - 02-21-2015 - by Steven Calkins
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 02-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Steven Calkins
Camp Description:One of my favorite camps, it is divided into 3 sections and the upper camp was recently crushed by a huge fallen tree, it landed right across the fire ring and stove.  The middle and lower camps are in great condition.  The new spring box is running steady at about 1 liter a minute, I tried to ream the pipe out but made no difference.  Still good water source.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:New spring box working wonderfully, thanks.
Weather Conditions:
Sheep Camp Survey - 08-01-2014 - by bardley
Link: Sheep Camp
Date: 08-01-2014
Surveyor Name:bardley
Camp Description:all sites free of debris. there is currently a hazard limb between the middle and lower camps. unlikely anyone would wander under it, but it's the distal end of a branch hanging onto the distal branch / limb of the main trunk. 
hard to believe no campers on saturday of the labor day weekend. 
saw rattlesnake at trailside ~ 75 yards east of north fork / mt pinos trail junction. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:spring box water level is above pvc pipe outlet. terminal end of pipe drips. pipe needs a rooter.
Weather Conditions:70s. breezy. almost chilly in the shade.

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