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The Pines Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Ojai
  • Elevation: 3420 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.1598944
  • Latitude: 34.4839
  • Water Sources: Water is piped out of a spring just outside camp, it is mostly reliable but can dry up
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Trail Camp

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
08-11-2017Eldon WalkerDry
05-20-2017Craig R. CareyDry
01-08-2017Josh Lee PasholkDry
11-08-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
05-15-2015Craig R. CareyFlowing
01-18-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
12-06-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
10-01-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry

Description:

The Forest Service established a tree nursery here. Both the 1932 Matilija fire and the 1948 Wheeler fire burned the trees planted by the Forest Service. The Thatcher School students have replanted the present pines. Other trees were lost in the 1985 Wheeler fire but the majority remain.

Located on the Horn Canyon Trail (27W08). This trail was one of the major trails from Ojai to the Sespe River in the early days. It was often used by campers, fisherman and hunters.

The Pines Camp is set amongst an interesting clump of pine trees. Many of the pines have died during the drought of the mid 2010's and as a result the green clump looks a bit more brown these days.  The camp is accessed via the Horn Canyon Trail from Thacher School.  The camp is a lovely place to watch the Ojai lights flicker through the orangish red of a sunset but is most commonly visited as a dayhike.

Northeast of Ojai via State Highway 150, Reeves Road, and McAndrews Road (5N10) to the locked gate behind Thacher School. At this point a narrow, the steep Horn Canyon Trail (27W08) leads uphill for about 3 miles to the Pines Camp.

 

Survey Photos:


  • Los Padres Forest Association - 12-06-2014
    Photo, Ranger Heidi

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 11-08-2015
    Photo Ranger Heidi

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 11-08-2015
    Photo Ranger Heidi

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 11-08-2015
    Photo Ranger Heidi

  • Josh Lee Pasholk - 01-08-2017

  • Josh Lee Pasholk - 01-08-2017

  • Josh Lee Pasholk - 01-08-2017

  • Josh Lee Pasholk - 01-08-2017

  • Craig R. Carey - 05-20-2017

  • Eldon Walker - 08-11-2017
    The Pines camp, panoramas: pre-drought (upper) and August 11, 2017 (current state).

Submitted Camp Reports

The Pines Camp Survey - 08-11-2017 - by Eldon Walker
Link: The Pines Camp
Date: 08-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Eldon Walker
Camp Description:I have 50 years experience visiting The Pines camp and approximately 40 years worth of pictures. One can fairly say that The Pines camp no longer exists in a recognizable form as The Pines due to drought and bark beetle infestation.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Hot, 90 degrees + and dry on August 11, 2017.
Images:

The Pines camp, panoramas: pre-drought (upper) and August 11, 2017 (current state).
The Pines Camp Survey - 05-20-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: The Pines Camp
Date: 05-20-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:As part of their 16-mile trek from Piedra Blanca TH to Thacher School, the intrepid mountain men of Troop 111 (Ventura) took a break at The Pines on Saturday 5/20. Sad to see the camp as it is now. Site should be cleared of grass before any campfires. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Hot and dry.
Images:

The Pines Camp Survey - 01-08-2017 - by Josh Lee Pasholk
Link: The Pines Camp
Date: 01-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Josh Lee Pasholk
Camp Description:Hiked up here on a Sunday after it rained. Plenty of people hiking on the trail but only a few made it up to the camp.

All but a few of the pine trees have been cut down due to the hazardous nature of standing dead trees in a place where people frequent. 

It's a sad sight as it was a really nice little getaway just outside Ojai, which is a getaway in and of itself.

I wouldn't recommend camping here as you now have to pack in all of your own water, and at 8 pounds a gallon be my guest.

If you'd like to check out some more pictures, take a look at my blog! I plan to post at least one hike a month if not more.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Spring wasn't flowing, sitting rainwater in trough stagnant
Weather Conditions:Cloudy 55
Images:





The Pines Camp Survey - 11-08-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: The Pines Camp
Date: 11-08-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Report from Ranger Heidi:

- Water flowing at the horse trough at The Pines
- 23 pines that appear dead and standing at the camp
- Three trees have fallen recently in the camp

CAMPING AT THE PINES IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Photo Ranger Heidi

Photo Ranger Heidi


Photo Ranger Heidi
The Pines Camp Survey - 05-15-2015 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: The Pines Camp
Date: 05-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:Trees continue to decline; nearly 2/3 of the Coulters are dead or dying. Sad times. Lots of weed and undergrowth starting to encroach; otherwise site is in good shape. Trail getting a tad brushy on some of the switchbacks up, but nothing serious.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Recently routered and re-connected by the Thacher students under Headmaster Mulligan's direction, the trough and the adjacent overflow basins are all full.
Weather Conditions:Late-afternoon and night Hike. Clear, cool, and breezy.
The Pines Camp Survey - 01-18-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: The Pines Camp
Date: 01-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
The Pines Camp Survey - 12-06-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: The Pines Camp
Date: 12-06-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:As reported by Ranger Heidi of the Ojai District.  No water at The PInes.  There was water lower on Horn Canyon.  Camp is clean, the trail has been worked and sadly many of the pines are dying from the drought.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Photo, Ranger Heidi
The Pines Camp Survey - 10-01-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: The Pines Camp
Date: 10-01-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Information from the Ojai Ranger District
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Only water at second crossing from bottom
Weather Conditions:

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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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