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Three Mile Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Lion Canyon
  • Elevation: 5900 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Sespe
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.2042483
  • Latitude: 34.62317844
  • Water Sources: Mostly reliable Piedra Blanca Creek, although it does dry up during the height of summer during dry years
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Camping
    • Campfire Rings
    • Creek
    • Horseback Riding
    • Wilderness-Camping

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
05-25-2017bardleyFlowing
06-16-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
04-25-2016Scott WilliamsTrickle
04-14-2016Doug ThomasFlowing
01-02-2016MightyMFlowing
08-13-2015Yamato SekiDry
05-16-2015Jeremiah SwiderTrickle
05-09-2015Arnold LevinFlowing
04-03-2015NOrman93001Flowing
03-22-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
02-14-2015Aaron and Tom SongerFlowing
11-15-2014John SpiegelDry

Description:

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 refuge during the summer months, if you can get here. Three Mile probably sees less action than it's nearby campsites.  It has a table, some old fire rings and a classic old Forest Service sign.

Survey Photos:


  • Aaron and Tom Songer - 02-14-2015
    Three Mile Campground

  • Aaron and Tom Songer - 02-14-2015
    Piedra Blanca Creek

  • Arnold Levin - 05-09-2015
    Fire Pit and nice shade around.

  • Arnold Levin - 05-09-2015
    Picnic Bench- signs surrounding tree

  • Arnold Levin - 05-09-2015
    Water just North of the campsite.

  • Jeremiah Swider - 05-16-2015
    fire ring and table

  • Jeremiah Swider - 05-16-2015
    space for tents

  • Scott Williams - 04-25-2016

Submitted Camp Reports

Three Mile Camp Survey - 05-25-2017 - by bardley
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 05-25-2017
Surveyor Name:bardley
Camp Description:a falling tree, approx 48" diameter,  missed both the stove at camp site one and the table at camp site two.  however, it did completely block the trail.  two sections of the tree at the 'crown' end were removed so that the trail is now open w/o tree hurdling.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Three Mile Camp Survey - 06-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 06-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Three Mile Camp Survey - 04-25-2016 - by Scott Williams
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 04-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Scott Williams
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:The creek is at a slow trick now. The pools are full and not stagnant.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Three Mile Camp Survey - 04-14-2016 - by Doug Thomas
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 04-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Doug Thomas
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Three Mile Camp Survey - 01-02-2016 - by MightyM
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 01-02-2016
Surveyor Name:MightyM
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Frozen solid in places, thin ice in some places, some open flow
Weather Conditions:
Three Mile Camp Survey - 08-13-2015 - by Yamato Seki
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 08-13-2015
Surveyor Name:Yamato Seki
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Three Mile Camp Survey - 05-16-2015 - by Jeremiah Swider
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 05-16-2015
Surveyor Name:Jeremiah Swider
Camp Description:one fire ring, not much space for tents but you could fit three or four if necessary.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:a creek nearby with not much water in it
Weather Conditions:foggy but warm
Images:

fire ring and table

space for tents
Three Mile Camp Survey - 05-09-2015 - by Arnold Levin
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 05-09-2015
Surveyor Name:Arnold Levin
Camp Description:A favorite but smaller camp ground than some of the others.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Low flow rate compared to Upper Reyes Creek and the camps served by beartrap creek to the west
Weather Conditions:Sunny
Images:

Fire Pit and nice shade around.

Picnic Bench- signs surrounding tree


Water just North of the campsite.
Three Mile Camp Survey - 04-03-2015 - by NOrman93001
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 04-03-2015
Surveyor Name:NOrman93001
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Three Mile Camp Survey - 03-22-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 03-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:VWR project logging fallen trees.  Water was flowing nicely at Three Mile.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Three Mile Camp Survey - 02-14-2015 - by Aaron and Tom Songer
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 02-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Aaron and Tom Songer
Camp Description:Campground was very nice and in good condition. There were three fire rings and a picnic table that shows its age. Laying on a pine tree next to the picnic table was a very cool and old LP Forest campground sign. 

There was a post near the creek crossing laying against a tree that looked like it was ready for a new sign to be put on it.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:clear water; steady flow
Weather Conditions:mid 60s; very calm and very nice
Images:

Three Mile Campground

Piedra Blanca Creek
Three Mile Camp Survey - 11-15-2014 - by John Spiegel
Link: Three Mile Camp
Date: 11-15-2014
Surveyor Name:John Spiegel
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:There was good flowing water a mile west - half-way along the trail to Haddock. There were also puddles here and there along the trail in either direction.
Weather Conditions:

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Last Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017

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