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Upper Bear Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Big Pine Mountain
  • Elevation: 5253 feet feet
  • Wilderness Area: San Rafael
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.6334957
  • Latitude: 34.70450659
  • Water Sources: At the head water of the Sisquoc river.
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Day-Hiking
    • Wilderness-Camping

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
05-20-2017MSchlessFlowing
03-19-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
07-16-2016jasonn beckstrandFlowing
05-21-2016James WapotichFlowing
05-15-2016Jasonn BeckstrandFlowing
05-10-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
11-14-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
09-26-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
03-03-2015Bryan ConantFlowing
11-24-2014Shaddus Maximus Flowing
05-11-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
Photo: Shaddus Maximus - 11-24-2014
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Description:

Upper Bear Camp is located on the Sisquoc Trail, this is a small trail camp shaded by the pine trees and cedars. The head waters of the Sisquoc are a reliable source of water and frequently accessed by bikers using the Buckhorn Road to travel across the forest.  There is a huge stove on the far side of the creek at Upper Bear but its been overgrown in the past few years after the Zaca Fire. 

Survey Photos:


  • Shaddus Maximus - 11-24-2014

  • Bryan Conant - 03-03-2015
    Warm and dry

  • Bryan Conant - 03-03-2015

  • Bryan Conant - 03-03-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 09-26-2015
    Stove at Upper Bear

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 09-26-2015
    Upper Bear Camp, Summer Style

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 09-26-2015
    Creek at Upper Bear

  • jasonn beckstrand - 07-16-2016
    steady flow right at camp

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-19-2017

Submitted Camp Reports

Upper Bear Camp Survey - 05-20-2017 - by MSchless
Link: Upper Bear Camp
Date: 05-20-2017
Surveyor Name:MSchless
Camp Description:Didn't camp here. Just dropped down from Alamar to get water for the night and hike out the next morning. Good flowing water through the creek. Really nice little camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow through creek
Weather Conditions:70s
Upper Bear Camp Survey - 03-19-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Upper Bear Camp
Date: 03-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Camp in good shape.  Plenty of water.  Upper Bear seems to be getting more people camping at it than Bear or Lower Bear.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Upper Bear Camp Survey - 07-16-2016 - by jasonn beckstrand
Link: Upper Bear Camp
Date: 07-16-2016
Surveyor Name:jasonn beckstrand
Camp Description:watch out lots of stinging nettles
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:steady flow next to camp
Weather Conditions:clear and 80
Images:

steady flow right at camp
Upper Bear Camp Survey - 05-21-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Upper Bear Camp
Date: 05-21-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Good water at Upper Bear. No water at (Middle) Bear.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Upper Bear Camp Survey - 05-15-2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Upper Bear Camp
Date: 05-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good water for filtering
Weather Conditions:70
Upper Bear Camp Survey - 05-10-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Upper Bear Camp
Date: 05-10-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Beautiful camp, highly recommended.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Low 70's and perfect!
Upper Bear Camp Survey - 11-14-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Upper Bear Camp
Date: 11-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Good water flow as usual at Upper Bear Camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Cold and sunny, upper 30's
Upper Bear Camp Survey - 09-26-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Upper Bear Camp
Date: 09-26-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Good water flowing through Upper Bear Camp.  No water shortly below camp.  The camp continues to improve as the area recovers from the Zaca Fire.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Mid 80's and clear, cooler under the large trees
Images:

Stove at Upper Bear

Upper Bear Camp, Summer Style


Creek at Upper Bear
Upper Bear Camp Survey - 03-03-2015 - by Bryan Conant
Link: Upper Bear Camp
Date: 03-03-2015
Surveyor Name:Bryan Conant
Camp Description:Good flowing water, plenty of firewood.  It was snowing and cold when I was there.  Very wild feeling camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:low 30's and snowing
Images:

Warm and dry



Upper Bear Camp Survey - 11-24-2014 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Upper Bear Camp
Date: 11-24-2014
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Spring next to camp has good water flow.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Upper Bear Camp Survey - 05-11-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Upper Bear Camp
Date: 05-11-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Information gathered by James Wapotich while on a VWR Patrol.  You can follow James on his blog: http://songsofthewilderness.wordpress.com/
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:

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