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Upper Santa Ynez Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: White Ledge Peak
  • Elevation: 2926 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Barbara Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.4519015
  • Latitude: 34.4917835
  • Water Sources: Camp is above a normally reliable tributary of the Santa Ynez River.
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Biking
    • Birding
    • Camping
    • Campfire Rings
    • Creek
    • Day-Hiking
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hunting
    • Mountain Biking
    • Tables
    • Wildlife Viewing

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
05-21-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
05-13-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
10-22-2016Craig R. CareyTrickle
06-18-2016James WapotichTrickle
02-13-2016Shaddus Maximus Flowing
01-28-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
01-17-2016Shaddus Maximus Flowing
01-03-2016Valerie NortonFlowing
03-13-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
03-13-2015Jeff B.Flowing
06-25-2014Richard HumphreyStagnant
04-11-2014LPFAFlowing

Description:

Upper Santa Ynez Camp is set along the Forest Service access road that leads from Juncal up to Murietta Divide and down to Matilija.  This road is called either Juncal Road or Murietta Road.  The camp has very reliable water and a few small pools, although it can go dry during drought years.  There are a few old campfire rings and a table at the camp.  Upper Santa Ynez is most often used by mtn bikers who ride the road to use the camp.  It's a nice quiet camp, under oak trees, next to a creek and with nice views of the farthest upper sections of the Santa Ynez River Valley.

Survey Photos:


  • Jeff B. - 03-13-2015
    Sunset from just above Upper Santa Ynez Camp

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 01-28-2016

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 01-28-2016

  • Craig R. Carey - 10-22-2016

  • Craig R. Carey - 10-22-2016

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 05-21-2017
    Photo Humphrey

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 05-21-2017
    Photo Humphrey

Submitted Camp Reports

Upper Santa Ynez Camp Survey - 05-21-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Upper Santa Ynez Camp
Date: 05-21-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Volunteer Wilderness Ranger project to clean up the camp, paint the tables and check on the status of the camp.  Lots of bugs, camp is clean and in good shape.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:91 degrees and buggy
Images:

Photo Humphrey

Photo Humphrey
Upper Santa Ynez Camp Survey - 05-13-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Upper Santa Ynez Camp
Date: 05-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Good clean campsite.  The wind sounded like it was going to blow my tent over.  The site is kind of out of sight but there grass is thinner on the track.  That's how I ended up finding it.  Lots of tall grass around the campsite but there is a good clearing. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water was clear and flowing
Weather Conditions:Sunny and 70s during day, 50s at night and windy
Upper Santa Ynez Camp Survey - 10-22-2016 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Upper Santa Ynez Camp
Date: 10-22-2016
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:Still a tad buggy, but a great weekend with Troop 111 at Upper Santa Ynez. 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Clear and cold.
Weather Conditions:
Images:


Upper Santa Ynez Camp Survey - 06-18-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: Upper Santa Ynez Camp
Date: 06-18-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:There is a trickle of water in the creek at the crossing near the camp, with refreshingly cold water in the pool. The camp however is buggy this time of year, better to wait until it gets too cold for them to camp there.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Upper Santa Ynez Camp Survey - 02-13-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Upper Santa Ynez Camp
Date: 02-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Upper Santa Ynez Camp Survey - 01-28-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Upper Santa Ynez Camp
Date: 01-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Good water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:


Upper Santa Ynez Camp Survey - 01-17-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Upper Santa Ynez Camp
Date: 01-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Upper Santa Ynez Camp Survey - 01-03-2016 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Upper Santa Ynez Camp
Date: 01-03-2016
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Camp Description:Walked the road up to Murrietta Divide and stopped by on my way up.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:upper 60s and windy, camp sheltered
Upper Santa Ynez Camp Survey - 03-13-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Upper Santa Ynez Camp
Date: 03-13-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Other than at USY Camp, there is no water along the Santa Ynez above Jameson Lake.  There is good water at Juncal. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Upper Santa Ynez Camp Survey - 03-13-2015 - by Jeff B.
Link: Upper Santa Ynez Camp
Date: 03-13-2015
Surveyor Name:Jeff B.
Camp Description:Quick one-night bikepacking trip, Lower Oso-Upper Santa Ynez and return the next day. Camp is in great shape, with very little sign of recent use when I was there; road up from Juncal Gate in very good condition.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Plenty of deliciously cool flowing water.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Sunset from just above Upper Santa Ynez Camp
Upper Santa Ynez Camp Survey - 06-25-2014 - by Richard Humphrey
Link: Upper Santa Ynez Camp
Date: 06-25-2014
Surveyor Name:Richard Humphrey
Camp Description:Upper Santa Ynez! The Spring is now stagnant ok, bring extra h20 if you are hIking or mountain biking ok!]]Lot of black flies up there right now, bring repellant, etc ok! Be smart whether hiking or mountain biking there ok! don't count on h20 up on the upper Ynez Spring ok, i doubt i would even pump this for h20 ok! Leprechaun SB!
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Went in to Upper Santa Ynez Camp last Wednesday afternoon, I arrived at the camp site and was surprised to see that the Spring was now stagnant and not flowing, key info for our local mountain bikers ok! the campsite is quite dry during this exceptionasl drought, those folks hiking or riding in should be their needed h20 ok! it's only gonna get worse from here on out this season, use common sense! exspect no water sources up in the Upper Santa Ynez Camp site ! The Jeepway is in good enough
Weather Conditions:82-88 degrees day time, 48 nights...
Upper Santa Ynez Camp Survey - 04-11-2014 - by LPFA
Link: Upper Santa Ynez Camp
Date: 04-11-2014
Surveyor Name:LPFA
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water flowing at the camp but no water along the creek above Jameson Lake.
Weather Conditions:

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