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Ventana Wilderness Trail Camps

Trail Campsites in the Ventana Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest


A total of 50 Ventana Wilderness Camps are currently available. ×
Apple Tree Camp North Los Padres
2960 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Located on the Turner Creek Trail (1E02) in the Ventana Wilderness.
Barlow Flat Camp North Los Padres
1000 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Barlow Flat Camp is a trail camp located on the Pine Ridge Trail (3E06) in the Ventana Wilderness 
Bear Basin Camp North Los Padres
3500 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
A small primative trial camp located on the Bear Basin Trail (3E11) in the Ventana Wilderness.
Buck Skin Flat Camp North Los Padres
1600 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Buck Skin Flat Camp is located on the Carmel River Trail (3E03) in the Ventana Wilderness.
Carmel River Camp North Los Padres
1200 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
The Carmel River TrailCamp is located on the Carmel River Trail (3E03), which is located in the Ventana Wilderness, the camp is located next to the junction of the Miller Canyon Trail (3E04).
Carrizo Springs Camp North Los Padres
3000 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Carrizo Springs Camp is located on the Carrizo Trail (4E27) in the Ventana Wilderness.
Cienega Camp North Los Padres
1700 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Cienega Camp is a small primitive trial camp located on the Big Sur Trail (3E07) in the Ventana Wilderness.
Clover Basin Camp North Los Padres
1800 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Clover Basin Camp is a small primitive trail camp loacted on the Miller Canyon Trail (3E04) in the Ventana Wilderness.
Cold Springs Campground North Los Padres
3200 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Car Campground
Is a small car camp at the start of the Big Sur Trail (3E07)on the border of the Ventana Wilderness.
Comings Camp North Los Padres
3200 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Located on the Skinner Ridge Trail (1E04)in the Ventana Wilderness at 3200 ft.
Cook Springs Camp North Los Padres
4400 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
A small primitive trial camp
Danish Creek Camp North Los Padres
1400 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
A small primitive trail camp located on the Rattlesnake Creek Trail (2E11) in the Ventana Wilderness.
Espinosa Camp North Los Padres
1700 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
A small primitive trail camp with a fire ring located about 3 Miles from Hwy 1 on the Kirk Creek Trail (4E17) in the Ventana Wilderness. To find water go about a half mile up the trail from the Espinosa camp, there's a trickling spring.
Fish Camp North Los Padres
2050 ft. • Santa Barbara County||Monterey County • Santa Lucia Ranger District ||Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
A small trail camp located on the Lost Valley Trail (4E08) in the Ventana Wilderness.
Forks Camp North Los Padres
2400 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
A small trail camp located at the fork of the Rodeo Flat Trail (4E26) and the Arroyo Seco Trail (4E10) in the Ventana Wilderness. Access from the Santa Lucia Memorial…
Fresno Camp North Los Padres
2200 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
A small trail camp located on the San Antonio Trail (5E04) in the Ventana Wilderness.
Hiding Canyon Camp North Los Padres
1763 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
A small trail camp located on the Carmel River Trail (3E03) in the Ventana Wilderness
Jackson Camp North Los Padres
950 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Jackson Camp is locted on the Jackson Camp Trail (2E08) in the very beautiful Ventana Wilderness
Last Chance Camp - Ventana North Los Padres
2000 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
A small trail camp located on the Santa Lucia Creek Trail (5E03) in the Ventana Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest.
Launtz Creek Camp North Los Padres
1600 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Launtz Creek Camp is a small primative camp located on the Mount Manuel Trail (2E06) in the Ventana Wilderness
Little Sur Camp North Los Padres
700 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Located just off 0.54 Miles down the Little Sur Camp Trail (2E09)
Lone Pine Camp North Los Padres
4000 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
This is a small primative trail camp located on the Ventana Double Cone Trail (Trail# 2E04)in the Ventana Wilderness
Madrone Camp North Los Padres
2700 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
A primitive trail camp located on the Arroyo Seco Trail (4E10)in the Ventana Wilderness.
Miller Canyon Camp North Los Padres
2000 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Miller Canyon Camp is located on the Miller Canyon Trail in the Ventana Wilderness.  The camp can be accessed either from the Carmel River Trail or from China Camp.
Mocho Camp North Los Padres
1600 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Located high up the South Fork Big Sur River along Mocho Creek, Mocho Camp is located along the Big Sur Trail in the Ventana Wilderness.  Mocho is quite remote, hard to get to and seldom visited.
Ojito Camp North Los Padres
3000 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Ojito is located down a steep trail from the Gamboa Trail in the Cone Peak region of the Ventana Wilderness.  It is along the South Fork Big Creek.
Pat Springs Camp North Los Padres
3700 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Pat Springs provides awesome ridge-front views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Ventana Double Cones.  One of the best wilderness places to watch the sunset anywhere within the Los Padres.  This camp is along the Ventana Double Cone Trail and is a popular…
Pelon Camp North Los Padres
2000 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
This seldom visited camp is located along the rugged Lost Valley Trail in the Ventana Wilderness.
Pine Creek Camp North Los Padres
2500 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Pine Creek Camp is located along Pine Creek and the Pine Creek Trail (aka San Clemente Trail) within the Ventana Wilderness.
Pine Ridge Camp North Los Padres
4150 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Pine Ridge Spring is located just down off the Pine Ridge Trail after a long climb coming up from Redwood Camp or just before you do the long drop down towards Redwood Camp.  You would never think there would be a spring at this location, but sure enough there is always great flowing water coming…
Rainbow Camp North Los Padres
1550 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Rainbow is located at the junction of the Big Sur and South Fork Trails in the Ventana Wilderness.  Most of the trails that lead to this camp are hard to follow if not impassable.  As a result this camp doesn't see a lot of visitors.
Rattlesnake Camp North Los Padres
2350 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Rattlesnake Camp is located along the Rattlesnake Creek Trail and is a prime destination for backpackers going from Los Padres Reservoir up towards Pat Springs. This camp was probably so named because of the wildraspberries that grow here (in season).
Redwood Camp North Los Padres
1800 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Redwood Camp is located along the Pine Ridge Trail in the Ventana Wilderness.  It is the next camp past Sykes on the trail from Big Sur towards China Camp.  Located in a thick redwood lined creek, Redwood has year round water and some amazing trees.
Redwood Springs Camp North Los Padres
2800 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Seldom used camp located east off the Cone Peak Rd near the Nacimiento Rd junction.
Rocky Creek Camp North Los Padres
1400 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Rocky Creek is a tributary of the Arroyo Seco and accessed from Greenfield.  True to its name, this is a very rocky creek that over the years has been subject to considerable gold mining activity. The placer gold is often coarse grained. Starting on the south face of Haddock Peak the…
Round Rock Camp North Los Padres
1834 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Round Rock is a primitive campsite located up the Carmel River in the Ventana Wilderness.  This camp is off the beaten path and should provide you plenty of the solitude that the Los Padres is famous for.
San Antonio Camp North Los Padres
1850 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Seldom visited camp along San Antonio Creek in the far eastern Ventana Wilderness.  The camp is along the San Antonio Creek Trail.
Sulphur Springs Camp North Los Padres
1350 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Camp along the Carmel River and Carmel River Trail.  Year round water, camp is most frequently accessed via the Carmel River Trailhead at Los Padres Reservoir.
Sykes Camp North Los Padres
1050 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Sykes Camp is the busiest backcountry camp in the Los Padres National Forest.  Famous for the hot spring that shares the same name, Sykes is approximately 9miles from the Big Sur - Pine Ridge Trailhead.  Sykes is busy year round and is over capacity most weekends and holidays.  There are a few designated…
Sykes Hot Springs North Los Padres
1050 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Sykes Camp is the busiest backcountry camp in the Los Padres National Forest.  Famous for the hot spring that shares the same name, Sykes is approximately 9 miles from the Big Sur - Pine Ridge Trailhead.  Sykes is busy year round and is over capacity most weekends and holidays.  There are a few designated…
Tan Oak Camp North Los Padres
2600 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Tan Oak is located in the Ventana Wilderness along the Marble Peak Trail.  This camp is very remote and for most people will involve a lenghthy multiple day backpacking trip.  Tank Oak is along the Condor Trail.
Tassajara Creek Camp North Los Padres
1150 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Tassajara Creek Camp is located at the confluence of Tassajara and Willow Creeks in the Eastern Ventana Wilderness.  The camp is accessed most frequently from the Arroyo Seco trailhead.
Terrace Creek Camp North Los Padres
1350 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Terrace Creek is the first camp located on the very popular (sometimes overrun) Pine Ridge Trail.  The camp is amongst some spectacular redwoods at the junction of the Terrace Creek Trail and the Pine…
Tin House Camp North Los Padres
2400 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Historical Camp
Historic camp deep in the hinderlands of the Ventana Wilderness.  Tin House is located along the South Fork Launtz Creek off the Mt Manuel Trail.  If you visit, please let us know what is there.
Trail Springs Camp North Los Padres
3800 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Trail Springs is located at the junction of the Gamboa and Cone Peak Trail within the Ventana Wilderness.
Turner Creek Camp North Los Padres
2500 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Turner Creek Camp is located along Turner Creek down the Turner Creek Trail - imagine that?  The camp is most commonly accessed from Bottcher's Gap trailhead as part of a weekend backpacking trip or exciting dayhike.  Enjoy.......
Vado Camp North Los Padres
1750 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
This historic camp is located along the impassable portion of the Mt. Manuel Trail.
Ventana Camp North Los Padres
650 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Ventana Camp is the first camp along the Pine Ridge Trail coming up from Big Sur Station.  It requires an extremely steep descent from the Pine Ridge Trail down the Ventana Camp Trail.  The camp is…
Vincente Flat Camp North Los Padres
1630 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Located along Hare Canyon, Vicente Flat Camp is set at the junction of the Kirk Creek Trail and the Stone Ridge Trail.  There are a few campsites amongst a thick grove of redwood trees.  A backpacking…
Willow Springs Camp North Los Padres
1900 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Trail Camp
Willow Springs Camp is a trail camp located under a few oaks next to willow creek on the Marble Peak Trail in the Ventana Wilderness.
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