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West Fork Lion Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Lion Canyon
  • Elevation: 3470 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.1493577
  • Latitude: 34.52525862
  • Water Sources: The camp is right next to a seasonal creek.
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Biking
    • Birding
    • Camping
    • Campfire Rings
    • Creek
    • Day-Hiking
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hunting
    • Mountain Biking
    • Wildlife Viewing

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
05-20-2017Craig R. CareyFlowing
02-25-2017James WapotichFlowing
09-24-2016Craig R. CareyTrickle
07-09-2016Mark J.Stagnant
05-15-2016James WapotichFlowing
04-09-2016Ken ArnoldFlowing
03-31-2016Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
11-07-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
11/11/2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
10-07-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
08-17-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationStagnant

Description:

West Fork Lion is a seldom used camp up the Lion Canyon Trail.  Most people prefer the more wide-open East Fork Camp and will camp at the West Camp only when the East Camp is occupied.  West Fork has a waterfall just upstream from camp, a small flat space for camping and a fire right.  The camp is only a few miles up from Middle Lion Campground and can be a great short backpacking destination.

Survey Photos:


  • Craig R. Carey - 09-24-2016

  • Craig R. Carey - 05-20-2017

  • Craig R. Carey - 05-20-2017

Submitted Camp Reports

West Fork Lion Camp Survey - 05-20-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: West Fork Lion 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) surveyed West Fork on Saturday 5/20. There is a large dead bear at the camp, and the smell is horrible. Advise not camping there until either the scavengers haul the rest off or he's removed/buried/other.

Blackberry bramble just west of the kitchen is extremely thick; difficult to reach the old overflow site across the creek now.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Hot and dry.
Images:


West Fork Lion Camp Survey - 02-25-2017 - by James Wapotich
Link: West Fork Lion Camp
Date: 02-25-2017
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:The falls are looking really good, even water flowing in the side creek to the left of the falls.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Great water
Weather Conditions:
West Fork Lion Camp Survey - 09-24-2016 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: West Fork Lion Camp
Date: 09-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:Had the Boy Scouts at West Fork as part of the NPLD project on 9/24/2016. Low but moving water just about and adjacent to camp. West Fork Falls though are bone-dry.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Enough to filter a few quarts quickly
Weather Conditions:
Images:

West Fork Lion Camp Survey - 07-09-2016 - by Mark J.
Link: West Fork Lion Camp
Date: 07-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Mark J.
Camp Description:Nice 2.5 mile hike from Middle Lion Campground.  The trail is overgrown in a few spots which almost makes it look like the trail disappears or ends.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:There is water in the creek several inches deep in spots but no noticeable movement
Weather Conditions:Sunny. Mid 80s
West Fork Lion Camp Survey - 05-15-2016 - by James Wapotich
Link: West Fork Lion Camp
Date: 05-15-2016
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:Decent water at the camp, barely a trickle in the falls.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
West Fork Lion Camp Survey - 04-09-2016 - by Ken Arnold
Link: West Fork Lion Camp
Date: 04-09-2016
Surveyor Name:Ken Arnold
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Rain
West Fork Lion Camp Survey - 03-31-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Link: West Fork Lion Camp
Date: 03-31-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:This is a single-site camp, so first come, first serve. Lovely creek with pools and good water flow right now. Perfect for rock-hopping and exploring up or down stream from the designated camp site. 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
West Fork Lion Camp Survey - 11-07-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: West Fork Lion Camp
Date: 11-07-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
West Fork Lion Camp Survey - 11/11/2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: West Fork Lion Camp
Date: 11/11/2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
West Fork Lion Camp Survey - 10-07-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: West Fork Lion Camp
Date: 10-07-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:As reported by Troop 33: West Fork also has water but very damp.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
West Fork Lion Camp Survey - 08-17-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: West Fork Lion Camp
Date: 08-17-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Information gathered from David Stillman:

http://davidstillman.blogspot.com/2014/08/dry-times-east-west-forks-lions-creek.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DavidStillman+%28David+Stillman%29
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:No water in the falls but some flowing water below the camp
Weather Conditions:

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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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