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San Rafael Wilderness Camps

All trail campsites in the San Rafael Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest


A total of 36 San Rafael Wilderness Camps are currently available. ×
Abel Canyon Camp South Los Padres
1726 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Abel Canyon Camp is located on the Sisquoc Trail (30W1) in the San Rafael Wilderness.  Abel is one of the more remote and seldom visited camps.  It's located under a thicket of oak trees just above a perennial seep along the Sisquoc River.  The camp can be quite dark and dank due…
Alamar Saddle Camp South Los Padres
5650 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
This camp is located 2/10 of a mile south of the Alamar Saddle on a side loop of the Buckhorn Road (9N11). Alamar Camp is located at the junction of the Buckhorn and Alamar Trail (26W06), and is not far from the peak of…
Alcove Camp South Los Padres
3750 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Located at the bottom of a cliff and surrounded by oak trees, a great for pitching a tent. The camp has nice spot right under the cliff with soft sand that is totally sheltered from the rain.
Big Cone Spruce Camp South Los Padres
3800 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
The camp is near some very Iarge big cone Douglas Fir trees which are numerous in this part of the canyon. Located on the Big Cone Spruce Trail (28W04), up the canyon from just above Manzana Narrows Camp.
Big Pine Camp South Los Padres
6,100 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Big Pine Camp (aka Big Pine Spring Camp) is located about 1/4mile down off the Buckhorn Rd on the western flank of Big Pine Mtn in the San Rafael Wilderness.  Big Pine Camp has a very reliable spring which helps fill up a large metal sub-terranean spring tank.  In order to access the water you must…
Cliff Camp South Los Padres
1800 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
The camp was established by a Forest Service trail crew as a trail camp while they were rebuilding the Sisquoc River Trail 3OW12 after the 1968 flood.Located between the Sisquoc River and a tall cliff face. Hawks often nest in cavities in the face of the cliff.
Coche Camp South Los Padres
3350 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Historical Camp
Coche Camp is a small primitive trail camp located on the Santa Cruz Trail (27W09) in the San Rafael Wilderness.  According to local legend, Coche means pig and must…
Coldwater Camp South Los Padres
1600 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Coldwater Camp is a small primitive trail camp on the Manzana Trail (30W13) located in the San Rafael Wilderness
Cottonwood Camp - Sisquoc Trail South Los Padres
3400 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Cottonwood Camp is located along the Sisquoc Trail (27W07).  It is most frequently accessed from either Santa Barbara Canyon or as part of a longer trip from Nira Campground.  There are three camps within Cottonwood: a lower camp, which is across the…
Cuchudas Camp South Los Padres
1700 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Chuchudas Camp is located on the Horse Canyon Labrea Trail (31W09) in the San Rafael Wilderness.
Falls Camp South Los Padres
4720 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Falls is a small trail camp located near Lower Bear Camp on the Upper Sisquoc Trail (30W12) in the San Rafael Wilderness 
Fish Creek Camp South Los Padres
2000 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Located at the junction of Fish Creek and Manzana Creek, Fish Creek Camp is a few miles upstream from NIRA along the Manzana Trail.  Legend has it that the camp used to be about a half mile downstream but was moved to its current location after a particularly large winter season of storms.…
Flores Flat Camp South Los Padres
2300 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
Flores Flat Camp is located in between the Santa Cruz Camp and Kellog Camp on the Santa Cruz Trail (27W09) in the San Rafael Wilderness
Happy Hunting Ground Camp South Los Padres
3183 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Happy Hunting Ground Camp is east of Figueroa Mountain, Take the Sunset Valley Road (7NO7) to Nira Camp, then the Upper Manzana Creek Trail (30W13) for about 9 miles. This small primative trial camp is located in…
Heath Camp South Los Padres
3437.5 - Burtness ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Heath Camp is located at the junction of the Sisquoc Trail (30W12) and the Judell Trail in the San Rafael Wilderness.  It is a small camp with one camping area and fire ring.  There are a few remnant camp rings up-canyon, but they are hard to find and not worth the…
Kellogg Camp South Los Padres
3,217 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
Kellogg Camp is named after Kerry Kellogg who spent 35 years working as Trails Manager for the Santa Barbara Ranger District.  Kerry retired in 2011 and the camp was named in his honor in 2012.  Nearby Coche…
Lonnie Davis Camp South Los Padres
2600 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Lonnie Davis Camp is located on the Manzana Trail (30W13) in the San Rafael Wilderness.
Lost Valley Camp South Los Padres
1925 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
The Lost Valley Camp is located in the San Rafael Wilderness at the trail junction of the Lost Valley Trail (29W14) and the Manzana Trail (30W13), the camp is near…
Lower Bear Camp South Los Padres
5100 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Lower Bear Camp, as its name indicates, is the lowest of the three Bear Camps along the upper stretches of the Sisquoc Trail (Trail#…
Mansfield Camp South Los Padres
3022 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Mansfield Camp is located along the Sisquoc Trail in the heart of the area known as the Upper Sisquoc.  The camp is located on a bench above a small bend in the Sisquoc.  There are two fire grates but really one main campsite.  There was once a toilet but it was abandoned and destroyed in the 2007…
Manzana Camp South Los Padres
2800 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
A small trail camp located 6 Miles up stream from Nira Camp via the Manzana Trail (30w13) in the San Rafael Wilderness.
Manzana Narrows Camp South Los Padres
2960 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Wilderness Trail
Manzana Narrows is a compact but very popular trail camp located 7 Miles up stream from NIRA Camp via the Manzana Trail (30w13) in the San Rafael Wilderness.  It's a popular location for…
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp South Los Padres
1150 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
A small trail camp located about 8 Miles down stream from Nira Camp via the Manzana Trail (30w13) in the San Rafael Wilderness.
McKinley Spings Camp South Los Padres
5575 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
A small trail camp located on Mission Pine Trail (28W01) in the San Rafael Wilderness
Mission Pine Basin Camp South Los Padres
5440 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Mission Pine Basin is a lovely large flat geographic feature atop the San Rafael Mountains set at the junction of the Fall Canyon, Santa Cruz and Mission Pine Trails.  The camp is a little hard to find as it is off the trail on the far north west side of the basin.  Water is very unreliable at camp…
Mission Pine Springs Camp South Los Padres
5863 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
Mission Pine Spring Camp is a beautiful little camp located in a pine/oak grove, next to a small meadow, surrounded by rock outcrops, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands from nearly 6,000 ft.  Nuff said, right?  One of the nicest camps in the forest, MPS (as it it frequently written)…
Painted Rock Camp South Los Padres
4650 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Trail Camp
Located on the Sierra Madre Road behind locked gates. Positioned slightly off the road near large sandstone outcropping facing south with small openings weathered into its surface. The site is known as "House of the Sun' because of a large circle in the upper opening. Numerous bed rock mortars exist…
Pelch Camp South Los Padres
3311 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Trail Camp
Pelch Camp is located along the Grapevine Trail within the Southern San Rafael Wilderness.  It’s tucked in amongst a thick blanket of oak trees at the junction of the Murietta Spring canyon and Grapevine Canyon.  The camp can be a little dark in the wintertime but there is a nice open meadow that…
Potrero Camp South Los Padres
1660 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Potrero Camp is located on the Lower Manzana Trail downstream from NIRA.  The camp is situated at the junction of Manzana and Potrero Trails.  There are two campsites, the first just before the first creek crossing and the second camp is about 100 yards downstream from the Potrero Trail junction. …
Rays Camp South Los Padres
2380 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Small camp 5.5 miles upstream from Nira located where the alder trees begin to appear. Typically the first camp where you'll find water during the drier months. Thanks to good friends Dave Weaver and Joe Duran, named after Ray Ford. Ray's Camp is the perfect place to stay for the night if you have…
Roque Camp South Los Padres
3000 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
An old time Basque sheep herder named Roque had a sheep camp near the head of the canyon. His camp became a Forest Service Camp but is rarely used as the trail up the canyon has not been maintained since 1979. It was mostly used by hunters.
Sluice Box Camp South Los Padres
1658 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Sluice Box is along the Horse Canyon Trail in the rarely visited northwest corner of the San Rafael Wilderness.  There are a few old camps and newer hunter camps up this canyon and some confusion as to what is the real Sluice Box Camp.  This is along the…
Sycamore Camp South Los Padres
2000 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
The original camp was located under a large sycamore tree behind the barn on the Ed Montgomery's homestead. This was the end of the wagon road up the river some 35 miles from Santa Maria. The sycamore tree died and the camp was on private property so it was moved up stream under some oak trees.
Upper Bear Camp South Los Padres
5253 feet ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
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…
Water Canyon Camp South Los Padres
1329 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
Water Canyon Camp is on the east bank of the Sisquoc River at the confluence of Water Canyon and the Sisquoc.  The camp is set under a small grove of impressive oak trees.  There is one fire ring, an assortment of tree limb fashioned benches and an odd table with no known origin.  While Water Canyon…
White Ledge Camp - San Rafael Wilderness South Los Padres
3183 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Trail Camp
White Ledge Camp is located at the eastern junction of the Hurricane Deck Trail and the Manzana Trail.  The camp is located along a spectacular band of white rock that drops steeply down towards the South…
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