San Rafael Wilderness
Abel Camp is located along the Sisquoc River 2 miles above Miller Camp and 4 miles downstream from Sycamore Camp. The camp is small but nice, with oak covered shade and a small fire pit. If you are on the way downstream, look for the solitary chimney poking up in the riverbed. This was once the Abel homestead.
Elevation: Google Earth says the elevation is 1,740'
The Camp: Abel Camp is a small, narrow camp located about 1.75 miles above Miller Camp on the Sisquoc River and 5 miles downstream from Sycamore Camp. It is located on a narrow bench beneath a large oak tree that provides good shade.
On my first trip down the Sisquoc in 1975 I was amazed to see a rusted bed frame and springs sitting in the middle of Abel Camp with the grass growing up through it. Though apparently a popular hunting camp and near the Abel homestead, it isn't used as much as other camps. Remanants of the old homestead can be found not too far away but are often missed because what is left of the old chimney is located off the main trail.
Jim "ER" Blakley Notes
This was the homestead of the Abel family. Henry Abel was born in Germany in 1854. He moved first to San Luis Obispo then to Santa Maria and opened a saddlery shop. He died at the age of 78 years. His son, Henry John Abel was. the Game and Fish Commissioner: for Santa Barbara County for many years. Henry Abel died in 1925. At one time there were two stoves, a throne, a couple of old iron spring beds and the remains of a stove chimney remaining at the camp.
Bob Burtness Notes
Abel Camp is located adjacent to a side canyon of the same name, this camp was the favorite hunting and fishing retreat of the Able families which homesteaded the area in the late 1800's. A son, Henry J. Ables, was a Santa Barbara County fish and game warden for many years until his retirement around 1904. He died in the summer of 1925. Just below camp is the chimney of one of the dwellings built by settlers who came to the Sisquoc River area in the late nineteenth century.