Dutch Oven -



Dick Smith Wilderness

A key camp on the Mono-Alamar Trail located at the junction of Alamar Creek and the Puerto Suela Trail leading to Santa Barbara Canyon and from there the Central Valley.

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Elevation: Google Earth says the elevation is

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Jim Blakley Notes

Located on a stream terrace under Coast Live Oak Trees, a dutch oven was left at the camp by the Cord brothers who traveled front Cuyama to Santa Barbara. The camp was a full days ride from either end of the Mono Alamar Trail. It was also a much used hunting camp. In 1824 Pablo de la Portilla camped at the nearby site of the Chumash Indian Village of Casitec which the Spanish called San Pablo. He was on his way back to Santa Barbara with Indians who were returning to the Santa Barbara Mission at the end of the revolt. At one time there wasone1 ice can stove. Water is available from Alamar Creek.

Bob Burtness Notes
Administration: Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara District Access: Southeast of Big Pine Mountain and the Buckhorn Road (9NI 1) via the Alamar Trail (26WO6). U.S. Forest Service map coordinates: L-17 Topographical map: Madulce Peak Elevation: 3,700 feet (1,136 meters) Terrain: grassy plateau Vegetation: oak woodland Tables: none Stoves: I (ice can) Water: stream.

Historical Highlights: This old time hunter camp was so named because of a dutch oven left here, probably by the Cord brothers who used the camp on their trips between Cuyama and Santa Barbara. The camp was about a day's ride from the Mono area and thus a favorite stopping place for hunters bound for the back country. The camp is at or near the site of the Indian Village of Casitec which the Spanish called San Pablo. On June 18, 1824, Pablo de la Portilla camped here when he returned some runaway Indians to the Mission at the end of a revolt.

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Last Updated: Sunday, December 14, 2014