Lower Santa Ynez River
Campsite with several tables in the basin at Happy Hollow. The area was completly burned through in the Zaca Fire and is only now beginning to recover. Closest water source is Little Pine Spgs.
Elevation: Google Earth says the elevation is
Jim Blakley Notes
Located in a shallow basin with numerous Coulter Pine and black oak trees. There are 4 tables and grated stoves. No water is available. Little Pine Mountain is a large block of Monterey Brittle Siliceous Shale from the Miocene Age. It is banded on the north side by the Hildreth Fault and on the south by the Camusea Fault.
Bob Burtness Notes
Administration: Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara District
Access: North of Santa Barbara via State Highway 154, Paradise Road (5N 18), Camuesa Road (5N 15) to a point about I mile beyond the locked gate at Upper Oso Camp, the Santa Cruz Trail (27WO9) to the Alexander Saddle, and then up the connector trail (to the right) to Little Pine Mountain.
U.S. Forest Service map coordinates: J-18 Topographical map: Little Pine Mountain Elevation: 4,300 feet (1,315 meters)
Terrain: well protected basin
Vegetation: oaks, Coulter and Ponderosa pines, and Big Cone Douglas fir Tables: 4
Stoves: 2 (grated) Water: none
Special features: This area has unique terrain and a variety of vegetation.
Historical Highlights: This camp, established in the '30s during construction of the Buckhorn Road, was a recreation site for Civilian Conservation Corps workmen. A former Forest supervisor's wife reportedly named the site "Happy Hollow," long a popular folk term. The name is appropriate because of the unique shape of the terrain and one's relief on arriving after a long uphill hike (3,200 feet elevation gain on just over 6 trail miles). An attractive chalet-like Forest Service field station was here until razed in the mid-'70s.