Hidden Potrero Camp -



Upper Santa Ynez River

A small camp on the Buckhorn Road just below its intersection with Camuesa Road. The spring is no longer working but the camp is located just below the road with views directly north to Little PIne Mountian.

Ray’s Notes
Elevation: Google Earth says the elevation is

Distance: Go



Jim Blakley Notes
Potrero is Spanish for a mountain meadow or pasture. This Potrero was a hunting camp until the 1930's. The CM. used it as a spike camp while constructing the Camuesa Road N15. The camp is located among rocks of the Franciscan Formation, the water from the spring is supposed to be of excellent quality. There are 2 tables, 2 grated stoves and a water tank.

Bob Burtness Notes
Administration: Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara District
Access: Located north of Santa Barbara via State Highway 154, Paradise Road (5N 18) for 51/2 miles east, Forest road 5N 15 forjust over a mile to the locked gate at Upper Oso Camp and another 3 miles up the Camuesa Road (also 5N15) to the camp.
U.S. Forest Service map coordinates: K-18 Topographical map: Little Pine Mountain Elevation: 2,700 feet (825 meters)
Terrain: a small rolling meadow
Vegetation: oak woodland and chaparral Tables: 2
Stoves: 2 (grated)
Water: piped from a reliable spring into water tanks at the upper end of the camp
Firewood: yes Toilets: none

Special features: There are some excellent views of the surrounding countryside including Little Pine Mountain. The Camuesa Road has been designated as a 2 wheel vehicle route. The water supply here is excellent.

Historical Highlights: Hidden Potrero, Spanish for "pasture," was established as a base camp during construction of the Camuesa Road in 1927-28. The two water tanks, replacing the original one, were erected in 1978.



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Last Updated: Monday, December 15, 2014