San Rafael Wilderness
Kellogg is located along the Santa Cruz Trail next to Coche Creek in the San Rafael Wilderness. The camp is nestled in a small canyon with oaks, sycamore and alder trees and has a makeshift table, small toilet, year round water and spacious fire ring.
Elevation: Google Earth says the elevation is 3,216'
Distance: Kellogg Camp is approximately .14 miles below the intersection of the Grapevine and Santa Cruz Trail and 2.6 miles upstream from Flores Flat. It is 1.5 miles to Pelch Camp or 5.6 miles to Bluff from Kellogg Camp.
For those who've either stayed at Coche Camp or passed it by, you know it wassn't one of the great wilderness campsites. Coche's best features were that it has water nearby and wass located at the base of the steep climb leading up to Mission Pine Basin. That means you can get an early start and make it up to the Basin before the day gets hot. But that's about it.
Kellogg Camp was develped originally as a base camp for trail maintenance projects in the upper Santa Cruz watershed because it was more open and could house a good sized group of trail volunteers or a full CCC crew. It is also strategically located near the west end of the Grapevine Trail, providing opportunities to hike towards the Basin, Bluff Guard Station or downstream to Flores Flat. If you are heading up to the Basin from Santa Cruz Station this is the place you'll want to spend the night before heading up the switchbacks.
Hike Los Padres Notes
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 Camp was essentially destroyed during the 2007 Zaca Fire and Kerry had used this preferred location as a spike camp during his time with the Forest Service. Kellogg is located along the Santa Cruz Trail next to Coche Creek in the San Rafael Wilderness. The camp is nestled in a small canyon with oaks, sycamore and alder trees and has a makeshift table, small toilet, year round water and spacious fire ring. It’s a nice camp with room for stock or to throw a Frisbee.