Lower Santa Ynez River
Very nice camp tucked into the side of Little Pine Mtn with great views towards Santa Cruz Peak. The spring is the only water source in the Little pIne Mtn area.
Elevation: Google Earth says the elevation is
Jim Blakley Notes
Florentine Garcia, who was a Yaqui Indian and was married to the Chumash daughter of Jose Ygnacio, built a cabin and ran cattle in the area. When he gave up the squat the Forest Service used it as a patrol station until it finally collapsed of old age. The camp is located 114 mile west of the Santa Cruz Trail on the west end of Little Pine Mountain. It has the only good water in the area. There is a table, ice can stove and grate stove. Water is from a pipe above a water trough.
Bob Burtness Notes
Administration: Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara District
Access: North of Santa Barbara via State Highway 154, Paradise Road (5NI8), Oso Canyon Road (5NI5) to the locked gate at Upper Oso Camp, the Camuesa Road (also 5NI5), and the Santa Cruz Trail (27WO9). About I mile beyond thejunction of the Santa Cruz Trail and the Little Pine Trail, there is a very primitive (and steep) trail that leads down a canyon to the left and loses about 200 feet of elevation before reaching Little Pine Spring.
U.S. Forest Service map coordinates: J-18 Topographical map: San Marcos Pass
Elevation: 3,300 feet (1,010 meters)Terrain: mountainside
Vegetation: chaparral, oaks, and Digger pines Tables: I
Stoves: I (ice can)
Water: Little Pine Spring (reliable and excellent quality) Firewood: yes
Special features: This small campsite affords excellent views of the Santa Cruz drainage.
Historical Highlights: Little Pine Spring was the haunt of a sheepherder named Florentine Garcia who also maintained a cabin here at one time. He was a Yaqui Indian and married the daughter of Jose Ygnacio, a Chumash Indian.