Dick Smith Wilderness
A small camp located a few miles above the confluence of Alamar with Mono Creek and the site of the Alamar Tin Shack which was destroyed in the Zaca Fire.
Elevation: Google Earth says the elevation is
Jim Blakley Notes
This camp should be called just Alamar or Alamar Tin Shack. The original Lower Alamar Camp was one mile down Alamar Creek but is no longer in existence. The tin cabin at Alamar Camp was constructed in the I930's by the California Fish and Game Department. They had a couple of biologists doing a study on the effect of coyotes on deer fawns. The found that the coyote had little or no effect on the deer population. At one time the camp was also known as the Iron Phone Camp because of a Forest Searice telephone kept in an iron box nailed to a tree in the camp.
There are 2 tables, I ice can stove and I grated stove. Water is available from seasonal creek.
Bob Burtness Notes
Administration: Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara District
Access: About 10 miles beyond the locked gate at Little Caliente Hot Springs via the Mono-Alamar Trail (26WO7) which, in reality, is a jeep road until just past Ogilvy's Ranch. From this point the traveler encounters many washouts and stream crossings along Mono Creek. In the area of an outcropping called "The Caracole" the Alamar Hill Trail (26W 16) is taken to a spur trail which passes over Alamar Hill and then down to camp.
U.S. Forest Service map coordinates: L-18 Topographical map: Madulce Peak
Elevation: 2,850 feet (870 meters)Terrain: canyon
Vegetation: sycamores, chaparral Tables: 2
Stoves: 2 (one ice can and one grated) Water: stream (seasonal)
Special features: A 12' by 12' tin cabin was erected here by the State Department of Fish and Game for wildlife study purposes.
Historical Highlights: "Alamar" means "frog (ornamental fastening)" in Spanish. This camp, due to its central location was reportedly once used as a wildlife study site by the State Fish and Game Commission. It was also called "Iron Phone" for awhile because of a telephone installed here by the Forest Service. It was located in a steel box on an oak tree.