Upper Santa Ynez River
Overnight camp along Camuesa Creek popular with OHV users and mountain bikers. Access from Upper Oso via Buckhorn Raod and the upper end of Camuesa Road.
Elevation: Google Earth says the elevation is 1,982'.
Jim Blakley Notes
Named for a corruption of the Spanish word "gamuza" which means a type of soft leather or a European antelope that the early Spanish may have confused with the native deer common in this area. The Chumash Indians hunted the native deer for its meat and hides. There is 1 table, 1 grated and 2 ice can stoves. Water is available from a nearby spring or the seasonal creek.
Bob Burtness Notes
Administration: Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara District
Access: North of Santa Barbara via State Highway 154, Paradise Road (5NI8) and 6 miles beyond the locked gate at Upper Oso Camp via the Camuesa Road (5N 15), a designated 2 wheel vehicle route. From this road a trail (not shown on the 1984 Forest Recreation map) parallels Camuesa Creek for about a quarter mile to the camp located upstream.
U.S. Forest Service map coordinates: K-18 (Site location not on 1984 Forest Recreation Map) Topographical map: Little Pine Mountain
Elevation: 2,240 feet (685 meters)
Tables: 3 Stoves: 2 (ice can)
Water: Camuesa Creek Firewood: yes
Historical Highlights: This camp derived its name from the area name, "Camuesa," probably a corruption of the Spanish term "gamuza" which means "chamois." Such a name may be related to the buckskin tanning activity of Indian hunting parties that once camped in this vicinity.