Upper Santa Ynez River
Many shady sites, oak trees, close to river, no pavement. The campground is usually full on weekends during deer hunting season, mid August through late September. Big Caliente Hot Springs is 3 miles away. The last 8 miles of driving to the campground is on dirt roads.
Reservations: First come, first served.
Camp Cost: None.
Restrictions: Pack out all trash. 14 day stay limit.
Restrooms: Vault toilets
- Follow Gibraltar Road for 7 miles to Camino Cielo.
- Turn right on Camino Cielo and follow the crest road for 5.8 miles to Romero Saddle then drop down an additional 4.6 miles on a rough dirt road to the Santa Ynez River crossing where the road leading up to Jameson Reservoir takes off on the right.
- Continue past the crossing additional 3 miles until you reach the intersection of the spur road leading to the Pendola Hot Springs.
- Continue straight ahead. Middle Santa Ynez is just across Agua Caliente Creek.
Elevation: Google Earth says the elevation is
Jim Blakley Notes
Located about halfway between Juncal and Mono Campgrounds on the river or about halfway between Big and Little Caliente Hot Springs. It is located between the Road 5N15 and the Santa Ynez River among Coast Live Oak trees. Sometimes in the spring there is fishing and swimming in the river. Road 5N 15 is often closed during wet weather.
There are 9 camp sites, 9 woad and pipe tables, 9 pedestal stoves, rook rings and 3 pit toilets. Water available from the river.MIDDLE
Bob Burtness Notes
Administration: Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara District Access: 23 miles northeast of Santa Barbara via East Camino Cielo (5N12), Juncal, and Camuesa (5N15) roads. The camp is about a quarter mile west of the Pendola Station. U.S. Forest Service map coordinates: L-19 Topographical map: Hildreth Peak Elevation: 1,800 feet (550 meters) Terrain: canyon Vegetation: oak woodland Tables: 14 Stoves: 14 (grated) Water: piped and Santa Ynez River Firewood: yes Toilets: 2 (pit)
Special Features: This campground is about 3 miles from Big Caliente Hot Springs and about 5 miles from Little Caliente Hot Springs.
Historical Highlights: Middle Santa Ynez Camp was established in 1938.