Painted Rock -



Sierra Madre Mountains

Elevation: 3,643'

Ray’s Notes
Elevation: Google Earth says the elevation is

Distance: Go



Jim Blakley Notes

Located at the south base of a sandstone outcropping with Chumash Indian rock art. This Potrero was homesteaded by Josiah T. Montgomery who built an adobe house next to Montgomery Spring. All that remains is a low mound of dirt with a wheel track road running across the mountain of dirt. There is a metal grate firepit, table, pit toilet and water from either Montgomery Spring or Black Willow Spring 1/4 mile or so southwest of the camp.

Josiah T. Montgomery established a homestead in the late 1890's on the Potrero named after him. He developed several springs for his cattle operation. Near the one called Montgomery Spring he constructed an adobe house that has melted to a low mound just north of the spring and south from Painted Rock Camp.

Bob Burtness Notes
Administration: Los Padres National Forest, Mt. Pinos District Access: East of Santa Maria via State Highway 166, Bates Canyon Road (I INOI), and the Sierra Madre Road (32SI3). The camp is about 6 miles beyond the locked gate at McPherson Peak.
U.S. Forest Service map coordinates: J-15
Topographical map: Hurricane Deck
Elevation: 4,600 feet (1,405 meters)
Terrain: potreros or rolling pastures Vegetation: scattered oaks and grassy slopes
Tables: 3 Stoves: 3 (klamath)
Water: Montgomery Spring (where the Jackson Trail, 27WO5, begins). This is a short hike from the camp proper. 

Special Features: A scenic area of archaelogical importance, this site was once inhabited by Chumash Indians. Remnants of their presence here include pictographs and grinding holes which are most deserving of visitors' respect so that others may enjoy viewing them in the future. There is also a corral here.



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Last Updated: Saturday, December 13, 2014