Lower Santa Ynez River
Very scenic camp with several sites in an oak-covered meadow on the bluff above the creek. An excellent first overnight camp for the kids.
Elevation: Google Earth says the elevation is
Jim Blakley Notes
Mr. Jameson of Rancho Oso used to stop here for a BBQ supper on his trail rides from the ranch. Exploring for quicksilver was done up the creek a short way alcove the camp. It is located in rocks of the Franciscan series with red radilarian chert exposed just west of camp. The camp was established in 1936 by the CCC.The camp is located on a stream terrace on the east side of Oso Creek at the south base of Little Pine Mountain. It is located on Santa Cruz Trail 27W09 and is a short two mile hike up from Upper Oso trailhead.
There are 2 tables which are in poor shape, I Klamath stove, I throne toilet. Water is available from Oso Creek.
Bob Burtness Notes
Administration: Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara District
Access: About 13/4 miles beyond the locked gate at Upper Oso Camp via the Camuesa Road (5NI5), a designated two wheel motor vehicle route, and the Santa Cruz Trail (27WO9). U.S. Forest Service map coordinates: J- 18 Topographical map: San Marcos Pass
Elevation: 1,680 feet (515 meters)Terrain: rolling meadow
Vegetation: oak (but not 19 of them) Tables: 2
Stoves: 3 (klamath and ice can)
Water: Oso Creek (inconveniently located down a steep hill from camp) and a spring in camp
Firewood: yes (although you may have to hike for it) Toilets: I (pit)
Special Features: This camp is an excellent destination for day hiking by families with young children. There are excellent outcroppings of Franciscan strata in the area. Serpentine and shales showing extensive folding are in evidence along the creek below camp. An interesting side trip can be taken to an old mine about one mile up the creek from camp.
Historical Highlights: Once the haunt of local Indians, this area has been mined for mercury (also known as quicksilver or cinnabar), as scars on nearby hills show. The campsite was established in 1936.