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Dick Smith Wilderness

Last camp on Indian Creek before the Narrows. Located in an open meadow area. The connector trail to Loma Pelona is directly across the creek from camp.

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Elevation: Google Earth says the elevation is

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Jim Blakley Notes
Pens received its name from cattle pens on the terrace of Indian Creek where Jose Moraga and Robert Ord used to pen up their stock. At one time there was 1 grate stove and a sign. Water is available from Indian Creek which flows year round.

Bob Burtness Notes
Also known as Lower Poplar Camp. Administration: Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara District Access: Located on the west side of Indian Creek across from where the trail comes down from the Loma Pelona. The camp is about I mile below Poplar on the Alamar Hill Trail (26W16). U. S. Forest Service map coordinates: K / L- 18 (Site location not on 1984 Forest Recreation Map)
Topographical map: Big Pine Mountain
Elevation: 3,280 feet (1,000 meters)
Terrain: canyon Vegetation: chaparral
Tables: none
Stoves: 2 (one ice can and one grated)
Water: Indian Creek

Historical Highlights: This camp was so named because of some barbed wire stock pens that were here at one time. They were possibly used by Jose Moraga who operated a mine at the Narrows of Indian Creek, but it is more likely that they were used by the Clark and Canet Company which maintained a cattle range on the Loma Pelonajust to the east of this area.

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Last Updated: Sunday, December 14, 2014