Lower Santa Ynez River
Camp located near Santa Cruz Station in a large meadow area with a covering of oak trees. Just outside San Rafael Wilderness boundary.
Elevation: Google Earth says the elevation is
Jim Blakley Notes
In Spanish it means, "Holy Cross". The camp is located on the bank of Santa Cruz Creek and was constructed by the CCC in 1931. A Ranger Station was built at the same time at the east end of the camp. The camp is located on the Santa Cruz Trail 27W09 that climbs from Upper Oso over Little Pine Mountain to Santa Cruz Camp. The camp has long been a popular fishing camp and is a doorway into the nearby San Rafael Wilderness.
Bob Burtness Notes
Administration: Los Padres National Forest,Santa Barbara District Access: 12 miles beyond the locked gate at Upper Oso Camp via the Camuesa Road (5N 15) for less than one mile and the Santa Cruz Trail (27WO9). U.S. Forest Service map coordinates: J- 18 Topographical map: San Rafael Mountain Elevation: 1,900 feet (560 meters) Terrain: meadow Vegetation: oaks and sycamores Tables: 4 Stoves: 7 (5 grated and 2 enclosed) Water: Santa Cruz Creek Firewood: yes Toilets: I (pit)
Special Features: Corral, U.S. Forest Service Field Station (occupied in the spring), and excellent swimming holes in the creek.
Historical Highlights: Established in 1931, this camp means "holy cross" in Spanish and was probably named after the adjacent creek. In a particular campsite, one can see the fireplace remains of a cabin built by E.W. Alexander, onetime owner of Rancho Oso. The Alexander Trail, leading from Oso Canyon to a point below Santa Cruz Camp, was used for cattle runs.