San Rafael Wilderness
Skunk Camp is located 2.25 miles upstream on the Sisquoc from South Fork but is no longer shown on the Los Padres Forest map. It was damamged badly during the 2007 Zaca Fire.
Elevation: Google Earth says the elevation is 2,775'
Distance: South Fork is 14.85 miles from Nira. Skunk Camp is 2.25 miles upstream from South Fork and 1.93 miles below Mansfield Camp.
Skunk Camp's main feature is that it provides an overnight spot inbetween South Fork and Mansfield Camps. At one point a popular hunting camp but it has steadily deteriorated over the eyars and was damaged badly by storms after the 2007 Zaca Fire.
Bob Burtness Notes
Administration: Los Padres National Forest, Santa Lucia District Access: 15 miles above the trailhead at Nira Camp via the Manzana Trail (30W 13) and the Sisquoc Trail (27WO7). U.S. Forest Service map coordinates: K-16 Topographical map: Big Pine Mountain Elevation: 2,800 feet (855 meters) Terrain: river canyon Vegetation: oak-sycamore Tables: none Stoves: 2 (one ice can and one grated) Water: Sisquoc River Firewood: yes Toilets: none
Special Features: This camp is adjacent to the 1,200 acre Sisquoc Condor Sanctuary which was established in 1937.
Historical Highlights: This camp was possibly so named because of an abundant skunk population in the area. Another story tells of hunters who camped here and made a lot of jerky while letting the carcasses of the deer begin to rot. A ranger passing through noted that "the place smelled like a skunk."