Upper Santa Ynez River
A primitive campsite located near the headwaters of the Santa Ynez River and a sure bet for having running water year round. Chumash grinding holes are located near the camp.
Elevation: Google Earth says the elevation is
Jim Blakley Notes
The campground is located on the north side of Forest Service Road 5N13. The camp was established as a hunting and fishing camp and was located at a source of good water on the old back trail from the Santa Ynez Valley to the Murietta and Ojai area.
A rock ring is the only facility left at the camp site.
Bob Burtness Notes
Administration: Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara District
Access: Northeast of Santa Barbara via East Camino Cielo (5N12), Forest road 5N 15, and the Juncal Dam Road (5N 13) to the first locked gate. The camp is about 5 miles beyond this point. Access is also possible from Matilija Canyon via locked Forest road 24WO7 and the Murietta divide.
U.S. Forest Service map coordinates: M-19
Topographical map: White Ledge Peak
Elevation: 2,950 feet (900 meters)Terrain: canyon
Vegetation: oak woodland Tables: I
Stoves: I (ice can)
Water: stream (headwaters of the Santa Ynez River) Firewood: yes
Special features: This camp is located at the head of the Santa Ynez drainage, the primary source of water for the South Coast area.
Historical Highlights: This site was probably so named due to its location on the Santa Ynez River. Also spelled "Inez," this term is Spanish for "Agnes" and is derived from St. Agnes of Assisi, one of four prominent virgin martyrs of the early Roman Catholic Church. Upper Santa Ynez was a hunter camp and was also on the old Murietta Saddle trail between the Santa Ynez drainage and the Matilija drainage. The route was considered a back way to Ojai.