South Fork Station -



San Rafael Wilderness

One of the few remaining guard stations in the backcountry. Maintained by the Light Hikers, especially Rik Christensen. Thanks Rik!

Ray’s Notes
Elevation: Google Earth says the elevation is 2,487'

Facilities: Beautifully maintained small guard station at the confluence of the Sisquoc River and its South Fork. The camp is nearby on the river bank but the station itself is always open and available for use in stormy weather.

Notes: The premier place in the backcountry to get the furthest away from almost everywhere in Santa Barbara County.

Jim Blakley Notes
The station building was built in the 1930's by the CCC. Years ago, a Forest Ranger occupied the cabin during fire season. A horse corral is Iocated a short distance from the cabin.

Bob Burtness Notes
The U.S. Forest Service South Fork Station (seasonally occupied), the only one in the San Rafael Wilderness, and a corral are located here. The camp is a quarter mile below Lonnie Davis Camp. Historical Highlights: The station was built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps.


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  1. Sterling Sorenson:
    Feb 18, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    I stayed at the South Fork Guard Station numerous times during the late sixties and early seventies while I did trail work on adjacent trails. Sometimes there would be a full trail crew and other times just myself and a Fire Prevention Technician. Best job in the world.

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