Horseshoe Bend Eagle Scout Project Improves Los Padres Forest Campsite

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Horseshoe Bend Eagle Scout Project Improves Los Padres Forest Campsite
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For his Eagle Scout Project, Local Troop 26 Scout Owen S. chose a project at one of the troop’s favorite camping spots – Horseshoe Bend on the Manzana River. It’s a popular camping spot, and a toilet would really improve the area for both the sheer luxury of it, but also since not all campers practice ‘leave no trace’ in certain outdoor activities.

A reconnaissance crew went out the week before to drop off supplies about a mile downstream, driving in on a private road, whose owners kindly allowed the drop-off. On the big weekend, scouts hiked in, carrying camping gear, plus some tools, to Horseshoe Bend. The project consisted of digging a deep pit and anchoring the toilet over it, constructing a decorative privacy screen, and installing a sign indicating the direction to the toilet.

From the scouts: "It was a great improvement to a favorite site – and hopefully the public enjoys the upgrades! It was also gratifying to see how everyone, even non-Scouts, practiced the Scout Law ‘helpful’. Many thanks to everyone who participated in the project: Mr. Beckstrand, Mr. Schott, Mr. Bohley, and Mr. Weakliem, Cooper B., Owen S., Nathaniel S., Logan B., and Jonathan W. plus the folks who live out there and saved scouts from carrying all the supplies and wood for 5 miles, the people who donated their old deck to be repurposed into the project, the Los Padres Forest Association, and to Channel City Lumber, who helped Owen pick out needed hardware and wood, and then donated it!"

The Los Padres Forest Association gratefully commends Troop 26 for their hard work and for vastly improving this beloved campsite. Thank you, scouts!

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Yeti Feb 13, 2021 07:26 PM
Horseshoe Bend Eagle Scout Project Improves Los Padres Forest Campsite

Ridiculous observation MM. REALLY, a pit toilet 5 miles down the trail will be some sort of tourist attraction and lure people down the trail to take a dump??! Thus spoiling the wilderness?? Pathetic argument MM. Great job t-26. You guys are awesome. I REALLY APPRECIATE AMAZING PROJECTS LIKE THIS. huge logistical challenge and you guys pulled it off!

ChillinGrillin Feb 13, 2021 08:02 PM
Horseshoe Bend Eagle Scout Project Improves Los Padres Forest Campsite

Mountainden: Consider the alternative: People relieving themselves in a hole they quickly dig. The biggest risk of this is the spread of disease, both to other people and animals. If it's a large scale problem, it leaches into groundwater and can contaminate water bodies. The National park service recognizes this as a significant problem in natural areas and has tried to build more toilets in recent years.

MountainMan4865 Feb 13, 2021 11:02 PM
Horseshoe Bend Eagle Scout Project Improves Los Padres Forest Campsite

Just a clarification here, Mountainden is NOT MountainMan4865, MountainMan4865 has been referred to as MM for many years, please do not confuse the 2, as a point, Mountainden only has 1 M.
I, MountainMan486,5 (MM), have not commented on this topic at all.

MountainDen Feb 14, 2021 07:08 PM
Horseshoe Bend Eagle Scout Project Improves Los Padres Forest Campsite

First visited "The Narrows" campsite with Ray Ford about 25 years ago. Nice, but just a waypoint to better things, never camped there on purpose...
Too crowded and effects were even evident then. As a "high use" destination over the years kudos to LPFA/VWR and prob BSA keeping it somewhat reasonable condition. MINIBEAST gets it. Who maintains the similar latrine at Fish Creek (or Narrows)?
Yeah, have been very appreciative at tables in transit at Lost Valley and such through efforts of BSA Eagle Scouts.
With the increased online/print promotion of LPNF Wilderness destinations, you end up with 30 vehicles spilling over the lower Manzana trailhead parking lot like 3 years ago during Spring break.
Checking the trail register as like WTF - there was one "school" party of ... 50!
Destination : Horseshoe Bend. They fortunately didn't make it, staying at Portreo Camp. (formerly Coldwater) So will HB resemble the Narrows in the future?
Sigh, I remember when all you needed to access the Sierra was a campfire permit, rather than waiting in line at the Bishop RS at 5 in the morning to get a a "Wilderness Permit" if you hadn't reserved months in advance. Is that the next step for our local wilderness areas?

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