West Lion Camp sucks. It is located at the foot of a chaparral covered mountain and aside the edge of the thick canopy of Sycamore and Cottonwood trees growing over the west fork of Lion Creek. It is set on a flat spot that has been cleared from the otherwise impenetrable creek side bramble. Due to the mountain the sun does not hit the site until late morning and the canopy of trees over the creek shades the camp by early afternoon. In fall, winter and early spring the camp is typically damp and cold unless the weather is exceptionally warm. It has a closed in feel to it and is entirely unremarkable. One other smaller and even worse camp is located across the creek.
Directions: Highway 33 out of Ojai to Rose Valley Road. Trailhead is located off Rose Valley Road at the drive-up Middle Lion Campground. Trailhead—>2.3 miles to West Lion Camp (3470′). The trail is an easy, fairly flat hike with little incline.