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    I seen on the map that Lytle Creek is supposed to be a ghost town, however I was there last year and it was nothing close.
    It is a fully operational small town, it has its own gas stations, homes, ranger station, etc. I feel it should be removed from the map as it is not a ghost town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrock24 View Post
    I seen on the map that Lytle Creek is supposed to be a ghost town, however I was there last year and it was nothing close.
    It is a fully operational small town, it has its own gas stations, homes, ranger station, etc. I feel it should be removed from the map as it is not a ghost town.

    Gas stations and homes? Are you sure you went to the old site. Sounds like you just went to the Lytle Creek off ramp of the 210 Freeway. That's not the site of the old gold camp. Ya gotta go way up the canyon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwinslow View Post
    Gas stations and homes? Are you sure you went to the old site. Sounds like you just went to the Lytle Creek off ramp of the 210 Freeway. That's not the site of the old gold camp. Ya gotta go way up the canyon.

    Yeah the gas station is right off the 15. How far up the canyon is it? I went past both the shooting ranges, up past the end of the road. I forgot what trail I was on, but where is the camp?
    I see on the Forest map that there is a small lake, know as the "lost lake". Is the camp around there?

    Sorry if I posted wrong info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrock24 View Post
    Yeah the gas station is right off the 15. How far up the canyon is it? I went past both the shooting ranges, up past the end of the road. I forgot what trail I was on, but where is the camp?
    I see on the Forest map that there is a small lake, know as the "lost lake". Is the camp around there?

    Sorry if I posted wrong info.
    There are (were) a bunch of old cabins up there. Many were burned out in brush fires. The whole creek area at one time was good for panning. Not much if anything left up there now. Another area is up Cajon Creek at Swarthout Canyon. Lots of panning up there now and ya can see it from Swarthout Canyon Road off of old 66 (Kenwood turn off from I-15 Freeway). The area is along side of the BNSF Railroad when ya turn off Old 66. There was an old campground where the old Cozy Dell resort was and it's right next to Cajon Creek where is goes over Swarthout Canyon Road. It always floods out during the winter rains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrock24 View Post
    I seen on the map that Lytle Creek is supposed to be a ghost town, however I was there last year and it was nothing close.
    It is a fully operational small town, it has its own gas stations, homes, ranger station, etc. I feel it should be removed from the map as it is not a ghost town.




    Depends on what yer definition of an actual "ghost town" is.

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    I haven't been up Lytle Creek Canyon in thirty-five years, so I don't remember much, but my dad who is 95 remembers the place quite well.

    Up past the turn-off from the 15, the mouth of the canyon narrows then opens up into a wide canyon. At the upper end of this section was the old ranger station and about five hundred yards down from that, the CCC camp where dad was in 1934.

    The the canyon narrows for a couple miles and at the mouth of South Fork and Middle Fork is Scotland and some fishing areas. Here the canyon turns to the north (right) for a mile or so then bends back to the west where the town of Lytle Creek is.

    I have no idea what is there now, but dad says that Scotland was a few cabins in his day and there was a resort up where Lytle Creek is.

    Now my interest is perking up and I have to get up that way. Maybe in about two weeks. Don't know about camping. There's bears up there.

    Also FYI, the start of the San Jacinto Fault (a major southern California fault) starts in Lytle Creek Canyon. It is why there is a canyon there. The fault then goes down west of San Jacinto and Thomas Mountain and down Coyote Canyon way.

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