Distance from HQ: 6.1 miles
Elevation gain/loss: +400/-1800 feet
Camp elevation: 1,220 feet
Picnic table: no
Water: Coyote Creek, or Lost Spring 1 mile away
Number of sites: 3, for groups of 1-8 people.
Over 200 years ago, at what is now Los Cruzeros Camp, Juan Bautista de Anza and his men crossed the East Fork of Coyote Creek during their 1775-76 expedition from Mexico.
Surrounded by ridges, the camping area is in a broad, rocky expanse close to where Kelly Cabin Canyon meets the East Fork of Coyote Creek.
The 3 campsites at Los Cruzeros have little shade.
Campsite #1, which is beside Mahoney Meadows Road at the mouth of Kelly Cabin Canyon, is partially shaded by a large sycamore tree.
Campsite #2 (some say the best) is upstream to the northeast in a bouldery area out of sight of the road.
Campsite #3 is further upstream, on the north side of the creek, within view of where the road crosses the creek.
Water: During the rainy season and the spring months, you can get water from the creek. In the summer, the creek usually dries up. The nearest year-round source of water is at Lost Spring Camp (which is about one mile away and 380 feet higher in elevation).