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Re: Gamboa Trail

Post by pantilat on Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:12 am

Date Hiked: October 1, 2017
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

While several months have passed since the last report, there's not much new. Between Ojito Saddle and Trail Spring a couple large blowdowns remain, one an old growth Sugar Pine. The PO is bright red along the trail but is not encroaching. Between Trail Spring and the North Coast Ridge Trail there's at least a dozen blowdowns (old snags), concentrated on the switchbacks just before the North Coast Ridge Trail junction. Trail Spring is still flowing decently for so late in the season; I was able to fill up a bottle in about 20 seconds. However, the flies are very much aware of this water source too.

Re: Gamboa Trail

Post by hydrologic on Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:44 pm

Date Hiked: April 15, 2017
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Gamboa from Trail Spring to Ojito is in great shape. One or two blow downs to hops over. PO starts growing below 4,000 feet and you can see it coming in. It's blood red right now with small oily, angry leaves. The lower you get the more the PO starts to creep into the trail.

Re: Gamboa Trail

Post by Rob on Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:27 am

Date Hiked: March 31, 2017
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Between the Coast Ridge and Trail Spring the trail tread was fine, but there were numerous mid-sized blowdowns requiring some under and over moves. One of these required an awkward climb-through. People with large packs may find this a problem.

Trail Spring was flowing strongly, and there were a lot of downed branches near the crossing. It's been one of those winters :)

From Trail Spring to the Ojito junction there were a handful of down trees, mostly larger and with easy detours. One was a little rough to get over. The trail tread was in fine shape, though a bit narrow and sloping in short stretches.

Re: Gamboa Trail

Post by hydrologic on Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:36 pm

Date Hiked: March 12, 2017
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked from Trail Spring to top. Lots of deadfalls. Most were easy to get over/under/around. Tread in great shape. Very little encroaching brush.

Re: Gamboa Trail

Post by pantilat on Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:25 pm

Date Hiked: December 18, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

This report covers the entire length of the Gamboa Trail. See Stone Ridge Trail for continuation from Ojito Gap down to Goat Camp and beyond.

There's a small brushy section immediately above Ojito Gap that had interlocking brush but that's now improved. Between Ojito Gap and Trail Spring the trail is mainly clear but there are a few blowdowns, one of which is a large Sugar Pine that requires climbing up and over. From Trail Spring to the Junction with the North Coast Ridge Trail there are also several new blowdowns, virtually all are old snags that have finally toppled over. None of the new blowdowns are difficult to get around. Lack of use throughout the Gamboa Trail has allowed significant accumulation of leaves in sections which can be a bit slippery.

Trail Spring is flowing vigorously (more like a cascading stream) after recent rains.

A few Sugar Pines have succumbed to the drought in the upper Devils Canyon drainage, but I could tell that the forest much appreciated all the early season rain we've received and hopefully these rains will stem the tide of tree mortality. It appears that the Coulter Pine, which is more accustomed to a warmer and drier regime, is flourishing in this area with lots of young trees springing up.

Re: Gamboa Trail

Post by Salvatore on Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:01 pm

Date Hiked: July 24, 2016
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

We camped at Goat Camp there after hiking the Stone Ridge Trail and Vicente Flat Trail from Cone peak road (Our objective was the whole 16 miles cone peak loop).

The creek at Goat camp (few seconds away) had an abundant stream of cool water! The heat was intense and the creek was a wonderful gift. Overall the contrast between the intense heat and the relief from cold creeks water will be the most pleasant memories of this hike.

We left Goat Camp ---> Cone Peak Summit, early morning (around 7:10 am).
At this time of the day, the whole portion of the Stone Ridge Trail connecting the Goat Camp with Gamboa Trail is shaded (very relieving as we hiked with 103 F temperature the previous day). Few brushy sections going up.

The trailhead of Gamboa Trail is marked with a clear sign at the junction with Stone Ridge trail and Ojito Camp Trail. The Gamboa Trail section connecting to Trail Spring Camp it is a very easy trail...with very marginal elevation change and it is generally a fast hike. The tread was always visible and clear (the volunteers and the VW team again had done a wonderful job!).
We encountered a couple of deadfalls that were easy to deal with.

We got to Trail Spring Camp (from Goat Camp) in approximately 2 hours. A group of people camped there the night before (5-6 tents, approximately10 people). Water was just enough to slowly refill our bottles (water was flowing but not at all abundant). We then left the Gamboa Trail and went up to the Cone Peak Trail toward the Cone Peak summit.

Again no major obstacles and obvious direction.

Currently the Stone Ridge Trail is listed as "Wilderness Freeway". Although I am not an expert in your classification standards, Gamboa Trail falls in a similar category to me.


Re: Gamboa Trail

Post by Jeff Cannon on Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:06 am

Date Hiked: June 18, 2016
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Dropped to Trail Springs from Cone Peak. Water was still good at the spring. This stretch was 95% good, a couple new downed trees, but not difficult to negotiate.

Re: Gamboa Trail

Post by sjgauowqeryh on Tue May 24, 2016 4:23 pm

Date Hiked: May 21, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

I hiked this trail on May 21/22 while making a lollipop loop starting at Highway 1 to Vicente, then to Stone Ridge, Gamboa, Cone Peak, then back down to Vincente Flat trail from Cone Peak Road and back to Highway 1.

Goat camp was in good condition with lots of water flowing nearby. Trail Spring camp (where we actually camped) was also in decent condition with water flowing right by the campsite. Trail Spring camp is a little small though, so if many groups arrive at the same time, it can get cramped. Vincente Flat camp is also in good condition, with water flowing nearby.

Re: Gamboa Trail

Post by pantilat on Mon May 02, 2016 12:07 pm

Date Hiked: April 30, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

About a dozen new blowdowns over the trail from recent winds spread out along the length of the trail from Ojito Gap to the junction with North Coast Ridge Trail. Most of the deadfalls are old snags but there is one old growth Sugar Pine (between Trail Spring and Ojito Gap). Otherwise, the trail is clear. Trail Spring is flowing nicely.

Re: Gamboa Trail

Post by charleston63 on Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:49 pm

Date Hiked: February 13, 2016
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

I only traveled from Goat Camp to Trail Springs Camp, but from what I saw the trail was very clear. There was plenty of water at Trail Springs Camp. If you do plan on staying at Trail Springs, make sure to be the first one there. My original plan was to stay there for the night and then bag Cone Peak the next day, but when we arrived at 3:00 PM there was already a group of backpackers with 2 tents and 1 hammock that took up the campsite. There may have been more areas to pitch a tent, but the group had several dogs that were barking at mine and getting worked up, so I figured we would just keep going.

For those who plan on staying at Otijo Camp, I did not stay there but there is a sign and trail that clearly directs you to that campsite's location.