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Santa Lucia Connector

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Wilderness Freeway: Heavily used and well maintained.
Clear: No obstacles and tread well defined.
Passable: Some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident.
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Impassable: Completely overgrown or tread obliterated.

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Re: Santa Lucia Connector

Post by Betsy M on Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:36 pm

Date Hiked: January 2, 2017
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Like the main Santa Lucia Trail, the connector is in better shape than it has been in years. An AmeriCorps crew working with the VWA cleared several hundred feet of the worst part of this trail, at the top. They did a fantastic job of clearing all the fallen dead brush, and worked the tread beautifully.
Other groups also cleared the trail on the end near the Santa Lucia Trail, though not as carefully as the AmeriCorps crew.
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There are minor tread issues down below, and some encroaching brush, but this trail is easily passable and there is no difficulty following it. It makes possible a nice loop hike from Arroyo Seco Campground. Hiking upstream from the Adobe, doing the 8 creek crossings, then taking this connector trail back to the road, and hiking all the way back on the road.

Oddly enough, even though the road is open according to the Forest Order, a huge sign at the Marble Peak Trailhead seems to indicate that it is closed.
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A couple of miles up above, the sign marking the Connector trailhead is now lying on the ground.
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Re: Santa Lucia Connector

Post by jack_glendening on Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:56 pm

Date Hiked: March 12, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Tread generally in good shape. One very brushy bay tree blocks the tread near top of trail, requiring a crawl, and some other branches impede progress - but all are hand-saw clearable. Much poison oak.


Re: Santa Lucia Connector

Post by jack_glendening on Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:19 am

Date Hiked: July 11, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Tread evident but slumping in places. Overgrowing Poison Oak can be avoided with dilligence - fortunately, most is on downslope side. Many overhanging branches from above slope.

Re: Santa Lucia Connector

Post by runcyclegirl on Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:11 pm

Date Hiked: February 15, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

We hiked the spur trail from Santa Lucia Trail. Views are expansive and impressive especially as one approaches the road. Overall trail is in very good condition and the tread is well defined. There is some encroachment and low overhangs but not too bad. Also, there are two small rock slides, but are easy to negotiate (photos below).





Re: Santa Lucia Connector

Post by Betsy M on Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:58 pm

Date Hiked: March 24, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

A VWA Trail Crew worked on the Spur Trail on the way down to the main Santa Lucia Trail and Last Chance Camp.
There is a fair amount of poison oak - we tried to remove it by clipping or grubbing it out, but there is plenty left to brush against your legs. There are also quite a few brushy spots, but nothing that would cause a hiker to get lost. Even though the elevation change is 800 feet, this trail is so well-graded that you don't feel like you have done a lot of climbing when you hike out of the canyon. There are nice views down the Santa Lucia Creek drainage, and also of the Santa Lucia North Fork drainage.
Lots of hikers use this Spur Trail to do a loop hike, starting on the Santa Lucia Trail at the Arroyo Seco Parking Lot, or starting at the Adobe, hiking up to this Spur Trail, then returning on the Arroyo Seco-Indians Road.

Santa Lucia Connector

Post by mikesplain on Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:54 am

* USFS Trail # 5E03
* Parking: Arroyo Seco Campground
* Watershed: Arroyo Seco River, Santa Lucia Creek
* Junctions: Santa Lucia Trail, Arroyo Seco-Indians Road
* Connects: Arroyo Seco-Indians Road with Santa Lucia Trail
* Camps: none