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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: Jackson Camp Trail

Post by kcharlton on Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:39 pm

Date Hiked: July 3, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Tread was always easy to find from boy scout camp to Jackson Camp. There were a couple deadfalls and streams on the way to Fish. I think all the deadfalls had footholds carved in, but one consists of two trunks and is a little tricky to pass due to erosion between the two trunks (especially with a pack on.) All the streams had little log jam bridges that were fairly stable. A couple parts of the trail are a bit narrow or very steep, but nothing unmanageable. Fish camp was in great shape. The two river crossings between Fish and Jackson were very tricky if you weren't willing to remove shoes or get feet wet. We spent the night at the bigger site at Jackson, the smaller one is looking a little overgrown, but still ok. Continued up use trail to Fox, there was some flagging at river crossings, but hard to find (we only noticed one flag on the way in, though saw several on the way back.) Easy to lose tread in section between Jackson and Fox, seems like people have bushwhacked trails on both sides of the river in some areas. We were able to relocate the tread each time we lost it, but required a bit of searching.

Re: Jackson Camp Trail

Post by rt1 on Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:38 pm

Date Hiked: February 27, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Ran from the Scout Camp to Fish Camp. Tread is in good condition. Things are much as pantilat reported previously. Nothing too major; never had to crawl or climb over anything. The one big log has a foothold chopped in in. A runthrough with loppers and a saw would make this trail more or less clear. Fish Camp was in great shape.

Re: Jackson Camp Trail

Post by pantilat on Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:17 pm

Date Hiked: February 16, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

There are a couple new blowdowns across the trail, one is a tanbark near the beginning and the other is at the spot where the prior posters mentioned the large redwood down near the creaklet. It appears more redwoods have fallen at this spot. Unfortunately, the crown of the recent blowdown fell right over the trail (and reroute?) so it is messy. Other than that, the trail is in fine condition. Beyond Fish Camp to Jackson Camp there are two river crossings and the way is clear. Continuing upstream to Fox Usecamp there are a few new blowdowns but still no real difficulties.

Re: Jackson Camp Trail

Post by Gonehiking on Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:51 pm

Date Hiked: August 29, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

hiked in from Pico BSR to Jackson this labor day... trail was well used this summer, but is narrow in places Trail is getting thrashed past large redwood that is down/and the small creeklet that is next. A few new tan bark oaks are down across and one slid through the trail and took it out, but you can hop over. Good news is the ceanothus/PO is drying out due to the drought. Little Sur is very low but still flowing at this time. Looking forward to the trail crew party hopefully they/we? can get to the flat above fish camp and saw the big doug firs out of the way...

Re: Jackson Camp Trail

Post by Betsy M on Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:42 pm

Posted by VWA member Jim Ringland:

Date Hiked: April 6, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Section: Fox Camp to Pico Blanco Camp

I hiked in from Bottcher's Gap and went to Jackson Camp the first day, dayhiked upstream the second, went over to Pico Blanco Camp the third, and out the fourth.

The route from the scout camp to Jackson is mostly clear, save that impressive deadfall and straight-down re-route that RSIBrice mentioned, some deadfall just short of Fish Camp, and some easy step-overs between Fish and Jackson. Just a little trail slumpage here and there. Two stream crossings between Fish and Jackson. Upstream from Jackson to Fox there are many more stream crossings, but most (all?) are well-marked by flags. Mostly ankle to mid-calf deep; maybe once I went in up to my knees. There are more small obstacles on this last use trail section between Jackson and Fox but no real difficulties.

Jackson Camp Trail

Post by mikesplain on Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:35 am

Posted by hayleyandjason on Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:06 am

Date Hiked: June 16, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked with two kids (11 and 13) from Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp to the Circular Pool upstream of Fox Camp for a three-day trip, staying in Fish and Fox Camps. Trail had plenty of deadfalls throughout. Combined with the numerous (but well marked) river crossings, the trip was a bit more technical than we had anticipated, but also very fun. Poison oak was prevalent, as were mosquitoes. But the river views and Circular Pool upstream of Fox Camp were well worth it. Water flow was good given the drought, and the pool very refreshing. Camps were in excellent shape.

Great trip for adventuresome kids--ours loved it.

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