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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.
Difficult: Brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread.
Impassable: Completely overgrown or tread obliterated.

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Re: Little Sur Trail

Post by mbrewer206 on Sun May 08, 2016 8:03 am

Date Hiked: May 6, 2016
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Ran up to pico blanco from Little Sur trail. Trail is in great condition. Plan on getting your feet wet when crossing the river on up to pico blanco. Starting to get overgrown in some spots. Just an amazing trip.

Re: Little Sur Trail

Post by jack_glendening on Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:11 pm

Date Hiked: April 6, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Someone has cleared the branches from the large fallen madrone, leaving only two trunks which can be gone over, so passage was much easier than on my last hike. Trail would be "clear" except for a few trunks lying over it. Iris is in bloom along the climb to Launtz Ridge.

Jack

Re: Little Sur Trail

Post by jack_glendening on Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:26 pm

Date Hiked: January 28, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Today found the fallen madrone has been broken into 3 pieces, each covering a section of the trail - the upper and lower can be worked through (we sawed/lopped it some more), the middle section requires a wide diversion - main trunk about 2x1 ft oblong with 8" branches on trail. Also down is a 18" tree and several 8-12" tree/branches. A very large redwood is across trail but is easily gotten around at its root.

Jack

Re: Little Sur Trail

Post by jack_glendening on Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:47 am

Date Hiked: January 15, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

At least one madrone (it's a big mess about 60 ft in diameter, hard to tell exactly what is there) has fallen across the trail at 36.32390,-121.79967, about 1.0 mile south of the Boy Scout Camp, where the trail makes a bend so you work through one section only to find that the trail has bent and you have to work through another part. It covers a large area and is difficult to get around going off-trail due to surrounding brush and fallen trees . Could be greatly improved by lopping smaller branches with hand saw, but we did not have one. Main trunk will likely require crosscut saw.

Jack

Re: Little Sur Trail

Post by Steve B on Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:34 pm

Date Hiked: January 14, 2016
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Thank you Fatpopi for the trail report about the huge oak on the Little Sur trail. We wouldn't have known about the tree without your report. Today four of us cleared to huge tree explosion on the Little Sur Trail. The description of a tree explosion was a right on.

Re: Little Sur Trail

Post by Fatpopi on Thu Jan 07, 2016 2:09 pm

Date Hiked: January 1, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

This trail from old coast road continues to get better and better. Great work by the crew led by Crosscut in December. There is a huge blowdown,tree explosion on the granite creek property right after the road crossing. Huge oak. Other then that,after mile 3 the trail conditions deteriorate till you reach the crest. Another great blessed NYE at Pico Blanco..

Little Sur Trail

Post by jbl on Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:55 am

Date Hiked: December 12, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

This report covers the section of trail from the Boy Scout Camp to the Manuel Peak Trail turnoff.

The trail continues to be in relatively good shape with little brush encroachment yet. I didn't see a tree that needed to be crawled under (as reported in prior report) but there were 3 trees that needed to be stepped over (pictures of 2 of them below) and we did some swamping of these and removed a few smaller trees/branches which were cuttable with our Samurai saws.

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Tree 1, located below Launtz Ridge


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Tree 2, located 25' past the Manuel Peak Trail turnoff.

Re: Little Sur Trail

Post by rt1 on Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:39 am

Date Hiked: June 13, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked from the Scout Camp to Pico Public. Trail is in the best condition it's been in for a while. There is only one log that must be crawled under heading up Launtz Ridge. The big redwood in Dubeneck's Hole has been sawed through, removing a major obstacle. The trail is brushy in places, but, if you are very careful, you can avoid poison oak.

The waterfall at Pico Public is still flowing and much of the silt that filled the pool after the fire has flushed out, leaving it deep again.

Thank you VWA for your work on repairing this trail.

Re: Little Sur Trail

Post by jfelts711 on Sun May 24, 2015 10:20 pm

Date Hiked: May 8, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked to Pico Bllanco Camp. Trail had some thicker brush on the portion leading past the boy scout camp. Last several miles there was thick brush and ALOT of ticks. Nothing too heavy to pass or navigate through. Noone there on this weekday, so had camp to ourselfs. Found some trash from leftover hikers, Please be resonsible and pack your trash ! - I don't and nobody else likes to have to pack extra trash out.

Re: Little Sur Trail

Post by fat popi on Sat May 16, 2015 2:02 pm

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

My partner and went to meet a buddy at pico camp,we tricked him into battling with us for a full day.
thankfully it rained and we jumped yhe poison oak. Cleared from granite boundrie,ttried to hook up with the lopping I had done a month ago,still much work to do,but we gave it our all. Cleared EVERYTHING for first mileafter the redwoods. I really hope one of the leaders hikes this soon to see the work,nneeds a mccloud tool to make the tread where we cut back 4 ft for slumping...overall wonderful day to work. Very hopefull our work will inspire others, or a scheduled workday.
cheers

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