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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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Re: Turner Creek Trail

Post by pantilat on Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:03 pm

Date Hiked: December 17, 2017
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The trail is mainly clear save for a couple remaining blowdowns. There is evidence of recent saw cuts on several of post-fire blowdowns so thanks to whoever is maintaining this trail. The tread is sometimes covered by sticker vines which can also be a trip hazard. There is some poison oak encroaching but it's all avoidable. There is currently good water flow in the creek at both Turner Creek and Applegate Camps, but the creek surface is dry in between for a short distance. Overall, this trail is in good shape from the end of Long Ridge Road to the Skinner Ridge Trail.

Re: Turner Creek Trail

Post by Daniel S on Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:23 pm

Date Hiked: April 4, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Trail has some encroaching poison oak but nothing that blocks the path, easy to follow, one deadfall between turner creek camp and the road but there is a use trail around it. People seem to be taking horses through this trail. Water at both apple tree and turner creek camps.

Re: Turner Creek Trail

Post by ventanahiker86 on Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:15 pm

Date Hiked: April 2, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

A friend and I hiked to Turner Creek Camp from Long Ridge Road, starting from The Hoist on Palo Colorado Rd. Hiking Long Ridge was no problem, other than its steepness! We encountered friendly residents along the road (one of whom I happened to know...small world).

Turner Creek Trail from Long Ridge Rd to Turner Creek Camp is mostly clear, other than encroaching poison oak and one prominent deadfall. The poison oak is mostly avoidable, seeming worse beyond Turner Creek Camp toward Apple Tree Camp (we turned around shortly past Turner). The deadfall, a madrone tree that has fallen over the trail, is easily stepped under. I did notice what seemed like a use-trail skirting up and around the deadfall here, but that option looked more arduous. Turner Creek Camp is a nice spot! Turner Creek was flowing nicely.

Re: Turner Creek Trail

Post by K Vandevere on Fri Nov 28, 2014 7:07 pm

Date Hiked: November 28, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

There are a couple of minor deadfalls and some mildly encroaching vegetation, but the real issue, as noted by the previous poster, is poison oak. The whole area is full of it. You cannot walk this trail without coming into contact with a fair amount of it. This is a very beautiful area, especially at this time of year with the fall colors, but it is no place for anyone with a serious poison oak allergy. There is currently no water at Apple Tree or Turner camps or, for that matter, anywhere else along the trail. Perhaps the predicted storms will change this, but as of now the creek is bone dry.

Unlike in years past, Apple Tree is now the more attractive of the two camps, with more open space and flatter ground for sleeping. The four stoves at Turner Creek Camp have been pulled out of the ground and jumbled up together like some kind of modern art installation in the middle of the only clear space that remains. While fires aren't currently allowed, these stoves aren't going to be much use when restrictions are lifted - at least until someone does a fair amount of work to reinstall them. Kind of a shame since this was once a very nice camp.

One of the best things about this trail and these camps was the complete absence of trash. People have clearly been using the trail and camps but, in contrast to the nearby Skinner Ridge Trail and other Ventana trails, they have left NOTHING behind. Maybe litterbugs don't like poison oak?

Re: Turner Creek Trail

Post by CaliJim on Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:06 pm

Date Hiked: April 4, 2014
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

First time in the area. Day hike. We started at Bottcher's.... so we hiked down Turner Creek from Skinner Ridge.

I wanted to scout out the Apple Tree Camp for a possible over-nighter, but I turned around before finding the camp site.

The Poison Oak is growing over the trail in places and it is getting too hard to step gingerly around it.

Dumped all my clothes into the washing machine when I got home. Hope I don't end up and itchy mess tomorrow.

The tread is well defined and it would be passable except for the PO.

Re: Turner Creek Trail

Post by Steve B on Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:40 pm

Date Hiked: January 12, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Water Report
Turner Creek is mostly dry. There is a small trickle of water and the creek bed is damp in a few places but it would be difficult to get water at Apple Tree Camp. From Apple Tree Camp to Turner Creek Camp the creek is mostly dry but there are some small non-flowing pools along the trail and one at Turner Creek Camp.
We need Rain! :o

Re: Turner Creek Trail

Post by jack_glendening on Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:09 pm

Date Hiked: November 8, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Water report:

Apple Tree Camp: 4 small pools each about 1 foot diameter with 2-3 inch depth - visible flow

Turner Creek Camp: while there is no water where the camp trail crosses the stream bed, water is available 200 ft upstream - 2 pools each about 2 ft by 6 ft with 6-12 inch depth. Besides following the streambed, they can also be accessed by a usetrail which leaves main trail 100 ft east of camp trail intersection.

Re: Turner Creek Trail

Post by annevoi on Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:22 pm

Date Hiked: July 14, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Two wilderness rangers mounted a new sign at the Big Pines/Turner Creek junction pointing the way to Bottchers Gap and Pat Springs. The other two signs are still functional but decrepit. We then continued down the lovely Turner Creek trail and cleared out the fire rings (2) at Apple Tree Camp and (1) at Turner Creek Camp. The latter camp is being seriously encroached on by blackberries; we cleared maybe five feet on all sides. The trail itself is well defined but narrow and brushy with poison oak and berry brambles in many spots, especially beyond Apple Tree Camp. It seems to be used by equestrians.

Re: Turner Creek Trail

Post by RSIBryce on Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:05 pm

Date Hiked: December 8, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Trail is clear yet narrow at some points; poison oak is dormant lining the trail, might be tough when its in season. Turner Creek was flowing well and we had a sweet bobcat sighting, making its way from rock to rock upstream as we were making our way along the trail towards Turner Creek camp, we all stopped and checked each-other out, it got weird when the bobcat winked. A couple was camped at Apple Tree (which has two sites) and the side stream feeding Turner there was also flowing. Turner Creek camp does not have much space for sleeping and the ground was quite moist. We concluded the little creek valley gets little sunlight and the moisture content would make sleeping out tough on our down-bags so opted to head up the hill to the north and slept under the madrone canopy on a wonderful bed of thick, red leaf litter. What a comfy night of sleep!

Re: Turner Creek Trail

Post by RSI SamE on Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:01 pm

Date Hiked: October 8, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Turner Creek Trail
Twixt Skinner Ridge Trail
And Turner Creek Camp
• Trail: Clear
• People: 2
• Signage: Sign at Turner Creek Trail junction is informative but decrepit, on its last legs.
• Note 1: Poison oak encroaching on trail occasionally.
• Note 2: In open madrone areas some old trails diverge and converge, but main trail is fairly obvious.

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