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Re: Soda Springs Trail

Postby RBravo on Tue Apr 10, 2012 2:51 pm

Date Hiked: April 10, 2012
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Soda Springs Trail to Buckeye Camp and a little beyond.

Overall, trail in good shape, tread evident, although grass overgrowing. Many areas of slippage but no major deadfall at all. Easy to follow. Buckeye meadow in great shape. Inspected both campsites. Distant site on north side with table barely usable. Good established fire ring.there. More popular site near old oak in good condition. Two grills, well established ring, with table in good shape.

Water flowing from pipe near the gigantic sycamore tree.

Overall in good shape after the winter rains. Grass not as high as in previous years. Few ticks, poison oak abundant and, of course, not really avoidable.

Just an observation, please make sure the human waste is buried and the paper not left behind. Saw evidence of white scattered TP in a few choice places, but not near the water source ( thankfully). Encountered rain and hiked out in the cool, rainy mist today. Was tremendous, all sorts of creatures were out in the moisture taking it all in, including several salamanders try to play chicken on the trail by moving as slowly as possible in the face of oncoming hikers. What a great place!
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Re: Soda Springs Trail

Postby C M Heard on Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:37 am

Date Hiked: December 16, 2011
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

The trail apparently was unaffected by the recent wind event — its condition is the same as reported below. There was a medium-size downed bay tree at the trailhead, but with the tools a few feet away in my truck I had enough time to clear it and it's not there now.
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Re: Soda Springs Trail

Postby juliekath42 on Mon May 09, 2011 2:38 pm

Date Hiked: May 6, 2011
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Trail tread very easy to follow however has become overgrown for a good portion of the 1/2 mile. Lots of poison oak and only one small detour around a small tree.
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Re: Soda Springs Trail

Postby Rick Bravo on Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:36 pm

Date Hiked: April 23, 2011
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Update from my last trip up this trail three months ago...
The winter storms have eroded many portions of the trail in the grassy portions, but still passable with caution. Lot's of impressive "coastal jungle" overgrowth in the first quarter mile, with a detour due to downfall, but minor really. Good trail all the way to Buckeye. Good water, table and shovel. Clean and respected campsite. Lot's of water, the usual poison oak everywhere, ( that's just part of the journey, and pretty leaves with the oil!). Really very pleasant .
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Re: Soda Springs Trail

Postby Rick Bravo on Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:08 pm

Date Hiked: January 29, 2011
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Took Soda Springs Trail from Hwy 1 to Buckeye Camp.
Cool day, just before rain. Some mild overgrowth, but for the proceeding 3 miles the tread was good to borderline with a half dozen mild , very easily passable washouts. No deadfall, easy to follow all the way. Good water sources all the way to Buckeye camp. Minor Rhus.
At the camp, table and fire ring in good condition with a shovel left next to fire ring.
Water source, pipe flowing very well. Clean, well respected site.

Overall a good trail and nice camp spot. Should pose no issues except a pleasant experience to the willing hiker. I recall my only Mountain lion encounter on this trail around 2 miles in about 9 years ago. We were moving quietly and rapidly when we surprised a very big cat sunning on a rock outcropping about 20 feet above the trail in the early morning ( we were hiking into the breeze, I recall). He turned and jumped magnificently away...never forget that.
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Excellent Condition

Postby jbl on Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:18 pm

Date Hiked: October 17, 2009
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Since I last hiked on this trail in April '09, a lot of work has been done to clear back the ever-encroaching brush and to remove all obstacles, so the trail is now very clear up to the Buckeye trail. There are a few spots where the high vines and shrubs (including the ever-present poison oak) are beginning to stick out over the trail, but this is a vast improvement over last winter-spring, when you had to wade and push through a lot of it and also go over, under and around numerous deadfalls. Hat's off to the crew that worked this trail.
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Trail Conditions History 2000-2007

Postby Site Administrator on Thu May 07, 2009 1:54 pm

Date Hiked: December 10, 2007
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Conditions reported by: Gary Felsman
Survey date: 10-DECEMBER-2007
General: CLEAR
Specific:
Section: Highway 1 to Buckeye Trail Junction - Clear
This 1/2 mile connector to the Buckeye Trail is clear for the most part with encraoching brush, berries and some poison oak in several section. Some sections of tread have slipped away making footing uneven and a bit slippery while negotiating some of the small creeks.
There are no trees across the trail at this time.
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Conditions reported by: Gary Felsman
Survey date: 9-JULY-2005
General: CLEAR
Specific:
Section: Highway 1 to Buckeye Trail Junction - Clear
Still clear for the most part.

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Conditions reported by: Gary Felsman
Survey date: 22-FEB-2005
General: CLEAR
Specific:
Section: Buckeye Trail to Highway 1 Trailhead : Passable to Partially Clear
Encroaching brush. Looks like some new tread has been built here as well.

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Conditions reported by: H.L.Stephey
Survey date: 23-APRIL-2003
General: DIFFICULT
Specific:
At a point about 100 yds. from the start of the trail at Hwy.1, take the right hand fork that heads south. Going straight ahead, up the creek, leads to steep, impassable terrain and is obviously the wrong trail. The first 1/4 mile of the trail has some very overgrown sections, with blackberry vines, wild morning glory and lots of poison oak. The trail improves greatly as you approach the junction with the Buckeye Trail, there were no downed trees blocking any section of the trail.

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Conditions reported by: Dirk P. Woestenburg
Survey date: 29-MARCH-00
General: PASSABLE
Specific: Easy to follow but tread is poor condition in several places.
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Soda Springs Trail

Postby Site Administrator on Thu May 07, 2009 1:49 pm

* USFS Trail # 5E17
* Parking: Hwy 1 north of Salmon Creek Guard Station
* Watershed: Soda Springs Creek
* Junctions: Buckeye Trail (alternate trailhead)
* Connects: Hwy 1 with Buckeye Trail
* Camps: None
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