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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park: Tanbark Trail

Re: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park: Tanbark Trail

Postby Paul_Danielson1 on Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:45 pm

Date Hiked: June 27, 2011
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

AT LAST !!! The following posting now apprears on the official JPB SP website: "All trails at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, with only 1 exception, are now open for hiking, including the recently cleared Tan Bark Trail. Hazardous conditions still exist on the Ewoldson trail and it remains closed while repairs are completed throughout the summer. Please carefully observe closure signs."
I went down today to check things out. The trail is in the best condition it has ever been, including before the 2008 fire. There is brand-new 3 foot tread, with cutout upslope and wide, clear downslope. The old burned-out platform near the bottom has been replaced by two planks. Despite the yellow-warning tape, it is quite safe. There is one deadfall near the top (probably came down since the trailwork was finished.) but it is easily negotiated. Go for it, and enjoy!!!
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Re: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park: Tanbark Trail

Postby Paul_Danielson1 on Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:34 pm

Date Hiked: June 27, 2011
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

AT LONG LAST!!! Note this latest posting on the official JPB SP website: "All trails at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, with only 1 exception, are now open for hiking, including the recently cleared Tan Bark Trail. Hazardous conditions still exist on the Ewoldson trail and it remains closed while repairs are completed throughout the summer. Please carefuly observe closure signs." Today I went down to check it out. The trail is the best it has ever been, even than before the 2008 fire. The tread is 3 feet wide, the upslope is nicely cut out, and there is a wide, clear margin on the downslope. The old burned-out decking near the bottom has been temporarily replaced by two board planks. In spite of the yellow- warning flagging tape, it is quite safe. There is only one deadfall, closer to the top (probably since the trailwork was finished), and it is easily negotiated. Go for it, and enjoy!
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Re: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park: Tanbark Trail

Postby Krisbingram on Tue Dec 28, 2010 2:00 pm

Date Hiked: December 27, 2010
General Condition: Impassable (completely overgrown or tread obliterated)

We approached Tanbark Trail from the top, after hiking to the Tin House via the fire road. The wooden sign marking Tanbark Trail should have a "Trail Closed" sign attached, because after a half mile, we began encountering deadfalls and overgrowth , but tape markers had recently been emplaced, leading us to believe that the conditions might improve further along. Bad assumption. It quickly turned into a machete-worthy bushwhack, with downed trees requiring careful climbing over every ten yards. The way became easier temporarily in the redwood grove near the confluence of streams at Swiss Camp, but again became impassable as we beat our way downwards, racing against the sun. As dusk began to fall (we were, of course, without lights), we finally decided to climb straight up a steep hillside back to the fire road, which we believed was about 600 feet above us. This proved our best decision of the day, we were able to gain the road and walk down by starlight. This experience proved once again that carrying a headlamp ensures you'll get back to the car before dark, and forgetting one guarantees a nighttime misadventure. This will be a gorgeous trail once crews are able to re-cut it through the overgrowth, but in the meantime, give it a miss.
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Trail Conditions History 2005-2007

Postby Site Administrator on Tue May 26, 2009 2:53 pm

Date Hiked: October 8, 2007
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Condition Reports
Conditions reported by: David Brainin
Survey date: 8-OCTOBER-2007
General: CLEAR
Specific:

The trail is in fine shape. We really enjoyed the hike although it is fairly steep up and down.
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Conditions reported by: Josh and Emily
Survey date: 1-JULY-2006
General: PASSABLE
Specific:

The trailhead and it's sign are partially obscured by a rockslide. Much of the trail is in very good shape, but we encountered several significant deadfalls as well as some sections of encroaching brush and loose tread. Overall, a very nice trail in need of some attention in a few spots.
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Conditions reported by: Greg Heck
Survey date: 26-AUGUST-2005
General: PASSABLE
Specific:

Section: Trailhead to Tin House

Clear trail up to headwater of last watershed. After that we encountered some deadfalls and rock slides on the way to the Tin House. No grapes left and no water at the house. Average time up this grade should be about two hours (unless you are packing extra weight).

Took fire break down to hwy 1 and was mostly clear of brush. Nice spring near the end. Walking the mile or so on hwy 1 back to the car is the most risky maneuver of any hike we have ever made in the Big Sur area and not advisable. We feel that one is much better off facing down an angry mother cougar than an over medicated elder behind the wheel of a mega RV.

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Conditions reported by: Rob May
Survey date: 31-JULY-2005
General: PASSABLE
Specific:

A well worth it hike. The trail is extra bushy this year, I guess due to all the extra rain we got. A few extra fallen trees across trail but still quite passable. I hiked it from the trailhead at Paddington Cove to the tin house and down the fire road and then finished on Highway 1 in a very lesurely 5 hours.
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park: Tanbark Trail

Postby Site Administrator on Tue May 26, 2009 2:51 pm

TANBARK TRAIL

The Tanbark Trail trailhead is on the east side of Highway One where it crosses Partington Creek in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. It begins with a gentle ascent beneath towering redwoods along cheerful Partington Creek, eventually climbing higher up on the canyon wall and passing beneath mixed hardwood forest until eventually regaining redwood cover at historic Swiss Camp, a beautifully forested glade about 2 miles from the trailhead that makes a perfect resting spot. Beyond Swiss Camp the trail climbs gently through mixed forest once again before descending gently for half a mile to its terminus at the upper end of the fire road leading to the (Latrop Brown) Tin House, just over 3 miles from the trailhead. The meadow in front of the Tin House is a delightful spot for a picnic and basking in the coastal views, and a loop trip can be made by descending a steep 2 miles down the fire road back to the highway at a point about a mile's roadside walk from the Tanbark trailhead.
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