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Re: IMPORTANT! FOREST CLOSURE

Postby K Vandevere on Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:16 am

It should probably be noted that the upper portion of the trail shown on many maps ascending from JPB State Park to the Coast Ridge, along the ridge separating the Partington and McWay watersheds, has pretty much ceased to exist since the Basin Complex Fire in 2008. At this point the "Anderson Direct," bad as it is, is probably an easier option, if one is determined to climb from the Highway to the Coast Ridge in the vicinity of JPB.
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Re: IMPORTANT! FOREST CLOSURE

Postby Brush Crusher on Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:34 am

Well done ! your trip
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Re: IMPORTANT! FOREST CLOSURE

Postby Dmitry on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:59 pm

Thanksgiving day I hiked Anderson Direct from McWay Falls to the Anderson Peak to find out if it's a good way to the trails off Coast Ridge Road. My opinion - it is not.

As you drive south, past where everyone parks along Hwy 1 to see the falls and not pay for parking, there is a blind turn and then a fairly large dirt pullout on your right. The "trailhead" is across the highway, barely visible. This "trail" I believe is a technological lane left behind by whoever installed the underground high voltage line to the government facility at Anderson Peak - the trail follows half buried precast concrete boxes, which I have no idea how those people carried up there, taxpayer dollar at work. The trail starts ok, and get worse, until you are constantly wading in brush, over deadfall and unstable ground. Do not wear shorts! And if you just bought a pair of good hiking shoes, like me, don't wear them either.

I enjoy hiking, but not this "trail". Half-way up I was in the zombie mode, that's when you go forward only because you can not turn around. Also, you know those annoying little prickles that attach to your socks and shoe laces and take forever to remove? I am not sure what that plant is called, or even how it looks, but every time I bushwack I seem to walk right into it. I got it pretty bad this time, seriously considered throwing my socks away.

It took me 3hrs 10min to get to the top. And that's in optimal weather. If it was hot or raining, I probably wouldn't even make it. And when I got to the top, I was immediately attacked by a swarm of gnats.

The only positive was that condor #77 flew so close to me I could hear the hissing sounds of its wings. That was pretty cool.
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Re: IMPORTANT! FOREST CLOSURE

Postby jack_glendening on Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:49 pm

The Ventana Inn did some illegal things to support the Parker wedding, with subsequent lawsuit leading to several redresses, including this one. The map displays the location better than I can describe. Jack
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Re: IMPORTANT! FOREST CLOSURE

Postby Dmitry on Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:32 am

jack_glendening wrote:Under the Parker settlement you can legally long-term park at "Cadillac Flats", though it is small and cannot handle too many cars - see link (note this is NOT the Ventana Inn parking lot)

https://mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php? ... f&tilt=off

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Thank you, I didn't know that. Is it the parking lot close to the Coast Ridge Road gate, on the west side of the road to Ventana Inn? And what is the Parker settlement? if anyone asks.
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Re: IMPORTANT! FOREST CLOSURE

Postby jack_glendening on Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:18 am

Dmitry wrote:I know we could park at at the Big Sur Ranger Station, and then walk along the highway to the Ventana Inn driveway, ...


Under the Parker settlement you can legally long-term park at "Cadillac Flats", though it is small and cannot handle too many cars - see link (note this is NOT the Ventana Inn parking lot)

https://mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php? ... f&tilt=off

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Re: IMPORTANT! FOREST CLOSURE

Postby Dmitry on Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:59 am

So where are we supposed to park to be able to hike from west to east?

I know there is some room on the west side of Hwy 1 at the Boronda Trail trailhead (the one that takes you to the Timber Top), along the private property fence. But how long can a car sit there before it becomes a problem?

A couple of the printed maps I have show a trail from Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park up to the Coast Ridge Road terminating at Anderson Peak 4099. I have never hiked that one, and I couldn't find any trail reports, because I am not sure what it's called. Apparently it contours some private property half way up, so maybe it's a private road? Is there parking?

I know we could park at at the Big Sur Ranger Station, and then walk along the highway to the Ventana Inn driveway, and then walk along the Coast Ridge Road to either Big Sur Trail trailhead or Marble Peak Trail trailhead off the Coast Ridge Road, but that's too much unnecessary walking.

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. I would like to hike from Big Sur to Arroyo Seco or vice versa over Thanksgiving. I imagine there will be other hikers now that Ventana Wilderness is open. Where are we supposed to park?
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How should I hike down from Bottchers Gap?

Postby Flossermanjaro on Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:46 am

If I hike into Bottchers Gap from the east, what is my best way out so I will know where to leave a vehicle?
I do not know how far down Palo Colorado "The Hoist" is. Or, can I go over Bixby Mountain from Bottchers Gap and down to Old Coast Road?
I appreciate the advice.
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Re: IMPORTANT! FOREST CLOSURE

Postby Guest on Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:04 am

[quote="CBFtoLogin"]

Risking a $5,000 fine, and risking one's own life or safety (Search and Rescue will turn people in to the Forest Service who violate the order) does not seem to be worth it.[/quote]

Agreed
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Re: IMPORTANT! FOREST CLOSURE

Postby CBFtoLogin on Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:30 pm

Along with many parts of the the trail corridor, Sykes hot springs (the primary reason this area otherwise gets thousands of visitors per year) is reported to have been destroyed during the winter storms from flooding and landslides.

Risking a $5,000 fine, and risking one's own life or safety (Search and Rescue will turn people in to the Forest Service who violate the order) does not seem to be worth it.
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