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Re: Cook Springs Camp Trail

Postby Rob on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:47 pm

Date Hiked: January 8, 2012
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

There were a couple of downed trees across the trail, but other than that things were in good shape. Spring was flowing, though diminished by the long dry spell we've been having.

Unfortunately, someone left a bunch of TP flags in the woods near the camp :roll: Pack it out folks.
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Cook Springs Camp Trail

Postby ldrucker on Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:34 am

Date Hiked: July 3, 2011
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The trail to Cook Springs Camp is clear with the exception of one or two tree falls down to the spring. The spring was flowing fine including the H2O from the pipe. Make sure to turn left when you see the picnic table. The spring is 800 ft down from the trail with 4 or 5 switchbacks. The pictures on previous posts are well needed. This is the approach to the Cook Springs Camp Trail from the Coast Ridge Trail. Note trail is on the left in the trees in the background.
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Cook Springs Trail from Coast Ridge Trail
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Re: Cook Springs Camp Trail

Postby Rob on Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:56 pm

Date Hiked: January 22, 2011
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The trail down to the camp was in good shape -- looked like a lot of work went into this -

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The spring was flowing well, not so much through the pipe but just above someone had thoughtfully arranged a rock / bark thingy whose flow rate seemed pretty good. Had a pleasant night's sleep and enjoyed a beautiful dawn

(Editor comment: This photo shows the Cook Springs Camp Trail where it leaves the North Coast Ridge Trail. The fallen pine lies along the NCRT. )
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Re: Cook Springs Camp Trail

Postby sdormanen on Tue May 11, 2010 5:32 pm

Date Hiked: May 8, 2010
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

We spent one night at Cook Spring's camp while doing a cross-coast range hike from the Indians to Kirk Creek. No problem finding the turnoff traveling south on the North Coast Ridge Trail from the junction of the Arroyo Seco Trail. The very large tree across the NCRT has now been sawed through. There is a rather large deadfall to push through just at the start of the trail down to Cook Spring's Camp, otherwise the trail is in good shape and the camp is lovely and clean. The pipe in the spring is no longer flowing, but water is flowing well enough to collect easily.
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Cook Springs Camp Trail

Postby dknapp1 on Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:58 pm

Date Hiked: June 7, 2009
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

See also this thread for pics of the Cook Springs Turnoff

http://www.ventanawild.org/forum08/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=225
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Cook Springs Camp Trail

Postby brad on Fri Jul 10, 2009 9:17 pm

Date Hiked: July 10, 2009
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Did this trail with my wife and 3 yr old, not the best idea but still managed. The trailhead was very easy to find at the end of Cone Peak Rd. The Cone Peak Rd was well maintained for the most part with only a few minor washouts.

I gave this trail a Passable rating only because the tread was evident. Several places have washouts in the first 1.5 miles and several of the switchbacks are very steep with ALOT of very loose soil (very difficult for young kids or inexperienced hikers).

The views are amazing throughout the entire trail and especially at the top of ridge. The only water anywhere on the trail is at Cook Springs Camp and that is only a very small spring. Thankfully someone put a small pipe in the spring to help the flow but it was still just a little more than a trickle. There were alot of small flies and when the sun started to go down they were replaced by mosquitos. There was some poison oak but less than usual for hikes in ventana.

After you pass the Gamboa Trail junction the trail turns into an old abandoned rd farther down the trail. If you've never been to the Cook Springs Camp before then here's the directions. When the trail turns into the road you'll come across your first fork, turn right then you'll come to another fork and this time go left, the camp is very close down the steep road. When you reach the camp the spring is to the left down another road/trail about 50 yards.
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Postby Site Administrator on Tue May 12, 2009 5:10 pm

Date Hiked: May 1, 2007
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Conditions reported by: Carl A. Mounteer
Survey date: 1-MAY-2007
General: N/A
Specific:

Note: I confess that I didn't really hike this trail. I am posting this because I want to eliminate a lot of confusion that can arise when looking for this trail for the first time coming up the Coast Ridge Trail from the Cone Peak Road trailhead. [Editor's Note follows]

The trail reports say there is a large dead pine crossing the trail at the Cook Springs Camp trailhead. And Jeff Shaeffer's book (Hiking the Big Sur Country, The Ventana Wilderness) has a map that shows that the FIRST right-hand trailhead off the Coast Ridge Trail is the Cook Springs Camp Trail.

This map is misleading. [Ed: however the actual location of the Cook Spring Trail is correct on this map. The Wilderness Press map is entirely incorrect at this and many other) locations and should be disregarded]

The first trail on the right, with a large pine next to the trail, is apparently the Carrizo Trail [Ed: dozer cut]. It is liberally festooned with trail tape at the turnoff. This and the large pine next to it make it easy to mistake it for the Cook Spring Camp Trail.

I am informed that the Cook Spring Camp Trail is less than a 1/4 mile north of this junction. It is, therefore, the SECOND trail on the right off the Coast Ridge Trail when hiking north from the Cone Peak Road trailhead.

I am not attributing fault to any trail report about my confusion in failing to find this trail. It is just an amazing coincidence that these two trails are 300 yards apart AND both have huge downed pines marking the trail junction.

Editor's Note: Cook Spring/Carrizo Trail junction confusion.

Travelling north on the Coast Ridge Trail, from the left junction with the Gamboa Trail, first there is a somewhat obscure junction to the right that leads to the historic tread of the Carrizo Trail...this becomes impassable in a third of a mile. After crossing a saddle and contouring for a while the trail turns and crosses a ridge, the right junction there is the dozer cut down to the Carrizo Trail. The next short section is on a distinct roadcut liberally decorated with deadfall in the 2-4 foot range, after less than a 1/4 mile of this, there is a huge pine (5' diameter) entirely across the roadbed, the Cook Spring Trail branches eastward on on the south side of the log.
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Conditions reported by: Robert Parks
Survey date: Spring-2006
General: PASSABLE
Specific:

Section: Coast Ridge Trail to Steep/Gentle split - Passable

The huge pine across the Coast Ridge Trail that marks the junction is still present. A few small deadfalls litter the trail, but are generally easy to cross.

Section: Steep Trail - Clear

Except for a few pieces of small deadfall, the trail is clear.

Section: Gentle Trail - Clear

The trail is clear, except for a 4' log across it in the camp. The split from the steep trail is clear.
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Conditions reported by: Robert Parks
Survey date: 11-DECEMBER-2005
General: PASSABLE
Specific:

Section: Coast Ridge Trail to Steep/Gentle split - Passable

The huge pine across the Coast Ridge Trail that marks the junction is liberally decorated with shiny bits of stuff, at least on the south side. Lots of small deadfall litters the trail, but is generally easy to cross.

Section: Steep Trail - Passable

A few new deadfalls have come down on this part of the trail, but it remain negotiable.

Section: Gentle Trail - Passable/Difficult

About a dozen new deadfalls have come down, mostly small, but still annoying to cross. The split from the steep trail is once again fairly obscure.
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Conditions reported by: Lindsay Jeffers - Stevenson Wilderness Program
Survey date: 1-MARCH-2005
General: PASSABLE
Specific:

Once on the trail, and I will confess to having had trouble finding the junction in the past, there are some flags to help stay on the trail, which is steep and negotiates a number of fallen trees. However, it is short and should prove no obstacle to reaching the camp and its water supply.
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Conditions reported by: Robert Parks
Survey date: 12-DEC-2004
General: CLEAR
Specific:

Section: Coast Ridge Tr. jct. to Cook Spring Camp

Both routes down to the camp are generally clear. Spring is flowing well (for Cook Spring), the pipe is working nicely, although waterborne debris may block it until it is cleaned out again.

(Steep route): one of the deadfalls across the roadcut has slumped so that it would be challenging to limbo under with a pack, crossing over requires care. The switchback in the gully is a bit rough due to water action.

(Gentle route): various minor deadfalls remain on the old road cut, all easily crossable except for a very large tree down near the camp, flagged trail detour here.
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Conditions reported by: Rob Yang
Survey date: 23-OCT-2004
General: CLEAR
Specific:

The trail seemed pretty much the same, except for a rusty tin placed near the flag marking it on Coast Ridge.

The spring was flowing reasonably well for a dry year, considering the first big storm of the fall had passed through earlier in the week. The whole ridge was drenched in mist by morning.
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Conditions reported by: Robert Parks
Survey date: 09-MAY-2004
General: PASSABLE
Specific:

Section: Both trails to Cook Spring

This report refers to both the steep and gentle routes down to Cook Springs Camp.

The junction with the Coast Ridge Trail is now fairly obvious, a few dozen feet south of a massive (5' diameter) pine down across the tread of the Coast Ridge Trail (limbo under)

The short section from the Coast Ridge Trail to the Steep/Gentle split is easily passable, with only small deadfall (6") on the trail.

The split is not entirely obvious, with the steep route continuing more or less straight while the gentle route makes a sharp right hairpin before a large pine. Marked with some deadfall outlining the curve.

The steep route has two remaining obstacles, a mostly broken log that is easy to cross and a large deadfall down across the trail(road) cut, either limbo under or a more hazardous climb over. Still excessively steep.

The gentle route has some minor deadfall, with two significant obstacles, one a large tanoak down lengthwise on the trail that can be walked without much difficulty, and a short, flagged trail diversion just above Cook Springs Camp. Much easier with a pack.
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Conditions reported by: Rob Yang
Survey date: 17-APRIL-2004
General: PASSABLE
Specific:

Section: Coast Ridge Trail to Cook Spring/Camp

The trail itself is pretty much the same as last reported.

On arrival at Cook Spring camp I found a note on the picnic table - "Free beer in spring." At first I was puzzled. Then I saw that a full bottle of beer had been left in a pool near the spring (of course I packed it out).

The spring itself had been augmented by a piece of PVC pipe held in place by strategically-placed rocks, which seemed to help with filling containers.
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Conditions reported by: Lindsay Jeffers - Stevenson Wilderness Expedition
Survey date: 01-MAR-2004
General: PASSABLE
Specific:

Section: Entire Cook Spring trail

Trail down to Cook Spring camp is adequate although very steep at the bottom. Water at the spring was not running very freely, despite good flows elsewhere at this time. (ED. note: I've found Cook Spring to ALWAYS have the same small flow - in any season - in any year.)
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Conditions reported by: Robert Parks
Survey date: 20-MAR-2004
General: PASSABLE
Specific:

Section: Coast Ridge Trail jct. to Cook Spring Camp

No sign at the junction with the Coast Ridge Trail, I enhanced the cairn. The trail (old road) is generally clear, although there are a few large deadfalls that are easy to cross. Quite steep. Camp is nice and spacious.

The easy old road (begins to southeast) mentioned by Schaffer is utterly blocked by deadfall and brush at the bottom. Didn't check it from the top, although it is easily located.
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Conditions reported by: Jim Yurchenco
Survey date: 14-21-APRIL-2002
General: PASSABLE TO CLEAR
Specific:

We found the connector to Cook Springs camp easy to find and only three easily crossed down trees as obstacles; water was flowing well.
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Conditions reported by: Rob Yang
Survey date: 12-January-2002
General: CLEAR to DIFFICULT
Specific:

There was no sign, and there were some big and hazardous pines across the trail/road down, but the camp was worth it : views, stately sugar pines, and a nearby flowing spring. Rosy hues bathed both sunset and sunrise. As winter days go, it was dry and warm, almost balmy.
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Conditions reported by: Jon Libby
Survey date: 13-June-99
General: CLEAR
Specific:

Cook Springs trail is open and clear from the coast ridge down to the spring. It is well marked and as steep as ever!! The spring is flowing well and is deliciously cool. The camp and spring there are beautifully clean; it is a pleasure to see sites which are so well respected.
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Cook Springs Camp Trail

Postby Site Administrator on Tue May 12, 2009 5:08 pm

* USFS trail #
* Parking: Cone Peak Road
* Watersheds: San Antonio River
* Junctions: Coast Ridge Trail
* Connects: Cook Springs Camp with Coast Ridge Trail
* Camps: Cook Springs Camp
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