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De Angulo Trail

Re: De Angulo Trail

Postby MarkMoeh on Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:26 pm

Date Hiked: February 11, 2018
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The nasty portion at the bottom of DeAngulo trail has been cleared (the first quarter mile after the turnoff from the dirt road). The whole trail is now relatively clear and easy to follow.
There is still a little vegetation encroaching on the rest of the trail (everything's growing like crazy with the early spring right now). The tread needs some work along most of the way: steep slopes and people sidestepping the trail where overgrown has led to sloughing and loose tread. Finally, there are a handful of fallen trees that need clearing, ranging from 6" up to 3' diameter.
Beautiful trail, it's a great overnight loop to go up Boronda and down DeAngulo.
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Re: De Angulo Trail

Postby riatch on Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:16 pm

Date Hiked: February 2, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

We started at Highway 1 and hiked up to Coast Ridge Road and back. I would rate the trail as somewhere between "Passable" and "Difficult." Unlike the section of trail awaiting you, the beginning section of road has a reasonable grade. It's been a few years since I've done the de Angulo and I don't remember some of the domiciles being so trashy. There's also seems to be more non-native invasive plants than before, but maybe I'm more aware of such things in my old age.

Shortly after turning left (north) off of the road and onto the well-marked trail, we encountered genista and slipping tread. There's been some good work on the trail, but the removal of the genista looks to be a significant challenge. It needs to be pulled out by its roots which requires an uprooting tool for the larger shrubs. The genista can harbor ticks, so be sure to check yourself periodically. Once past the genista sections, the hiker will encounter various forms of detritus (such as a child's toy ATV and an old rusted panel truck) before dropping down into the shaded canyon. Recently placed flagging will help you to stay on the trail as your climb begins again in earnest. We clambered over a few deadfalls along the way. It's always the middle sections of Ventana trails that need the most work. The last mile up to the coast ridge is in pretty good shape though the brief faltering section of an exposed rocky outcrop requires focus ... especially on the way down. I took time to admire the views west towards Torre Canyon and the Boronda trail up to Timbertop. One can see how Jaime de Angulo fell in love with the area. As you approach the ridge, you can't help but notice how repeated fire cycles and back burns have decimated the ponderosa pine population. Massive snags, while pretty in their own way, bear testament to a landscape altered by climate change and the ravages of wildfire.

Mercifully, the final approach to the coast ridge contours to the west allowing the hiker to catch his breath after what has been a nearly relentless climb on a steep grade. Once on the ridge, you are now rewarded with awesome views revealing Pico Blanco to the north and the iconic Ventanas in the interior. Mt. Olmstead, now nearly devoid of trees, looms above Logwood Creek.
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Re: De Angulo Trail

Postby padamson on Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:25 am

Date Hiked: January 6, 2018
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

I started the De Angulo trail at the east entrance (coast ridge road) and descended to highway 1 as part of a larger Boronda -> De Angulo loop day hike.

Most of the de angulo trail is a clear trail with well defined tread - with one big exception. See below.

Starting from coast ridge road the trail is narrow but clear. There is a big sign marking the start of the trail so you can't miss it. As you descend you hug a cliffside with open views of the coastline and Torre Canyon below. Fantastic.

But... around the midway point the trail becomes nearly impassable, or impassable depending on who you ask. If I were ascending from highway 1 I would have probably turned back. However since I was on the descending stretch of my loop hike I sucked it up and pushed through.

As you descend into the creek and pass the house at Partington Ridge, the trail disappears into the brush. There was just barely enough tread for me to guess my way through the thick brush. With winter rain the soil is loose and muddy so watch your step! There are a few old deadfalls, a child's atv, and a really old box truck you must also navigate around. It's a sketchy stretch but at the moment still doable for the right person.

After that the trail opens up and becomes a wilderness freeway. Although this section is also an access road to some homes so you don't really feel like you're in the wilderness anymore. It continues this way for the next mile or so until you reach highway 1.

De Angulo Trail

Postby Don Gruber on Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:45 am

Date Hiked: December 2, 2017
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked this trail from the top down, after ascending via the Boronda Trail. The DeAngulo Trail was passable, but the mid-section, near the houses of Partington Ridge, has in part been overtaken by genista. This makes the trail hard to locate in some spots, and requires a little crawling. The descent through the creek is makeable, but a little dicey. There is some deadfall here and there, from the Basin Fire of 2008, not much of a problem. I seem to remember that in hiking this trail about thirty years ago, the lower part, the start at HIghway One, did not follow the road through residences, as it does now, apparently (unless I mistook the trail), but started as a switchback through steep meadow to the north of the private road.
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Re: De Angulo Trail

Postby Hydro-Logic on Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:43 pm

Date Hiked: December 26, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Lots of brush first 1/4 mile or so then clear most of the way with some ecroaching brush, several large deadfall you have to climb over, faint tread at parts, slumped tread in other parts. Overall totally hikeable but you do get slowed down in a few sections.
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Re: De Angulo Trail

Postby fat popi on Wed Jun 03, 2015 3:01 pm

Date Hiked: May 23, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Got ride to jamies ranch and hiked from there the rest of yhe way up partington ridge, someone,maybe FS bushwacked with weedwacker the whole trail! Looks great,got to coast ridge and saw that FS has refone most of the road to cold springs,cleared all brush withen 20 feet of road on both sides
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Re: De Angulo Trail

Postby Guest on Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:59 pm

pantilat wrote:Date Hiked: February 14, 2015
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

The De Angulo Trail is now a wilderness freeway. The trail has been brushed and blowdowns removed.

Beware of private property off this trail-please respect the neighbors.

Re: De Angulo Trail

Postby pantilat on Sun Feb 15, 2015 11:24 am

Date Hiked: February 14, 2015
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

The De Angulo Trail is now a wilderness freeway. The trail has been brushed and blowdowns removed.
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Re: De Angulo Trail

Postby h2hopkins on Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:16 am

Date Hiked: December 15, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

The recent storms have brought down deadfall across the trail.

Re: De Angulo Trail

Postby Solid Snake on Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:59 pm

Date Hiked: October 9, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

This is a lovely trail, and it offers some truly breathtaking views of the Big Sur coastline.


It stars off as a little dirt road, with a gate and a sign that says "no parking." I talked with a pleasant fellow here at the gate, who is apparently one of the property owners, and he said that it is best if you do not park here as is it a school bus stop. I parked my pick up truck in the pull out on the other side of Highway 1 and started on my way up the trail. After a few switchbacks there is a sign marking the start of the trail proper, as it continues up the ridge.


There are a few more signs when the public trail forks off with some of the private landowner's trails. The trail is short, but the uphill climb is intense, and eventually it meets up with the North Coast Ridge Road. There is no encroaching brush, and only one or two deadfalls, which are easily stepped over or ducked under and should not significantly slow your progress. The gentleman who I was talking with says that there is water to be had. On the road portion of the trail, you will come to a concrete block with a PG&E meter and some power lines over head. There is a little water spigot here, though you will need pliers to operate it.
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