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Re: De Angulo Trail

Postby chowell on Wed May 30, 2012 5:36 pm

Date Hiked: May 25, 2011
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

As noted, there has been a massive hatch of ticks in the middle section - especially in the brushy bits, deep in the canyon. All of the recent posts are not only very helpful, but accurate. Thanks to Dr. Jack for posting the most recent path. Thanks to the Hopkins family and all other landowners on the route for continuing to support this legacy from Jaime de Angulo. Thanks also to all those who have recently placed signs, cut downfalls and flagged the most brushy parts of this trail!
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Re: De Angulo Trail

Postby Jim Merz on Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:27 pm

Date Hiked: April 11, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

If you walk this trail be sure to check yourself for ticks, they have been numerous after the rain.
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Re: De Angulo Trail

Postby wilderwil on Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:24 pm

Date Hiked: March 31, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Four of us hiked this trail, Steve & Marcia, Joe and myself during a rainstorm! The last posting was accurate, a clear trail with much clearing of brush and downfall trees. Thank you Jamie D'Angelo for your gift to us the future generations, (a very rare event) and thanks to those nameless volunteers for their work on clearing the trail. Without you the trails would not get used and lost to future hikers.

Hiking up the gravel road for a mile or so,the rockpile with the stick of wood got us onto the single track. ( A new metal sign set in concrete would be a good idea). We hiked to the top, following the flagging, and the cleared trail with a few small signs, crossing over one downfall tree at the top, but easy to hop over. There was also a new wood sign at the Coast Ridge Road to identify the start of the descent of the trail.

The weather was cold with strong winds and rain but we were fine with our pile jackets and rain gear. Hiking northward along the Coast Ridge Road, the wind was very strong and cold. We hiked to the next access, Timber Top (also with a new wooden sign) and hiked down the Boronda Trail. A beautiful scenic trail with views up and down the coast. by this time the wind and rain had abated, and the warm sunshine began to warm us up. We finished up by hiking eastward to retrieve our cars.
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Re: De Angulo Trail

Postby Jim Merz on Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:20 am

Date Hiked: March 23, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The trail from State Rt. 1 to the top of the ridge is clear of downfall except for one large tree across the very top, and this is easy to climb over. Walking from the bottom follows a dirt road for about 1 mile, there is a piece of wood in a pile of rocks marking the entrance to the single track. If you come to a log splitter and a pile of logs you went too far. The trail turnoff is marked by a flag on my GPS track in the link below. The single track has a few trees across the trail, but they are not over 12" and are easy to step over. Trail to the water line road is flagged, and it easy to follow. This is a steep in places but very nice 3.5 mile, 2,800' climb walk.

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Re: De Angulo Trail

Postby hhopkins on Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:17 pm

Date Hiked: February 27, 2012
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Some hardworking folks have cleared almost all of the recent deadfall along the De Angulo trail, making it passable all the way to the ridge top. The tread is sketchy but apparent. Flagging is in place, too.
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Re: De Angulo Trail

Postby felicek on Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:43 am

Date Hiked: December 23, 2011
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

We hiked down from the ridge road on De Anguelo. We encountered A LOT of downed wood throughout a three day hike due to late fall windstorms, but De Anguelo was probably the worst of it. The trail is marked with orange surveyors tape, but the large sections of downed trees make it difficult to follow the trail, and then the faint tread makes it challenging to find the trail again once we'd been forced off. Still, we were grateful for whoever put that tape there! Thank you, thank you!! Please note that we tried to go up De Anguelo originally, and the beginning of the trail is very hard to find. It is up a dirt road with a blue-green gate on the east side of Hw. 1.
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Re: De Angulo Trail

Postby jack_glendening on Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:08 am

Date Hiked: September 17, 2011
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Please note that the route described in the last post misses the correct middle section of this trail! When ascending, one should leave the initial dirt road at the 1580 ft elevation point (to the left) to follow a dirt track (but unfortunately the place where the trail departs the road is not well marked). When descending, very visible "TRAIL" signs will point you along the correct route. (I should also point out that the map in Analise Elliot's displays the same incorrect route, though from her text is apparent that she actually hiked the correct route! And the route on Schaffer's map is no longer used.)

Along the correct middle section, (see map in a previous post to this topic) until recently there has been one stretch which has been very difficult - switchbacks existing there prior to the 2008 fire had been covered by downed trees, so hikers instead needed to go straight up a very steep slope following flags (which were rather widely spaced). But recent work by Bobby Stieger, Heidi Hopkins, Paul Danielson, and possibly others, has now created a new tread with switchbacks there, making that stretch a true "path" instead of just being a "route"! And it has been very well flagged. It is a bit rough in places, but much better than what had been before and could be ascended with a backpack. So I can now rate the overall (correct) trail as "clear-to-passible", the main reason for the "passible" rating being some downed trees which must be stepped over in the new switchback stretch.

I've just GPS'd that new switchback section (a very convoluted route!), so the new current trail is now displayed in my on-line Ventanta Trailmap: http://ventanahiking.net
Big Sur Trailmap: http://bigsurtrailmap.net
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Re: De Angulo Trail

Postby Ernie Long on Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:27 am

Date Hiked: October 29, 2011
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Around gate at road and up typically (Los Padres) easy and relatively even grade on old dirt road to junction with Partington Ridge Road. Stunning views to north and south with rolling hillside meadows that must be wildflower gardens in spring. Travel around chain across road just above junction, near "Hopkins" place. Trail sign points to left for De Angulo trail and "Everything Else." Trail then follows old single lane road bed traverse with increasing brush growing along it, requiring close attention to area for reptile friends (only one little guy visible). Shortly trail angles to left and begins upward single track march through dense chaparral to coast ridge. On a sunny day listed in low 70's, heat factor increases as ascent weaves in and out of shade. You will definitely feel you've "earned" this one. Amazing to see re-growth of burned areas, including charred live oak trees covered with new green leaves. Eventually trail emerges onto spur ridge and follows very rocky path for couple hundred yards, then finishes with traverse to eastern trail head at Coast Ridge Road. View from there of Ventana Double Cone and "window" is spectacular, with Olmstead Peak in foreground. Trail condition is good with a few flags on lower part of single track to confirm directions. Great, challenging hike!
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Re: De Angulo Trail

Postby Hiker on Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:48 am

Date Hiked: July 28, 2011
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

- I ascended from the inviting "National Forest" labeled road, north of the driveway at 300 yards south of mile 39.
- Needed to push through 100 feet of dense broom brush a the top of the "NF" road to access open grassland above.
- Easy going along the upper portion.
- Tractor has obscured coast ridge road/Angulo trail intersection with logs.
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Re: De Angulo Trail

Postby jack_glendening on Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:38 pm

Date Hiked: February 5, 2011
General Condition: Impassable (completely overgrown or tread obliterated)

As a link is only as strong as its weakest link, I must judge this trail to now be impassible (not the same as impOssible!) for the general hiker, passible with difficulty only by one with previous knowledge of the route and/or with a GPS. The upper portion of this trail has been wonderfully maintained by Hopkins et al and is a joy to hike with grand views of the Big Sur coast. But below that, what had been the "switchbacks" section is filled with downfall and brush (some apparently put there purposely to help prevent erosion in a denuded section) and is very difficult to traverse. I spent an hour, going over that section three times, attempting to find a "best" route and ended up putting green flags along a route in a gully but it is still difficult to follow. Below that, near the houses flanking the trail, one gets into head-high broom and the flags are not spaced closely enough that I could follow from one to the other, the brush having re-generated itself after my last visit leaving no evident sign of passage, so had to rely on knowledge of where the trail was supposed to be (I had run out of flagging tape at that point so could not fill in the blanks). The section from above the "switchbacks" down to the dirt road is very slow going. Word is there are plans to work on this trail this spring, to again make it hikeable.

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