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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby RSIBryce on Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:04 pm

Date Hiked: February 7, 2016
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Section: from Trail Spring to Ojito Saddle

Trail was overall in great shape- there were some 3 downed trees with diameters beetween 8in and 30in. Not tough maneuvering, though we had only day packs. We cleared a couple smaller ones with hand saws. Water was running abundantly at Trail Spring camp. Tread was in pretty good shape, some slide-outs but nothing too treacherous. What a beautiful trail.

I've heard Gamboa going the other direction from Trail Spring toward the North Coast Ridge road has a several downed trees, we didn't get a chance to check it out since we were doing the full loop from Vicente Flat camp. Took us a total of 9 hours with a long lunch on Cone Peak.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby cehauser on Tue Jan 12, 2016 2:29 am

Date Hiked: December 31, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

I hiked this trail from the Stone Ridge Trail up to the North Coast Ridge Trail. At the time, the ground was covered with snow or frozen ground, but the tread was good and there were only a few obstacles. At Trail Spring Camp, I heard the sound of a trickle of water 50 feet below the trail, but I did not see water from the trail (I did not stop to look).
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby christoph28 on Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:32 pm

Date Hiked: August 8, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

We hiked Gamboa Trail from Trail Spring to the Ojito saddle. The trail is in great condition, with only a few deadfalls and minimal encroaching brush. We stopped briefly at Trail Spring and the stream bed next to the campsite was completely dry. We quickly checked down stream from the camp but the stream was still dry. Its possible we didn't look carefully enough though as we were pretty tired. It took us around 7 hours to hike from Kirk Creek Campground to Ojito camp via Cone Peak with minimal breaks.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby mfisher on Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:50 am

Date Hiked: May 25, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Dates: 25 May 2015

Gamboa Trail from Trail Spring to Coast Ridge Trail: Clear. Some deadfalls.
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Gamboa Trail

Postby jbl on Sun May 17, 2015 10:24 pm

Date Hiked: May 17, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

This report covers the entire Gamboa Trail.
Section: NCRT to Trail Spring Camp: Clear to Wilderness Freeway, the downed trees reported in the previous report are gone, the sharp projection is there but I'm 6' tall and it was well above me. Brush is starting to encroach in places.
Water was flowing nicely at Trail Spring Camp.

Section: Trail Spring Camp to Ojito Saddle: Clear to Wilderness Freeway. There are 3 trees on this section (the prior report said 4, so one must have been removed). The first tree is 200' from Trail Spring Camp and is a straddle-over, the next 2 are relatively close together (~500') at about 1/2 mile before Ojito Saddle, and in each case there's a short diversion on the uphill side to get around them. Brush is starting to encroach in the thickest part of the brush tunnel near the end of the trail, and there's a bit of PO reaching in from the sides of the trail in places.

PS--on this hike I saw for the first time the new signs that have been put in (1) at the NCRT/Gamboa junction, (2) at Trail Spring Camp and (3) at the Ojito Saddle, wow, it's great to have these, who is responsible for them? The one at the NCRT/Gamboa junction itself would have saved a LOT of time that's been spent hunting for people who missed that junction (Mike Heard knows what I'm talking about) or who mistakenly returned to that junction and then chose the 2 wrong routes from it (Maria knows what I'm talking about)
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby Carl Mounteer on Tue May 05, 2015 10:36 pm

Date Hiked: May 5, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

This report covers the entire Gamboa Trail.

The interval between the North Coast Ridge Trail and Trail Springs Camp is generally clear although brush is encroaching parts of this portion of the trail. I noted 4 downed trees in this interval, all easily negotiated. The beginning of the last switchback that eventually leads to Trail Springs Camp has a nasty looking, very sharp, projection from a broken tree overhanging the trail at about eye level for tall folks. Watch out for it.

The stream at Trails Springs Camp was still running. I would estimate that one could collect about a half-gallon of water a minute from that source.

The interval between Trail Springs Camp and the Ojito Saddle has four downed trees, all easily negotiated, two of them by very short, circumventing, use trails. In 2010, as the trail approached Ojito Saddle, it turned into a tunnel of vegetation blocked by at least two downed trees that required crawling under. This was difficult for backpackers who would have to crawl on there stomachs to get through. (I believe I picked up 2 ticks this way!) These (including the ticks!) have been completely removed.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby RSIBryce on Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:36 pm

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

THIS REPORT COVERS THE SECTION FROM GOAT CAMP TO THE NORTH COAST RIDGE TRAIL

Gamboa Trail was in great shape. There were two downed trees >24 inches in diameter that were easy to step around between Goat and Trail Spring. Trail Spring water was flowing very nicely. We dropped backs and made a run up to Cone Peak. We then continued on toward the North Coast Ridge trail. Big thanks goes out to Mike Heard and Cal Poly Escapes, their Youth in Wilderness outing had brushed this section of trail the day before we hiked it!
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby C M Heard on Fri Dec 26, 2014 9:41 am

Date Hiked: December 8, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Two of us did a wilderness ranger patrol early in December 2014, before the series of storms later in the month. We found thirteen stepover trees down between the NCRT junction and Trail Spring Camp and found another two down between Trail Spring Camp and the Ojito Saddle. It would be reasonable to expect more now. There was ample flow in the spring. We removed the trash noted in the previous trail report.
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Gamboa Trail

Postby jbl on Sat Nov 29, 2014 7:41 am

Date Hiked: November 28, 2014
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and/or well maintained)

THIS REPORT COVERS THE SECTION FROM TRAIL SPRING CAMP TO OJITO SADDLE

The trail is in pristine condition, no deadfalls and it remains relatively wide with only nominal brush encroachment in a few places. Someone left a bunch of trash at Trail Spring Camp and I unfortunately had no means to carry it out, I'm hoping someone is able to do so.
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Gamboa Trail

Postby jbl on Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:06 pm

Date Hiked: November 23, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

This report covers the section between the NCRT and Trail Spring Camp.

There is very marginal water flow at Trail Spring Camp, with a small pool of water from which you could pump water for use if camping or passing through.

Since we went through this section on 11/8, a few more trees have fallen down in about the first 1/3 mile below the last switchback on the way down from the NCRT, mostly easy stepovers but there is this pair that you've got to step over:
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Downed Trees ~100-200 feet below last switchback

Other than that no change from my prior report.
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