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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby C M Heard on Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:29 pm

Segment: NCRT Junction to Trail Spring Camp
Date Hiked: December 14, 2011
Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

As reported below, all deadfalls and obstacles from the recent wind event have been cleared. The tread of course still needs work, though most of it is in better shape than that of typical Ventana trails, and a few stepover logs that have been there for a long time still remain.

Segment: Trail Spring Camp to Ojito Saddle
Date Hiked: December 14, 2011
Condition: Difficult (many deadfalls)

Approximately 20 trees of substantial size (requiring a crosscut saw to clear) came down on this segment of the trail during the recent wind event, along with a similar number of small trees or pieces of dead brush that can be cleared with a small hand saw. Two of the downed trees are large pines (greater than 2' in diameter), with a lot of encroaching branches and foliage, and one is a dead oak standing nearly vertically on the trail. Although several green trees were uprooted, none were below the trail, and there is only minimal damage to the tread. Here is a picture of one of the large downed pines:

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Downed pine tree on lower Gamboa Trail
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby trolleypup on Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:11 pm

Date Hiked: December 12, 2011
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

From NCRT to Trail Spring Camp:

All deadfall (from the recent windstorm) removed...about 20 logs. No brush is encroaching, poison oak is minimal.

Trail is virtually a wilderness freeway, lacking only some tread issues.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby Guest on Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:49 pm

Date Hiked: November 17, 2011
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The trail has been cleared. ACE crews will start using it next week instead of Cone Pk. B E Williams

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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby C M Heard on Fri Jun 03, 2011 6:38 pm

Date Hiked: May 31, 2011
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Sadly, the section from Trail Spring Camp to the junction with the North Coast RIdge Trail is once again a mess of downed trees and encroaching ceanothus. It appears that snow accumulation during the late winter storms crushed many of the tall ceanothus pants into the trail corridor, and they failed to spring back. In addition at least 22 dead trees have fallen -- I am not sure of the exact count, since it was drizzling and I got tired of taking pictures -- thereby compounding the difficulties. It's hard to believe that the trail had an 8' overhead clearance as late as 2010-10-30 (see http://www.ventanawild.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=577#p2586, in particular the last picture). Here is a photo of one of the many bad spots:

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Downed tree and crushed brush on the Gamboa Trail

It's dismaying to see the trail in this state after all the hard work done by the VWA Trail Crew volunteers since 2009, but it would only be worse if nothing had been done.

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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby ACC on Tue May 03, 2011 6:58 pm

Date Hiked: May 2, 2011
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Took this trail starting from Trail Spring camp down to Ojito Camp and Continuing on to Goat Camp. Trail condition is very easy until you reach the ojito saddle where the trail splits. At this junction there is a meadow to your left and a trail to your right leading to Ojito Camp this trail leads into shrubery and trees so it is difficult to see but the trail itself is in passable condition. The Trail to Ojito Camp is littered with fallen trees all of which are passable. The Trail to the left leading down to Goat Camp is overgrown but passable. When you are at Ojito Saddle it is nearly impossible to see this trail which leads into the overgrown grass lands. Have no fear if you follow the very faint trail down the meadow there is a Hollowed out shrub which is very obvious this is the trail continued. This is also heavily overgrown and faint when going through the grass meadows but the trail is there and not extremely difficult to follow once past Ojito Saddle. I recommend going to Goat Camp which is a great group camp with lots of tent area and sitting between 2 streams. Have Fun! Be Safe!
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby Rob on Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:52 pm

Date Hiked: April 24, 2011
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

I would rate the section from Ojito Saddle to Trail Spring as 'Clear' except for a couple of easy blowdowns. The trail was wide, brush has been trimmed back and it was a pleasure to hike. Plenty of water at Trail Spring. I always enjoy the Santa Lucia firs along this trail.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby MikeZ on Sat Apr 16, 2011 4:53 am

Date Hiked: April 11, 2011
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Hiked Gamboa Trail from Trail Springs Camp up to the Coast Ridge Trail on a four day backpacking trip. Trail was overgrown with brush and difficult to travel for a party of three backpackers. Crawled a significant portion of the trail. Also lots of ticks. Would not recommend this trail in its current state.

Looking south down the Gamboa Trail (towards Ojito) from Trail Springs Camp the trail looked heavily overgrown and faint (but did not hike this section). Stream at Trail Springs Camp was flowing strong.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby C M Heard on Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:03 pm

Date Hiked: October 30, 2010
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

As usual, dead trees keep coming down on this trail at the slightest excuse -- the latest being the wet weather. More specifically, there is one tree down between the Ojito Saddle and Trail Spring Camp, and I had to go on hands and knees to clear it when I was packing out the exercise bicycle. And between Trail Spring Camp and the North Coast Ridge Trail, there are two step-over trees (these were large enough to require a crosscut saw) and two that I had to crawl under (these, fortunately, can be gotten with a large pruning saw).
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby C M Heard on Sat Oct 02, 2010 2:38 pm

Date Hiked: September 10, 2010
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The downed trees and thick brush at the western end of this trail were recently cleared by a joint VWA/Forest Service effort, as noted in these reports:

http://www.ventanawild.org/forum08/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=546&start=0#p2445
http://www.ventanawild.org/forum08/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=530#p2396

The trail is definitely not pack stock passable, but it is easily hiked, even with a large pack.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby jack_glendening on Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:07 am

Date Hiked: July 7, 2010
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

In July Paul Danielson and I took the Gamboa Trail from the Ojito saddle to Trail Springs Camp and had no difficulty following the tread. We did need to walk somewhat stooped at its western-most end. In any case, additional trail work has now been done on this section.

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