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Re: Lost Valley Connector Trail

Postby mikesplain on Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:38 pm

Date Hiked: October 6, 2012
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Reported by nelsoid:

Starting at the top the way is faint but very followable but brushy with a few snags. There are pink ribbons. When it gets to the firebreak open section it is pretty easy to follow until about 2/3 way down. At a point where there are hundreds of downed knobcone pines and thousands of knobcone seedlings, we lost the trail. THE RIBBONS THEN SHOW THE WRONG ROUTE. I also put up several orange ribbons. DON"T FOLLOW THEM. The pink, and now orange ribbons, show an ancient firebreak route that leads to the left if descending. We had a hellish day trying to get down to Lost Valley which we could easily see. Going crosscountry in this region can be very dangerous. Out of water, we finally arrived at camp just before dark.

Our friend tried this the next day, unaware of our problems, and had a similar difficult trip. He did ascend the correct route the next day having started the connector at the bottom where it meets the main trail so it can be done. I just want to stress that anyone coming from the top should pay alot of attention to staying on the 'right' route.
The 3 of us have about 65 collective years hiking the Ventana and were a bit befuddled at losing our way.
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Re: Lost Valley Connector Trail

Postby wavejumper on Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:59 am

Date Hiked: June 14, 2012
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)


I hiked this trail up from Lost Valley, where it is the unmarked third option at a sign crossing: one way goes to Fish Camp, one way down into Lost Valley, and a dry wash heads steeply uphill; if you follow it up for ~300 feet it resolves itself into a more obviously human-built trail that then climbs fairly straight up a deserty-soiled ridgeline to the coast ridge. Trail condition was very good at first, deteriorating as you go; near the very end I would say it's "Difficult," more of an overgrown tunnel that requires some crawling and hopping. Note that at the top it's marked only by a single piece of pink tape, would be easy to miss along that overgrown firebreak / ridgetrail.

Along the ridge on the way up, I lost the trail two times where lots of burned fallen pines and prickly desert-type shrubs have confused things, however while the trail itself is not super clear or maintained, the general -route- is fairly obvious, i.e. which shoulder of the mountain you're preceding up or down on - the ridgeline was probably at some point in the past cleared and graded as a firebreak. So you should be able to find your way!
Saw no evidence of other humans hiking this recently; only deer and coyote tracks. Wasn't too unpleasant a climb in the early evening.
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Re: Lost Valley Connector Trail

Postby jack_glendening on Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:42 pm

Date Hiked: September 9, 2010
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Can only report on upper 1/4 mile, but that was passable with evident tread.

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Trail Conditions History 2000-2008

Postby Site Administrator on Tue May 26, 2009 9:57 am

Date Hiked: May 24, 2008
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Conditions reported by: Bruno
Survey date: 24-May-2008
General: Passable
Specific:
The connector was in very good condition. However, we could not find the portion of the Coast Ridge trail going southeast.
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Conditions reported by: George
Survey date: 10-May-2008
General: CLEAR
Specific:

Nice shape, just a bit of PO and brush at the top. A quick, occasionally slippery, descent route to the LV trail. At one point down low you can stay straight to meet the LV trail at a low saddle, or take a left to head straight down to LV itself.
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Conditions reported by: Reed Thayer
Survey date: 3-JUNE-2007
General: CLEAR
Specific:

Section: Lost Valley Trail to Coast Ridge Trail - Clear

The connector is almost entirely free of brush, except for the actual trail section near the top where there is a little bit of poison oak encroaching on the trail.
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Conditions reported by: jdoelman
Survey date: MARCH-2007
General: CLEAR
Specific:

Section: Lost Valley Camp to Lost Valley Connector (Main) Trail - Passable

The first portion we ascended a ridgeline just north of Lost Valley Camp. From Lost Valley, cross the creek and follow the trail which branches left from the mail Lost Valley Trail. This trail passes through a Lost Valley Camp overflow site, then ascends the ridgeline. This was apparently not the most used method of accessing the Lost Valley Connector as it was easy to follow, but quite brushy in places. This route led us to the main Lost Valley Connector Trail.

Section: Main Lost Valley Connector Trail - Clear

To the Coast Ridge Trail along the main Lost Valley Connector Trail was easy to follow, and had no memorable obstructions. To my surprise there was a trickle of water near the top of the trail where the trail is traversing to the Coast Ridge Trail. To get the water into a water bottle would require a half pipe, or some other technology (maybe a water filter suction tube would do it?)
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Conditions reported by: Lindsay Jeffers - Stevenson Wilderness Program
Survey date: 8-MARCH-2005
General: WILDERNESS FREEWAY
Specific:

Wilderness freeway except some brush and sloping footbed at very top near the Coast Ridge Trail. The bottom part, a continuation of the Lost Valley Trail, has some very steep sections that are slippery when wet.
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Conditions reported by: Alex
Survey date: 15-FEB-2004
General: CLEAR
Specific:

Section: Lost Valley Connector

Clear, but parts have turned into a stream bed which makes for awkward walking. It's easy to follow the trail though as it simply follows the ridge. At the intersection with the Lost Valley Trail there is a sign which does not mention the connector, although somebody has faintly etched LVC into it. At the intersection with the Coast Ridge Trail there is a mostly collapsed sign.
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Conditions reported by: Steve Wilson
Survey date: 28-MAR-2003
General: PASSABLE
Specific:

Clear, but rated passable here due to steepness and pockets of crumbling conglomerate which decomposes into ball bearings. Seasonal stream observed about 100 yards from Coast Ridge Trail. Most is old dozer line, but some trail sections exist, clearly marked with ducks etc. where the trail divurges from the old cut.
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Conditions reported by: Stevenson School Wilderness Expedition
Survey date: FEB-2002
General: PASSABLE
Specific:

Coast Ridge Trail to Lost Valley Camp: The trail begins with a sloping foot bed and overhanging poison oak, but continues down the ridge with only steepness and gravelly surfaces as an obstacle. Most people find this route easier to go down than to come up.
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Conditions reported by: Stevenson School Wilderness Expedition 2000
Survey date: APRIL-2000
General: CLEAR
Specific:

Downed and broken brush from the fire fighting covers the start of the trail at the Coast Ridge, and there is a huge poison oak bush at the spot where one steps down onto the Connector. Otherwise, the Lost Valley Connector is in fine shape, except for a couple of brushy spots at the start and a slender tread on the section that climbs the northwest slope to reach the first ridge top before starting down the extended firebreak into Lost Valley.
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Lost Valley Connector Trail

Postby Site Administrator on Tue May 26, 2009 9:56 am

* USFS Trail #4E09
* Parking:
* Watersheds: Lost Valley Creek
* Junctions: Coast Ridge Trail, Lost Valley Trail
* Connects: Coast Ridge Trail with Lost Valley Trail
* Camps: None
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