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Re: Camp Cawatre Trail

Postby jack_glendening on Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:21 pm

Date Hiked: April 8, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

A delight to hike, with grand views on ridge.
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Re: Camp Cawatre Trail

Postby Farley on Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:07 pm

Date Hiked: August 12, 2011
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Walked up from South Abbott Lakes to the Adobe. Trail is good shape considering it's somewhat hidden nature. On the south facing side of the saddle, deerweed is quickly covering the trail, but the tread is still sound. This is a great little trial that is clearly benefiting from someone's care.
With this, and nearly all other sidehill trails in the Santa Lucia, the outside (downhill side) of the trail tread is crumbing in places where brush is pushing folks out. Please walk on the inside of the trail for both your own safety, as well as the future of the trail tread.
People have been camping around the Adobe and farther back and leaving a bit of mess - looks like really large groups with big fire rings and trash. Please pack out what you pack in, and respect fire closures.
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Re: Camp Cawatre Trail

Postby Farley on Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:49 am

Date Hiked: May 26, 2011
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

This is a wonderful little trail!
The lower section, basically an old road starting at a locked gate at the southern end of the campground loop above Abbott Lakes, is in great condition. Meandering above the eastern shore of the southern-most Lake and then through gentle live oak woodland, the smooth trail provides great bird, dragonfly and butterfly watching opportunities. At the end of the cliff on the trail's left (east) side, there is a trail junction marked by a signless peeler post - left takes you down toward the old Ranger Station, while the right fork switchbacks up and over the ridge dividing the Abbott Lakes stranded meander with the Santa Lucia Creek watershed. The trail is in great shape for much of it's length, but is being quickly grown-over with deerweed and out-sloped in a few locations. There is very little to no flagging left, however, it is not hard to follow. From the saddle, you are rewarded with an amazing panorama of the northern Santa Lucia, down the Arroyo Seco Canyon and across the Salinas Valley. From this chamise-covered saddle you can gaze down on a nice, wide waterfall in the Santa Lucia Creek canyon above Girl Scout Camp. The trail dropping down to Girl Scout Camp is somewhat overgrown with deerweed, but still easily followed.
This little trail is a gem that should be better signed as a great day walk for campers, day users and (steep) short-cut seekers as a loop connecting Girl Scout Camp to the developed camping area.
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Re: Camp Cawatre Trail

Postby Betsy M on Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:26 pm

Date Hiked: March 27, 2011
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Did not hike this trail, but took a photo of the trailhead near the historic adobe Ranger Station, so people would know what to look for if they start at this end of the trail. This end of the trail is a couple of hundred yards, in the upstream direction, from the adobe.
cawatre trail start at adobe2.jpg
Just past the Cawatre Trailhead, the Santa Lucia Trail (following a dirt road at this point) crosses Santa Lucia Creek at a concrete ford.
santa lucia trail ford at cawatre.jpg
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Re: Camp Cawatre Trail

Postby jack_glendening on Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:58 am

Date Hiked: March 25, 2011
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

In excellent condition - I considered rating it a "wilderness highway", but it's not very wide at some places. Metal markers are used at a few places along the trail. A small white flag marks where the northern section leaves the ridgeline. Nice views from the ridge. One can go off-trail east along the ridgeline to a viewing knoll or west along an old firebreak as an alternate access to the Santa Lucia Trail (or, with caution, to the Indians-ArroyoSeco Road). Does not have a sign at either trailhead. The northern end is generally accessed via an old dirt road on the north side of upper Abbot Lake but can also be accessed via a usetrail on the south side of the lake (though with higher water one section can require stepping into the water and the crossing of the lake inflow stream will be swampy) - both start from a paved road servicing the camping area. The southern end departs the Santa Lucia Trail near the historic adobe house at the old "Camp Cawatre" - see Betsy's post above.
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Camp Cawatre Trail

Postby mikesplain on Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:03 am

USFS trail # 4E24
Parking: Arroyo Seco Gorge
Watersheds: Arroyo Seco River
Junctions: Santa Lucia Trail
Connects: The Arroyo Seco Public Camp with Santa Lucia Trail
Camps: n/a
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