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Re: Coast Ridge Trail

Postby Guest on Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:09 pm

Date Hiked: March 11, 2013
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Cold Springs to Hwy. 1

The only reason I'm writing this report is just to confirm for anyone who wants to know that you can walk this portion of the North Coast Ridge Road. Camped the night before on the ridge at the junction of the North Coast Ridge Road and the .5 mile side road down to Cold Springs. A much more beautiful place to camp over looking the ocean than Cold Springs itself. From this campsite I walked out to Hwy. 1 the next day, and even though it's a road, it was a beautiful hike with the Ventana Doudle Cone prominently displayed. Nice cougar tracks on the road! One thing to note is that the Wilderness Press map shows a trailhead and parking on Hwy. 1 at the start of the North Coast Ridge Road. There is NO trailhead or parking, and I'm not sure what that map is talking about. If starting a hike here you need to park at Big Sur Station.

Re: Coast Ridge Trail

Postby Betsy M on Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:35 pm

Date Hiked: February 10, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

This report is from the southern end of the Coast Ridge Trail, at the northern end of the Cone Peak Road, to the Arroyo Seco Trail.

A VWA Trail Crew worked on this trail over two weekends in February, 2013, clearing all the fallen trees. Some of these trees were large and presented difficulties for hikers. There is minor yerba santa growth coming back in the section between Tin Can Camp and the Arroyo Seco Trail, and the ceanothus is just starting to encroach in other sections. But hikers should be able to focus on the views in all directions from this section of ridge trail, now that the obstacles are removed.
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Re: Coast Ridge Trail

Postby AdamW on Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:12 am

Date Hiked: October 20, 2012
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Section: Gamboa Trail junction to Arroyo Seco Trail junction

Mostly clear but with some spots with light brush and about 14 trees.

From the Gamboa turnoff to the Arroyo Seco trail turnoff, the trail becomes less brushy and wider and eventually road-like about a quarter mile before the Cook Springs Junction.

Tree count: (approximate)
Gamboa junction to Cook Spring junction: 3
Cook Spring junction to "Tin Can Ridge" hairpin turn: 3
"Tin Can Ridge hairpin" to Arroyo Seco Turnoff: 8

Anyone doing sawing should be advised that one of the trees just passed Tin Can Ridge is tangled in the old metal phone wire.
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Re: Coast Ridge Trail

Postby AdamW on Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:41 pm

Date Hiked: October 1, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Section: Cone Peak Road Trailhead (north end of Cone Peak Road) to Gamboa Trail Junction

Free of deadfall. Sloping tread with eroded talus in spots and light brush in some sections. Junction with Gamboa Trail is unsigned.
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Re: Coast Ridge Trail

Postby mikesplain on Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:23 pm

Date Hiked: June 13, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Section: North Coast Ridge Trail between Cone Peak road-end and Gamboa Trail junction-
the NCRT is in great shape & easily travelled, just a cut below wilderness freeway due to a few loose spots that could use minor tread work.
Nice to see waxy dogbane (Cycladenia humilis) in full bloom on the talus slope near the "Khyber Pass".
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Re: Coast Ridge Trail

Postby trolleypup on Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:08 pm

Date Hiked: December 13, 2011
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

From the end of the Cone Peak Road to the Gamboa Trail:

All deadfall removed. Trail is clear and hikeable. Tread in moderately poor condition in several places. Brush does not encroach, and poison oak is minimal.

The Cone Peak Road remains closed.
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Coast Ridge Trail

Postby ldrucker on Fri Jul 22, 2011 12:15 pm

Date Hiked: July 4, 2011
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked Ventana Posts to Cook Springs, June 30 - July 4.
High temperatures 85-90 degrees
Yellow flys biting at each stop
Bees every morning.
Chaparral dry conditions for entire hike.
Condors, Hawks, Hummingbirds, Quail, snakes, and lizards seen on trail.
Ring tailed cats heard at night @ Upper Bee
Poison Oak is everywhere - Bring Technu
Stay hydrated!
All camps listed have H2O
Night one - Cold Springs
Cold Springs Camp
7200 gal H2O tank
Water Tank

Night two - Upper Bee (See specific post)
Night three - Volunteer Camp
Volunteer Camp
This camp was a nice surprise.
Night four - Cook Spring (see specific post)

Trail between Ventana Posts and Upper Bee was wide and clear. A few vehicles passed us on day one and two.
Trail between Upper Bee and Cook Spring was overgrown with several downed trees but passable.
Be careful to stay on trail rather than take firebreaks over summits of several hills.
Trail is strenuous (Several steep ascents) with little cover.
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Re: Coast Ridge Trail

Postby rachelmetoo on Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:24 pm

Date Hiked: June 22, 2011
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

HIked the section from Carrizo to Arroyo Seco, trail was very clear and evident, amazing views!! Early am, coast was marine layered so couldn't see the water, oh well!!
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Re: Coast Ridge Trail

Postby C M Heard on Fri Jun 03, 2011 6:59 pm

Date Hiked: May 31, 2011
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

The section between the junction with the Gamboa Trail and the ridge that heads to Cone Peak was clear. Between the ridge crossing and the trailhead on the Cone Peak Road winter storms have brought down a few pieces of brush and about a half-dozed modest-sized deadfalls and have also deposited some rocks and scree on the trail in the usual places where rocks and scree comes down. Overall, however, these things did not make the trail difficult to hike. Some photos:

Scree on the NCRT

Downed tree on the NCRT

It should not require much work to restore this segment of trail back to "clear" condition.

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Re: Coast Ridge Trail

Postby Ted Merrill on Sat Apr 23, 2011 5:25 pm

Date Hiked: April 18, 2011
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

My buddy Shahe and I hiked the Coast Ridge Trail from the junction with the Arroyo Seco Trail to Marble Peak.
I'm really amazed at how clear the trail is now... a few trees down but not much brush yet... the going was really fast.

I looked for the Lost Creek Connecter trail and could not locate it (despite having taken it some years ago)... the top must be overgrown.
Likewise i could see no trace of the Bee trail (which i have never taken).
No signs for either Lost Creek Connecter or for Bee Trail.
The sign at the Arroyo Seco trail is still there and somewhat readable.
The sign at Rodeo Flat is almost unreadable, but it's presence should be enough.
The spring northwest of Rodeo Flat was operable, although this was not immediately evident due to the broken plastic piping.

-Ted Merrill
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