June 6, 2009General Condition:
Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)
The NCRT from Cone Peak road to Cook Springs is mostly clear, with tread issues in several places. There has been recent work on the trail that was not performed by the VWA trail crew, though on this trip we cleared about 300 feet of scree, did some brushing, and helped to reroute the horseshoe near the saddle.
Brush is encroaching the trail, especially on the lower part, however past the saddle, the trail is clear, with minor tread issues.
None of the turnoffs are signed - gamboa, carrizo, and cook springs are all unlabeled. In addition, the location of Cook Springs is wrong on most maps.
We have cleared the turn off to Cook Springs to make it obvious.
Here is a pic of the turnoff from the south, looking north.
The turn off is on the right.
Looking south, you can also see the rock cairn, and the three young pine trees with trimmed lower limbs.