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
All camps listed have H2O
Night one - Cold Springs 7200 gal H2O tank
Night two - Upper Bee (See specific post)
Night three - 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.