Date Hiked: March 24, 2013
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)
Leaving the highway, the first few yards of this trail have a good deal of encroaching poison oak. It's still possible to pass through unscathed, but with the growing season now fully underway, it may not be for long. Just past the poison oak a large portion of a coast live oak has fallen across the trail, necessitating crawling under or climbing over. Once the first hundred yards are out of the way, though, it's essentially a wilderness freeway. After the ridge is gained, scratchy patches of dried up deer weed encroach on the trail from time to time (only an issue if you're in shorts), and get worse as the ascent continues. In contrast to recent reports from other coastal trails, we found no ticks. In spite of the dry winter, a lot is currently blooming up there (CA Poppies, Silver, Sky & Stinging Lupine, Johnnie Jump Ups, Blue-Eyed Grass, Delphiniums, Buttercups, Checker Bloom, Owls Clover, Paintbrush, etc.). Also saw a big coyote, who put on a yipping and howling show for us, as well as hawks, turkey vultures, and a pair of condors who seemed very curious about us and flew repeatedly right over our heads. Great time of year to be up there.