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Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Post by VWA_Ranger on Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:56 am

Date Hiked: April 18, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Description:
The Monterey Ranger District Forest has not reopened the Dolan Fire area, however VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers have been allowed access to survey and work on burned areas of the forest. Today volunteer Rangers patrolled from the trailhead to the debris flow just before the tractor. They swamped and removed four sets of trees along the trail. The trail remains clear for the first 2.5 miles. The debris flow crossing and trail junction just after the tractor have been flagged. There is not a good report all the way to the summit.

Trail conditions are as follows:

The Santa Lucia Trail Indians side remains closed to the general public at this time. Only authorized personnel with the approval of the USFS are allowed to access this trail corridor.

Trailhead to Tractor - Clear, only 1 downed oak remains just after the first ridge that is easy to navigate. The trail is rutted in many places. There is major debris flow just before the tractor. The trail across the debris flow has been flagged to the other side.
Tractor to Adobe Jct. - Clear with minor encroaching brush. Mostly Yerba Santa. Portions of the trail have been flagged to better mark the trail for users.
Adobe Jct. to 0.3 miles up trail - Clear with minor encroaching brush.
Rest of trail to summit - A recent report only mentions gnarly burnt brush past this point. No additional information is available at this time.
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DISCLAIMER: This report is for informational purposes only. Trail conditions may change at any time. The Ventana Wilderness Alliance assumes no liability for the use of this information.
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01_tree 1 before.jpg
Trees across trail at debris flow. Just before the tractor.
02_tree 1 after.jpg
Tree at debris flow cleared.
08_tree 4 before section 2.jpg
A tree block.
10_tree 4 all done.jpg
Cleared oak section.

Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Post by VWA_Ranger on Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:29 am

Date Hiked: April 10, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***
Description:
The Monterey Ranger District Forest has not reopened the Dolan Fire area, however VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers have been allowed access to survey and work on burned areas of the forest. Today volunteer Rangers patrolled from the trailhead to just over a mile in. On their journey, they swamped and removed 6 sets of trees along the trail. The trail remains clear for the first 2.5 miles. There is not a good report all the way to the summit.

Trail conditions are as follows:

The Santa Lucia Trail Indians side remains closed to the general public at this time. Only authorized personnel with the approval of the USFS are allowed to access this trail corridor.

Trailhead to Tractor - Clear, only 3 to 4 downed oaks remain across the trail to reach the tractor. All are easy to navigate. The trail is rutted in many places. There is major debris flow just before the tractor. The trail across the debris flow has been flagged to the other side.
Tractor to Adobe Jct. - Clear with minor encroaching brush. Mostly Yerba Santa. Portions of the trail have been flagged to better mark the trail for users.
Adobe Jct. to 0.3 miles up trail - Clear with minor encroaching brush.
Rest of trail to summit - A recent report only mentions gnarly burnt brush past this point. No additional information is available at this time.
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DISCLAIMER: This report is for informational purposes only. Trail conditions may change at any time. The Ventana Wilderness Alliance assumes no liability for the use of this information.
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01_tree 1 before.jpg
Downed oak at trailhead.
02_tree 1 after.jpg
Oak at trailhead after removal.
08_tree 4 before.jpg
Large oak before removal.
12_tree 4 all done.jpg
Large oak has been removed.

Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Post by VWA_Ranger on Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:57 am

Date Hiked: March 31, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Description:

The Monterey Ranger District Forest has partially reopened, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare opening other parts of the closed forest and are continuing their regular patrols. Today volunteer Rangers patrolled the first 2.5 miles of the Santa Lucia Trail (Indians Side). The trail is narrow and rutted in some places. There are about 15 trees down across the trail, but are easily crossed. There is one section of trail that is 100 yards long from a debris flow making making a large rocky stream bed. Rangers flagged the debris flow to make crossing easier and they also flagged the Adobe Jct. making it easier to for hikers to find their way. In addition, Rangers removed several of the downed trees and cleared a manzanita tunnel.

Trail conditions are as follows:


The Santa Lucia Trail Indians side remains closed to the general public at this time. Only authorized personnel with the approval of the USFS are allowed to access this trail corridor.

Trailhead to Tractor - Clear, several downed oaks all easy to navigate. The trail is rutted in many places. Major debris flow just before the tractor.
Tractor to Adobe Jct. - Clear with minor encroaching brush. Mostly yerba santa
Adobe Jct. to 0.3 miles up trail - Clear with minor encroaching brush.
Rest of trail to summit - No information is available at this time.

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DISCLAIMER: This report is for informational purposes only. Trail conditions may change at any time. The Ventana Wilderness Alliance assumes no liability for the use of this information.
The Los Padres National Forest Website can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/
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Before 1.jpg
Tree across trail.
After 1.jpg
After clearing.
Manzanita Tunnel Before.jpg
Manzanita Tunnel.
Manzanita Tunnel After.jpg
Cleared Tunnel.

Re: Santa Lucia Trail Indians Side

Post by VWA_Ranger on Fri Mar 05, 2021 8:52 am

Date Hiked: March 3, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Forest/Trail Status: PARTIALLY OPEN, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is partially open per Forest Order 05-07-51-21-02
Current Fire Restrictions: Campfires and Stoves are permitted in the backcountry with a valid Campfire/Stove Permit.

Description:

The Monterey Ranger District Forest has partially reopened, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare opening other parts of the closed forest and are continuing their regular patrols. Today volunteer Rangers patrolled the first 1.5 miles of the Santa Lucia Trail (Indians Side). The trail is narrow and rutted. There are abut 20 trees down, from small to 20 inches in diameter. There is one section that is 100 yards long that has completely washed away making a large rocky stream bed.

Trail conditions are as follows:


The Santa Lucia Trail Indians side remains closed to the general public at this time. Only authorized personnel with the approval of the USFS are allowed to access this trail corridor.

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DISCLAIMER: This report is for informational purposes only. Trail conditions may change at any time. The Ventana Wilderness Alliance assumes no liability for the use of this information.
The Los Padres National Forest Website can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/
To learn more about the Volunteer VWA/USFS Ranger and Trail Crew Programs visit https://www.ventanawild.org/stewardship.
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indians__07c.JPG
Indians Trailhead.
indians__23c.JPG
Widened Stream Bed.

Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Post by VWA_Ranger on Tue Feb 09, 2021 9:53 am

Date Hiked: January 30, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Forest/Trail Status: PARTIALLY OPEN, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is partially open per Forest Order 05-07-51-21-02
Current Fire Restrictions: Campfires and Stoves are permitted in the backcountry with a valid Campfire/Stove Permit.

Description:

The Monterey Ranger District Forest has partially reopened, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare opening other parts of the closed forest and are continuing their regular patrols. Today volunteer Rangers and trainee patrolled Santa Lucia Trail from the Arroyo Seco Trailhead to put in a sign at the Cawatre Trail Jct. They removed one large tree that was across the trail, did spot brushing and trail slough removal.

Trail conditions are as follows:


Arroyo Seco to Cawatre Jct. - Clear with encroaching brush.

Arroyo Seco Road - Has a rock slide on it that can be traversed on foot.

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DISCLAIMER: This report is for informational purposes only. Trail conditions may change at any time. The Ventana Wilderness Alliance assumes no liability for the use of this information.
The Los Padres National Forest Website can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/
To learn more about the Volunteer VWA/USFS Ranger and Trail Crew Programs visit https://www.ventanawild.org/stewardship.
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Indians Road 1-30-21 Rock Slide.jpg
Rock slide on Arroyo Seco Road
Santa Lucia Sign 1-30-21.jpg
New sign at the junction.

Re: Santa Lucia Trail to Cawatre Jct.

Post by VWA_Ranger on Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:39 pm

Date Hiked: January 17, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Forest/Trail Status: CLOSED, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is closed per Forest Order 05-07-51-20-22
Current Fire Restrictions: No Campfires allowed. Stoves are permitted in the backcountry with a valid Campfire/Stove Permit.

Description:

With the Monterey Ranger District Forest still closed, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare for its reopening. Today volunteer Rangers patrolled from Arroyo Seco Campground up the Santa Lucia Trail to the Cawatre Jct. They did some minor brushing and tread work. They found one tree along the trail.

Trail conditions are as follows:


Arroyo Seco to Cawatre Jct. - Passable

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DISCLAIMER: This report is for informational purposes only. Trail conditions may change at any time. The Ventana Wilderness Alliance assumes no liability for the use of this information.
The Los Padres National Forest Website can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/
To learn more about the Volunteer VWA/USFS Ranger and Trail Crew Programs visit https://www.ventanawild.org/stewardship.
Attachments
Santa Lucia Tr tree to cut (c).JPG
VWA/USFS Ranger at the tree across the trail.

Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Post by MarinaH on Sun Apr 12, 2020 2:14 pm

Date Hiked: April 7, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

We hiked this trail from the trailhead near Memorial Park and Indiana to Junipero Serra Peak and back down. The trail was clear and seemed like it had recently been trimmed. Would recommend waterproof shoes for the bottom section after a rain. It was very swampy with a couple sections about a 1/2 foot deep. The whole hike took approximately 7 hours. Very snowy on top. Would definitely recommend this hike.

Re: Santa Lucia Trail to 5E03 to Arroy Seco Indians RD

Post by crockettonearth on Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:10 pm

Date Hiked: February 15, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Greetings,

I hiked this trail on 2/15/2020.

There was a fair amount of overgrowth and deadfall. However, the trail was passable. I used a hand saw and hand clippers to clear one impassable section where a fresh manzanita treat had fallen and was completely blocking the trail.

There is still a lot of work that needs to be done before this trail will be Green.

Thanks, ~B

Re: Santa Lucia Trail From Last Chance Camp to High Point

Post by crockettonearth on Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:06 pm

Date Hiked: February 16, 2020
General Condition: Impassable (completely overgrown or tread obliterated)

Greetings,

Last weekend I did a backpack with my wife. We tried to hike the Santa Lucia Trail from Arroyo Seco Memorial Park.

The trail was passible for about two miles past the last chance trail.

The first mile is fine. The second mile the trail becomes overgrown and we had to work our way through thick tunnels of brush. We lost the trail somewhere along the headwaters of the south fork of the Santa Lucia Creek.

After which we bushwacked our way down to the creek bed and followed it back to where we could find the trail.

A link to our path from Last Chance Camp to where we lost the trail is below.
https://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary/track/3ecfee8a-99ac-44e4-9302-d3661ed9e488/?layer=CalTopo,GaiaTopoRasterFeet

Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Post by seagoat1724 on Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:51 pm

Date Hiked: June 7, 2019
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Trail is passable to difficult. Mostly fine with some brush, however one particular spot where trail has fallen away makes it difficult/dangerous. The landslide is below and at the trail just before Last Chance Camp. There is a go around being forged above but it is also sketchy.

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