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Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Post by SeanAK on Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:41 am

Date Hiked: November 22, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

This is my first time to Ventana, so I'm not 100% sure about the rating, but I believe this trail is somewhere between passable and difficult between the tractor and switchbacks. The trail is faint in places and there are significant deadfalls blocking the trail along with a good amount of encroaching brush - not many signs of trail maintenance in this section. With that being said, it appears to be getting a fair amount of usage such that there are almost always use trails around the major deadfalls. In a couple of places, there isn't a way around the deadfall, but I found it trivial to hop over these deafalls and they were flagged. I only lost the trail once - at 36.13300, -121.43053 where the trail disappears in a sea of vetch. However, there was a burned post upstream from this. It was easy enough to walk up to the post and from there the trail was once again evident. In other places, I was briefly confused as to where the trail went, but with careful observation I felt that, other than the aforementioned place, I was never off the trail.

From the trailhead to the tractor, the trail was clear and easy to follow. Grasses were obscuring some of the trail, but it was always evident.

Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Post by VWA_Ranger on Thu May 20, 2021 4:53 pm

Date Hiked: May 14, 2021
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

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

Description:

VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers and Trail Crew have been working on the Santa Lucia Trail with the permission of the USFS from the Indians Station. Today a Volunteer Ranger and Trail Crew Leader surveyed the trail from Indians to the top of Junipero Serra Peak. The entire trail burned severely and is now experiencing significant growth in just a few months. A GPS with the trail track loaded may be very helpful when navigating this trail.

Trail conditions are as follows:

Indians Trailhead to Adobe Jct. - Passable - All downed trees have been cleared to the Jct. But with the rampant growth a couple of sections of trail are now covered in grass or vetch. The trail starts out across the meadow to Kilburn Creek. The wood planks are still there to help you cross; one plank has burned. After crossing the creek you come to a fork. Take the fork that goes straight, not the one to the right. The trail crosses the meadow, then turns left before climbing a shallow ridge, finally descending to another meadow. The vetch has taken over the wet portion of the trail at this time. The trail continues straight ahead, then descends to reach Encinales Creek. Encinales Creek had a large debris flow this winter. It is approximately 100 yards wide. Look for some flags and the old jeep road on the other side. (See Photo). Once across the debris flow, the trail climbs to the old tractor. Continue 0.2 miles to the Adobe Jct. It has been flagged; the old sign marking this point has burned, with just a pile of rocks remaining to show the junction. The route to the right, leading to the Encinales Adobe, is no longer recognizable as a road.

Adobe Jct. to Summit Jct. - Difficult - At the junction turn left heading up the trail. Be sure to watch for signs of the trail. Lack of use, growth and debris may be obscuring the trail. A short distance beyond the jct. is the first of three trees across the trail to the Summit Jct. The trail crosses two small stream beds before getting steeper as it reaches Mountain Laurel Creek and a small meadow. The sign in the meadow has burned, with only the charred signpost remaining. Between the first tree down and Mountain Laurel Creek, there is a significant amount of debris and encroaching brush along the trail. Once past the meadow the trail reaches a series of switchbacks climbing 600 feet to the Summit Jct. At the start of the switchbacks, water may be found by climbing up to the right approximately 500 feet to a perennial stream. The handmade sign marking this "Last Water" has disappeared. The swithcback section of trail is off camber and has lots of small rocks on the trail. Once at the Junction see the Trail Report on the "Santa Lucia Trail Peak Trail".

Note: Beyond the Junipero Serra Summit Jct. to the Santa Lucia Creek end of the trail, there is no current trail information. However, this entire section burned in the Dolan Fire so expect to find a mix of completely burned areas and some very brushy areas.
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Attachments
indians__07c.JPG
The burnt trailhead.
Debris Flow Trail Line.jpg
Encinales Creek Debris Flow.
Downed Tree just past the adobe jct.jpg
Downed Tree just past Adobe Jct.
Trail sample 3 tenths mile before Mountain Laurel Creek.jpg
Trail sample heading towards Mountain Laurel Creek.
Trail Sample heading up the wall switchbacks.jpg
Sample of what the switchbacks on the wall look like.
Juniper Serra Summit Junction.jpg
Junipero Serra Summit Junction.

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.
Attachments
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 1.5 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.
Attachments
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/
Attachments
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.
Attachments
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 junction where the Trail meets the Camp Cawatre Road. 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.
Attachments
Indians Road 1-30-21 Rock Slide.jpg
Rock slide on Arroyo Seco Road
Santa Lucia Sign 1-30-21.jpg
New sign on the Camp Cawatre Road.

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

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