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Terrace Creek Trail

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Wilderness Freeway: Heavily used and well maintained.
Clear: No obstacles and tread well defined.
Passable: Some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident.
Difficult: Brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread.
Impassable: Completely overgrown or tread obliterated.

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Re: Terrace Creek Trail

Post by VWA_Ranger on Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:19 am

Date Hiked: April 16, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

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

The lower Pine Ridge Trail Corridor has reopened to the general public. VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers will be patrolling the area constantly to monitor its use. This weekend volunteer Rangers patrolled from the Terrace Creek trailhead to the PRT up to Sykes then back to the Big Sur Station. They talked to 92 folks along the trail.

Trail conditions are as follows:

Terrace Creek Trailhead to Outlaw Use Camp - Clear, no major obstacles along the trail.
Outlaw Use Camp to Terrace Creek Camp/PRT. - Clear, no major obstacles along the trail.
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.

Re: Terrace Creek Trail

Post by Ron Bannon on Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:23 pm

Date Hiked: June 5, 2018
General Condition: Impassable (completely overgrown or tread obliterated)

Hiked to the trailhead on Coast Ridge Road---about 4.5 miles/2500 feet elevation gain from the main highway, Route 1. The closure sign at the trailhead is gone and it appears open, but there is a warning that it may not be passable. Although I did not hike in, it appears to be completely overgrown. Almost two years of non-use appears to be enough time to make things disappear. Too bad, I was hoping to come back and hike down to Pine Ridge to see what's there.

Weird, but the 'private' roads that meander through the wilderness are being upgraded big-time with tax-payer money. Just walk along the Old Coast Road from Bixby Bridge and you'll see a ton on Monterey County workers and equipment making upgrades---drains, gates, etc.. The public is being told to stay away, but all I see is a vast amount of money being poured into making the real estate more valuable for the lucky few.

[Ed. note- Terrace Creek Trail remains closed due to severe damage on the Pine Ridge Trail above Barlow Flat Camp. Wilderness is by definition roadless. North Coast Ridge Road, which generally defines the western boundary of the Ventana Wilderness, is a USFS (not private) road. An agreement with owners of private inholdings along this road permits foot traffic, but restricts public vehicles, including bicycles. Old Coast Road is a county road and the crews described are in the process of repairing storm damage to eventually re-open the road to public use.]

Re: Terrace Creek Trail

Post by mfisher on Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:53 am

Date Hiked: May 26, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Dates: 26 May 2015

Hiked the Terrace Creek Trail from the Coast Ridge Road to the Pine Ridge Trail.

Terrace Creek Trail: Passable. Would rate as clear except the entire trail is lined with poison oak on both left and right sides. It is impossible to hike this trail without touching poison oak. Must wear long pants.

Re: Terrace Creek Trail

Post by oaktown_joe on Fri May 08, 2015 10:27 am

Date Hiked: May 1, 2015
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

I hiked on Pine Creek trail from Big Sur Station, then turned and walked up Terrace Creek to the forest service road at the top.

Nice climb, no problems. I didn't see anyone camping at Terrace Creek but it was early afternoon on a Friday, so I wouldn't be surprised if campers arrived later.

Re: Terrace Creek Trail

Post by fat popi on Thu May 07, 2015 3:22 pm

Date Hiked: May 4, 2015
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Trail in great shape,watch out for deep horse hoofprints,some 5 inchs deep on trail tho..

Re: Terrace Creek Trail

Post by pantilat on Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:30 pm

Date Hiked: January 24, 2015
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

This trail is still a wilderness freeway with no brush and no downfall. A very pleasant redwood forest at the bottom and great views to Ventana Double Cone and the interior Ventana at the top.

Re: Terrace Creek Trail

Post by Solid Snake on Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:21 pm

Date Hiked: October 12, 2014
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and/or well maintained)

I hiked this trail from the Pine Ridge Trail intersection to the North Coast Ridge Road. It is completely clear without a single deadfall or any encroaching brush. I camped out at the "outlaw camp" at the last crossing with Terrace Creek and I think this is a fine campsite, even if it isn't the REAL Outlaw Camp. Terrace Creek Camp itself was completely full, as would be expected on a weekend.

Re: Terrace Creek Trail

Post by AdamW on Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:11 am

Date Hiked: January 28, 2014
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Trail is in excellent shape.

As an update to the previous report, the toilet at Terrace Creek Camp has been repaired by volunteers.

Re: Terrace Creek Trail

Post by Steve B on Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:02 pm

Date Hiked: July 19, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Date Hiked July 19, 2013. The Trail is in good shape and stock passible, no down trees across the trail and although brush is encroaching into the trail in places the trail is passable. There is a campsite that pops up every week or so at the first creek crossing of Terrace Creek walking down from the North Coast Ridge Road, people seem to think this is Outlaw Camp however the camp is too close to the water for a campsite and the camp is in the middle of the trail. While at Terrace Creek Camp we hauled out about 15 pounds of trash and dug a new wilderness toilet, the wood toilet box is in poor repair and needs to be replaced.

Re: Terrace Creek Trail

Post by AdamW on Sat Nov 17, 2012 7:31 pm

Date Hiked: November 13, 2012
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

The final large redwood was removed thanks to the Big Sur Crew.

Work to clear loose debris on tread is always ongoing, but otherwise this trail can now be classified a Wilderness Freeway and hopefully winter won't bring down any new huge big trees.