Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

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Here give the SPECIFIC CONDITIONS ENCOUNTERED such as tread washouts, encroaching brush, downed trees, slides, or other difficulties following the trail.  Water reports or dangerous conditions particularly requested !

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Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

by driggsy » Sun May 09, 2021 7:42 pm

Date Hiked: May 9, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

A couple tight sections with yucca and a couple turns that are easy to be misinterpreted for 5 meters until you realize you probably went the wrong way. Largely very good for wilderness.

Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

by georged » Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:57 pm

Date Hiked: March 26, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

In great shape really no issues here at all. All clear though some brush near the top is starting to become slightly overgrown.

Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

by toejam » Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:50 am

Date Hiked: April 28, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

A volunteer trail crew cleared the tight brush at both ends of the trail and removed the logs. The middle section along the fire break is still a narrow path through the brush, but you won't have to push through and get scratched.

Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

by gfelsman » Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:56 pm

Date Hiked: April 20, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

This weekend VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers with the help of others installed new signage at the Three Peak and SCRR Junction and at the northern end of the Dutra Trail. The trail off of Three Peaks road is now easy to find. The trail conditions remain similar to the report below.
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Dutra Sign Installation 3.jpg
Lottie Sign 4-20-2019.jpg

Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

by toejam » Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:26 am

Date Hiked: January 26, 2019
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

This trail is about the same as it's been since the last two reports. It's clear enough to follow but you wish a crew would do some serious work on it. Individual volunteers have kept it mostly clear. I didn't get too scratched up from the brush and there were 3 trees fallen across I didn't have time to clear.

Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

by toejam » Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:15 pm

Date Hiked: December 29, 2017
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Brush is tight in places and there isn't good tread along the fire break, but it is well flagged. Somebody got lost on this trail recently - please use a decent map (bigsurtrailmap.net).

Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

by jack_glendening » Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:52 pm

Date Hiked: June 11, 2017
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

To follow up on the recent trailwork done on the southern end of this trail, Maria Ferdin and I worked on and flagged its northern end. The northern 0.3 mile is along a cleared road and so "wilderness freeway", the next 1.7 mile section (where our work was done, to 0.2 miles north of the ridge above Dutra Camp) is "passable" and the southern 1.1 mile is "clear".

Unfortunately, we found chapparal pea growing along the northern end of our section - it is stiff and prickly and not easy to push through when it knits together, as it will want to do if more extensive trailwork is not done on that section (it was flowering - and the pink flowers are pretty, but ...)

Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

by Jeff Cannon » Sat May 06, 2017 6:15 pm

Date Hiked: May 6, 2017
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

The recent trail crew did a great job from Dutra Flat up over the first ridge and down through some very thick brush. It was quite obvious where they stopped. About half of the remaining route could be described as clear, the other half passable. It could definitely need some more work! Also, for those trying to find the route from the Ridge Road, it is the first gated side road south of the Salmon Creek Trail, about 2.5 miles from that junction. There is an ungated road heading East down into Hunter Liggett, but the one to Three Peaks camp goes west. It would be nice if the sign at this junction could be redone as there is nothing visible on it at all. Gate was closed buy not locked.

Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

by toejam » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:18 am

Date Hiked: March 18, 2017
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

VWA & LPFA volunteers cleared the first 1.5 miles of the trail out of Dutra Flat Camp through the brushy section on the north side of the ridge. The trail past the barbed wire cairn and up the old road bed through the first few switchbacks is obvious for now. The trail through the brush north of the ridge is narrow, but it looks like a trail.

p.s. If hiking from the South Coast Ridge Rd towards Dutra Flat, follow a side road SW down the hill for 0.3 miles to where it turns sharply to the right toward Three Peaks Camp. The trail goes straight ahead there and follows a fire break on top of a ridge.

Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

by billomansiek » Sun May 22, 2016 4:44 pm

Date Hiked: May 17, 2016
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

The path to Three Peaks Camp from the Coast Ridge Road is easy to find and an easy down hill hike along an old road. The road is not passable in a vehicle, but easy on Foot. There was NO SIGN at the ridge that indicated that this road was the way to Three Peaks Camp. There is a gate (unchained and unlocked) at the top of this road to the Three Peaks Camp.
There is plenty of water flowing at Three Peaks Camp and a bunch of poison oak too. The camp is suitable for one or two tents, but my group was larger so we didn't end up using the camp for the night.

We tried to locate the Three Peaks Trail to head down hill to Dutra Flat, but we had no luck finding a marked trail, so instead we backtracked to Lion Den Camp and hiked down the Cruikshank Trail the following morning. It could be that the Three Peaks Trail is marked at the ridge, but we did not explore further along the ridge to find out. We found a faint trail spur off of the road that heads down to Three Peaks Camp. The access point for this trail is where that road meets its crest, but there is NO SIGN to indicate what trail that is. We didn't take this trail because we couldn't figure out for certain if it went down to Dutra Flat Camp, or if it was a trail that continued on to the Lottie Potrero Camp/Trail. We had a quadrant map with us, but it wasn't helpful enough to figure this all out. Should have brought a better map....

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