Lone Pine Camp Trail

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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: Lone Pine Camp Trail

by pantilat » Mon Apr 04, 2022 1:10 pm

Date Hiked: April 3, 2022
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

A little bit of brush and one duck-under snag on the short trail to this camp under pleasant coast live oak canopy. There are some coulter pines in the vicinity. For water one must go down to the spring indicated on http://www.bigsurtrailmap.net. The water is flowing out of the rocks clear and cold though not a strong flow.

My navy blue windbreaker jacket might have been left at the spring. Please let me know if you found it.

Re: Lone Pine Camp Trail

by geoffvirtue » Sun Feb 13, 2022 11:55 am

Date Hiked: February 5, 2022
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Trail is passable from the Sign on Ventana Double Cone trail down to Lone Pine Camp.

Some brush that you will need to walk through that was recently cleared by John and some locals.

Flagging is in place all the way down to the camp. There is flowing water on the right fork of the creek, it's dry near the camp but follow it down towards the water. Flagging is in place leading to where the stream comes back above ground.

This is a decent camp for lunch, but there's no views, highly recommend Pat Spring if you can stomach the 17 miles out and back if planning to summit VDC.

Re: Lone Pine Camp Trail

by jack_glendening » Sat Jul 25, 2015 4:35 pm

Date Hiked: July 23, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

The trail down to the camp was in the best shape I've ever seen it, thanks to its recent use by a VWA trail crew.

During wet seasons water may be found in the gully on the south side of the camp, but in the dry season you will need to follow that gully downhill to the confluence of the gullies on each side of the camp - you must go 350 feet from the camp to find this spot. Too many people report "no water at Lone Pine Camp" when, as in this http://www.ventanawild.org/forums/viewt ... =26&t=1489 case, they simply have not gone down far enough to reach it. (Please note that the water may be in a pool, not flowing, in the dry season)

Note that the trail crew found water in the gully near the camp so did not work on the route to the perennial water location - so getting there can be difficult due to brush and bank steepness,


Re: Lone Pine Camp Trail

by Rob » Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:50 pm

Date Hiked: April 19, 2014
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

The junction with the Double Cone trail was a little obscured by brush, but the cairn and post were still there. There is some brush initially, but the flags were helpful until a particularly ugly section. I spent some time working on it with my handy pruning saw (pretty much had to -- otherwise getting my pack through would have been heinous). There is still some blowdowns/brush, but at least now it's doable. Water was just where the good doctor said it would be, or perhaps a little below -- it was dry until some distance below where the other gully joins. Footing was tricky, but the water was there, and a good flow.

The camp itself was pleasant and just as I remember it. Lots of bush poppies in bloom on the trail down.

Re: Lone Pine Camp Trail

by jack_glendening » Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:22 am

Date Hiked: October 26, 2013
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Currently the trail to Lone Pine Camp is overgrown in spots and has no tread, making it difficult to follow. I put some flags up to help guide people, but you need to know that the camp is 600 ft from the VDC Trail - people who don't go that far won't find the camp.

Some recent VDC Trail Rports have reported Lone Pine Camp is dry - but that is untrue, since perennial water is available near the camp. While the gully immediately next to the camp may have no water, if one follows it 350 ft downsteam, where a gully from the other side of the camp joins it, there is ample water. [That spot is labelled "Lone Pine Spring" on my Big Sur Trail Map http://bigsurtrailmap.net] Here "ample" means I found 4-5" water depth over a 1 ft square area, with even more volume but lesser depth over a larger area, in October of this very dry year. Water flow was evident and the pool was clear, not muddy or algae covered. However, water is found only in a 10 ft long section - further downstream the gully again becomes dry - so you need to know where to look to be assured of finding water there. I did not put any flags on the route to the water, since one just follows the gully down.

Re: Lone Pine Camp Trail

by The_Anchorite » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:36 pm

Date Hiked: February 16, 2013
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

The connector from the Ventana Double Cone trail to Lone Pine camp is so short I considered marking this 'Passable'. However, there really is no evidence of tread through the middle section of this trail. Junction at the VDC trail is marked with a small cairn and a burned signpost with no sign. I also hung a pink flag at the junction as I departed. Because Lone Pine camp lies above the convergence of two watersheds, you really can't go far wrong; just travel downhill between the creeklets and you can't miss it.

Lone Pine camp itself is in good shape: flat, brushless and shaded with room for 4 or more tents. The fire ring is in decent shape. Water was running clear and cool in the watershed to the South side of the campsite about 100 meters beyond camp. Once you arrive at the campsite the trek for water is an easy one.

See my report from 15 Feb 2013 under Ventana Double Cone Trail for a recent picture.

Re: Lone Pine Camp Trail

by Rob » Sun May 06, 2012 9:47 pm

Date Hiked: May 5, 2012
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Used this as an overnight stop on my way to Ventana Double Cone. The post and cairn are both still there. The trail down to the camp is starting to get brushy, and some fallen trees have obscured the way somewhat. There was a trickle of water that I had to hunt for, but the camp itself was still in good condition.

Re: Lone Pine Camp Trail

by Rob » Sun May 22, 2011 7:01 pm

Date Hiked: May 21, 2010
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The junction is marked with a cairn and a wooden post marked "H20" --


There had been a pretty good storm earlier in the week, and water was flowing well in creeklets on either side of the camp, which was charming. Spent a pleasant night here before hiking up Ventana Double Cone.


Thanks to all who cleared this trail !

Re: Lone Pine Camp Trail

by Happy Trails » Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:27 pm

Date Hiked: November 12, 2010
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Those boy scouts did a whopping good job on this trail! The VWA should sign them up for some future clearing. Not only was the Lone Pine camp trail clear, but the Double cone trail was in as good shape as I have seen it!
Found water in the creek drainage 100 yards below the lone pine camp.. Water here in the driest time of year !

Re: Lone Pine Camp Trail

by JoshFrazier » Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:53 pm

Date Hiked: September 6, 2010
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

I've got to say thanks to the scouts of troop 60. They did a GREAT job reopening the trail to Lone Pine Camp. I was thrilled to see the camp for the first time after hearing about it many times. It's quite a nice camp, although there was no water in the vicinity of the camp in September when I was there. I guess I could have kept heading down the watershed toward hiding canyon and probably found some, but we were going for VDC and back to Pat Springs that day and didn't want to waste energy and time. I'm giving the old Puerto Suello gap trail a try next.