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by K Vandevere
Sun Sep 18, 2022 2:42 pm
Forum: Silver Peak Wilderness Trails
Topic: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)
Replies: 26
Views: 23156

Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

Date Hiked: September 17, 2022 General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident) Mildly encroaching brush in many places, but the trail is always obvious (it's an old road). No deadfalls or obstructions. There is water in the spring on the climb out of Dutra Flats. Only saw o...
by K Vandevere
Wed Jun 22, 2022 10:20 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Lightning
Replies: 1
Views: 262

Lightning

A lot of lightning over the Ventana this evening. It started out as dry lightning - quite a few strikes over Hunter Ligget and Arroyo Seco unaccompanied by rain - but, fortunately, heavy rain eventually developed. Let's hope it was enough to put out any starts.
by K Vandevere
Sun May 22, 2022 2:21 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Bugs in Pine Valley?
Replies: 3
Views: 330

Re: Bugs in Pine Valley?

Like Leor says, the fly situation in the Ventana is subject to change without notice. A friend once arrived back from several days in the backcountry and told me the flies were the worst she'd ever seen (which was saying something, since she'd previously spent a summer staffing the Cone Peak Lookout...
by K Vandevere
Tue May 17, 2022 3:12 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Condor Trail VLOG
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Condor Trail VLOG

A northbound Condor Trail through-hiker is currently posting good videos of his journey along some of the Los Padres National Forest's most infamous trails. Watch him push through a sea of red-ray alpinegold in the burn zone north of Trail Springs, see him give up on Cook Spring and dismiss the idea...
by K Vandevere
Thu Mar 24, 2022 1:30 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Water at Pine Ridge
Replies: 4
Views: 691

Re: Water at Pine Ridge

There is plenty of water in Pine Valley.
by K Vandevere
Tue Dec 21, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: Ventana Wilderness Trails
Topic: Serra Hill Trail
Replies: 2
Views: 2102

Re: Serra Hill Trail

Date Hiked: December 17, 2021 General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined) This highly scenic trail is getting pretty popular. Even on a weekday, don't expect to have it to yourself. There's too much vegetation brushing against the ankles to call it a Wilderness Freeway, but the p...
by K Vandevere
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:14 am
Forum: State Parks Trails
Topic: Andrew Molera State Park: East Molera Trail
Replies: 26
Views: 22192

Re: Andrew Molera State Park: East Molera Trail

Date Hiked: February 21, 2021 General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined) This trail is clear and obvious with very little encroaching vegetation and no deadfalls or washouts. The first couple of miles are clearly getting a lot of use. The final stretch to Post Summit involves pu...
by K Vandevere
Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: Ventana Wilderness Trails
Topic: Boronda Trail
Replies: 32
Views: 28862

Re: Boronda Trail

Date Hiked: January 26, 2021
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

The trail is in great shape. Lot's of water in the spring. Snow began at around 2,000 ft. elevation and it was full "winter wonderland" conditions up top.
by K Vandevere
Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Dolan Fire stats
Replies: 2
Views: 1157

Re: Dolan Fire stats

While it's not surprising that a 4 year old burn scar would carry fire less well than areas that haven't burned in 12 years (isn't chaparral supposed to take around 6 years to recover its ability to carry fire?), the thing I found most interesting was how effective Lost Valley Creek and the Arroyo S...
by K Vandevere
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Google doesn't know where Sykes Hot Spring is
Replies: 6
Views: 2239

Re: Google doesn't know where Sykes Hot Spring is

Doesn't everyone go to Rainbow Camp for women's clothing? I can't say I'm surprised that Google (which frequently places streams on top of ridges) is a little off on the location and function of things like backcountry camps and springs.