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by K Vandevere
Sat Jan 06, 2024 10:00 pm
Forum: Ventana Wilderness Trails
Topic: Boronda Trail
Replies: 36
Views: 38676

Re: Boronda Trail

Date Hiked: January 6, 2024 General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and/or well maintained) The genista that was overgrowing the trail in my report from last May has been removed, so the previous report is correct in calling this a Wilderness Freeway. A lot fewer people willing to make ...
by K Vandevere
Fri Jun 02, 2023 4:22 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Tassajara Road report
Replies: 11
Views: 2647

Re: Tassajara Road report

I drove a low-clearance car to China Camp a few weeks ago. The road was graded smooth and the only problem was dodging the Coulter pine cones.
by K Vandevere
Sun May 07, 2023 7:33 pm
Forum: Ventana Wilderness Trails
Topic: Boronda Trail
Replies: 36
Views: 38676

Re: Boronda Trail

Date Hiked: May 6, 2023 General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident) I hate to have to rate this only passable, but the opening section, from the Highway to the open fields, is pretty overgrown with genista. Pushing through it will leave you soaked on a damp morning and,...
by K Vandevere
Wed Feb 08, 2023 10:46 am
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Info on Vincente Flats Trail to Espinosa Camp
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: Info on Vincente Flats Trail to Espinosa Camp

The entire National Forest is closed, for your safety, due to the fact that it rained last month. You should change your plans to visit public lands that remain open and safe - like, for instance, the High Sierra.
by K Vandevere
Sun Sep 18, 2022 2:42 pm
Forum: Silver Peak Wilderness Trails
Topic: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)
Replies: 28
Views: 26276

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: 464

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: 623

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: 722

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: 932

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: 2684

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...