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by Steve B
Fri Jul 28, 2023 4:05 pm
Forum: Ventana Wilderness Trails
Topic: Carmel River Trail
Replies: 155
Views: 97530

Re: Carmel River Trail

Date Hiked: July 27, 2023 General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident) The new route around the landslide at the Los Padres Dam has not been constructed yet, we are waiting for the forest service to do the paperwork to establish an easement to make the reroute a forest s...
by Steve B
Sun May 28, 2023 4:10 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Abandoned gear
Replies: 2
Views: 212

Abandoned gear

When you plan a backpack trip you should consider the weight that you carry, when you first start out it’s no big deal, but after a few miles the weight starts to really slow you down. Some hikers found out the hard way about carrying too much stuff and they felt they had to leave it all behind, yes...
by Steve B
Fri Nov 04, 2022 9:57 am
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: 1954 Devil's Fire
Replies: 1
Views: 482

1954 Devil's Fire

I found this old photo of the 1954 Devil’s Fire at the old adobe Carmel Hill Fire Station when we were moving to the new station. The back of the photo mentions the jeep road on Devil’s Peak. Jack English told me that you could drive to Comings Cabin and to Devils Peak.
by Steve B
Fri Jul 15, 2022 10:25 am
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Grow site cleanup
Replies: 0
Views: 732

Grow site cleanup

Thursday July 14, 2022 Forest Service law enforcement officers conducted a large grow site cleanup just South of Chews Ridge Lookout. Using two helicopters they were able to cleanup seven old grow sites in the Ventana Wilderness. Thank you Forest Service for your hard work keeping our wilderness wild.
by Steve B
Sat May 09, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Ventana Wilderness Trails
Topic: Carmel River Trail
Replies: 155
Views: 97530

Re: Carmel River Trail

Date Hiked: May 7, 2020 General Condition: Impassable (completely overgrown or tread obliterated) The slide above the lake has grown and we are forced to add more switchbacks to the top of the ridge to get around the slide. This will be a difficult climb to start a hike on the Carmel River Trail bu...
by Steve B
Fri May 08, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Ventana Wilderness Trails
Topic: Little Sur Trail
Replies: 123
Views: 80413

Re: Little Sur Trail

Date Hiked: May 6, 2020 General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident) I walked the Little Sur Trail from the Old Coast Road to the river crossing, this is an off forest trail but it is listed as a forest service trail (18S06). The trail has become overgrown and there is a...
by Steve B
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Ventana Wilderness Trails
Topic: Mill Creek Trail
Replies: 21
Views: 21514

Re: Mill Creek Trail

Date Hiked: April 1, 2020 General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident) The trail is in fairly good condition but could use some brushing and in a few places the trail makes some sharp turns due to brush or down trees that has caused to trail to go off track. There are a ...
by Steve B
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Ventana Wilderness Trails
Topic: Carmel River Trail
Replies: 155
Views: 97530

Re: Carmel River Trail

Date Hiked: January 30, 2020 General Condition: Impassable (completely overgrown or tread obliterated) Carmel River Trail from Los Padres Dam The Trail is still closed with a locked gate at the top of the dam due to a large slide on the trail/road; it is not possible to cross the slide. VWA volunte...
by Steve B
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Ventana Wilderness Trails
Topic: Carmel River Trail
Replies: 155
Views: 97530

Re: Carmel River Trail

Date Hiked: September 14, 2018 General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread) Hiked from China Camp to Los Padres Dam with tools and a 44 inch crosscut saw, I tried to fly this trip on Meetup as a trail crew trip but only one other person signed up so we didn’t get as much...
by Steve B
Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Search for missing hiker
Replies: 1
Views: 1470

Search for missing hiker

The VWA volunteer wilderness rangers have encountered a lot of forest visitors that have planned to do ambitious loop hikes on trails that were badly damaged from the 2016 Soberanes Fire, some trails are overgrown to the point that the trail can’t be found. This morning there was a page out to the M...