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by Steve B
Fri Jul 15, 2022 10:25 am
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Grow site cleanup
Replies: 0
Views: 437

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: 144
Views: 84289

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: 110
Views: 71738

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: 19975

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: 144
Views: 84289

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: 144
Views: 84289

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: 1315

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...
by Steve B
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Ventana Wilderness Trails
Topic: Carmel River Trail
Replies: 144
Views: 84289

Re: Carmel River Trail

Date Hiked: January 6, 2018 General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined) The VWA trail crew has been working on the Carmel River Trail and we have it almost clear to Sulphur Springs, we hope to have the trail clear to Hiding Camp before summer however work will be difficult if the...
by Steve B
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Overdue Hiker at Salmon Creek
Replies: 4
Views: 1674

Re: Overdue Hiker at Salmon Creek

David was located at N35◦ 49’ 43.12” W121◦ 17” 44.69”, this would put him east of the Dutra Trail about 1.5 miles North East of Dutra Flats. It appears he may have gotten off the Dutra Trail and followed down a ridge above Davis Canyon. David did the right thing by staying put and making himself vis...
by Steve B
Fri May 12, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: 3 Year Old's First Bpack Trip... Ideas?
Replies: 5
Views: 1718

Re: 3 Year Old's First Bpack Trip... Ideas?

The trail to Spruce Camp is just under two miles but it is very steep for the first 3/4 mile (almost 1000 ft. climb). Normally I would recommend Bluff Camp, which in not in the forest, it is on water company property managed by the Forest Service, but the trail is in very poor condition with many de...