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by mikesplain
Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Access to Jackson Camp & alternatives?
Replies: 4
Views: 1184

Re: Access to Jackson Camp & alternatives?

Palo Colorado Road is closed to vehicles near The Hoist, but you can still walk it. This would add 4 miles of pavement to the journey, but likely result in abundant solitude. The other option would be to claw your way in from Old Coast Road via the Little Sur Trail, but that would be a much more rug...
by mikesplain
Fri May 24, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Advice on a Backpacking Route?
Replies: 6
Views: 1337

Re: Advice on a Backpacking Route?

1) Gaiters are recommended for deflecting prickly vegetation (grass seeds, burs & other "hitchhikers") which can wreck socks & other clothing. 2) No need for a rugged vehicle for east-side trailheads, many are accessible from paved roads. See- http://bigsurtrailmap.net/ 3) Please l...
by mikesplain
Thu May 23, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Advice on a Backpacking Route?
Replies: 6
Views: 1337

Re: Advice on a Backpacking Route?

Your route is reasonable, but judging by the sheer volume of calls, emails, & forum posts, the Silver Peak Wilderness will be very, very crowded this weekend. Estrella is a small camp, so it could be quite cramped if you have company there. I don't recall a lookout tower at Three Peaks, though t...
by mikesplain
Tue May 21, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Backcountry Camping Near Tassajara?
Replies: 3
Views: 1263

Re: Backcountry Camping Near Tassajara?

See- http://bigsurtrailmap.net/

As I recall, Wildcat Camp & the other nearby use camps aren't optimal. Willow Spring Camp is nice, but a bit of a hike from the Zen Center. Flies can be a nuisance this time of year, head-net recommended! Also, given recent weather, Tassajara Road may warrant 4WD.
by mikesplain
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Help Wanted! Loop through Silver Peak
Replies: 9
Views: 2368

Re: Help Wanted! Loop through Silver Peak

That's definitely not a trail, nor are several other lines on this map. (One of the more common Search & Rescue destinations is Villa Creek, where hikers attempt to descend the creek below the camp using the very NE>SW line depicted here.) The only sure-fire alternative is the Salmon Creek Trail.
by mikesplain
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Help Wanted! Loop through Silver Peak
Replies: 9
Views: 2368

Re: Help Wanted! Loop through Silver Peak

Your proposed loop involves cross-country travel. Part of the "use trail" is an old dozer line (possibly scraped in during the 1985 Rat/Gorda fires?) The other "trail" is not a trail, just bushwhacking across open country & picking the least painful passage through shrublands...
by mikesplain
Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: The hoist
Replies: 22
Views: 6091

Re: The hoist

Approach from the Big Pines/Rattlesnake side is not an option until Cal-Am repairs the LP Dam road (hopefully this summer). See- http://www.ventanawild.org/forums/annou ... vents/1791
by mikesplain
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Announcements and Events
Topic: Fire Restrictions
Replies: 11
Views: 7443

Fire Restrictions reduced

Effective today, the Los Padres National Forest has reduced fire restrictions such that campfires are again permitted in the backcountry (with a valid California Campfire Permit). Please be safe and LEAVE NO TRACE! Here's the official News Release: For Immediate Release January 29, 2019 Media Contac...
by mikesplain
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: School Expedition to Ventana Wilderness
Replies: 5
Views: 1479

Re: School Expedition to Ventana Wilderness

Not that I have any experience leading school expeditions, but were it me, I would: 1) Keep outing dates to weekdays only- most camps will already be crowded on weekends. 2) Keep group size to 12 or less- divide the larger group into separate smaller groups if need be. 3) Incorporate Leave No Trace ...
by mikesplain
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Government shutdown
Replies: 5
Views: 1305

Re: Government shutdown

Actually, fire staff & law enforcement are essential employees & remain on duty. Folks who insist on using the (washed out & extremely hazardous) lower Pine Ridge Trail or Terrace Creek Trail do so at their own peril & are still just as likely as ever to get an expensive ticket. They...