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Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is Closed -- This road -- which connects Highway 1 at Kirk Creek with Fort Hunter Liggett on the eastern side of the Coast Ridge -- is significantly damaged and will be closed indefinitely. 

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San Carpóforo Trail (aka Spruce Creek, Dutra Flats)

Re: San Carpóforo Trail (aka Spruce Creek, Dutra Flats)

Postby K Vandevere on Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:22 am

Date Hiked: April 16, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Salmon Creek Trail to Dutra Flats

The new deadfalls I encountered when I walked this trail in January have been cleared, leaving only a couple of easy step-overs. The slide hasn't moved and the tread is in good shape and obvious. There are fewer mosquitos in the Dutra meadows than there were in January, but more ticks. Lots of chocolate lilies in bloom.
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Re: San Carpóforo Trail (aka Spruce Creek, Dutra Flats)

Postby DerWampler on Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:40 pm

Date Hiked: April 7, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked in 4/5/19, out 4/7/19. Trail is clear and passable. The fallen trees from last year (2018) are much easier to pass over now. Lots of water crossings, none more than ankle deep and easy to pass. The trail is much less worn from the plateau to Dutra Camp (the last 0.8 miles). We did not travel beyond Dutra Flats.
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Re: San Carpóforo Trail (aka Spruce Creek, Dutra Flats)

Postby K Vandevere on Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:57 pm

Date Hiked: January 30, 2019
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Salmon Creek Trail to Dutra Flats

Condition is much as in the last report, with the addition of a few new, easily by-passed blow downs. Thanks to a lot of hard work, the slide is not a problem. Approaching Dutra Flats, the meadows are getting pretty boggy and, yes, there are mosquitos. I'm a bit too much of a "don't fence me in" type to really love Dutra Flats Camp, but, with green grass and plenty of water, life in the human corral looks bearable. There's even a folding chair.
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Re: San Carpóforo Trail (aka Spruce Creek, Dutra Flats)

Postby gfelsman on Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:20 pm

Date Hiked: September 29, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

My wife and I patrolled this trail from Highway 1 to Dutra Flat and back. It was a beautiful clear day for a hike. The Trail from Salmon Creek to the Spruce Creek Junction is considered clear as an FYI.

Starting on the Spruce Creek Trail, the trail is easy to follow all the way to Dutra Flat with 6 downed trees. One just before the Spruce Creek Slide which is easy to step over. The other 5 are after Spruce Creek Slide and are easy to navigate with little or no ducking to get around. Once you reach the start of the switchbacks it relatively smooth sailing to Dutra Flat.

Spruce Creek Slide has held up well so far. It could use some more widening and tread work. The slippery log near the end of the slide is now much easier to get over.

Water is still flowing at Dutra Flat Camp. Keep the gates closed to the Spring and camp.

Remember to pack out all your trash, No Fires or Stoves are permitted in the backcountry at this time. Zone "A" Deer Hunting Season ended Sept. 23rd, 2018.
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San Carpóforo Trail

Postby mmaki on Sat May 05, 2018 9:31 pm

Date Hiked: April 28, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked east to west. Trail is faint and could be difficult to find if you did not know where to look off Baldwin Ranch Road. Old sign still there. Trail followable. Not much in terms of obstacles. Lost the trail briefly in some of the meadow sections, but easily found again with patience. Once cresting the saddle west of Dutra Flats trail is much easier to find and follow. Condor Trail section hike.
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Re: San Carpóforo Trail (aka Spruce Creek, Dutra Flats)

Postby gfelsman on Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:11 am

Date Hiked: February 10, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked this trail Saturday, lots of flowers out now. Dutra Flat Camp was in good shape. Be sure to keep the gates closed as cattle are roaming the hills. Water is flowing at the camp.

The report below is accurate with approx. 6 trees across the trail. All are easy to get around. One tree near the Spruce Creek Slide can be slippery when crossing.

The trail itself is in fair shape with some encroaching brush. With the slide repaired the trail is really enjoyable.
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Re: San Carpóforo Trail (aka Spruce Creek, Dutra Flats)

Postby gfelsman on Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:04 am

Date Hiked: January 20, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

This report is from a friend of mine. A few new trees down.

Kelly, Willa, and I went on a hike Saturday to Dutra Flats. Willa took some pictures to show you what we found along the way. Picture 6 is a new log across the Salmon Creek Trail about 1/8 mile from the Spruce Creek Trail Junction. I cut some branches off it to make getting back on the trail a little easier. On the Spruce Creek Trail, another log, picture 7 has fallen across the trail between the overlook and the slide. Again, we cut some branches to open up the way back onto the tread, picture 8 is of me standing on the tread on the slide side of the log. Up at the slide, picture 1, the tread has held up pretty good with only some small rocks on the trail and your tools are still there. The big tree we cut looks like it's still where we left it. The split log beyond that was wet and very slippery, I cut a notch into it to give a more solid place to put your foot if you needed one. Just beyond there, the end of a log that was at the edge of the tread, shifted and now juts into the trail. You can get around it, but it should be cut back out of the way.
Other than getting around the three logs further up the trail (which was easy), the trail up to the saddle, and on to Dutra Flat, is in good shape.

- John
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Re: San Carpóforo Trail (aka Spruce Creek, Dutra Flats)

Postby gfelsman on Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:23 pm

Date Hiked: December 30, 2017
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Yes, the Spruce Creek slide is now passable. With the help of volunteers, from VWA , myself and others we had very successful day on the trail repairing the Spruce Creek Slide. I was glad we had many strong individuals and very experienced Sawyers, Robert, Jean and Steve to help guide us through these difficult cuts. They provided the expertise, while the rest of us tagged teamed to provide labor to make this happen.

Note: Be aware that there is a large tree parallel to the trail above the main slide area. It could move at anytime depending on soil, weather and tree conditions. It is recommended that one not stop along this section of trail for a snack or lunch. There is also possibility the hill will slide again during the winter rains.

The repaired route is along the original tread line established in 1997. Still plenty to do along this section of trail.

Lastly, be safe out there and we are still in Level III Fire Restrictions meaning no campfires even with the cold night ahead.
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View from the upper end of the slide. One small tree to step over in the middle. Photo Courtesy of Steve Cypher.
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San Carpóforo Trail (aka Spruce Creek, Dutra Flats)

Postby jbl on Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:10 pm

Date Hiked: December 31, 2017
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

UPDATE RE SLIDE AND TREE JUMBLE: A group of us removed the 3 trees (2 large, one not so large but required a lot of cuts) on 12/30. See pictures from the Salmon Creek end of the problem area:

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Re: San Carpóforo Trail - Spruce Creek Slide Passable

Postby gfelsman on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:48 pm

Date Hiked: December 23, 2017
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Just to let everyone know. The worst tree along the slide is now passable. We built tread along the slide under the tree then back over to the other side. There are still a couple of trees to climb over to return to the main trail. But the treacherous section has been fixed for the most part.

Still plenty of work to do in the future.
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