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

PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2021 7:35 pm
by driggsy
Date Hiked: May 9, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Surprisingly clear pretty much the whole way. Dutra to the saddle was grassy and good. Did a trail run, and from the saddle down to the slide was very flowy and fun. The slide was easy to pass without backpacks. The slide to salmon creek was the brushiest but still not bad.

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

PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 12:55 pm
by VWA_Ranger
Date Hiked: March 24, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Description:
The Monterey Ranger District Forest has partially reopened, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare opening other parts of the closed forest and are continuing their regular patrols. Today volunteer Rangers patrolled from Spruce Creek Jct to the Spruce Creek Slide to check for additional damage after the winter storms. They cleared minor debris along the trail and rebuilt a 10 yard section of trail leading into the slide. The slide is passable. People appear to be lowering themselves into the gully at the far end of the slide to traverse it.

Trail conditions are as follows:


Jct. to Spruce Creek Slide - Passable, narrow tread and encroaching brush. No trees down. Far end of slide needs repair.
Spruce Creek Slide to Saddle - Passable, lots of encroaching bushes and brush.
Saddle to Dutra Flat - Clear, grass along both sides of trail.

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San Carpóforo Trail (aka Spruce Creek, Dutra Flats)

PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:07 pm
by jbl
Date Hiked: June 21, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Section Covered:
Salmon Creek trail junction to Dutra Flat

Section: Salmon Creek trail junction to Spruce-Dutra Saddle: Passable
This section is in generally good shape, there is encroaching brush (including the ever-present PO) in places and a few small stepover logs. However as reported by others, the slide area that's about 1 mile up from the Salmon Creek trail junction (see reporting from December '17-January '18 and pictures of the major work that was done to clear that slide and the big trees that were there) has suffered dramatically, with the creek that crossed the trail there having gotten backed up and then taking out about 20' of trail and leaving a deep trench (actually about 10' deep at its deepest) over those 20' (a ~2' diameter log ended up going across on top of that trench).
Here are some pics:
looking from SC side.jpg
View of trail damage (from Salmon Creek side)

pit from log.jpg
View from on top of log crossing trench

looking from DF side.jpg
View of trail damage (from Dutra Flat side)

Pit from DF side.jpg
Closeup view from Dutra Flat side


This is not the easiest to negotiate but not impossible; from the Salmon Creek side you either lower yourself into the trench and walk through there or if you have confidence in your balance you can walk across the log; from the Dutra Flat side do the same.

Section: Spruce/Dutra Saddle to Dutra Flat Camp:
I would rate this at about Wilderness Freeway, the grass is getting higher and browner but the track is easy to follow.

Dutra Flat Camp report:
Water is flowing nicely at the spring and the camp is pretty clean.
DF Water.jpg
Dutra Flat-Water Flow at Spring

DF Table.jpg
Dutra Flat Camp

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

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:58 pm
by lehrski
Date Hiked: June 26, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Did a quick overnight from Salmon Creek to Dutra Flat Campground. There was a washed out section about a mile from the Salmon Creek junction. The washout was about 3-4 feet deep and fairly easy to cross. It wasn't necessary to take the packs off. There's a good log on one side of the washout, one slightly insecure step and a good log on the other side. The rest of the way was clear and easy. Lots of water flowing in the spring at Dutra. The campsite at Dutra was pretty clean, we picked up a small amount of trash.

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

PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:22 pm
by gfelsman
Date Hiked: June 24, 2020
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

We went to check out the Spruce Creek Slide Area about a mile up from the junction with the Salmon Creek Trail. We can say that most of the trail is intact. But a 20 to 30 foot section washed out near the end of the slide. It is 8 to 10 feet deep and does not have secure footing. People have crossed this section by scrambling down the slope and by taking their packs off. Others have turned around. It all depends on your skill and comfort levels.

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

PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:00 am
by gfelsman
Date Hiked: June 20, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

There has been a report that the Spruce Creek Slide heading towards Dutra may have slipped again. If anyone is headed that way please take photos and share them here or e-mail me directly.

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:40 pm
by seagoat1724
Date Hiked: December 8, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Trail is passable, could be considered good as the walking is not so hard, but the tread vanishes frequently and would make this quite challenging without knowing the way or having a GPS trace. Much of the trails is through meadow and one must cross them while finding the right entrances and exits to follow trail into more overgrown or forested sections.

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:31 pm
by seagoat1724
Date Hiked: December 7, 2018
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

From Salmon Creek Trail Junction to Dutra Flat:
Trail is good, mostly wilderness freeway except for one big landslide. One big trail leaves the trail off to the right is actually an old road for herding cattle back. Cattle road is less than a quarter mile back from Dutra Camp and marked by a cairn. Actual trail keeps going past this.

From Dutra Flat to San Carporforo Camp
Trail is good, can be hard to follow in meadow areas where many cow trails diverge. The signage on and off of road crossing could be better. Old fruit trees in meadow near trail.

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

PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:16 pm
by gfelsman
Date Hiked: April 29, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

To elaborate on the post below. This weekend 8 hardy volunteers sponsored by the Ventana Wilderness Alliance/USFS backpacked up to Dutra Flat to work on the Spruce Creek and Dutra Trails. I am happy to report that all the downed trees from just before the slide to Dutra Flat have been cleared by these volunteers.

In addition, they brushed the northern 1/2 mile of the Dutra Trail and the lower 1/2 mile near the camp. They also they removed several downed trees along the Dutra Trail.

Thank You VWA Volunteers.

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

PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:57 am
by toejam
Date Hiked: April 27, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Volunteers worked on the slide and removed all the logs from the vicinity. The slide is still narrow and a bit sketchy, but holding.