Boronda Trail

hydrologic
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Re: Boronda Trail

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Date Hiked: June 16, 2024
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and/or well maintained)

perfect, zero issues, get out there!
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K Vandevere
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Re: Boronda Trail

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Date Hiked: January 6, 2024
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and/or well maintained)

The genista that was overgrowing the trail in my report from last May has been removed, so the previous report is correct in calling this a Wilderness Freeway. A lot fewer people willing to make the trek on a cold, windy January day than there were in May (saw 7 other hikers vs. 48 last May), but the clouds and incoming storm were quite dramatic.
geoffvirtue
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Re: Boronda Trail

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Date Hiked: October 16, 2023
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and/or well maintained)

Wilderness freeway all the way to the top, some brush encroaching in one or two sections but in good shape. Friendly reminder, this is an exposed trail with no water, nearest water to Timber Top is Cold Spring or Terrace Creek, so please wear sun protection and bring enough water!

On a day with the marine layer in this is one of the few spots you can quickly climb high enough to pop through it.

Beautiful day out there on 10/16. Did an 18 mile trail run out and back to Barlow.
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K Vandevere
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Re: Boronda Trail

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Date Hiked: May 6, 2023
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

I hate to have to rate this only passable, but the opening section, from the Highway to the open fields, is pretty overgrown with genista. Pushing through it will leave you soaked on a damp morning and, if you're the first person to hike the trail that day (like me), you'll likely pick up a few ticks. Once the fields begin it's a Wilderness Freeway (unless you count grass brushing your ankles) all the way to the top.

I arrived after 9:00am on a Saturday and was surprised to see no cars at the trailhead. I saw no one on the hike up, but on the way back down I passed no less than 48 uphill toilers, including a few large groups of young people hauling huge packs. Hopefully, this wasn't anyone's introduction to backpacking as it looked like a serious gruel-a-thon was in progress. There were 19 cars at the trailhead when I got back.

The grass is still green and there are many things in bloom. Very beautiful!
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Jim Ringland
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Re: Boronda Trail

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Date Hiked: March 29, 2022
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

I went up on March 29 and back down on April 1. Save a very few places where some broom or deerweed was leaning into the trail, this was wide open. Stiff grades. Great views. I enjoyed the fields of lupines, poppies, popcorn flower, fiddlenecks, and others: quite a good show for this dry year. On both days, Lafler Creek at about 2100’ was running nicely, including water pouring out the little pipe into the pool. The lateral trail down to the creek was clear. Although a use camp is marked on the BigSurTrailMap, all I saw was a small, sort-of-flat, grassy area that didn’t look like it had seen any recent use. Up at 3000’, Timber Top Camp has no water but does have table, a grill, and, on the trail up from the grill to the old tank, a resident rattlesnake.
James Yurchenco

Re: Boronda Trail

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Date Hiked: March 2, 2022
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Trail in excellent condition. No problems encountered either going up or down.
lylegordon
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Re: Boronda Trail

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Date Hiked: October 30, 2021
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Wilderness freeway, easy to follow the entire way down. A few spur/use trails to nice viewpoints but the correct route is obvious.

Didn't check for water at the pump house.

Parking was busy on Saturday afternoon when we got down.
Leonard Gabriele

Re: Boronda Trail

Post by Leonard Gabriele »

Date Hiked: April 22, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The trail was easy to follow, but one problem I encountered was a large yellow jacket nest in a rock slide along the uphill side of the trail. They were flying across the trail in large numbers to get into the hive. Not particularly aggressive, but something to watch out for. Also, I couldn't find any water at Timber Top Camp, but had brought enough drinking water to get me to a different campsite.
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Re: Boronda Trail

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Date Hiked: February 28, 2021
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

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

Description:

VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers patrolled from Highway 1 to Timber Top. The trail is in great shape. Timber Top Camp is clean at this time.
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The Los Padres National Forest Website can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/
To learn more about the Volunteer VWA/USFS Ranger and Trail Crew Programs visit https://www.ventanawild.org/stewardship.
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Re: Boronda Trail

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Date Hiked: February 13, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

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

Forest/Trail Status: PARTIALLY OPEN, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is partially open per Forest Order 05-07-51-21-02
Current Fire Restrictions: Campfires and Stoves are permitted in the backcountry with a valid Campfire/Stove Permit.

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 Highway 1 to Timber top. They cleared two head high trees along the trail. They encountered many folks and a couple groups without fire permits. Be sure to have a valid Campfire/Stove Permit before heading out if you are planning to use your stove or have a campfire.

Trail conditions are as follows:


Highway 1 to Timber Top. - Clear with minor encroaching brush.


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DISCLAIMER: This report is for informational purposes only. Trail conditions may change at any time. The Ventana Wilderness Alliance assumes no liability for the use of this information.
The Los Padres National Forest Website can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/
To learn more about the Volunteer VWA/USFS Ranger and Trail Crew Programs visit https://www.ventanawild.org/stewardship.
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