Turner Creek Trail

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Re: Turner Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: June 19, 2022
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked from Turner Creek to VDC from 6/19-6/20.

Trail from Turner Creek to Skinner Ridge very clear

Skinner Ridge to Pat Spring mostly clear, getting a little brushy.

Pat Spring has plenty of water, and camp sites are clear.

Trail from Pat Spring to VDC mostly passable. Had to do a little bush whacking, but made it through.

No water past Pat Spring, as usual.
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jdoelman
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Re: Turner Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: June 9, 2022
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The trail is in good shape, no crawling under trees.
Several logs to step over, many ticks. Poison oak can be avoided if you are very observant. I saw only one stinging nettle encroaching on the trail.
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Re: Turner Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: April 3, 2022
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Clear and in good shape except for at least a dozen step over logs of varying sizes. The brush has been cut back and even the blackberry vines are not in the tread.
geoffvirtue
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Re: Turner Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: February 6, 2022
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Bumped into John trail running back here on Sunday and another local out for a day hike helping to clear overgrowth. Was a beautiful weekend to summit VDC and the trail is in great shape.

[Clear] Long Ridge Road to Skinner Ridge Trail - This trail is in great shape thanks to the locals. We saw no one on Friday coming in but a few folks on Sunday. Lots of wild berry overgrowth that looks like it was recently cleared back. Trail is basically wilderness freeway except for two large stumps that you need to jump over.

If you get to turner creek camp and followed the tread into the deadfall, you took the wrong reroute. There's a reroute about 20 feet above this section that has clear/evident tread. Do not attempt to scramble through the deadfall that obstructs the old trail from Turner Creek.
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jdoelman
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Re: Turner Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: January 8, 2022
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Trail is in great shape! I had to duck my head under a tree once or twice but this trail has received much needed clearing, much thanks to whoever did such a fine job on this trail
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Re: Turner Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: October 27, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

I've finally managed to clear this trail from Long Ridge all the way to Apple Tree Camp. The trail is passable all the way to Skinner Ridge Saddle and beyond, but this portion is clear. Ever since the 2016 fire, it's astonishing how fast the growth comes in for this area. Lately, the blackberry, poison oak, ceanothus, and such has been choking the trail. I saw some very recent cuts as well, so someone else did some brushing, which is great. Team work! Botcher's Gap and Los Padres dam trailhead being closed indefinitely, The Northern Ventana Trail System has been in danger of being lost and overgrown, so volunteer work is crucial, and luckily work has been put in on a pretty regular basis to keep the trail open all the way to the top of Ventana Double Cone. I plan to keep going on my mission to clear the trail all the way to Pat Springs and further eventually. One day at a time.
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Re: Turner Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: August 31, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

trail getting choked up, I cleared the trail about halfway to Apple Tree camp, plan to clear more when I can. Upper Turner Creek is nearly dry.
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Re: Turner Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: August 14, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Berry vines and nettles encroaching on the trail
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Re: Turner Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: May 18, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

A month ago I rated this trail clear, but from Turner Creek Camp to the Skinner Ridge Saddle, the trail is getting choked a bit with poison oak, blackberry, gooseberry, nettles, ceonothus etc. This trail has seen lots of growth since the soberanes fire, and it's been cleared a few times recently, so I was surprised to see how fast it's growing this last month. The trail is still easy to hike through, it's just starting to get a bit stuffy. I did a round of brushing, will probably do some more soon. Saddle to Devil's Peak is clear
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Re: Turner Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: April 18, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Description:
VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers patrolled from the Turner Creek Trailhead to Pat Springs and back. They did spot brushing and reinstalled the sign at Big Pines Trail and VDCT Jct. Most of the trail is clear of brush with about 10 trees down which are easily stepped over.
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