Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

toejam
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Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

Post by toejam »

Date Hiked: January 7, 2024
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Trail is evident but tight brush in places. Had to take my foam pad off the top of my pack because it was getting shredded pushing through the brush.
Rob
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Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

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Date Hiked: April 1, 2023
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Not much change from the last report. There was a good bit more water flowing, and cattle had made the meadows a muddy mess, as would be expected. It had been quite a few years since I last hiked this, and I was pleasantly surprised.

I did spend some time with my pruning saw on a downed tree coming up from Dutra Flat, but removing it entirely will take a bigger saw.

Spent the night at Three Peaks Camp, where the creek was flowing very strongly.
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K Vandevere
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Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

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Date Hiked: September 17, 2022
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Mildly encroaching brush in many places, but the trail is always obvious (it's an old road). No deadfalls or obstructions. There is water in the spring on the climb out of Dutra Flats. Only saw one tick.
driggsy
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Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

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Date Hiked: May 9, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

A couple tight sections with yucca and a couple turns that are easy to be misinterpreted for 5 meters until you realize you probably went the wrong way. Largely very good for wilderness.
georged
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Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

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Date Hiked: March 26, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

In great shape really no issues here at all. All clear though some brush near the top is starting to become slightly overgrown.
toejam
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Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

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Date Hiked: April 28, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

A volunteer trail crew cleared the tight brush at both ends of the trail and removed the logs. The middle section along the fire break is still a narrow path through the brush, but you won't have to push through and get scratched.
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gfelsman
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Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

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Date Hiked: April 20, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

This weekend VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers with the help of others installed new signage at the Three Peak and SCRR Junction and at the northern end of the Dutra Trail. The trail off of Three Peaks road is now easy to find. The trail conditions remain similar to the report below.
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toejam
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Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

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Date Hiked: January 26, 2019
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

This trail is about the same as it's been since the last two reports. It's clear enough to follow but you wish a crew would do some serious work on it. Individual volunteers have kept it mostly clear. I didn't get too scratched up from the brush and there were 3 trees fallen across I didn't have time to clear.
toejam
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Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

Post by toejam »

Date Hiked: December 29, 2017
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Brush is tight in places and there isn't good tread along the fire break, but it is well flagged. Somebody got lost on this trail recently - please use a decent map (bigsurtrailmap.net).
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jack_glendening
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Re: Three Peaks Trail (aka Dutra)

Post by jack_glendening »

Date Hiked: June 11, 2017
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

To follow up on the recent trailwork done on the southern end of this trail, Maria Ferdin and I worked on and flagged its northern end. The northern 0.3 mile is along a cleared road and so "wilderness freeway", the next 1.7 mile section (where our work was done, to 0.2 miles north of the ridge above Dutra Camp) is "passable" and the southern 1.1 mile is "clear".

Unfortunately, we found chapparal pea growing along the northern end of our section - it is stiff and prickly and not easy to push through when it knits together, as it will want to do if more extensive trailwork is not done on that section (it was flowering - and the pink flowers are pretty, but ...)
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