North Coast Ridge Trail

LJeffers
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North Coast Ridge Trail

Post by LJeffers »

Date Hiked: November 21, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked from Gamboa Trail junction on a Clear trail with only a couple of spots with narrow and soft tread on steep hillside until a quarter mile before the end of Cone Peak Road. Other reports mention the washed out gully at that point but do not imply that it presents a challenge to cross. Perhaps I am growing excessively cautious but I would rate this as a dangerous spot. It is open and clear of brush, but the polished granite rock was steeply sloped and covered with loose gravel and leaves. One report suggested dropping below the rock outcropping into the runoff chanel, but that was full of loose rock and appeared equally unprotected. In rain or snow, especially with a pack, I would consider this a real obstacle to anyone trying to enter the wilderness from the end of the Cone Peak Road.
It has been a decade since I last took this trail, but I do not remember any issues at this point then. It is easily accessible from the road for repair efforts, but might require an expensive effort to bridge the gully between the two ends of the old graded road bed.
seagoat1724
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Re: North Coast Ridge Trail - Bee Camp Trail

Post by seagoat1724 »

Date Hiked: October 9, 2018
General Condition: Passable

Upper Bee Camp Trail - unable to post on trail link
Trail is passable. First part is very overgrown with thick interwoven brush. After that is clear.
Note: No trail markers for turn off which is not very obvious. Camp is nice but nowhere to go really and down in a hole.
seagoat1724
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Re: North Coast Ridge Trail

Post by seagoat1724 »

Date Hiked: October 9, 2018
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Between end of Road and Rodeo Flat Trail Junction
Trail is good and mostly clear but a little bit of brush. The old road is there so tread is obvious.
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SMoore
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Re: North Coast Ridge Trail

Post by SMoore »

Date Hiked: June 21, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

This report covers ONLY the southernmost 1.4 miles of trail from the Cone Peak Road trailhead to the junction with Gamboa Trail. This section of trail is basically CLEAR and easy going. There's a little bit of encroaching brush on the switchbacks up to where the trail meets the Cone Peak Ridge Use Trail, but that's really the only issue. Otherwise it's wide open and smooth sailing. This is one of the few trails in the Ventana trail network that comes anything close to being a flat, horizontal hike, and it offers some inspiring views east to the Salinas Valley and west to the Pacific Ocean, so it can be a good beginner's hike. However, if planning to hike it with small kids, please note that the trail skirts along the top of some steep slopes (almost cliffs) immediately after the aforementioned switchbacks. Also, there's a place only a 1/4 mile or so from the trailhead where the trail crosses a steeply sloping bedrock outcrop over a ravine. If wet or slippery, or if the rock breaks loose underfoot, this could be a hazardous spot.
sur_nic

Re: North Coast Ridge Trail

Post by sur_nic »

Date Hiked: May 11, 2019
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked from the cone peak road terminus to a wee bit north of the Arroyo Seco Trail intersection. There were a couple tight spots w/ encroaching brush on the sides but no big falls/blowdowns, 1 or two firs/pines that looked like they had been down a while, very minimal poison oak, a reasonable amount of flies so head net was useful.

water was flowing at cook springs for a refill on the way.

rattlesnake season is on.
aa6xa

Re: North Coast Ridge Trail

Post by aa6xa »

Date Hiked: April 8, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked the section between Peak 4820 [Mining Ridge] and the Bee Camp turnoff. Trail is wide open, only some low grass growing on it. The stream just north and down the hill from the Rodeo Flats Trail was flowing with lots of water. Redondo Spring had some water, but seemed intermittent. We tried refilling here, but decided it wasn't worth the wait since we knew there was lots of water just ahead.
We couldn't find the turnoff for the Upper Bee Camp, but we weren't looking too hard. Didn't see the cairn that other users have mentioned. We bushwhacked up to Peak 4092, and crossed the stream that flows down to Bee Camp. It had flowing water.
The firebreak up to the summit of 4820 was very overgrown in places, but not quite a bushwhack yet.
hydrologic
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Re: North Coast Ridge Trail

Post by hydrologic »

Date Hiked: December 10, 2018
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

trail is in great shape. there are a few sections that are a little brushy. lots of ticks.
lylegordon
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Re: North Coast Ridge Trail

Post by lylegordon »

Date Hiked: May 26, 2018
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked from the Rodeo Flats trail to the lone Coulter pine above the Upper Bee Camp. Basically clear the whole way, lots of grass/foxtails along the road to get stuck in your shoes. No water (but a few ticks) in the creek just north-west of the Rodeo Flats trail (36.117, -121.533), however, water was available at the "Redondo" spring (36.122, -121.543). Many wildflowers.
pantilat
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Re: North Coast Ridge Trail

Post by pantilat »

Date Hiked: December 10, 2017
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

From Gamboa Trail JCT to Arroyo Seco Trail JCT: Clear. Recent brushing means this section is mainly clear but there are a couple remaining spots where the brush is starting to encroach a little bit.

From Arroyo Seco Trail JCT to Rodeo Flat JCT: Passable. As this is an old road bed the path ahead is never in doubt but the brush has really filled in the past couple years and there are dozens of blowdowns over the trail that have accumulated. The fire crews stopped at Rodeo Flat but in this case it would have been nice if they kept going a little bit to clear out this section of substantial blowdowns and brush.

From Rodeo Flat JCT to the north end of trail: Clear. While rarely used, this section is a wide open road cleared by the fire crews last year in the Soberanes Fire. This was becoming very brushy in sections before the fire so it was nice to be able to focus on the great views from the ridge instead of the brush. After only a year new brush is sprouting in the road and about a foot tall in spots but it won't start seriously encroaching on a path for some time. There was quite a bit of bear scat observed on this section which fits with the theme of seeing more evidence of bears in this quiet part of the Ventana.
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Re: North Coast Ridge Trail

Post by pantilat »

Date Hiked: March 19, 2017
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

From the end of the Cone Peak Road to JCT with Gamboa Trail (Passable):
Lots of rocks, gravel and debris have landed on the tread from above to the point that the tread is barely evident in spots. The trail crosses a shallow gully that is dry in all but the biggest storms but had water flowing this winter resulting in a washout of the tread revealing more bedrock. One can either carefully cross the bedrock at the elevation of the trail or lower down a few feet where the bedrock is not as steep. There are a few step-overs of old snags that toppled over the trail, but no troubles getting over or around them.

From Gamboa Trail JCT to Cook Spring Camp Trail (Mostly Clear, one section Passable): Some brush is beginning to encroach on the trail, particularly in the last 100 meters or so before the trail rounds the corner into the Sugar Pine forest of the Cook Spring area. Some of this brush tunnel was improved, but it could use a little more work to get a Clear rating. Once rounding the corner into the Sugar Pines it's now Clear to the Cook Spring Camp Trail JCT after some minor brushing.

From Cook Spring Camp Trail to Tin Can Usecamp (Wilderness Freeway): Brush was beginning to encroach (particularly waist level manzanita) but it's been cleared and now Wilderness Freeway.
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