North Coast Ridge Trail

mfisher
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Re: Coast Ridge Trail

Post by mfisher »

Date Hiked: May 25, 2015
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Dates: 25 May 2015 - 26 May 2015

Hiked the Coast Ridge Trail/Road from the Gamboa Trail junction to the junction of Terrace Creek Trail.

Clear along Coast Ridge Trail from Gamboa Trail to Cook Spring Camp. Could not ascertain the water availability at Cook Spring Camp. At the Cook Spring Trail junction, the spur trail descends and then forks right and left descending steeply. There was no water at the fork. I followed both forks for about 2 minutes and there was no water in either direction for 2 minutes.

Passable to difficult from Cook Spring to Bee.
Bushes are growing all over the trail and in many cases, the actual trail is not discernible. The trail at the junction of Rodeo Flats is not obvious, although more distinct sections are visible in the distance. There are some sections that are so thick with growth, you have to simply find the path of least resistance and push through. There is water at Redondo. We were able to get 4 liters from the reservoir, and then afterward the reservoir fill rate was 1/2 liter every 15 minutes. The creek at the saddle south of Redondo is dry (Is this volunteer camp?). The Lost Valley trail sign is lying on the ground amidst brush and is easily missed.

The Bee junction is difficult to find. 50 yards before the junction on the Coast Ridge Trail is a little knoll. The trail proper turns left around the knoll, but it's not obvious which way to go as both directions -- 1) left around the knoll and to the other side, or 2) straight ascending and descending -- are choked with brush. On the other side of this knoll is a nice spot to fit a couple tents on the ridge. The top of the knoll is an amazing spot to view the sunrise. 50 yards along the trail proper left of the knoll keep your eyes peeled for a cairn on the left -- which is easy to miss due to the brush. The cairn is directly across the trail from a lone, 20' pine tree. I believe this cairn marks the Bee Camp spur "trail". This Bee spur "trail" was almost impassible -- there is nothing here that resembles a trail from the ridge. We pushed through the path of least resistance and found a gully with a small open area. There was no water in the gully. We worked our way to the bottom of the main drainage and heard the sound of water -- a small stream choked with dense brush and poison oak. We were able to bushwhack through and dip a cup in the stream to fill our water bladders.

From Bee to the Coast Ridge Road is difficult. It is about a 1/2 hour bushwhack session. You literally have to push through stands of brush 8 feet tall to reach the road head.

If you are not comfortable with map and contour reading / interpretation / orienteering, I would not recommend the Coast Ridge Trail.

Coast Ridge Road from south east road head to Terrace Creek Trail: No issues. We actually descended through the clouds on this section of the hike. It was pretty cool.
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Re: Coast Ridge Trail

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Date Hiked: May 6, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Started the hike from the end of Cone Peak Road. The first 3 1/2 miles to the Arroyo Seco trail turn-off were generally clear with encroaching Ceanothus and Yerba Santa bushes making it a little scratchy for those in shorts. The next three miles looked like it hadn't been maintained since Nixon was in office. But the trail is a former dirt road where you could get around the 6 foot bushes growing in the road. At the end of the 6 1/2 miles that I hiked, I then turned around because there was several hundred yards of pure bush wacking to do. But looking ahead it seem lke the trail was fine once again after the bush wacking.
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Re: Coast Ridge Trail

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Date Hiked: May 5, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

This report covers the North Coast Ridge Trail from the trailhead at the end of Cone Peak Road to the junction with the Gamboa Trail.

The trail is clear until the trail emerges from the base of Cone Peak. There, brush is encroaching on the parts of this trail. Otherwise, it would be a wilderness freeway.

Mention should be made of the superb condition of Cone Peak Road. Although brush is also encroaching parts of it, the Forest Service has recently done a superb leveling of the surface of the road, putting it in the best shape I have seen it in 12 years.
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Jim Ringland
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Re: Coast Ridge Trail

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Date Hiked: April 15, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Section: Lost Valley Connector to Cook Springs

Previous reports are fine here: not too much has changed since I was on this trail in 2013.

Except for some threading around ceanothus, deerweed, and the like, the route is essentially clear between the Lost Valley Connector junction and the Rodeo Flats Trail junction. Redondo Spring has water. Volunteer Camp doesn't, but it appears to have been seeing more use than it had two years ago. The four miles between the Rodeo Flats trail and the Arroyo Seco trail junction has many simple-to-manage deadfalls and a few sections that require more threading through the shrubs. Then it’s mostly clear up to the Cook Springs junction.

There are new signs at the Arroyo Seco junction and at the Cook Springs junctions.
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Coast Ridge Trail

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Date Hiked: February 24, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Our Stevenson crew hiked from Indian Valley up the Marble Peak trail to the junction with the North Coast Ridge road and then SE on the North Coast Ridge road / trail to the Lost Valley Connector. The road was obviously clear to the gate, and the Coast Ridge Trail beyond was easy to follow despite some brush and numerous step – overs. We never did find the trail down to Bee Camp, although we spent a lot of time trying. We saw one cairn marking the supposed start of the Bee Camp trail but there was no clear trail to camp. However, finding the good water supply off the trail was no problem. The trail from the Bee Camp trail junction to the Lost Valley Connector was brushy but easy to follow.
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RSIBryce
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Re: Coast Ridge Trail

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Date Hiked: February 24, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

THIS REPORT COVERS THE GAMBOA TRAIL JUNCTION TO THE JUNCTION OF THE ARROYO SECO TRAIL

Trail was in excellent shape, we made our way to Cook Springs to camp for the night-- new signage on the Coast Ridge trail is looking great and makes navigation very easy. Ecellent views out to the ocean and really neat side views of Cone Peak in its real dramatic back dropping angle- very cool to see at sunset. There were two downed trees en route to Cook, but nothing very impeding. Cook Spring's water was slow flow, about a liter a minute- which was surprising given how much Trail Spring was flowing. Maybe the spring is clogged? I hear that spring is year round slow flow.
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Re: Coast Ridge Trail

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Date Hiked: December 28, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

We took the Coast Ridge Trail from the base of Cone Peak's north ridge to Boronda Ridge. The trail is in essentially the same condition as December 2013, which is great considering we had some storm come through this December. The first part from Cone Peak to the junction with the Arroyo Seco Trail is completely clear. We made a side trip to fill up water at Cooks Spring Camp which had water flowing. This is a beautiful camp in the Sugar Pine forest with some incense cedars near the spring. The view near Tin Can Camp is one of the best with one side looking into the remote and wild Middle Fork Devils Canyon drainage and the other across to Junipero Serra. From the Arroyo Seco junction the trail has some open sections but also quite a few blowdowns. As I mentioned virtually all of these blowdowns were there last year. Instead of taking the trail around Mining Ridge we went up the firebreak to the summit. The trip up and over Mining Ridge is mostly clear except for the descent down to the Redondo Trail which has a quite a bit of deadfall. After the Redondo Trail junction the trail has some brushy sections all the way to the Coast Ridge Road as the ceanothus and other chapparal vegetation is growing in. Overall, however, I thought the brushy sections were the same as last year. There was water at Redondo (Coast) Spring. There a few spots where the Trail diverges from the break, which sticks to the crest of the ridge. It now makes the most sense to follow the trail when they diverge traversing the hillside (mostly the west side of the crest) as the chaparral vegetation on the fire break is filling in when it does not share the same path as the trail.

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paulina

Re: Coast Ridge Trail

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Date Hiked: December 30, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked this from Vicente Flat Trail up to Cone Peak. The road is currently open to cars.

There is a water cache hidden in some bushes about 1/2 mile up from Vicente Flat.
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mikesplain
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Re: Coast Ridge Trail

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Date Hiked: May 20, 2013
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Section- North Coast Ridge Road-end to Upper Bee Camp Trail-
This short section is mostly clear, but there's enough ceanothus and yerba santa encroachment in a few select places to rate it "passable".
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Jim Ringland
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Re: Coast Ridge Trail

Post by Jim Ringland »

Date Hiked: May 8, 2013
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Section: Tin Can Camp to North Coast Ridge Road

This northern section of the Coast Ridge Trail is very different from the southern section I reported on in April. Let me continue as I did in the earlier report, describing the trail from south to north. My actual hiking route was more convoluted and spanned both the 8th and 9th.

Immediately north from Tin Can Camp the trail is easy and clear as it descends under mature pines and oaks. About a 1/2 mile on, the pines end and the trail enters terrain that shows obvious signs of the 2008 and earlier fires. Fire damage and early recovery define the landscape for the rest of the route. There is a mosaic of forest and chaparral with more and more of the latter going north. The trail continues on what was obviously once an old road and fire break, although in places the old road (today's trail) and the firebreak diverge. The road contours while fire break stays on the spine of the ridge. Sprouting chaparral plants are beginning to reclaim the road bed and present modest obstacles to the hiker.

A few specifics on various segments. The 1/2 mile from the end of the pines to the Arroyo Seco Trail junction is still easy. At worst, a little yerba santa brushes the shins. The segment from the Arroyo Seco Trail junction north to the Rodeo Flats Trail junction mixes open trail with stretches having considerable growth in the roadway. Lots of deadfalls. Most are easy step-overs or walk-arounds, but a few require more work. The Rodeo Flats Trail junction is marked by a post with an ancient wooden sign reading only (and faintly) "Coast Ridge". The segment from the Rodeo Flats Trail north to the junction with the Lost Valley Connector is, on the whole, easy hiking. Much is completely open or has only widely separated small shrubs. No deadfalls. Not many trees either. Only a few spots slow the hiker. Lots of blooming yuccas. I found no water (but a nice place to stay with great star-gazing) at Volunteer Camp. Redondo Spring has water. The junction with the Lost Valley Connector is marked by a metal post with a tape flag. Unfortunately, the post is well off the trail. It's in the open and big, but it takes some looking to find. The junction is about 100' south of the low point as the Coast Ridge Trail approaches a saddle, so that's the place to look. The segment from the Lost Valley Connector to the trail's end at the North Coast Ridge Road has more sprouting growth in the road bed than farther south, to the point that the northern-most half mile may turn "Difficult" in the next year or two if it doesn't see any work. On the other hand, this segment had some great wildflower displays, with Grinnell's beardtongue, scarlet bugler, and bush poppy being the most raucous members. There are no significant route finding issues, although in few spots one has to pause and look around a little bit. See my post on the Upper Bee Trail for a discussion of that junction.
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