Little Sur Trail

YNVNE1

Re: Little Sur Trail

Post by YNVNE1 »

Date Hiked: January 13, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

We hiked in from Old Coast Road to Pico Blanco Camp. I suppose everyone's assessment is relative but in my opinion this trail is clear and in much better condition than other trails in the Ventana Wilderness. Some people had evidently gone through and done some clearing earlier. I cleared some brush and fallen branches as well. There is one section of the trail that gets a little hairy as it switchbacks up out of the redwoods and into the hillside. It can get steep but it's an absolutely beautiful and rewarding trail.
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jdoelman
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Re: Little Sur Trail

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Date Hiked: November 8, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked the section from Pico Boyscout camp to Pico public camp. No real difficulties found though I missed one switchback when hiking back toward boyscout camp. That missed switchback made me walk an extra 40 ft before I had to turn-around and find the error.

I noted that there is a new picnic table, made from a local split redwood log just west of the Launtz ridge. Apparently the homesteader/owners of that parcel are upgrading that site.
The waterfall at pico camp is more beautiful than ever as the tree that was stuck in it is now gone. I also walked the creek from Pico public to launtz creek and to launtz camp. There is water flowing at Launtz camp and it looks like a nice campsite.
Hydro-Logic
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Re: Little Sur Trail

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Date Hiked: October 28, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

perfect conditions as it had rained a little a few days prior. clear tread. very little encroaching brush. a few downed tress to get over but a VWA crew was busy working so I suspect much of the them will be cleared. Thanks VWA for keeping Ventana accessible and beautiful.
Fat Popi

Re: Little Sur Trail

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Guest wrote:Date Hiked: July 4, 2014
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Hiked in from old coast road. Initial section along the creek was gorgeous and great conditions. From the road crossing to Pico Blanco was the most miserable hike of my life. 2 miles of squeezing through brush, Around p.o., and climbing over washed out sections of trail. Passable, yes, but i highly recommend you avoid this trail if possible. Thankfully we found our way to the dirt road for the hike out. Site was very nice & waterfall gorgeous, but can someone tell me what is the deal with people squatting in camp sites? 2 nights in a row, we returned from day hikes to find people had set up camp in our site. I wouldn't have minded sharing if they had approached me politely and asked, but the way these people acted like they had a right to my site was astounding.

The Most Miserable hike of ur life? LOL Stay out of the backcountry if this is truly the Most Miserable,cause this trail is in alot better shape then most.

Day hiked out from old coast rd to pico camp and then summit and back. Left at 9 am,got to camp at 1,summit at 230 and back out to road at 830.
Trail in pretty good shape(for that trail) PLEASE DO NOT USE ANY OF THE ROADS ON PICO,THESE ARE PRIVATE AND U PUT AT RISK OUR ACCESS TO THIS TRAIL.
Please remember this.
rt1
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Re: Little Sur Trail

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Date Hiked: September 1, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Section: Pico Blanco Scout Reservation to base of Mt. Pico Blanco

The trail is definitely in better shape than this time last year due to the clearing of the descent to Dubeneck's Hole (Thank you VWA!). The trail is still brushy and there are several deadfalls that must be gone around or under. There is some poison oak, but the only sections that are not avoidable are the final approach to the saddle of Launtz Ridge and while descending from the Saddle to the Manuel Peak Trail. Still, it's knee high. The large downed redwood is still present in Dubeneck's Hole. The trail could definitely use more work, but, by Ventana standards, it's doing okay.

We headed up Mt. Pico, and the use trail has continued to become more defined over the years. Views were beautiful.
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Re: Little Sur Trail

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Date Hiked: August 2, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Two of us were looking for a long out and back day hike, and were deciding between Sykes and the Pico Blanco waterfall. Reading prior reviews of Little Sur Trail we were thinking it sounded pretty bad and were leaning towards Sykes, but then realized we were planning to come in from Bottcher's Gap rather than Old Coast Road and decided to give Pico Blanco a shot rather than risk crowds at Sykes.

We had originally thought to camp at Bottcher's Gap Friday night, but ended up getting a reservation elsewhere, good thing because it sounded like Bottcher's Gap filled up really early on Friday and Saturday there were quite a few people who made the 8 mile windy drive out to Bottcher's only to see Campground Full.

Easy three mile hike down the road to boyscout camp. We weren't excited to spend almost half the hike on the road to/from boyscout camp, but it was just a fire road and there weren't any cars so it was fine. Leaving boy scout camp it's single track. There's some deadfall, but nothing too bad, just enough to keep it interesting. I think we counted about a dozen. Plenty of PO; I wore pants knowing it would be out there.

Once we came out of the trees, the views of the hills/valleys on our clear day were really nice, although that section is all exposed and was pretty hot.

Took about three hours to get to the waterfall and it was SO INCREDIBLY WORTH it. Was hard to believe we were the only ones there on a Saturday. The water was freezing, but still took a quick dip. We were lucky enough to get there during the one hour (for us 1:45 - 2:45) that the sun was actually on the pool, and it was spectacular.

Hike back took another three hours. The fire road isn't the most interesting way to end a hike, especially since it's pretty much all uphill.

Overall was a fun hike and the waterfall with the pool was awesome.
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Re: Little Sur Trail

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Date Hiked: July 4, 2014
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Hiked in from old coast road. Initial section along the creek was gorgeous and great conditions. From the road crossing to Pico Blanco was the most miserable hike of my life. 2 miles of squeezing through brush, Around p.o., and climbing over washed out sections of trail. Passable, yes, but i highly recommend you avoid this trail if possible. Thankfully we found our way to the dirt road for the hike out. Site was very nice & waterfall gorgeous, but can someone tell me what is the deal with people squatting in camp sites? 2 nights in a row, we returned from day hikes to find people had set up camp in our site. I wouldn't have minded sharing if they had approached me politely and asked, but the way these people acted like they had a right to my site was astounding.
matycakes
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Re: Little Sur Trail

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Date Hiked: July 4, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked from Old Coast Road trailhead to Pico Blanco public camp. After crossing the fire road (just after the river crossing) the trail starts to get a bit sketchy. The brush has grown completely over the trail in many places. There's a lot of poison oak, most of which is avoidable if you keep your eye out for it but there's so much of it that you're bound to brush up against it at some point even if you're really vigilant about avoiding it. The rest of the vegetation is kind of prickly/thorny. I never consider hiking in long pants due to getting too hot but I thought about it on this trip. There are some spots where the trail is really narrow and comprised of loose, rocky sand. These spots were all passable but I could see them being problematic in the future. All in all, it was kind of a miserable trek in. My wife was ready to divorce me...until we got to the waterfall/swimming hole, which was awesome. I wouldn't do this hike again unless I could confirm beforehand that the brush had been cleared from the trail. It was just really tedious and annoying to push through that stuff.
hayleyandjason
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Re: Little Sur Trail

Post by hayleyandjason »

Ed. note- this report is for the Jackson Camp Trail, not the Little Sur Trail.

Date Hiked: June 16, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked with two kids (11 and 13) from Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp to the Circular Pool upstream of Fox Camp for a three-day trip, staying in Fish and Fox Camps. Trail had plenty of deadfalls throughout. Combined with the numerous (but well marked) river crossings, the trip was a bit more technical than we had anticipated, but also very fun. Poison oak was prevalent, as were mosquitoes. But the river views and Circular Pool upstream of Fox Camp were well worth it. Water flow was good given the drought, and the pool very refreshing. Camps were in excellent shape.

Great trip for adventuresome kids--ours loved it.
julianbobilev

Re: Little Sur Trail

Post by julianbobilev »

Date Hiked: May 10, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked from Bottchers Gap to Pico Blanco camp over the weekend. From the beginning of the Little Sur trail at the Boy Scout Camp, the trail has some encroaching brush and there's at least fifteen deadfalls which require hopping over/crawling under. Once you approach the top of Cardiac Hill, the trail becomes more overgrown and there's quite a bit of poison oak; most of it can be avoided with some careful dodging, but there are a few spots where it is unavoidable. Trail from Duveneck's hole down to Pico Blanco camp has encroaching chaparral vegetation (Ceanothus, grasses, yucca, etc), but no poison oak. Some ticks, but nothing a quick tick check can't solve.

Waterfall at Pico Blanco camp is surprisingly vigorous considering the dry year.
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