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Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Posted: Sun Apr 12, 2020 2:14 pm
by MarinaH
Date Hiked: April 7, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

We hiked this trail from the trailhead near Memorial Park and Indiana to Junipero Serra Peak and back down. The trail was clear and seemed like it had recently been trimmed. Would recommend waterproof shoes for the bottom section after a rain. It was very swampy with a couple sections about a 1/2 foot deep. The whole hike took approximately 7 hours. Very snowy on top. Would definitely recommend this hike.

Re: Santa Lucia Trail to 5E03 to Arroy Seco Indians RD

Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:10 pm
by crockettonearth
Date Hiked: February 15, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Greetings,

I hiked this trail on 2/15/2020.

There was a fair amount of overgrowth and deadfall. However, the trail was passable. I used a hand saw and hand clippers to clear one impassable section where a fresh manzanita treat had fallen and was completely blocking the trail.

There is still a lot of work that needs to be done before this trail will be Green.

Thanks, ~B

Re: Santa Lucia Trail From Last Chance Camp to High Point

Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:06 pm
by crockettonearth
Date Hiked: February 16, 2020
General Condition: Impassable (completely overgrown or tread obliterated)

Greetings,

Last weekend I did a backpack with my wife. We tried to hike the Santa Lucia Trail from Arroyo Seco Memorial Park.

The trail was passible for about two miles past the last chance trail.

The first mile is fine. The second mile the trail becomes overgrown and we had to work our way through thick tunnels of brush. We lost the trail somewhere along the headwaters of the south fork of the Santa Lucia Creek.

After which we bushwacked our way down to the creek bed and followed it back to where we could find the trail.

A link to our path from Last Chance Camp to where we lost the trail is below.
https://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary/tra ... RasterFeet


Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:51 pm
by seagoat1724
Date Hiked: June 7, 2019
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Trail is passable to difficult. Mostly fine with some brush, however one particular spot where trail has fallen away makes it difficult/dangerous. The landslide is below and at the trail just before Last Chance Camp. There is a go around being forged above but it is also sketchy.

Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 3:05 pm
by Seaner
Date Hiked: May 12, 2019
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

From the summit (going down)
11 tree falls incl. several step overs
ceanothus tunnels fairly brushy
Trail looks fine otherwise

From the Saddle
Brushy sections near the top
Beautiful trail otherwise

From the SL/SLP trail junction
overhead tree fall
overhead limb
1 medium tree fall
1 large tree fall
Trail looks fine otherwise

From 5th & 4th creek crossings
Beautiful open trail!

From 3rd cc
1 small tree fall
Beautiful trail otherwise

From 2nd cc
1 small tree fall (step over)
Beautiful trail otherwise

From 1st cc
1 large tree fall
Beautiful trail to TH

Took pictures of all referenced obstacles, please let me know if you want to see them.

Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:37 pm
by aa6xa
Date Hiked: March 29, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked from Santa Lucia Park TH to Junipero Serra Peak. From the TH to the junction with the Peak Trail spur the trail was clear and easy to follow. A few downfalls, but there were use trails around them. Some of the meadows near the bottom were very wet, but it has been raining a lot recently. A few sections of trail had streams running down them. I didn't have to push through any brush on this section.

Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:27 pm
by Samuel
Date Hiked: March 16, 2019
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Repeat of my trip from 2017 starting from Arroyo Seco to the Adobe to the Santa Lucia Trail proper. Saint Lucia Creek was in a heavier flow than last time and almost knocked me over in a few spots, but once I acclimated it wasn't too bad. The gushing nature of the creek and Falls were spectacular in a now very lush setting. Not much has changed since last time but someone may want to reflag some of the creek crossings as those can be confusing and some of the flaggings looks like they're about to go. I don't know how much longer Santa Lucia creek will be in heavy flow like this, but check it out while you still can.

Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:28 pm
by jack_glendening
Date Hiked: April 22, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

This report is for section from adobe (Camp Cawatre Trail) to Last Chance Falls viewpoint.

Adobe crossing to first crossing (of 8): Clear except for one fallen-small-tree go-around and one slump, tread in good condition.

Crossings 1-8: Passable - no real tread, must follow what looks reasonable looking for flags which mark crossings. Can be tedious, but no obstructions.

Crossing 8 to Last Chance Falls viewpoint: Clear (except for Poison Oak) with many flags helping mark trail. EXCEPT for short bypass of fallen section of tread (making that too dangerous to use) - flags mark bypass which is difficult (and care must be taken) but short.

Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:17 pm
by gary busey
Date Hiked: February 17, 2018
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread

My partner and I hiked from the Indians station to arroyo seco. After the junction to J Serra the trail conditions decline and stay that way all the way until you drop to the water. Some tread and and flagging are visible. There a quite a few minor washouts but nothing to hairy. The previously mentioned washout is not too bad to bypass and the poison oak isn't terrible along the use path above it.
You will descend into one waterway and then climb back out and hit a saddle at 3600 ft. the trail at this time follows an old firebreak that continues toward east towards the Indians road. Be sure to trust your map and and descend towards the water. Route finding through this section is more important then seeing trail tread. Dont follow the fire break. As you head towards the water the trail condtions will improve immensely. Cairns and flags and all that jazz. The trail gets easier and easier until you hit the freeway that is the north end of the trail.

Ps. We got snowed on and it was great!

Sparklefeet and Ms.Gary Busey

Ed-jwg: FYI the "firebreak" is actually an old road that at one time connected to Hanging Valley

Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:10 pm
by Robstone
Date Hiked: February 25, 2018
General Condition: Impassable (completely overgrown or tread obliterated)

A friend and I attempted to hike from Memorial Park Campground to Last Chance Falls/Camp and ultimately bailed. The trail was clear up to the St Lucia Peak spur trail, from then on the Santa Lucia Trail becomes a nightmare of thick brush, downed trees, and many deadfalls. The trail is faintly visible, we had to stop to route find many times and got properly thrashed by the sharp brush. It took us about 3 hours to go 2 miles to the next ridgeline. At that rate, there was no way we'd make it to Last Chance before dark so we bivvied on the first ridge at a small clearing just big enough for a tent (seemed like we weren't the first people to do so at this spot). We bailed the next day and tried to clear as much dead limbs as we could but the trail needs some major work before another attempt.

I'm hardy enough to push through a proper bushwhack but this trip was very tough. I'm not sure if the trail opens up after that first ridge but if it's anything like the first 2 miles then I would not recommend a through trip attempt without a machete, loppers and proper bushwhack attire.

Good Luck.