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50+ mile thru-hike from Santa Lucia Memorial to Posts

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Re: 50+ mile thru-hike from Santa Lucia Memorial to Posts

Postby jack_glendening on Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:33 pm

PS: if you do the Santa Lucia Trail, I think the "dicey" Black Cone Trail will seem pretty tame by comparison!
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Re: 50+ mile thru-hike from Santa Lucia Memorial to Posts

Postby jack_glendening on Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:27 pm

Ah - all I'd seen was "I" so did not know others were going, thought this was solo. Will make a big difference since can trade off leading (and cutting). Certainly hope you will provide trail report(s) for wherever you end up going. Too many people get advice, read trail reports by others, but never give back. As I said, I expect you will have stories to tell.

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Re: 50+ mile thru-hike from Santa Lucia Memorial to Posts

Postby AaronP on Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:50 pm

That’s the spirit! Haha. I’m going with a two others and we’ve just recently started caring loppers and a small hand saw on our last few trips up to cone peak via carizzo creek. Necessary investments for the Ventana backcountry!
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Re: 50+ mile thru-hike from Santa Lucia Memorial to Posts

Postby jack_glendening on Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:59 pm

You can take the Santa Lucia Trail and then we will have another report! For all I know perhaps someone has done some clearing there. Would take along a pair of loppers, though.

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Re: 50+ mile thru-hike from Santa Lucia Memorial to Posts

Postby AaronP on Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:07 pm

I had read that report and the one from Feb 17th, 2018 where it sounds like they had made it thru to Arroyo Secco. The application that I was using to map the route doesn't' have Black Cone Trail but I ended up mapping it out. Thanks for that suggestion. After reading more reports about the Big Sur trail I was able to quickly rule that out, though even the Black Cone Trail seems to be a bit dicey at points.
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Re: 50+ mile thru-hike from Santa Lucia Memorial to Posts

Postby jack_glendening on Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:34 am

I think the Santa Lucia Trail from the summit trail intersection to Bluff Usecamp would be significantly worse than that Carmel River Trail section. Several people have been through the latter in recent years whereas I have not heard of _anyone_ doing the former over that period. When I did the former there were LONG sections of having to crawl through brush tunnels (and we had loppers & saw) - bad enough with a day pack, can't imagine it with a large backpack. That was many years ago so I expect it is now even worse. In the last report, the reporter turned around and retreated. Have you read that February 25, 2018 report ?

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Re: 50+ mile thru-hike from Santa Lucia Memorial to Posts

Postby AaronP on Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:54 am

The worst and probably best hike was in March from tassajara road thru pine valley into Carmel river trail. I was going to attempt a loop but the river crossings were just too deep at one point to try it solo so I made the decision to turn back shortly after sulfur springs camp which was a humbling experience. The hike was 2 days and about 37 miles.

I’ll give that other route a look.
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Re: 50+ mile thru-hike from Santa Lucia Memorial to Posts

Postby jack_glendening on Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:09 am

Personally I would take Indians Road and backtrack to Last Chance Falls. And take Black Cone Trail instead of trying to hike north end of Big Sur Trail - significantly longer but likely faster and more pleasant. But I'd hate to talk you out of your ambitions - perhaps you should just try taking your route but then have a plan B if it proves to be not to your liking.

I'd be curious to know the "worst" route you've hiked in the Ventana, to get an idea of what you've experienced.

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Re: 50+ mile thru-hike from Santa Lucia Memorial to Posts

Postby AaronP on Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:08 pm

I’m pretty keen on visiting last chance falls and doing a thru hike of the area. If you can suggest a more optimal route for accomplishing this I’m all ears.
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Re: 50+ mile thru-hike from Santa Lucia Memorial to Posts

Postby AaronP on Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:03 pm

jack_glendening wrote:Personally I think you should re-consider the "red" segments and re-route to have a more pleasant experience, especially for the size+weight of pack needed for such a trip.

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My biggest worry is the crossings along the Santa Lucia and the couple along the Big Sur trail. As for the bushwhacking, I’m expecting it along the pine ridge, thru Big Sur until I hit coast rd. I consider myself a pretty seasoned backpacker having backpacked almost 900 miles this year including 60 miles off-trail routes thru Yosemite and my base weight is right around 15 lbs in the winter. However that being said, in my personal experience, no area is more humbling and grounding than the Ventana. Which probably explains why I keep returning for more.
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