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Re: Bear Basin Trail

Postby DorianVR on Tue Jun 01, 2021 9:40 am

Date Hiked: May 30, 2021
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Deadfalls and tread are manageable, but overgrown brush has created a 3-4 foot "tunnel" of much of the trail. A few areas of head-height poison oak.
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Re: Bear Basin Trail

Postby Jim Ringland on Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:55 pm

Date Hiked: April 13, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)


Section: Pine Valley to Bear Basin Connector Junction


As others have indicated, much is clear but there are several places where you need to slide through some brush. It’s a bit worse at the top than lower down, but the bottom of the trail has a few brushy moments too. There are a few deadfalls. Nothing is difficult except one large deadfall at the top, a few hundred feet from the junction with Bear Basin Connector. That’s the deadfall shown in the April 8, 2021 report on the Bear Basin Connector, a report which lumped the Bear Basin and Bear Basin Connector segments together. (It’s really on what historically was the Bear Basin Trail.) I tried a walk-around and ended up pushing through a fair amount of brush. If I was going to do it again, I’d try clambering over the top.

Incidentally, at the junction up top with the Connector and the now-mostly-lost continuation of the Bear Basin Trail down into Bear Basin, there’s a big fallen log and plenty of sticks across what would be the continuation. If coming up from Pine Valley, don’t hop the log. Just follow it to the left to find the Connector.
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Re: Bear Basin Trail

Postby Hiking Metal Maniac on Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:26 pm

Date Hiked: March 27, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

From Jack English's cabin to Bear Basin Connector junction, trail is evident, but with some heavy brush encroaching on the sides as we got farther uphill. As we expected, Bear Basin Trail completely disappears at the Bear Basin Connector junction, and we continued on the connector from there.
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Re: Bear Basin Trail

Postby zenko on Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:09 pm

Date Hiked: April 2, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Starting from the English cabin in Pine Valley, the tread cannot be missed. Plenty of signage at the start and end of this trail. There's been some obvious work done on deadfall and charred trees, but there's still a bit of bushiness among the ceanothus. Nice views of Bear Basin and the Ventana Cone at the ridgeline. The trailhead for Bear Basin Camp and the "historic" portion of this trail was not visually apparent, seems like you'd need a GPS and a strong bushwhacking spirit to make it out there. I appreciated not needing to backtrack to get up to the Pine Ridge Trail.
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Re: Bear Basin Trail

Postby jfelts on Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:45 pm

Date Hiked: January 6, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Interesting Sam Lucia fir at the end of a switchback on the Carmel River drainage with bottom half charred and top still looking quite lively.

Starting from Pine Valley Jct tread is clearly evident with little to no brush, wilderness freeway. Small section of ceanothus and manzanita brush tunnel, 5ft tall and 4 ft wide for several hundred yards.

First down tree on NE face on a series of switchbacks. Est 10”, easy walk over.

Second downed tree just as trail levels on ridge before Jct w/ Carmel river trail. Directly at the JCT is charred 1-2ft width. Just soon after on Bear Basin trail is another charr aprx the same width. Another well groomed ceanothus brush tunnel, 6ft by 4ft. Eventually with small sections of obtruding brush.

Last charr is just before accent to jct w/ pine ridge trail.
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Re: Bear Basin Trail

Postby runcyclegirl on Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:12 pm

Date Hiked: November 23, 2019
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Myself and another Volunteer Wilderness Ranger, Lynn Moncher, removed five trees and cleared brush from this section of the Bear Basin Trail (before the Connector) leaving one tree as an easy step-over. This section is passable with easy to follow tread and some brush.

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Re: Bear Basin Trail

Postby seagoat1724 on Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:25 pm

Date Hiked: April 28, 2019
General Condition: Impassable (completely overgrown or tread obliterated)

Bear Basin Trail between Pine Valley and Bear Basin Connector Trail
Trail is passable. Most of the trail is good or even wilderness freeway, bus some blow-downs and brush makes calling it "good" kinda a sketchy recommendation.

Bear basin Trail between Bear Basin Connector Trail and Bear Basin Camp
Trail is impassable. The turn off is obvious but trail is thick with brush and hard to follow. In some areas found multiple old treads that didn't agree. We followed them down at first on the slope with the uphill to our left and then got to a ridge-let which can be connected to get down to the flat of the basin. From the flat it gets a little easier passing through loosely connected meadows, heading for the pine cluster the ledge across the creek. A little brush-wall is just before the creek to push through. Bear Basin Camp is on the ledge near the edge of a large landslide. This ledge and landslide is visible from the connector trail turnoff. It has a pine stand and is in the low level basin area across the gorge-stream. The camp has meadows above it on the slopes with lots of flowering woodland star and many types of Calochortus lilies through the camp and meadows. They were not flowering yet, but some were sending up stalks. Epic view of the Upper Carmel River Watershed and Uncle Sam Mountain from camp.
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Re: Bear Basin Trail

Postby pantilat on Tue May 29, 2018 11:49 am

Date Hiked: May 27, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

The Bear Basin Trail from Pine Valley to the junction with the Bear Basin Connector Trail is "Passable" with about a half dozen blow downs over the trail. The upper part has become quite brushy with spring ceanothus growth (getting brushier relative to my last report below). Similar to the Bear Basin Connector Trail, the brush tunnel is collapsing under the weight of the ceanothus flowers and the new growth is filling in above waist, but the tread is still evident. A party we met trying to go up the trail from Pine Valley turned around due to getting turned around in the brush. If you get side tracked, it is best to return to the point where the tread/tunnel is defined since the tread is always evident under the brush. The bottom part of the trail switchbacks down to Pine Valley entering a burned area and this section is "Clear."

Note that the Bear Basin Trail officially goes from Pine Valley up and over a ridge into Bear Basin and then up to Pine Ridge. The stretch from a junction with the Bear Basin Connector to Pine Ridge is effectively "Lost" with little tread and brush. Most hikers now want to go from Pine Valley to the Pine Ridge Trail (or vice versa) and will transition from the Bear Basin Trail to the Bear Basin Connector Trail without even noticing. Thus, for practical purposes there isn't a junction with the Bear Basin Connector Trail.
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Re: Bear Basin Trail

Postby pantilat on Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:25 pm

Date Hiked: February 3, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

The original "Bear Basin Trail" traveled from Pine Valley up and over a ridge to Bear Basin and then up to Pine Ridge. The portion from Pine Valley to the ridge separating Pine Valley and Bear Basin is still in passable shape as a maintained trail. Unfortunately, the portion from the ridge down to Bear Basin has now been rendered a usetrail, and that may be a generous description. There is effectively no trail from Bear Basin up to Pine Ridge. From the ridge separating Pine Valley and Bear Basin up the Pine Ridge Trail is known as the "Bear Basin Connector Trail." This report covers the portion from Pine Valley to the Ridge on the Bear Basin Trail and then the Bear Basin Connector up to the Pine Ridge Trail.

The bottom part of the trail starts in Pine Valley amid the Ponderosas. The initial part after crossing the headwaters of Carmel River near the junction (still containing a descent flow of water) is somewhat difficult to stay on the trail due to grasses and regrowth but the trail soon becomes well defined as it switchbacks up the hill and leaves the riparian zone. A crew cleared several of the logs on this first section that burned in the fire and fell over the trail. However, the trail soon leaves the burned section for unburned brush and largely stays in a brush tunnel all the way to the top where it meets the Pine Ridge Trail. This brush tunnel is starting to get tight in spots with some brush pushing along the way and about half dozen blowdowns that have fallen over the trail. There are glimpses of Pine Valley and Bear Basin along the way, but most of this trail is "view-less" as the unburned brush is tall and thick. While the brush is filling in and there a few new blowdowns, the trail remains a relatively efficient connector from Pine Valley to the Pine Ridge Trail
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Re: Bear Basin Trail

Postby Chris F on Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:23 am

Date Hiked: December 21, 2017
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

The trail itself was easy enough to follow, the brush was heavy from the waist up but relatively easy to push through. Luckily it was 28 degrees so no ticks, I sure would not want to go through if it was wet and warm!
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