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Re: Comings Camp Trail

Postby BP22 on Wed Feb 10, 2021 10:57 pm

Date Hiked: February 9, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

The short trail to comings camp wasn't hard to follow, some encroaching brush and 2 deadfalls. The trail is flagged. I did lose the trail on my way out twice because of numerous deer trails. The camp is in good condition, the spring box is dry but the ground around it is wet, and the concrete guzzler has water in it, not much though. Came up from long ridge on the skinner ridge/ventana trail, which is clear for thew most part. I did some brushing on the final approach up devils peak and throughout the turner creek trail. long ridge to skinner ridge saddle is relatively clear
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Re: Comings Camp Trail

Postby Jim Ringland on Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:26 pm

Date Hiked: April 16, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Just a few caveats to the clear rating.

The post and the old trail signs are intact up at the junction with the Ventana Double Cone Trail, but at least right away, there’s not much of a trail leading down the hill through the grass. A few tens of feet on a faint path appears but soon branches. Go left. It leads around a fallen tree to an opening in the “forest” of 10-foot madrone sprouts. For the next 1000 feet or so, the trail is an obvious corridor through them. Then the vegetation opens up a little and it may seem unobvious how to proceed. Look for flags to the left (and a faint trail). These lead to another corridor that dumps out near camp.

I was last in Comings Camp in 2012. It doesn’t look all that much changed today. Most of the black oaks and pines are intact. Some of the madrones took a hit, but a few of the big ones survived. It’s a bit more open before, but there are lots of new madrone sprouts. The old table top is still there, if not, right now, in a usable configuration. The catch basin at the spring is full of the usual vaguely murky water. The basin is a bit more protected by blackberries, chain ferns, and other things than I remember. I opted to dip water from one of the small rivulets on the hillside below. Lots of blackberries down there too.
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Re: Comings Camp Trail

Postby edormody on Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:53 am

Date Hiked: January 2, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Spent a windy night at Comings Camp. Trail is passable but there are a few trees across the trail coming down from Big Pines Trail. Trail to cistern is in rough shape (as is the cistern). There is water in it but it’s stagnant. (I used a filter and boiled and didn’t get sick).
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Re: Comings Camp Trail

Postby RSIBryce on Wed Mar 25, 2015 3:57 pm

Date Hiked: March 20, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

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SECTION: SKINNER RIDGE JUNCTION TO COMINGS CAMP

This past weekend I lead a group of students from Ponderosa High School and Green Career Center of Ben Lomond along with two teachers on a Youth in Wilderness Stewardship outing. We met with Trail Crew leader Mike Heard and hiked out with a 6 foot cross-cut saw and a 4 foot D handle. We hiked to the junction of Comings trail and Skinner Ridge and worked the trail down to the camp, clearing the numerous small deadfall and also many larger downed trees that blocked and obscured the trail. We also brushed back some of the encroaching vegetation. I'm proud to report that this .4 miles section of trail is now much more easily navigated down to Comings Camp and is basically clear- except for a few downed trees still lying that are easily stepped over. Comings camp is in good shape and still spacious and pleasant as ever. The spring is flowing, though the flow is minimal- note you must walk a good distance down below the camp following the ravine to the east to find the water. I could not find the cistern! Though I have found it on previous occasions, maybe the vegetation took it over? We ended up getting most of our water from Pine Creek on the other side of the ridge- it was flowing well.
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Comings Camp Trail

Postby bobbomcc on Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:21 am

Date Hiked: February 10, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Comings trail is in fine shape - easy to follow except for some downed trees part way down. The cistern was "clear" and full after the weekend rains. Very inviting camp!
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Re: Comings Camp Trail

Postby jack_glendening on Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:23 am

Date Hiked: November 11, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Cistern was full (depth beyond what my pole could reach), water clear
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Comings Camp Trail

Postby jimsonrat on Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:24 pm

Date Hiked: June 8, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The trail to Comings Camp was easy to follow after it was initially not really there. The trail heads to the left as you go away from the trail junction. The camp is large and did not seem to have any campers for awhile judging by the leaf fall. The trail to the cistern is completely overgrown but still passable. The cistern itself was full of water though it has a slight oily sheen to it. I would not have hesitated to use the water. The fire ring had moved since the last time I've been there. The camp seems to have made a full recovery from the fire. The trail down to the camp had tall dead madrone branches but with lots of new growth at the base.
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Re: Comings Camp Trail

Postby RSIBryce on Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:40 pm

Date Hiked: December 9, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Sign at the Junction from Big Pines clearly indicates direction of camp. Short jaunt down to camp, a few trees to duck under but nothing major. Camp is very big, open and pleasant. Water was available further down from the spring box. We watched the sunset from the ridge just up from camp.
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Re: Comings Camp Trail

Postby RSI SamE on Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:02 pm

Date Hiked: December 8, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Comings Trail
Twixt Big Pines Trail
And Comings Camp
• Trail: Passable
• People: 0
• Signage: Sign at camp is old.
• Note 1: Downhill to camp, water was present in December by walking to creek past the old spring box and well.
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Re: Comings Camp Trail

Postby Chandra on Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:31 pm

Date Hiked: July 4, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)


A good hike from Botchers Gap as usual. We were here back in March and saw similar conditions to the other poster around that time and didnt know about the cistern so had to go towards Pine Creek for water then (.5 miles from the intersection at the mail trail). That source is now dry but we located this cistern and while there may be some floating vegetation on top it was pretty full and you could see clear to the bottom. The trail to the cistern is passable and if you havent looked for it before and dont have GPS if you stand at the table looking down away from the camp fire towards the group of trees on your right the trail start is right there to the left of the thick tree grove. We left a branch arrow to help point people in the right direction as well. The tube from the cistern to further down was removed and broke not sure how to put it back together so just filterd and drank from cystern
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