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Gamboa Trail

Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby dlmajor on Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:53 pm

Date Hiked: August 11, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Came down from the COOK SPRINGS side to TRAIL SPRINGS and down. With Hwy 1 open south passed three large groups of Young Adults. Some asking where to get water. Always amazing that people don't check before hand. Trail looked good from Trail Springs up to Cone Peak...good water still at Trail Spring and did some digging and you can hear the flow in many areas. Up to the North Coast trail from Trial springs is passable but need some work clearing the plants waist height on some switch back sections of the trail. Hiked to check out the Santa Lucia Fir groves...amazing trees...worth the whole trek. Great weather and perfect temps.

Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby Betsy M on Thu May 24, 2018 9:13 pm

Date Hiked: May 19, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Section hiked: North Coast Ridge Trail to Ojito saddle

We had a VWA trail crew outing and cleared all the fallen trees from the North Coast Ridge Trail to the Ojito saddle. Plus cleared out a bunch of the brush that is intruding into the trail. The upper section from Trail Spring to the NCRT has more brush (as a result of wildfire killing all the mature trees) than the section from Trail Spring to Ojito saddle. Once you get into the unburned forested sections, the trail is fairly clear and open. It seems like we've cleared some of these fallen trees several times over the past ten years. But at some point all the rotten trees will have fallen and maybe we can stop coming back here to clear them. Would be nice to work on the brush on that upper section.

Many hikers were using the lower section, making loops to Cone Peak. The foot traffic has kept the trail clear of grass and has made the tread easy to follow. The upper section has areas of Yerba Santa growing right in the trail, and the tread isn't quite as clear, though there is no danger of losing the tread.

Trail Spring had a good flow of water in the creek. There was water coming out from the rocks on the side of the trail, too, but it didn't look like it would be easy to get it into a water bottle. Thanks to the dedicated volunteers for their work to clear this section.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby cel on Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:15 pm

Date Hiked: April 22, 2018
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Section hiked: Stone Ridge trail junction at Ojito Gap to Trail Spring

We hiked this trail following the climb out of Goat Camp the same morning. Compared to the Stone Ridge Trail, the minimal brush on this one makes for much easier going. The shift to sugar pine and Santa Lucia fir forest leaves behind the shrubs and ticks of the Stone Ridge, and the tread is very clear. I don't recall any large down woody debris over the trail. Poison oak is light and reduced to small, reddish leaves. This trail has a real subalpine character, a world apart from the more coastal Limekiln watershed. Trail spring was going strong, with water cascading past the campsite.
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Gamboa Trail

Postby jbl on Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:30 pm

Date Hiked: December 23, 2017
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Having worked this trail many times when it was being reopened, and hiked it many times since then, I was very saddened to see how bad it's gotten.

Section: NCRT to Trail Spring Camp: Passable to difficult; there are dozens of trees down now, all negotiable but at varying heights (stepovers, climbovers and squat/crawl unders) and the brush is really starting to encroach in many places.


Section: Trail Spring Camp to Ojito Saddle: Passable to Clear. There is only nominal brush encroachment until you almost reach Ojito Saddle and the last hundred feet or so have more brush encroachment; there are a few trees down which are all negotiable, but one ~4' sugar pine is now down about midway along the trail and it is kind of a bitch to get over.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby VWA Admin on Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:05 pm

Date Hiked: November 11, 2017
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Reported by: Eric Hightower

Section- Cone Peak Trail Junction to Ojito Saddle
Trail is in great shape. Drank unfiltered water from Trail Springs without any issues so far. Trail Springs is nearly dry.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby jdoelman on Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:37 am

Date Hiked: October 29, 2017
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

This trail and the stone ridge trail are in really good condition, though I did note two trees over the trail between the Ojito cutoff and the Trail Spring camp, one was a 3' diameter tree which could be difficult to cross with a backpack. As noted in the previous post there is water at trail spring and the two minor creeks on each side of Goat Camp.
The twitchell route is now very obvious, almost as heavily used as the Stone Ridge trail.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby anneirene on Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:38 pm

Date Hiked: October 21, 2017
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

I just want to note that as of October 2017, Trail Spring has a steady trickle and a small pool which was able to fill up my liter bottle to 3/4 by dipping. Later on, a scoop may be preferred.

Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby pantilat on Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:12 am

Date Hiked: October 1, 2017
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

While several months have passed since the last report, there's not much new. Between Ojito Saddle and Trail Spring a couple large blowdowns remain, one an old growth Sugar Pine. The PO is bright red along the trail but is not encroaching. Between Trail Spring and the North Coast Ridge Trail there's at least a dozen blowdowns (old snags), concentrated on the switchbacks just before the North Coast Ridge Trail junction. Trail Spring is still flowing decently for so late in the season; I was able to fill up a bottle in about 20 seconds. However, the flies are very much aware of this water source too.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby hydrologic on Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:44 pm

Date Hiked: April 15, 2017
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Gamboa from Trail Spring to Ojito is in great shape. One or two blow downs to hops over. PO starts growing below 4,000 feet and you can see it coming in. It's blood red right now with small oily, angry leaves. The lower you get the more the PO starts to creep into the trail.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby Rob on Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:27 am

Date Hiked: March 31, 2017
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Between the Coast Ridge and Trail Spring the trail tread was fine, but there were numerous mid-sized blowdowns requiring some under and over moves. One of these required an awkward climb-through. People with large packs may find this a problem.

Trail Spring was flowing strongly, and there were a lot of downed branches near the crossing. It's been one of those winters :)

From Trail Spring to the Ojito junction there were a handful of down trees, mostly larger and with easy detours. One was a little rough to get over. The trail tread was in fine shape, though a bit narrow and sloping in short stretches.
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