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Gamboa Trail

Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby hydrologic on Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:36 pm

Date Hiked: March 12, 2017
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked from Trail Spring to top. Lots of deadfalls. Most were easy to get over/under/around. Tread in great shape. Very little encroaching brush.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby pantilat on Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:25 pm

Date Hiked: December 18, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

This report covers the entire length of the Gamboa Trail. See Stone Ridge Trail for continuation from Ojito Gap down to Goat Camp and beyond.

There's a small brushy section immediately above Ojito Gap that had interlocking brush but that's now improved. Between Ojito Gap and Trail Spring the trail is mainly clear but there are a few blowdowns, one of which is a large Sugar Pine that requires climbing up and over. From Trail Spring to the Junction with the North Coast Ridge Trail there are also several new blowdowns, virtually all are old snags that have finally toppled over. None of the new blowdowns are difficult to get around. Lack of use throughout the Gamboa Trail has allowed significant accumulation of leaves in sections which can be a bit slippery.

Trail Spring is flowing vigorously (more like a cascading stream) after recent rains.

A few Sugar Pines have succumbed to the drought in the upper Devils Canyon drainage, but I could tell that the forest much appreciated all the early season rain we've received and hopefully these rains will stem the tide of tree mortality. It appears that the Coulter Pine, which is more accustomed to a warmer and drier regime, is flourishing in this area with lots of young trees springing up.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby Salvatore on Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:01 pm

Date Hiked: July 24, 2016
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

We camped at Goat Camp there after hiking the Stone Ridge Trail and Vicente Flat Trail from Cone peak road (Our objective was the whole 16 miles cone peak loop).

The creek at Goat camp (few seconds away) had an abundant stream of cool water! The heat was intense and the creek was a wonderful gift. Overall the contrast between the intense heat and the relief from cold creeks water will be the most pleasant memories of this hike.

We left Goat Camp ---> Cone Peak Summit, early morning (around 7:10 am).
At this time of the day, the whole portion of the Stone Ridge Trail connecting the Goat Camp with Gamboa Trail is shaded (very relieving as we hiked with 103 F temperature the previous day). Few brushy sections going up.

The trailhead of Gamboa Trail is marked with a clear sign at the junction with Stone Ridge trail and Ojito Camp Trail. The Gamboa Trail section connecting to Trail Spring Camp it is a very easy trail...with very marginal elevation change and it is generally a fast hike. The tread was always visible and clear (the volunteers and the VW team again had done a wonderful job!).
We encountered a couple of deadfalls that were easy to deal with.

We got to Trail Spring Camp (from Goat Camp) in approximately 2 hours. A group of people camped there the night before (5-6 tents, approximately10 people). Water was just enough to slowly refill our bottles (water was flowing but not at all abundant). We then left the Gamboa Trail and went up to the Cone Peak Trail toward the Cone Peak summit.

Again no major obstacles and obvious direction.

Currently the Stone Ridge Trail is listed as "Wilderness Freeway". Although I am not an expert in your classification standards, Gamboa Trail falls in a similar category to me.


Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby Jeff Cannon on Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:06 am

Date Hiked: June 18, 2016
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Dropped to Trail Springs from Cone Peak. Water was still good at the spring. This stretch was 95% good, a couple new downed trees, but not difficult to negotiate.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby sjgauowqeryh on Tue May 24, 2016 4:23 pm

Date Hiked: May 21, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

I hiked this trail on May 21/22 while making a lollipop loop starting at Highway 1 to Vicente, then to Stone Ridge, Gamboa, Cone Peak, then back down to Vincente Flat trail from Cone Peak Road and back to Highway 1.

Goat camp was in good condition with lots of water flowing nearby. Trail Spring camp (where we actually camped) was also in decent condition with water flowing right by the campsite. Trail Spring camp is a little small though, so if many groups arrive at the same time, it can get cramped. Vincente Flat camp is also in good condition, with water flowing nearby.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby pantilat on Mon May 02, 2016 12:07 pm

Date Hiked: April 30, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

About a dozen new blowdowns over the trail from recent winds spread out along the length of the trail from Ojito Gap to the junction with North Coast Ridge Trail. Most of the deadfalls are old snags but there is one old growth Sugar Pine (between Trail Spring and Ojito Gap). Otherwise, the trail is clear. Trail Spring is flowing nicely.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby charleston63 on Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:49 pm

Date Hiked: February 13, 2016
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

I only traveled from Goat Camp to Trail Springs Camp, but from what I saw the trail was very clear. There was plenty of water at Trail Springs Camp. If you do plan on staying at Trail Springs, make sure to be the first one there. My original plan was to stay there for the night and then bag Cone Peak the next day, but when we arrived at 3:00 PM there was already a group of backpackers with 2 tents and 1 hammock that took up the campsite. There may have been more areas to pitch a tent, but the group had several dogs that were barking at mine and getting worked up, so I figured we would just keep going.

For those who plan on staying at Otijo Camp, I did not stay there but there is a sign and trail that clearly directs you to that campsite's location.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby RSIBryce on Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:04 pm

Date Hiked: February 7, 2016
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Section: from Trail Spring to Ojito Saddle

Trail was overall in great shape- there were some 3 downed trees with diameters beetween 8in and 30in. Not tough maneuvering, though we had only day packs. We cleared a couple smaller ones with hand saws. Water was running abundantly at Trail Spring camp. Tread was in pretty good shape, some slide-outs but nothing too treacherous. What a beautiful trail.

I've heard Gamboa going the other direction from Trail Spring toward the North Coast Ridge road has a several downed trees, we didn't get a chance to check it out since we were doing the full loop from Vicente Flat camp. Took us a total of 9 hours with a long lunch on Cone Peak.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby cehauser on Tue Jan 12, 2016 2:29 am

Date Hiked: December 31, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

I hiked this trail from the Stone Ridge Trail up to the North Coast Ridge Trail. At the time, the ground was covered with snow or frozen ground, but the tread was good and there were only a few obstacles. At Trail Spring Camp, I heard the sound of a trickle of water 50 feet below the trail, but I did not see water from the trail (I did not stop to look).

Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby christoph28 on Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:32 pm

Date Hiked: August 8, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

We hiked Gamboa Trail from Trail Spring to the Ojito saddle. The trail is in great condition, with only a few deadfalls and minimal encroaching brush. We stopped briefly at Trail Spring and the stream bed next to the campsite was completely dry. We quickly checked down stream from the camp but the stream was still dry. Its possible we didn't look carefully enough though as we were pretty tired. It took us around 7 hours to hike from Kirk Creek Campground to Ojito camp via Cone Peak with minimal breaks.
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