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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby K Vandevere on Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:36 am

Date Hiked: June 15, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Trail Springs to Ojito Saddle

Trail in good shape except for one recently fallen madrone that must be awkwardly squeezed under in the poison oak. Biting flies also in attendance. Saw no water at Trail Springs, but didn't search.
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Gamboa Trail-FROM NCRT TO BOTTOM OF SWITCHBACKS

Postby jbl on Sun Apr 27, 2014 2:21 pm

Date Hiked: April 26, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

In connection with a Kirk Creek-based VWA work trip this weekend, three of us went up to clear the trees on the Gamboa Trail from the NCRT junction down to the end of the switchbacks (with the remaining trees along the way from there to Trail Spring and beyond targeted for removal on a May trip). All trees have been removed in the section down to the end of the switchbacks (including the one shown in my 2/16/14 report).
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Gamboa Trail

Postby jbl on Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:24 pm

Date Hiked: April 6, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

SECTION COVERED: ENTIRE GAMBOA TRAIL

Since the date of my last report from President's weekend, things have deteriorated a bit.

SECTION: NCRT TO TRAIL SPRING CAMP: As of President's weekend there was a single tree down (just past the 3rd switchback on the way down) per my prior report (crawl under required). Now there are a number of smaller trees down between the 2nd and 3rd switchback (all negotiable) and another one that you've got to scramble over just before the 3rd switchback, plus there are a few other trees of various sizes (negotiable) between the 3rd switchback and Trail Spring Camp.

SECTION: TRAIL SPRING CAMP TO OJITO SADDLE: There are maybe 4 trees down along this stretch, all negotiable. Most problematic (and it's not much of a problem, really) is one that came down maybe 1/2 mile before Ojito Saddle and that has multiple branches (at low level) that require some fancy footwork, and there's a ~18"-2' tree down (stepover but it's angled downslope and someone with shorter legs than mine may have trouble) just before the Ojito Saddle.
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Gamboa Trail

Postby jbl on Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:02 am

Date Hiked: February 16, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

We hiked the Gamboa from Trail Spring Camp (having come down the Cone Peak Trail from the Cone/Twin saddle and a VERY CROWDED Cone Peak) to the NCRT and I have two updates from the prior post:

1. Water was flowing, albeit slowly, at Trail Spring Camp, so at least for now you've got a water source.
2. Since 1/1/14 (when I last passed this spot; it looks like the poster didn't traverse the upper section of trail) a ~2' diameter tree has come down just past (if you are travelling in the downhill direction from the NCRT to Trail Spring Camp) the 90 degree left turn which is the third and last turn below the NCRT turnoff before you start the long contour towards Trail Spring Camp (see picture below). Unfortunately this tree must be crawled under sans backpack. I've e-mailed Mike Heard (he's out in that area now) and am probably joining him the first weekend of March at which time I'm sure we'll be able to take this out (if he doesn't get to it before).

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Tree on Gamboa Trail ~1/4 mile from NCRT junction
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby Bill on Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:32 pm

Date Hiked: January 19, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The gamboa trail was great on the weekend that I went. We came from Goat camp and travelled to Trail Spring Camp then up Cone Peak trail.

The trail is beautiful and well maintained with no obstacles on the path however there is NO water. Trail Spring Camp has no water and we found none on our way up pine creek. The closest water source we found was at Goat Camp (we did not travel to Cook spring camp so I cannot report on water there).

If you are planning to backpack through here, be sure to bring water to spare. It's hot and dry.
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Gamboa Trail

Postby jbl on Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:58 am

Date Hiked: August 10, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

THIS REPORT COVERS THE SECTION FROM TRAIL SPRING CAMP TO THE JUNCTION WITH THE NORTH COAST RIDGE TRAIL.

I dropped the tree described in my prior report to the ground so it is now an easy stepover, and removed another high stepover that was further along that was about 2' off the ground, so there are currently no obstructions.
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Gamboa Trail

Postby jbl on Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:57 am

Date Hiked: June 15, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

THIS REPORT COVERS THE SECTION FROM TRAIL SPRING CAMP TO THE JUNCTION WITH THE NORTH COAST RIDGE TRAIL.

The trail is clear the whole way, but ceanothus is beginning to encroach in the brushy sections. There's one 6"-8" diameter tree down horizontally at about the 4' level that you've got to crawl or stoop under, located near the second switchback down from the NCRT. I didn't have my handsaw with me or I would have removed it.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby Jim Ringland on Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:53 pm

Date Hiked: April 16, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Another recently-worked trail in fine shape. The section from the Ojito Saddle to Trail Spring runs through forest or old and tall shrubbery. Some parts feel like a tunnel, but it's a big, clear tunnel. Nice to encounter those sugar pines and Santa Lucia firs. The section from Trail Spring to the Coast Ridge starts out as more of the same, but opens up as the trail enters an area that burned in 2008. On this section, coulter pines add to the already interesting conifer mix.

There's no sign at the Ojito Saddle where this trail meets the Stone Ridge Trail, but there isn't much opportunity for confusion. The Ojito Trail turns brushy pretty quickly; the Stone Ridge Trail is clear and heads down to south; and the Gamboa Trail is clearly defined once past a few tens of feet of grass. If there is any doubt when coming up from the Stone Ridge Trail, aim for the big burned out stump surrounded by grass (and some chaparral nearby). The Gamboa Trail is easily picked up from there. There's no signage at the Coast Ridge Trail junction either, but all is pretty obvious. Two big, wide, well-maintained trails meet.

Camps: Trail Spring is a fairly small camp tucked in close to the trail, under oaks, madrones, bays, and maples (with sugar pines and Santa Lucia firs just outside camp but within sight). It's deep in the canyon so there's no sun before mid morning or after mid afternoon. When I arrived around 4:00 it didn't look like the camp had had much recent use. So I was a little surprised when a solo packer, with a shovel and a cross-cut saw sticking out his huge pack, came wandering down the Gamboa trail from the Coast Ridge at about 4:30. I spent a most enjoyable evening with Mike Heard. And then imagine my greater surprise when another party of two came in from the Cone Peak trail at about 5:30. We all fit, but Mike's shovel was put to good use re-flattening some old but now partly eroded bedsites. With three parties, and only four people, this camp felt full.

Water: There was a respectable flow of water right at Trail Spring Camp, but the stream is dry immediately below camp. Mike Heard suggested the water level looked now – in mid April – about like it looked in July last year. Last year the water never disappeared but it's unclear what this summer will bring.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby StevieRay on Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:38 pm

Date Hiked: April 17, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Kudos to Mike Heard and the VWA Trail Crew for restoring the stunning "Cone Peak Loop" to such a clear condition. I almost cried with delight as I traversed superb treadwork, massive log sawing, and epic brush clearing, enabling a spectacular and worry free adventure in such spectacular scenery and diverse plant communities. I'm ready to go back and hike it again. Bravo!!! I vote for keeping the Cone Peak Road closed to the public. I think the closure significantly enhances the wilderness experience in this special corner of Ventana.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby Rob on Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:17 pm

Date Hiked: April 14, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked from Ojito junction with Stone Ridge Trail to Trail Spring, and conditions haven't changed -- trail was in great shape ! Water flowing at Trail Spring.

Cool and breezy on a warm day, love the Santa Lucia firs along this stretch.
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