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Re: Little Sur Trail

Postby Fat Popi on Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:46 pm

Date Hiked: December 29, 2013
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Hiked in from old coast for New years eve. The Volunteers that had a work day(s) here a month before really killed it. The trails were clear of almost all major deadfall,clearly marked and very easy to follow. I talked with some other group that had been coming to Pico for 17 nYE's and they said that this was the best they had ever seen the trail conditions! GO NOW!
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Re: Little Sur Trail

Postby bmende on Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:49 am

Date Hiked: November 20, 2013
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hike report: Five of us hiked this trail on 11/20/2013 starting on Old Coast Road. The trail head is unmarked and consists of a wood gate in the fence on the right (east) side of the road approaching from the Highway 1 end of the Old Coast Road at Molera. The trail head is at mile 6.47 (marked) on the Old Coast Road. The weather was drizzle to real rain at the end.

The first two miles of the trail through the redwoods along Little Sur River is a walk in the park and highly recommended, if not for the many signs of the El Sur Ranch and only one of Graniterock later near the road to the caretaker's house on Pico Blanco.

The next four miles to the waterfall becomes progressively worse with more and more deafalls across the trail and dangerous, slippery areas which could be easily repaired by a trail crew. The Little Sur River crossing was easy but will soon be more difficult as this was the "first day" of the 2013-2014 rain season.

The waterfall destination is world-class for those who don't mind some bushwhacking and slippery spots. Bring poles and camera for the end. Caution: slippery in wet weather.


Bruce (Monterey, Haasis)
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Little Sur Trail, Scout Camp to beyond Pico Blanco Public Ca

Postby AdamW on Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:49 pm

Date Hiked: November 16, 2013
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked from Pico Blanco Scout Camp to meet with a VWA YiW UCSC group doing trailwork.

Section: Scout Camp to Manual Peak Trail junction: Clear

Probably the best condition it has been in for at least a decade thanks to volunteer efforts.
Four trees remain across this section of the trail. One of which is a large Douglas-Fir just beyond the Jackson Camp Trail junction with a detour around the roots.

Section: Manual Peak Trail junction to Pico Blanco Public Camp: Passable and Difficult
The section of trail between Launtz Ridge and Duveneck's Hole was cleared of trees and at least 100 yards of trail tread has been re-established.

The south exposure of Duvenecks Hole has a series of about 12 trees down in a row. From Duveneck's Hole the trail is eroded with encroaching brush for a half mile until it opens up into a grassy area. From here to Pico Blanco Public Camp has encroaching grasses and rough/eroded tread.

Pico Blanco Public Camp to about one mile west: Passable/Difficult
Very brushy with some deadfalls, and thankfully the Youth in Wilderness-led UCSC group got a lot of work done on this section of trail over the weekend.
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Re: Little Sur Trail

Postby RSIBryce on Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:32 pm

Date Hiked: October 12, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Section: Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp to Fish-Use Camp

Trail is in excellent shape, much of the deadfall that crossed the trail has been sawed and removed, or cut to create easily passable foot steps. (I wonder if this was the work of chainsaws?) Was leading a Youth in Wilderness outing with a group of students from Rancho Cielo. Given the cold nights of recent and the current restriction on campfires and stoves in the backcountry, we opted to camp at the Scout Camp. They were nice to accommodate us. We did a day hike to Fish and explored the river.
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Re: Little Sur Trail: Fox Camp to First Circular Pool

Postby Wynn on Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:36 pm

Date Hiked: October 7, 2013
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

The trail has numerous deadfalls also, but is actually easier to follow from Fox Camp since we weren't carrying packs to get to the First Circular Pool. So go for it. About 300 yards or so before coming to the pool, you will notice a new trail that somebody had grubbed out heading up the canyon wall to the left. You can't miss it because a McCloud and Mattox appeared to have been used. I think that this is an effort to define a way to the Second Circular Pool! I hope they made it! If it is, you have to go there while you still can. And maybe just maybe you can make it to the Third Circular Pool.
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Re: Little Sur Trail: Jackson Camp to Fox Camp

Postby Wynn on Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:31 pm

Date Hiked: October 7, 2013
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

I counted 17 areas of deadfall along the river route that caused in some cases obliteration of the trail. Somebody made rock cairns and trail tape that helped trail navigation greatly. Again, loper shears, and hand saw is recommended should you go. The camp itself is pristine with three sites. The flow from Puerto Suello is actually larger than that of the LIttle Sur River at the confluence. It doesn't look as if anybody had camped in Fox Camp, Jackson Camp, or Fish Camp in several months. Though from trail wear, I can estimate that a number of individuals had passed by.
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Re: Little Sur Trail: Fish Camp to Jackson Camp

Postby Wynn on Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:26 pm

Date Hiked: October 7, 2013
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

This short distance included 4 areas of significant deadfall to navigate. We did it without having brought hand tools, and that was a mistake in hindsight. I highly recommend bringing loper shears, and a handsaw to clear the way. Each area of deadfall may include many fallen trees and debris including logjams across the river. Still, Jackson camp is in very nice condition and welcomes you even this time of fall.
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Re: Little Sur Trail: Pico Blanco Scout Reservation to Fish

Postby Wynn on Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:22 pm

Date Hiked: October 7, 2013
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

VWA had just grubbed out the trail leading to Fish Camp. Excellent work. There are only two areas with deadfall of multiple large trees that would require significant sawing effort. The area that previously had severe landslides has been vastly improved. The side trail leading out of Pico Blanco is highly recommended.
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Re: Little Sur Trail: Pioneer Camp to Pico Blanco Scout Res.

Postby Wynn on Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:18 pm

Date Hiked: October 7, 2013
General Condition: Impassable (completely overgrown or tread obliterated)

Going upstream from Pioneer Camp, you almost immediately are confronted with heavy deadfall. Trail is faint. We eventually saw a light on our left up the hill, since it was getting dark, and headed for it. We came upon the camp rangers storage shed and power generator. From there we proceeded on the road to Pico Blanco Scout Reservation.
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Re: Little Sur Trail: Little Sur Camp to Pioneer Camp

Postby Wynn on Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:14 pm

Date Hiked: October 7, 2013
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

LIttle Sur Trail from Little Sur Camp to Pioneer Camp, Pico Blanco Scout Reservation. Numerous deadfall clusters as soon as you leave Little Sur Camp heading upstream. Eventually made it to Pioneer Camp. I highly recommend bringing loppers and an a hand saw to clear the way should you go.
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