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Lost Valley Connector Trail

Trail Conditions History 2000-2008

Postby Site Administrator on Tue May 26, 2009 9:57 am

Date Hiked: May 24, 2008
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Conditions reported by: Bruno
Survey date: 24-May-2008
General: Passable
Specific:
The connector was in very good condition. However, we could not find the portion of the Coast Ridge trail going southeast.
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Conditions reported by: George
Survey date: 10-May-2008
General: CLEAR
Specific:

Nice shape, just a bit of PO and brush at the top. A quick, occasionally slippery, descent route to the LV trail. At one point down low you can stay straight to meet the LV trail at a low saddle, or take a left to head straight down to LV itself.
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Conditions reported by: Reed Thayer
Survey date: 3-JUNE-2007
General: CLEAR
Specific:

Section: Lost Valley Trail to Coast Ridge Trail - Clear

The connector is almost entirely free of brush, except for the actual trail section near the top where there is a little bit of poison oak encroaching on the trail.
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Conditions reported by: jdoelman
Survey date: MARCH-2007
General: CLEAR
Specific:

Section: Lost Valley Camp to Lost Valley Connector (Main) Trail - Passable

The first portion we ascended a ridgeline just north of Lost Valley Camp. From Lost Valley, cross the creek and follow the trail which branches left from the mail Lost Valley Trail. This trail passes through a Lost Valley Camp overflow site, then ascends the ridgeline. This was apparently not the most used method of accessing the Lost Valley Connector as it was easy to follow, but quite brushy in places. This route led us to the main Lost Valley Connector Trail.

Section: Main Lost Valley Connector Trail - Clear

To the Coast Ridge Trail along the main Lost Valley Connector Trail was easy to follow, and had no memorable obstructions. To my surprise there was a trickle of water near the top of the trail where the trail is traversing to the Coast Ridge Trail. To get the water into a water bottle would require a half pipe, or some other technology (maybe a water filter suction tube would do it?)
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Conditions reported by: Lindsay Jeffers - Stevenson Wilderness Program
Survey date: 8-MARCH-2005
General: WILDERNESS FREEWAY
Specific:

Wilderness freeway except some brush and sloping footbed at very top near the Coast Ridge Trail. The bottom part, a continuation of the Lost Valley Trail, has some very steep sections that are slippery when wet.
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Conditions reported by: Alex
Survey date: 15-FEB-2004
General: CLEAR
Specific:

Section: Lost Valley Connector

Clear, but parts have turned into a stream bed which makes for awkward walking. It's easy to follow the trail though as it simply follows the ridge. At the intersection with the Lost Valley Trail there is a sign which does not mention the connector, although somebody has faintly etched LVC into it. At the intersection with the Coast Ridge Trail there is a mostly collapsed sign.
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Conditions reported by: Steve Wilson
Survey date: 28-MAR-2003
General: PASSABLE
Specific:

Clear, but rated passable here due to steepness and pockets of crumbling conglomerate which decomposes into ball bearings. Seasonal stream observed about 100 yards from Coast Ridge Trail. Most is old dozer line, but some trail sections exist, clearly marked with ducks etc. where the trail divurges from the old cut.
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Conditions reported by: Stevenson School Wilderness Expedition
Survey date: FEB-2002
General: PASSABLE
Specific:

Coast Ridge Trail to Lost Valley Camp: The trail begins with a sloping foot bed and overhanging poison oak, but continues down the ridge with only steepness and gravelly surfaces as an obstacle. Most people find this route easier to go down than to come up.
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Conditions reported by: Stevenson School Wilderness Expedition 2000
Survey date: APRIL-2000
General: CLEAR
Specific:

Downed and broken brush from the fire fighting covers the start of the trail at the Coast Ridge, and there is a huge poison oak bush at the spot where one steps down onto the Connector. Otherwise, the Lost Valley Connector is in fine shape, except for a couple of brushy spots at the start and a slender tread on the section that climbs the northwest slope to reach the first ridge top before starting down the extended firebreak into Lost Valley.
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Lost Valley Connector Trail

Postby Site Administrator on Tue May 26, 2009 9:56 am

* USFS Trail #4E09
* Parking:
* Watersheds: Lost Valley Creek
* Junctions: Coast Ridge Trail, Lost Valley Trail
* Connects: Coast Ridge Trail with Lost Valley Trail
* Camps: None
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