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Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby PDunn on Sun May 02, 2021 12:15 pm

Date Hiked: May 1, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Started at China Camp:
After the first few hundred yards of clear trail the bushes closed in again. Very brushy but worth the effort to enjoy the lupines and poppies.

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Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby sfrake on Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:28 pm

Date Hiked: April 14, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

My son and I hiked the length of the trail from China Camp to Big Sur Station. The section from China Camp to Pine Ridge Camp is described well in the previous posts. From there, for about 2.5 miles, it is very brushy, with poison oak to dodge at times. I would rate it passable, but pushing through growth for that long becomes a bit of a chore (fortunately the incredible views are distracting). Then, maybe 1/4 mile above the Big Sur Trail junction, the trail opens up and is wonderfully clear, the result of recent trail work. It remains so the rest of the way to Big Sur. This is indicated on Jack Glendening's map so is not news (though I suppose the green section on his map could extend just a bit north/west of the Big Sur Trail junction). I can't thank enough those who worked so hard to clear and repair the western portion of the trail.

I should note that the re-route at Barlow Camp was confusing for us; when we reached the creek there wasn't an obvious trail on the other side. We crossed where it looked like the trail continued and indeed it did, so it wasn't a big deal, but for a moment we were flummoxed. If you're traveling east there is detailed signage of the re-route so this isn't an issue, and then on the return you'd of course have experience. So this only applies to anyone heading west on the re-route for the first time.
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Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby BP22 on Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:18 pm

Date Hiked: April 15, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

so nice to have the this wilderness playground back from BSS to Sykes. the trail is immaculate, so many thank you's to trail crew. The Terrace Creek Trail also looks great. The slide re-route through Barlow Flat is very nice and gives us two river crossings. I only saw like 5 other hikers and nobody at Sykes, NO TRASH. Not missing those hot springs. Very enjoyable hike.
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Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby Jim Ringland on Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:50 pm

Date Hiked: April 12, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

I did an in-and-out from China Camp to Pine Valley on April 12, 13, and 14. On the layover day I day hiked. This report draws from all three days. I did various parts in various directions but I’ll describe all from east to west.

Section: China Camp to Church Creek Divide Junction – Clear

Most of this trail is wide open, some of Wilderness Freeway quality. There are a few places where the brush is lapping over the trail and a very few places where it’s come in from both sides and you have to swish through. The trail bed is in pretty good shape, with a few sloped or rocky spots here and there.

Section: Church Creek Divide Junction to Black Cone Trail Junction – Passable

This is more interesting. The gloss is that this is brushier than the first section, and there are numerous deadfalls, but most are easily managed. There are large stretches of open trail.

But George Graybill’s April 1, 2021 report was spot-on in using the word “awful” for the bit just west of the Church Creek Divide Junction. The half mile from there to Divide Camp has three messy obstacles. First (heading west from the Church Creek saddle), a piece of hillside trail above a small stream bed has partly washed out. There’s now big drop on one side. You can stay safe but have to move over into the brush to do so. Second, there’s deadfall that came straight down on the length of the trail so there’s 50-100 feet of stepping over various branches. It’s quite a log pile. No one step is all that hard, but there are lots of them. Finally, there’s a big deadfall that completely blocks the trail in an area that mixes open and denser brush. Even with just a day pack, I decided climbing over/through the mess wasn’t a good option and detoured. The go-around was slow, annoying, and longer than expected to find a workable way back to the trail. All three of these were within maybe a quarter mile. The rest of way still has the occasional brushy spot and lots of deadfalls, but almost all of the latter were simple step-overs or duck-unders. On one, a four foot log, I did have to climb up, scooch over the top, then slide down the other side. But I recall only one of those.

I walked down to Divide Camp. There’s one simple main camp with a fire ring and some sitting logs plus a lower, much less used camp, with a few pieces of an old icemaker stove. Water is limited. There is a trickle in the Woodwardia ferns above the main camp, but none lower down. On the other hand, back up on the Pine Ridge Trail, there a better rill a few hundred feet east of the Divide Camp Trail junction. There’s also muddy water about the same distance west where the gully feeding the water-and-woodwardia mix in camp crosses the trail above. If worst comes to worst, the small stream half a mile or so west of Divide Camp on the Pine Ridge Trail was running well.

On my dayhike day, I actually went a short distance west from the Black Cone Trail junction, but not quite all the way to the Pine Ridge Camp junction. All clear there.
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Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby George Graybill on Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:06 pm

Date Hiked: March 26, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Beginning at Tassajara Road the trail changes from very good to awful at Church Creek Divide. Tread is fairly good, but there is a lot of brush and deadfalls. Passable but annoying. I only went as far as Divide Camp, where I spent the night.
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Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby rcmd8418 on Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:31 am

Date Hiked: March 25, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked the Pine Ridge Trail between China Camp and the Church Creek Divide (on the way to Pine Valley). The trail was extremely easy to follow, but there are several spots that you have to push through brushy overgrowth. However, we didn't see any poison oak on/around the trail.

Tassajara Road was passable. We took a Jeep given the road reports, which was helpful because it had rained and was muddy in the morning. The deep ruts are avoidable, and the Honda and Chevy 2WD sedans parked next to the Jeep the following day when we hiked out show that you don't necessarily need a 4WD SUV if you're experience and careful.
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Re: Upper Pine Ridge Trail

Postby VWA_Ranger on Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:45 am

Date Hiked: February 28, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Forest/Trail Status: PARTIALLY OPEN, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is partially open per Forest Order 05-07-51-21-02
Current Fire Restrictions: Campfires and Stoves are permitted in the backcountry with a valid Campfire/Stove Permit.

Description:

The Monterey Ranger District Forest has partially reopened, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare opening other parts of the closed forest and are continuing their regular patrols. Today volunteer Rangers returned to the Upper Pine Ridge Trail to remove the two downed logs in the first mile of trail, they then continued to the Miller Canyon Trail to remove 5 logs right at the junction.

Trail conditions are as follows:


Tassajara Road. - Lots of ruts and mud. High clearance, 4x4 and experience to reach the camp.

China Camp to Pine Valley Camp - Passable, a large Oak Crown near mile 5.5. Encroaching brush can be found all along the trail.

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DISCLAIMER: This report is for informational purposes only. Trail conditions may change at any time. The Ventana Wilderness Alliance assumes no liability for the use of this information.
The Los Padres National Forest Website can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/
To learn more about the Volunteer VWA/USFS Ranger and Trail Crew Programs visit https://www.ventanawild.org/stewardship.
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A log being sawed by volunteer rangers.
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Re: Upper Pine Ridge Trail

Postby VWA_Ranger on Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:21 pm

Date Hiked: February 21, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Forest/Trail Status: PARTIALLY OPEN, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is partially open per Forest Order 05-07-51-21-02
Current Fire Restrictions: Campfires and Stoves are permitted in the backcountry with a valid Campfire/Stove Permit.

Description:

The Monterey Ranger District Forest has partially reopened, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare opening other parts of the closed forest and are continuing their regular patrols. Today volunteer Rangers patrolled from Tassajara Road(China Camp) to Pine Valley Camp. They cleared several small trees, did spot brushing, checked Pine Valley Camp for smoldering fires and trash. They also repaired a small slide found along the trail.

Trail conditions are as follows:


Tassajara Road. - Lots of ruts, mud and some snow. High clearance, 4x4 and experience to reach the camp.

China Camp to Pine Valley Camp - Passable, two trees down (12 " and 20") within the first mile. A large Oak Crown near mile 5.5. Encroaching brush can be found all along the trail

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DISCLAIMER: This report is for informational purposes only. Trail conditions may change at any time. The Ventana Wilderness Alliance assumes no liability for the use of this information.
The Los Padres National Forest Website can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/
To learn more about the Volunteer VWA/USFS Ranger and Trail Crew Programs visit https://www.ventanawild.org/stewardship.
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Re: Upper Pine Ridge Trail

Postby VWA_Ranger on Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:10 am

Date Hiked: November 29, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Forest/Trail Status: CLOSED, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is closed per Forest Order 05-07-51-20-22
Current Fire Restrictions: No Campfires, No Stoves in backcountry. Cold Camping Only.

Description:

With the Monterey Ranger District Forest still closed, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare for its reopening. Today volunteer Rangers went back to the Upper Pine Ridge Trail to clear the two logs reported by other Rangers two days earlier near China Camp. They removed the two trees and did some brushing along the trail.

Trail conditions are as follows:


China Camp to Carmel River Jct. - Clear with encroaching brush.

Carmel River Jct. to Divide Camp - Passable is passable with heavy encroaching brush is places.

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DISCLAIMER: This report is for informational purposes only. Trail conditions may change at any time. The Ventana Wilderness Alliance assumes no liability for the use of this information.
The Los Padres National Forest Website can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/
To learn more about the Volunteer VWA/USFS Ranger and Trail Crew Programs visit https://www.ventanawild.org/stewardship.
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Setting up to cut a log across the trail.
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Re: Upper Pine Ridge Trail

Postby VWA_Ranger on Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:13 pm

Date Hiked: November 27, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Forest/Trail Status: CLOSED, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is closed per Forest Order 05-07-51-20-22
Current Fire Restrictions: No Campfires, No Stoves in backcountry. Cold Camping Only.

Description:

With the Monterey Ranger District Forest still closed, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare for its reopening. Today volunteer Rangers patrolled from China Camp to Divide Camp. They swamped 3 downed trees (2 across the trail, one alongside) and removed an inappropriate fire ring, all near the first saddle about 0.7 miles from trail head. Spot brushing was done along the rest of route. Maintained 2 fire rings at Divide Camp. Spring water is available at Divide camp (estimated flow = 1 liter / min).

Trail conditions are as follows:


China Camp to Carmel River Jct. - Clear with encroaching brush and two downed trees across the trail.

Carmel River Jct. to Divide Camp - Passable is passable with heavy encroaching brush is places.

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DISCLAIMER: This report is for informational purposes only. Trail conditions may change at any time. The Ventana Wilderness Alliance assumes no liability for the use of this information.
The Los Padres National Forest Website can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/
To learn more about the Volunteer VWA/USFS Ranger and Trail Crew Programs visit https://www.ventanawild.org/stewardship.
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12" inch log across the trail. Easily stepped over.
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15" Log across that was swamped by the VWA Rangers.
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