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Re: Round Rock Camp Trail

Postby RSI SamE on Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:35 pm

Date Hiked: October 1, 2012
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Round Rock Trail:
Twixt Carmel River Trail
And Round Rock Camp
• Trail: Difficult
• People: 0
• Signage: No sign for this trail, but register at Round Rock Camp
• Note 1: From Carmel River Trail to a trail camp on the river, the trail is clear, but from then on to Round Rock Camp the trail is overgrown and has lots of poison oak. Pink flagging helps mark the trail.
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Re: Round Rock Camp Trail

Postby mikesplain on Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:16 pm

Date Hiked: October 3, 2012
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

{Ed. note- moved from Carmel River Trail report by RSIBryce]
The trail down from Hiding canyon switchbacks in front of Ventana Mesa creek directly across the canyon from the trail, to the left is the trail to Round Rock and is flagged with pink. Easy to miss if your just trotting along following the switchbacks be sure to keep your eye out for Ventana Mesa Creek as a marker. Trail is rather brushy but has a good amount of flags you want to keep an eye out for. Lots of poison oak along the last stretch into the beautiful camp. We hiked out along the river/rock hopping till the trail climbs back up, easy this time of year with low flow.
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Re: Round Rock Camp Trail

Postby Jim Ringland on Sun May 06, 2012 7:48 pm

Date Hiked: May 2, 2012
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

From the junction with the Carmel River Trail, the sometimes steep descent to the first crossing of the Carmel River is straightforward. The wade was knee-deep when I was there, although I could have a chosen shallower spot if I had been willing to cross more energetically rushing water. Across the river is a nice makeshift camp, but not an obvious trail. Fortunately, a tape flag pointed the way. The trail from here to the second river crossing is in marginal shape: lots of brush to push aside, including some PO, slumping trail, and places where I had to look twice to find the trail. But taken slowly, it wasn't that hard, and this stretch is not all that long: maybe only 1/4 mile. A few flags helped. The second river crossing was only mid-calf deep.

Round Rock Camp is just past that second crossing. It's a nice camp under trees, next to a open meadow. There's a fire grate and a picnic table. Somebody left a pair of frying pans on the fire grate. When I was there, a lizard decided those pans would be wonderful place to sunbathe, and when he got sufficiently warmed, he happily ducked under the pans.
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Re: Round Rock Camp Trail

Postby paul__danielson on Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:29 pm

Date Hiked: October 25, 2011
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Bumbaclap and his/her companions are to be commended for the trail-clearing work and camp improvements they did this past June. We only felt the need to add a few pink flags after the first river crossing: where regrowth had occurred and where we felt there were some gaps in the existing orange flagging. The camp itself is unique and special: in its openness and extent, with its bulletin board (very few remain), its historic tabletop graffiti, and its nearby boulders with Native American mortars. Hopefully , more people will take the sidetrek from the main trail to this camp. It is a gem!
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Re: Round Rock Camp Trail

Postby Bumbaclap on Sat Jun 11, 2011 6:21 pm

Date Hiked: June 8, 2011
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

The trail was completely swallowed by the post fire growth a short distance from the makeshift camp along the river at the beginning of the trail. lots of deadfall we tried to crawl under until we lost the trail. We decided to walk up the river the whole distance to round rock camp. the camp appeared unused for a long time, maybe since the fire! we repaired the old picknic table and camp sign and the fire pit/grill is in good condition. on the second day there we decided to try and backtrack the trail. we cleared and marked the trail with blaze orange trail marker strips at eye level where the trail gets questionable. we had to saw down tons of deadfall and literally bushwhack the overgrown vegetation with sticks :) some of the many river pools look like they were probably twice as deep before the erosion from the fire filled them in, but they still had many good sized fish and were 6-8 ft deep. long pants would be a must because of the poison oak and brush but the trail is clear enough to pass with heavy packs. so far this is my favorite camp due to the seclusion,fishing,swimming and sunshine the open meadow provides. Well worth a few days stay.
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Trail Conditions History 2000-2007

Postby Site Administrator on Tue May 26, 2009 11:59 am

Date Hiked: March 15, 2007
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Conditions reported by: Stevenson Wilderness Expedition
Survey date: MARCH-2007
General: CLEAR
Specific:

The Stevenson Wilderness Expedition has cleared the trail from the river up to Round Rock Camp, rolling a tree off the footbed and repairing the original trail. The camp is now inviting and available once again.
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Conditions reported by: Ery Arias-Castro
Survey date: 18-MAY-2005
General: PASSABLE
Specific:

This was a side exploration without a backpack on. There was a large tree along the trail that could present challenges if traveling with a heavy backpack.
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Conditions reported by: Stephen Eggleston
Survey date: 16-MAY-2005
General: DIFFICULT
Specific:

Oops, I took a wrong turn. The junction to Round Rock Camp is not well marked. As a result I learned the condition of the Round Rock Trail. It is overgrown. The trail down to the 1st river crossing is slightly treacherous. The 1st crossing in actually quite slippery. The rest of the way is very overgrown with deadfalls. The trail at the 2nd crossing is blocked by two HUGE deadfalls, review your obstacle course skills!! The camp is clear and beautiful, too bad this was a wrong turn for me!!
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Conditions reported by: Lindsay Jeffers - Stevenson Wilderness Expedition
Survey date: 01-MAR-2004
General: PASSABLE
Specific:

Section: Round Rock Camp Trail entire

Note that the last section of this trail is blocked by 50 feet of rotten pine trunk (4 ft diameter)lying along the hillside trail where it descends to the crossing at Round Rock Camp. We cleared the trail from the Carmel River Trail down to the crossing of the Carmel River where a large flat area will have to stand in for the nicer Round Rock Camp which will be inaccessible until a new route is created past this major obstacle.
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Conditions reported by:Mike Blanksma
Survey date: JUNE-2000
General: PASSABLE, BUT CAMP DAMAGED BY STOCK
Specific:

Last hiked in up the Carmel River trail in June 2000. Portions of Round Rock trail are suffering from heavy damage/erosion from numerous horse and mules. Found evidence at Round Rock Camp that horses are not being hobbled, but rather tied to trees. Someone ain't packing out the horse manure either...have filed complaints about the damage caused by horses with King City before- the most likely culprit is the horse ranch up at China Camp- the rangers don't seem to want to do anything with the complaints. As usual flies, flies and more flies. Still lots of garbage at the camp, we packed out what we could.
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Conditions reported by: Stevenson School Wilderness Expedition 2000
Survey date: APRIL-2000
General: CLEAR
Specific:

The ROUND ROCK TRAIL is in fine shape, though there are a few brush problems and poison oak problems after the first crossing. We cleared most of it. In high water, the best crossing right before camp is just before the intended crossing at the trail's end. The camp itself is in great shape, though some buttheads left bottles and cans and debris too heavy and disgusting for us to pack out. We bagged it and put it off to the side for a future pack-out.
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Round Rock Camp Trail

Postby Site Administrator on Tue May 26, 2009 11:58 am

* USFS Trail # 3E03A
* Parking: Los Padres Dam
* Watershed: Carmel River
* Junctions: Carmel River Trail
* Connects: Carmel River Trail with Round Rock Camp
* Camps: Round Rock Camp
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