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Ventana Wilderness Forums • View topic - Santa Lucia Trail

Santa Lucia Trail

Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Postby VWA_Ranger on Tue Feb 09, 2021 9:53 am

Date Hiked: January 30, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

*** 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 and trainee patrolled Santa Lucia Trail from the Arroyo Seco Trailhead to put in a sign at the Cawatre Trail Jct. They removed one large tree that was across the trail, did spot brushing and trail slough removal.

Trail conditions are as follows:


Arroyo Seco to Cawatre Jct. - Clear with encroaching brush.

Arroyo Seco Road - Has a rock slide on it that can be traversed on foot.

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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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Rock slide on Arroyo Seco Road
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New sign at the junction.
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Re: Santa Lucia Trail to Cawatre Jct.

Postby VWA_Ranger on Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:39 pm

Date Hiked: January 17, 2021
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 allowed. Stoves are permitted in the backcountry with a valid Campfire/Stove Permit.

Description:

With the Monterey Ranger District Forest still closed, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare for its reopening. Today volunteer Rangers patrolled from Arroyo Seco Campground up the Santa Lucia Trail to the Cawatre Jct. They did some minor brushing and tread work. They found one tree along the trail.

Trail conditions are as follows:


Arroyo Seco to Cawatre Jct. - Passable

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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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VWA/USFS Ranger at the tree across the trail.
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Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Postby MarinaH on Sun Apr 12, 2020 2:14 pm

Date Hiked: April 7, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

We hiked this trail from the trailhead near Memorial Park and Indiana to Junipero Serra Peak and back down. The trail was clear and seemed like it had recently been trimmed. Would recommend waterproof shoes for the bottom section after a rain. It was very swampy with a couple sections about a 1/2 foot deep. The whole hike took approximately 7 hours. Very snowy on top. Would definitely recommend this hike.
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Re: Santa Lucia Trail to 5E03 to Arroy Seco Indians RD

Postby crockettonearth on Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:10 pm

Date Hiked: February 15, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Greetings,

I hiked this trail on 2/15/2020.

There was a fair amount of overgrowth and deadfall. However, the trail was passable. I used a hand saw and hand clippers to clear one impassable section where a fresh manzanita treat had fallen and was completely blocking the trail.

There is still a lot of work that needs to be done before this trail will be Green.

Thanks, ~B
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Re: Santa Lucia Trail From Last Chance Camp to High Point

Postby crockettonearth on Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:06 pm

Date Hiked: February 16, 2020
General Condition: Impassable (completely overgrown or tread obliterated)

Greetings,

Last weekend I did a backpack with my wife. We tried to hike the Santa Lucia Trail from Arroyo Seco Memorial Park.

The trail was passible for about two miles past the last chance trail.

The first mile is fine. The second mile the trail becomes overgrown and we had to work our way through thick tunnels of brush. We lost the trail somewhere along the headwaters of the south fork of the Santa Lucia Creek.

After which we bushwacked our way down to the creek bed and followed it back to where we could find the trail.

A link to our path from Last Chance Camp to where we lost the trail is below.
https://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary/track/3ecfee8a-99ac-44e4-9302-d3661ed9e488/?layer=CalTopo,GaiaTopoRasterFeet

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Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Postby seagoat1724 on Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:51 pm

Date Hiked: June 7, 2019
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Trail is passable to difficult. Mostly fine with some brush, however one particular spot where trail has fallen away makes it difficult/dangerous. The landslide is below and at the trail just before Last Chance Camp. There is a go around being forged above but it is also sketchy.
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Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Postby Seaner on Sun May 12, 2019 3:05 pm

Date Hiked: May 12, 2019
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

From the summit (going down)
11 tree falls incl. several step overs
ceanothus tunnels fairly brushy
Trail looks fine otherwise

From the Saddle
Brushy sections near the top
Beautiful trail otherwise

From the SL/SLP trail junction
overhead tree fall
overhead limb
1 medium tree fall
1 large tree fall
Trail looks fine otherwise

From 5th & 4th creek crossings
Beautiful open trail!

From 3rd cc
1 small tree fall
Beautiful trail otherwise

From 2nd cc
1 small tree fall (step over)
Beautiful trail otherwise

From 1st cc
1 large tree fall
Beautiful trail to TH

Took pictures of all referenced obstacles, please let me know if you want to see them.
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Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Postby aa6xa on Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:37 pm

Date Hiked: March 29, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked from Santa Lucia Park TH to Junipero Serra Peak. From the TH to the junction with the Peak Trail spur the trail was clear and easy to follow. A few downfalls, but there were use trails around them. Some of the meadows near the bottom were very wet, but it has been raining a lot recently. A few sections of trail had streams running down them. I didn't have to push through any brush on this section.
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Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Postby Samuel on Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:27 pm

Date Hiked: March 16, 2019
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Repeat of my trip from 2017 starting from Arroyo Seco to the Adobe to the Santa Lucia Trail proper. Saint Lucia Creek was in a heavier flow than last time and almost knocked me over in a few spots, but once I acclimated it wasn't too bad. The gushing nature of the creek and Falls were spectacular in a now very lush setting. Not much has changed since last time but someone may want to reflag some of the creek crossings as those can be confusing and some of the flaggings looks like they're about to go. I don't know how much longer Santa Lucia creek will be in heavy flow like this, but check it out while you still can.
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Re: Santa Lucia Trail

Postby jack_glendening on Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:28 pm

Date Hiked: April 22, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

This report is for section from adobe (Camp Cawatre Trail) to Last Chance Falls viewpoint.

Adobe crossing to first crossing (of 8): Clear except for one fallen-small-tree go-around and one slump, tread in good condition.

Crossings 1-8: Passable - no real tread, must follow what looks reasonable looking for flags which mark crossings. Can be tedious, but no obstructions.

Crossing 8 to Last Chance Falls viewpoint: Clear (except for Poison Oak) with many flags helping mark trail. EXCEPT for short bypass of fallen section of tread (making that too dangerous to use) - flags mark bypass which is difficult (and care must be taken) but short.
Big Sur Trailmap: https://bigsurtrailmap.net
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