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Stone Ridge Trail

Re: Stone Ridge Trail

Postby charleston63 on Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:42 pm

Date Hiked: February 13, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

I hiked this trail on February 13 while making a loop beginning from Highway 1 to Vicente, then to Stone Ridge, Gamboa, Cone Peak, then back down to Vincente Flat trail from Cone Peak Road.

I want to rate this trail as "clear," but there were several downed trees just after middlefork usecamp (couldn't actually find the camp, but using it as a point of reference for those using GPS and the map on bigsurtrailmap.net) that were difficult to climb over. I tried my best to clear some of the smaller branches away and at one point was able to move part of the tree trunk from the trail, but with without any tools there was nothing more I could have done without possibly damaging other parts of the trail more. There was great water flow where middlefork is.

However, after about .5 miles of fallen trees after middelfork, the trail is very clear as you approach and pass the intersection of the Twin Peak use trail. There was some erosion halfway between the intersection of the use trail and Goat Camp, but otherwise it was very clear.

Goat Camp was in great shape and there was good water flow just before the camp.

Good amount of ticks here. Had to remove plenty from my dog while taking a break at Goat Camp.
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Re: Stone Ridge Trail

Postby RSIBryce on Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:09 pm

Date Hiked: February 7, 2016
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Section: from Ojito Saddle to Vicente Flat camp.

Trail was in great shape, minimal brush encroachment accept a few small sections, but nothing major. People are cutting switchbacks though in some places on the steep descent to Goat camp, please don't do this as it contributes to erosion! Goat camp was in good shape and the nearby stream is flowing well. Nothing major to report, great hiking though ;)

Upon making the descent to middlefork of LimeKiln creek I saw two patches of pampas grass with just a few feathery stalks in each. Perhaps they should be removed before they spread?? They are certainly doing well along highway 1 and perhaps its only a matter of time that they work they're way deeper in the mountains.
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Re: Stone Ridge Trail

Postby cehauser on Tue Jan 12, 2016 2:23 am

Date Hiked: December 31, 2015
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

I hiked this trail from the Vicente Flat Camp up to the Gamboa Trail. There is water in the creek in Vicente Flat Camp, flowing, only 50 feet below the redwood log where the trail crosses the creek. As mentioned before, the Stone Ridge Trail junction is not obvious... it is west (above) the creek bottom, and there is a sign there. There are no obstacles, and the tread has been nicely restored. Lots of water in Middle Fork Creek and the creek south of Goat Camp.
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Stone Ridge Trail

Postby jbl on Fri Dec 25, 2015 12:54 pm

Date Hiked: December 20, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

THIS REPORT COVERS THE SECTION OF TRAIL FROM VICENTE FLAT CAMP TO THE APEX

The trail is in great shape and has survived the recent storms well. There was evidence of some serious treadwork on both sides of the Hare Ridge crossing. The sections that are prone to slides (the approach to Hare Ridge and the climb out of Middle Fork) have held up. There were no real downed trees to speak of (I did some cutting of encroaching downed branches/small trees).
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Re: Stone Ridge Trail

Postby christoph28 on Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:14 pm

Date Hiked: August 9, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

We hiked Stone Ridge Trail from the Ojito saddle to Vicente Flat camp. Most of the trail was in great condition with minimal encroaching brush and no deadfalls. The stream just passed Goat camp is flowing nicely, as is Limekiln creek. We were able to make good time, hiking from Ojito Camp to Kirk Creek Campground in around 5 hours.
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Stone Ridge Trail

Postby jbl on Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:32 am

Date Hiked: August 1, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

A group of us hiked the Stone Ridge Trail from Ojito Saddle to the Apex on 8/1/15, it was a quite hot day and we were glad for the shady spots along the way and the light breeze that came and went.

See my report from 5/23/15, no change from that report, the water at Goat Camp is still flowing very well and the water is delicious and very cool. 2 small groups were at Goat Camp. Face flies and biting flies were out in the vicinity of Goat Camp and the nearby water source. Also, there was yellow jacket activity in the one switchback that exists between Goat Camp and the Apex (the yellow jackets were concentrated at the second (final) turn of the switchback as you head towards the Apex), one person in our group was stung there, I walked through without any yellow jackets bothering me.
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Re: Stone Ridge Trail

Postby mfisher on Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:47 am

Date Hiked: May 24, 2015
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Dates: 24 May 2015

Hiked Stone Ridge Trail from Vicente Flat Camp to Cone Peak Road

Wilderness Freeway. Plenty of water in Hare Creek at Vicente Flat Camp.
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Stone Ridge Trail

Postby jbl on Mon May 25, 2015 7:33 am

Date Hiked: May 23, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

[Mike Heard has said I'm too generous with Wilderness Freeway designations so I'll use "Very Clear" for trails which are maybe not WF but are "more" than just clear]

We hiked the SRT from the Ojito Saddle to the Apex.

Section: Ojito Saddle to Goat Camp: Very Clear. The couple of obstructions I had seen on my last pass (trees across the trail near the bottom) are gone, the tread has held up quite well on the steep switchbacks and the cut-back brush in the brush tunnels has remained at bay.

Water was flowing extremely well at the Goat Camp water source and was quite tasty and refreshing.

Section: Goat Camp to Apex: Very Clear, no obstructions, a bit of PO and other brush growing in in a few places, the tread (much of it constructed/reconstructed in the past few years with the Mike Heard-led efforts on the Cone Peak Trails Network) has continued to hold up very well.

Goat Camp had 3 small groups in it.
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Re: Stone Ridge Trail

Postby Al Normandin on Thu May 07, 2015 1:00 pm

Date Hiked: May 5, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Supplemental Info from 4/28 submission or Black Fly rebuttal: Hiked from Vicente Camp to Goat Camp. It is noted that the stream at Vicente Camp had gone under ground immediately at the camp, but plenty of water was available just above the camp. It was an overcast day, so the black flies horrors of the 4/28 submittal did not occur. I did not see one black fly due to the cooler temperatures. The next day was sunny on a nearby trail, but there were only a few manageable black flies (or more descriptively "face flies") due to breezes during the day.
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Stone Ridge Trail

Postby daveviaventana on Fri May 01, 2015 10:56 am

Date Hiked: April 28, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

I hiked the 16-mile Cone Peak - Gamboa - Stone Ridge - Vicente Flat loop.

Of the whole loop, Stone Ridge, had the most encroaching brush, including poison oak of course, and deadfall trees. There were a few places where I had to push poison oak out of my path with my hiking poles. There were 2 or 3 treefalls that would probably require a chainsaw (or a big saw anyway) to remove from the path, but all of them were easy to get over/under/around. There were also a couple of treefalls that could be cleared with a smaller handsaw.

That said, I was able to maintain a brisk walking pace while stepping around poison oak, and had absolutely no trouble knowing where the trail was at all times.

Oh yeah, a note to hikers: There were a lot of small flies, on pretty much all of the Stone Ridge Trail, as well as on the Vicente Flat trail. Not so much a problem when walking, but if I stood still for a minute, they were buzzing all around my face. This made taking breaks unpleasant. Small flies were also very abundant at Goat Camp when the sun was up, and not quite as bad at Vicente Flat camp, also during daylight. When the sun went down, the flies went away. I would actually bring a head net with me next time. I was certainly glad my hammock has a mosquito net. They didn't bite, but they were a nuisance.

Also, Vicenete Flat, Goat Camp, and the middle fork of Limekiln creek all head plenty of flowing water.

Thanks for your work!
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