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Ventana Camp Trail

Re: Ventana Camp Trail

Postby VWA_Ranger on Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:28 am

Date Hiked: April 10, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

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

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 the Ventana Trail from PRT to Ventana Camp. They brushed portions of the trail, removed deadfall and lots of pea vines. Water is flowing well at Ventana Camp.

Trail conditions are as follows:


PRT to Ventana Camp - Clear with no obstacles, minor encroaching brush and uneven tread.

Note: Ventana Camp Trail opened to the public 4-13-2021.

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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.
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Re: Ventana Camp Trail

Postby VWA_Ranger on Tue Mar 02, 2021 11:47 am

Date Hiked: February 25, 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. Volunteer Rangers and trail crew members continue to work on the Ventana Camp Trail in preparation for its opening. They removed downed trees, shrubs and limbs along the trail from recent storms.

Trail conditions are as follows:


The Ventana Camp Trail remains closed to the general public at this time. Only authorized personnel with the approval of the USFS are allowed to access this trail corridor.

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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: Ventana Camp Trail

Postby fat popi on Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:10 pm

Date Hiked: April 7, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Myself and 4 other memebers of the Big Sur Rec Crew wemt oit and spent a monday and tuesday pulling more PO and clearing the trail to pack stamdard...

Trail wide open , in most places 2 ft clear on each side of trail from top down.

Still require 2 crosscuts,althought the bottom walk around could be walked around by pack animals. So that one rotton oak is th only real issue rom this trail being wilderness superhighway
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Re: Ventana Camp Trail

Postby fat popi on Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:05 pm

Date Hiked: March 30, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Locked out of big sur trail work for most of marxh by high water and work in big sur,I focused my attenrion to this trail after seeing Franco and Lynn out with students from down south.
They started 700 ft from the bottom and worked up the hill. I worked from top down.
The yrail os now WIDE open from the top(also I have cleared .2 before turn off on pine ridge,and .3 after.)
When I say wide open,I mean it. Also I got most,soon all of the poison oak on the sections that I did mot clear(the student trip did not pull,trim PO)
I have one more day of cleaning up, and need 2 crosscuts to declare this trail wilderness superhwy.
The crosscuts are
1 the rotten oak that has to be starddled,been there for years.
2 10yrds before bottom of trail,right before camp, oak rootball crossing trail,I made a walk around...
Get out and hoke!
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Re: Ventana Camp Trail

Postby Nodus on Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:25 pm

Date Hiked: October 17, 2015
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Easy to follow, hard to navigate. Encroaching bush, a few areas where the tread was missing due to dead falls.

LOTS OF POISON OAK.

This isn't really a trail issue, but lots of elevation gain/loss on this trail.
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Re: Ventana Camp Trail

Postby UCBGradstudent001 on Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:35 pm

Date Hiked: July 17, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

This trail was relatively passable, but the overgrown arms of small trees for almost the entire way down meant you had to give the person in front of you a good 10 feet of space to avoid getting wacked. The path was clear, but mostly because getting off-trial was nearly impossible until the end. There was one point where the trail had eroded to the point where walking on it was tenuous, but a fallen tree actually helped by providing a bridge over the eroded section. Poison oak was present everywhere and at all heights, however everyone in our party wore shorts and came away with plenty of scratches but no itching/rashes.

As long as you take it slow (it's a steep drop anyway, so you should) the overgrowth and poison oak are manageable.
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Re: Ventana Camp Trail

Postby mikesplain on Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:09 am

Date Hiked: August 6, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Posted by Gier:

-Very strenuous, steep and in some areas have very loose sand that makes it very slippery.
-The first half of the descend has a lot of encroaching vegetation on the trail. Trail is small but still easy and simple to follow. The second half of the trail has thinner vegetation.
-The POISON OAK in this area is really bad, it was as high as my chest. It mixes with the thick encroaching vegetation so be wary and careful.
-Ventana Camp has a lot of water and is fairly clean
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Re: Ventana Camp Trail

Postby rickahill77 on Thu May 23, 2013 10:46 am

Date Hiked: May 20, 2013
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Contrary to the April report by Justin, I found the VC trail about the same as last summer: no sign, first third of one mile trail overgrown, narrow, with occasionally unavoidable poison oak and tread washouts in patches. Rest of the descent is fine. New feature at swimming spot near camp: huge fallen redwood spanning the river right at the old diving place. Sandbar has encroached upon deep area, but it's possible to climb on the tree, walk halfway across, and jump into 6-8 foot deep spot that's still there.
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Re: Ventana Camp Trail

Postby justin_baker on Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:47 pm

Date Hiked: April 4, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

I went down this trail last spring and it was overgrown at the top. If you didn't already know about ventana camp, you wouldn't even see the trail.
The trail has been completely restored and the camp is now being well used. All of the brush has been cut back and all of the fallen trees have been removed.
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Re: Ventana Camp Trail

Postby justin_baker on Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:53 pm

Date Hiked: May 29, 2012
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

The Junction is easy to miss. There will be a cut off to the side of the trail and a small, cleared area where people have obviously stopped for the night. Past that clearing is the trail. At the beginning of the trail, it can get a little confusing. You will take more than a few wrong turns but quickly figure out that it's the wrong way. Just be patient and persistent and you will get there. It could be frustrating to do at night. Soon the trail gets more defined and takes some switchbacks down the slope. We met a guy who was camping there and clearing the trail, so it may be in better shape now. There was plenty of deadfall but nothing too crazy.

I would recommend wearing pants when heading down the trail. My legs got a little scrapped up from the plants and there is poison oak everywhere.

Ventana Camp is an average place. It was kind of weedy and there was a lot of dead, dry grass everywhere. Just a little ugly in some spots. It most likely doesn't get many visitors. On a busy weekend, it would be a good alternative to the crowded Terrace Creek. You could likely be alone and make as much noise as you wanted. I hate having to whisper and be quiet because of others camped nearby.
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