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Re: Bear Basin Connector

Postby Jim Ringland on Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:57 pm

Date Hiked: April 13, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Like the adjacent Bear Basin Trail, this mixes brushy and open sections. In some places the brush is coming in from both sides, and if the whole trail had been like that, I’d have rated the trail as difficult. Fortunately, the bad stuff is relatively short. Note the deadfall shown in the April 8, 2021 report is actually on the Bear Basin Trail, although just a few hundred feet below the lower end of this trail.
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Re: Bear Basin Connector

Postby VWA_Ranger on Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:37 pm

Date Hiked: April 8, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

*** 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 were on the Bear Basin Connector. They cleared 11 downed trees and closed of several use trails with strategically placed logs and rocks.


Trail conditions are as follows:


PRT Jct. to Pine Valley Camp - Passable, There are 4 downed trees ranging from 18 to 25 inches across the trail. Lots of encroaching brush.

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Tree down on Bear Basin Connector.
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Re: Bear Basin Connector

Postby Hiking Metal Maniac on Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:33 pm

Date Hiked: March 27, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Traveling SE from Bear Basin Trail Junction to Pine Ridge Trail, brush encroaching, heavily in certain spots. Some downfall to climb over, and a few thick patches of brush to army crawl beneath.
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Re: Bear Basin Connector

Postby zenko on Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:12 pm

Date Hiked: April 2, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Nice views of the Ventana Cone and Bear Basin at the westerly end of this little connector. Just a bit of tricky deadfall for a overnight backpacker near that end, mostly clear with very evident tread. Ceanothus tunnels are narrowing a bit, but not too bad at all. Clear signage at the easterly end of the trail.
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Re: Bear Basin Connector

Postby KilaMoon on Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:54 pm

Date Hiked: December 31, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

I just hiked the Bear Basin connector trail on 12/31/2018 and it was passable, but mostly clear. There were a few spots where the growth was encroaching the trail, but the tread was clear and all obstacles were easily avoided or passable. The Bear Basin trail (not the connector trail...) was totally gone, I didn't even see it as an option, and I was looking because my hope was to get to Bear Basin Camp. Oh well, it was a beautiful (and steep at parts!) hike that looped around to Pine Ridge and was thoroughly enjoyable.

[Ed.: the Bear Basin Trail starts at Pine Valley and the Connector takes off at the top of the ridge, leading to the Pine Ridge Trail. So if you did the loop, you were on the Bear Basin Trail for part of the way. It is beyond the Connector and down into Bear Basin that the trail becomes impassable.]
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Re: Bear Basin Connector

Postby Megan Sebay on Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:41 am

Date Hiked: May 9, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Getting pretty brushy on both the Bear Basin Trail and the connector. We broke back a bunch of branches to get through, but there's plenty left to clear. There's also a spot about midway on the connector where a big dead tree has come down across the trail. The trail continues left along the tree, NOT forward. It took us a minute to spot it.
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Re: Bear Basin Connector

Postby pantilat on Tue May 29, 2018 11:36 am

Date Hiked: May 27, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Voracious spring growth of ceanothus is really closing up sections of this trail with brush interlocking at eye level in sections. In addition, the weight of the prolific white ceanothus flower blooms is causing the brush tunnel to collapse. The difference between my last visit 1.5 months ago and now was substantial. Fortunately, the blow downs have been removed on this trail and the tread underneath the brush is still obvious. However, this trail will need some brushing to clear out the tunnel or it will transition to "Difficult" soon.

Note that the Bear Basin Connector officially goes from the Pine Ridge Trail to a junction with the Bear Basin Trail, but for practical purposes there isn't a junction anymore. At this "junction" the south part of the Bear Basin trail used to drop south into Bear Basin but that stretch of trail is disappearing with no tread and brush. The north part of the Bear Basin Trail continues north into Pine Valley and is maintained. Most hikers want to go from Pine Valley to the Pine Ridge Trail (or vice versa) and will transition from the Bear Basin Trail to the Bear Basin Connector Trail without even noticing.
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Re: Bear Basin Connector

Postby jack_glendening on Thu May 03, 2018 12:04 pm

Date Hiked: May 2, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Path is evident but brushy at eye level - I had to break out my eye protection goggles.

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Re: Bear Basin Connector

Postby Wilderwill2 on Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:20 am

Date Hiked: March 13, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Alan, Bob and I, Will (Wilderwill) spent a few days in Pine Valley and hiked part way into Bear Basin. We did some clearing on the Bear Basin Connector. The trail from Pine Valley is mostly clear with some brush intruding, but easily passible, tread evident.

Nearer to the top, we cut 3 smaller (4" diam.) dead fall trees and cleared obstructing brush. There are still 4 large dead fall (8"-10", too large for our saw) 3 dead fall to step-over and one climb-under farther up. But the trail is now passable.

The other end of the BB Connector at Pine Ridge Trail needs work, poor tread with intruding brush.

The trail into Bear Basin has deteriorated and hard to follow, so we didn't go very far.
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Re: Bear Basin Connector

Postby mikesplain on Wed May 15, 2013 3:34 pm

Date Hiked: May 10, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Maybe "clear" is generous, but I found this short connector trail to be in better shape than the Pine Ridge Trail above.
Still, it could definitely use bit of tread repair and some more careful brushing- let's call sections merely "passable".
On May 11th, five University students from the UCSC Recreation Department installed a directional sign at the top,
so anyone ascending this connector should have no problem navigating when they reach the PRT.
No one else seen on the trail on this day.
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