Double Cone Quarterly
A Window on the Wilderness
Fall Equinox 2001 || Volume IV, Number 3

L O S T      T R A I L S

Old Coast Trail, Part Three

Trails and Homesteads from Redwood Gulch to Cape San Martin

Compiled and drawn by Phil Williamson


A s you'll recall from the last issue of The Double Cone Quarterly, the next few installments of Lost Trails will be devoted to the Old Coast Trail, the only route down the Big Sur Coast until the completion of Highway 1 in 1937.

In the Spring Equinox '01 issue we began the series with the section of the trail between Rockland Landing and Gamboa Point. In the last issue, we moved down the Coast for a look at the old trail between the San Luis Obispo County line and Redwood Gulch, including the Salmon Creek area.

In this issue, we're going to continue north from where we left off last time and take in the scenery from Redwood Gulch up to Cape San Martin, including the Los Burros mining district, as it was circa 1921. Then maybe next time we'll jump up the coast again and take a look at the Old Coast Trail north of Gamboa Point. Or maybe not. One of our goals here at the DCQ is to keep our readers guessing.


The Lost Trails feature has run in ten of the eleven issues so far published of The Double Cone Quarterly, and quite frankly we're starting to run out of material. So if you know of a long-overgrown trail you'd like to see included in a future installment of Lost Trails, please don't hesitate to let us know.

NOTE: Although the area shown on the maps below is mostly within the boundaries of the National Forest, there are large blocks of private property as well, and any attempt to find these old trails today should be carefully planned to avoid trespassing. Trail locations shown on the map are approximate.



USGS Cape San Martin 15' Quad Map, 1921



USGS 15 Minute Series, Cape San Martin Quadrangle, 1921


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