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The Arroyo Seco Trail connects Memorial Campground (and the Santa Lucia Trail) with the Coast Ridge Trail. It gains about 2500' in the 5.0 miles up to the Coast Ridge. We stayed at Lower Forks Camp (1.7 miles in), and worked between the second river crossing (2.0 miles) and Madrone Camp (3.0 miles).
Trip Leader: Dave Knapp. Crewmembers: Robert Parks, Mark Maslow, Dave Nelson, Robert Knapp, Judy Boyer, John Yeo. Forest Service: Pat Bailey, Luke Crenkle.
Our original information was that the trail deteriorated rapidly past the second river crossing, prior to that the trail was known to be in "Wilderness Freeway" condition. As it turned out, the section from there to False Madrone Camp (at the third river crossing) was in relatively good condition with minor brush encroachment and several step-over logs. Between False Madrone Camp and Madrone Camp the going got more challenging with various larger and more hazardous trees down and some unpleasantly brushy areas, although the tread was generally in good shape.
Brush, logs and deadfall removed from the second river crossing to False Madrone Camp - Wilderness Freeway. Above False Madrone Camp, some logs, deadfall and brush removed, several duck-under and climb-overs remain, as well as one short but sketchy trail diversion - Passable.
Thoughts on wedges
Hot and dry during the day, cooling rapidly in the evenings, fairly brisk at night. Temperatures moderated (at both ends) over the weekend.
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Map of trailwork location and route detail maps, route to camp in red and trailwork area in green
Detailed Map (510K)
Detailed map of trailwork location (lower section), route in red and obstacles noted in blue
Detailed Map (180K)
Detailed map of trailwork location (upper sections), route in red and obstacles noted in blue
Detailed Map (205K)
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