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The Vicente Flat Trail is one of the medium usage trails within the Ventana Wilderness (Los Padres National Forest - Monterey Ranger District). It is also one of the Focus Trails on the District. Over the past several years, a large number of trees, ranging from a few inches to more than four feet in diameter have fallen on the trail, causing damage to the trail, hazard to hikers, and utterly blocking pack stock from all but a couple miles near the coast. In addition, on that lower section, substantial sections of the trail have been pushed as much as 20 feet below the original alignment, mostly through growth of vegetation pushing the tread downhill.
(Survey - May 16, 2005) Mike H and I (Robert P), surveyed the trail from the Cone Peak Road down to Highway 1. We collected data which is tabulated in the Survey Document linked on that webpage. GPS info is available in Garmin (.gdb) and MapTech (.txf/.mxf) formats by request. While our main goal was to document the logs down on the trail, we did also note other issues such as brush, slumped tread and storm damage. Some minor brushing and clearing of small logs (<6") was accomplished on this trip. Updated (7/9/05) Survey in .rtf format The survey is a Rich Text Format (.rtf). It can be viewed on a large monitor, or printed out in landscape orientation on legal size paper. Original (5/16/05) Survey is here.
(Logging - June 11-12, 2005) The first logging trip was the weekend of June 11 and 12, 2005. Base camp was Espinosa Camp, ~3 miles in from the coast. All logs between the coast and Espinosa Camp were removed, and substantial work between Espinosa Camp and Vicente Flat Camp was accomplished.
(Logging - June 25-27, 2005) The second logging trip was the weekend of June 25 through 27, 2005. Base camp was Vicente Flat Camp, ~5 miles in from the coast. All logs between Espinosa Camp and Vicente Flat Camp were removed, and substantial work above Vicente Flat Camp was accomplished.
(Logging - July 9-10, 2005) The third logging trip was the weekend of July 9 and 10, 2005. Base camp was Vicente Flat Camp, ~2 miles in from the Cone Peak Road. All logs that created substantial obstacles for backpackers above Vicente Flat were removed.
The second survey was on July 15th, 2005 as a downhill dayhike the length of the trail. Minor brushing and long-handled pruner snipping of poison oak was undertaken, mostly above Hare Creek. New deadfall was pruned back. No change in general trail conditions
Robert Parks' personal commentary
Dry and very warm, we were very glad to be hiking downhill.
I carried only hand pruners and long-handled poison oak pruners, could have used a small folding saw a couple times (on new deadfall).
Hare Creek - What a relief to reach the shade and cool creek after the descent from the Cone Peak Road.
Trailside Camp - A pleasant relaxing spot for lunch.
Log #18 - Such joy to walk casually along the trail where sketchy clambering and sliding down steep slopes used to be required.
Vicente Flat Camp - Beautiful, as always.
Hare Ridge - The view off the toe of Hare Ridge, with a hint of the cool breezes to come.
No significant logging was accomplished this trip.
Images (large thumbnails(~20K) and larger linked images(~150K))
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Maps with track and waypoints (click on images for medium size maps)
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Section 4 (164K)
Section 3 (145K)
Section 2 (171K)
Section 1 (120K)
Back to Vicente Flat Trail Logging Project PageJuly 15, 2005 - Vicente Flat Trail Survey / Robert Parks / email@example.com / revised November '05