Oct 29, 2010 at 10:10 am #1264933
Mid November, any interest in a Big Sur, Ventana, Los Padres trip?Oct 29, 2010 at 10:19 am #1659276
@clbowdenLocale: Berkeley Hills
Maybe, have any specific details?Oct 29, 2010 at 10:23 am #1659278
Nope. Open to ideas and suggestions. I'd like to bring my daughter to this one, so it won't be a very fast, very far kind of a trip. Sykes could work, but it tends to be crowded. Pico Blanco maybe, or?Oct 29, 2010 at 2:57 pm #1659347
–B.G.–Oct 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm #1659348
I'm looking for a backpacking trip in Nov without snow.
Vincente Flats is about 6 miles in and has a small grove of redwoods.(Cone Peak).
The hike from Bothchers gap to Pat Springs also is a good trip and less chance of poison oak.Oct 29, 2010 at 6:44 pm #1659427
I'll look those up, sounds like either would work.Oct 29, 2010 at 6:49 pm #1659428
"The hike from Bothchers gap to Pat Springs also is a good trip and less chance of poison oak."
The trail from Botchers Gap to Pat Spring was full of poison oak in 1985, but that was a long time ago.
–B.G.–Oct 29, 2010 at 8:26 pm #1659454
@creachenLocale: East Bay
Hey Katharina I would have interest- I am sure you have been to Big Basin many times over the years being so close to you..Let me know what you come up with. I'm trying to keep my monthly backpacking streak still alive.Oct 29, 2010 at 8:31 pm #1659457
Anywhere in Big Sur there is poison oak, I was at Pat Spring in 2008 and it just seemed it was less thick once you, got farther inland, away from the Coast. We camped at Vincente Flats Last Nov and as far as I know no got poison oak but it's there as well.
We camped in the Big Trees, the little meadow had plenty of Poison Oak.Oct 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm #1659484
I'd love to tag along. I dont have mid-Nov worked out yet but it seems doable right now.Oct 30, 2010 at 7:29 am #1659530
I'd be in if it is cool. My back is completely healed and I have not slept outside for a long time…………..Oct 30, 2010 at 8:49 am #1659543
What would work better, the second or the third weekend? Is anyone interested in getting to the area Friday night and make it a two nighter? Any more input as far as which exact location?Oct 30, 2010 at 10:39 am #1659566
Second for me. I can only do one night thoughOct 30, 2010 at 12:57 pm #1659600
I think i can go either weekend so far. I'd rather go for 2 or 3 nights if anyone can do that. I got some tweaking to do on my rain gear by then.Oct 30, 2010 at 1:42 pm #1659608
The 2nd weekend is better for me but either weekend works.
no bear cannister, you can build a fire, on a clear night very bright stars.
To get to Vincente Flats you start at the Kirk Creek campsite on Highway 1, the trail is across the street. It looks like this as you hike in.
It's an easy hike into Vincente flats, if it's 2 nights you have the option of climbing Cone Peak, Then Hiking out on Sunday the same way you came in. (about 6 miles
or Pat Spring is also a great trip.
View from ridge at Pat Spring tripOct 30, 2010 at 3:32 pm #1659647
Deleted to avoid confusionOct 30, 2010 at 3:46 pm #1659652
Kat both options are great…I can only do one night which is Sat. due to work. With that said, I would love to attend if possibleOct 30, 2010 at 3:58 pm #1659658
If anyone knows a decent trail map of the area that i can see online that would be great. Sounds like 2nd week is most popular so I'll work on that one.Oct 30, 2010 at 4:03 pm #1659659
One night is best for me as wellOct 30, 2010 at 4:11 pm #1659663
Adan I really dond't think there are any good maps of this region. I have not seen any Tom Harrison maps done for this area. Ventana is kind of a "wild area" so to speak. I will look around.Oct 30, 2010 at 4:12 pm #1659664
Anthony, since I have met you before, in Yosemite at Rancheria a few years ago. If you wanted to meet at the trailhead, I would like some company hikingOct 30, 2010 at 4:15 pm #1659666
How good of a topo map do you need?
I have the National Geographic TOPO! maps of all California on CD (set of 11). If I knew exactly where you need, I can furnish a few large map files in JPEG format and send those. But then you would have to print them out in color on large paper.
–B.G.–Oct 30, 2010 at 4:29 pm #1659668
Edited to avoid confusion.Oct 30, 2010 at 11:09 pm #1659746
Sure Ken glad to hike in with you.
But let's see what Kat picks for a destination and starting day for the trip.
Looking forward to the trek.Oct 30, 2010 at 11:35 pm #1659754
After consulting with Anthony, we came up with this plan. Meet Saturday morning at 10 am at Kirk Creek Campground. Hike into Vincente Flat and spend the night. Sunday some will hike back out, others can stay and day hike to Cone Peak, 12 miles roundtrip back to Vincente Flat, and hike out on Monday.
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