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Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
November, Big Sur on 10/29/2010 11:10:42 MDT Print View

Mid November, any interest in a Big Sur, Ventana, Los Padres trip?

Casey Bowden
(clbowden) - MLife

Locale: Berkeley Hills
Re: November, Big Sur on 10/29/2010 11:19:53 MDT Print View

Maybe, have any specific details?

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
nope on 10/29/2010 11:23:00 MDT Print View

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?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: nope on 10/29/2010 15:57:27 MDT Print View

Pat Spring.


--B.G.--

Anthony Weston
(anthonyweston) - MLife

Locale: Southern CA
nov backpack on 10/29/2010 15:58:43 MDT Print View

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.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
November on 10/29/2010 19:44:44 MDT Print View

I'll look those up, sounds like either would work.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: nov backpack on 10/29/2010 19:49:39 MDT Print View

"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.--

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
November,Big Sur or Big Basin on 10/29/2010 21:26:38 MDT Print View

dscn0577

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.

Anthony Weston
(anthonyweston) - MLife

Locale: Southern CA
Poison Oak on 10/29/2010 21:31:37 MDT Print View

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.

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Never been on 10/29/2010 23:11:12 MDT Print View

I'd love to tag along. I dont have mid-Nov worked out yet but it seems doable right now.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Never been on 10/30/2010 08:29:14 MDT Print View

I'd be in if it is cool. My back is completely healed and I have not slept outside for a long time..............

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Second or third weekend? on 10/30/2010 09:49:10 MDT Print View

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?

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Second or third weekend? on 10/30/2010 11:39:14 MDT Print View

Second for me. I can only do one night though

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Either weekend on 10/30/2010 13:57:20 MDT Print View

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.

Anthony Weston
(anthonyweston) - MLife

Locale: Southern CA
nov on 10/30/2010 14:42:58 MDT Print View

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.Cone Peak

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.pat spring on a good day

View from ridge at Pat Spring tripx

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
nice on 10/30/2010 16:32:46 MDT Print View

Deleted to avoid confusion

Edited by Kat_P on 10/31/2010 18:52:46 MDT.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: nice on 10/30/2010 16:46:05 MDT Print View

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 possible

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Sounds good on 10/30/2010 16:58:03 MDT Print View

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.

Anthony Weston
(anthonyweston) - MLife

Locale: Southern CA
nov on 10/30/2010 17:03:24 MDT Print View

One night is best for me as well

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: nov on 10/30/2010 17:11:33 MDT Print View

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.