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Skyline to the Sea trail closed?
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christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Skyline to the Sea trail closed? on 12/22/2011 16:36:36 MST Print View

My wife and I were planning to backpack the skyline to the sea trail next week, and the ranger just told me all trail camps are closed until May. Does anyone else have any insite into this?

In the past I've only done this during the winter months.

Stephan Doyle
Re: Skyline to the Sea trail closed? on 12/22/2011 22:11:22 MST Print View

Was the case last year as well. I think (?) 2010-11 it was still open though. I suspect it's largely a budgeting issue.

You may be able to negotiate parking at the end points and staying at the car camping campground in Big Basin. You could stay the first night at Castle Rock's campground (~3 mile hike in) to make it a weekend.

Matthew Black
Re: Skyline to the Sea trail closed? on 12/22/2011 22:28:31 MST Print View

I am aware that Castle Rock is scheduled to close in 2012 but the camp closure is bad news. I have a week off after Christmas and thought I could devote a couple days to Skyline to the Sea.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Skyline to the Sea trail closed? on 12/23/2011 12:01:12 MST Print View

Christopher...first I have heard of this and I live in the vicinity. One thing you might be able to do is just hike to Big Basin instead of staying at the trail camp. You will need a reservation at Big Basin in order to do so. The mileage to the camp is 19 miles and it is pretty much downhill to Big Basin. I did it and if I can surely you can do those miles in a day. That would leave you with a two day trip to get to Hwy 1. The second day is 12 miles which I finished by noon. It is a pretty easy hike. Please keep in mind the first day you are traveling along Hwy 9 for a good part of the morning

Jason G
(JasonG) - F

Locale: iceberg lake
yes.. on 12/23/2011 20:40:46 MST Print View

I did the trail 2 weeks ago. Yes the trail camps were closed so we just stealth camped a a mile or so before the headquarters. I suppose it could have been risky but we had smallish packs and stayed to the trail going through the headquarters. It was a day after that major windstorm so there was a LOT of branches and downed tree's on the trail. hopefully they've cleared em by now. if we had seen a ranger on the first day we prob woulda said we were gunna stay at the headquarters camp.. 2nd day maybe say we got dropped off and were going down to camp at the beach and walk back up the next day. Im not really sure what citation would be if we were caught? trespassing?

Stephan Doyle
Re: yes.. on 12/23/2011 22:24:56 MST Print View

Jason, what did you do for parking? I never found a good spot to leave my car for stealth camping.

Jason G
(JasonG) - F

Locale: iceberg lake
parking on 12/27/2011 14:37:32 MST Print View

at the top we parked in this turnabout.

(click street view.. we parked next to the callbox),-122.118513%20%2827530–27718%20CA-9,%20Saratoga,%20CA%20%2095014,%20United%20States%29

We drove around a bit and there were no 'no parking' signs anywhere on that side so we went for it.

At the bottom from what i remember there didn't use to be 'no overnight' parking signs next to the main gate but there are now so we drove up and ways and found another little turnout that didn't have any signs.

(click street view.. right next to the log),-122.274536%20%283600–3622%20Cabrillo%20Hwy,%20Santa%20Cruz,%20CA%20%2095060,%20United%20States%29