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kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
los padres NF gene marshall/piedra blanca trail on 02/13/2013 08:01:21 MST Print View

planning to hit the los padres gene marshall /piedra blanca trail from the reyes creek side and hike thru the whole trail which will end at the sespe river trail at rose valley road

going to shoot for april 27 28 29 th saturday thru monday

the plan so far will be to hike from the trailhead at camp shiedeck to beartrap camp on day one then beartrap to three mile camp or possibly pine mopuntain lodge camp if everyone is up for it

come on out and join the fun with some fellow bpl ers for a fun trip

should be a great trip thanks to nick b (nico) for the awesome map !!

we tried to do this trip last year and on the weekend we were going to go we had a big storm which closed lockwood valley road so we could not access the trailhead
this year we are shooting for a later date so hopefully it won t happen again

all are welcome to come along please post up if you are interrested or have any questions

kevin

Kyle McMahon
(kcamcmahon) - F

Locale: I live in Bakersfield Ca
Im in on 02/15/2013 13:26:50 MST Print View

Im In Kevin. Iv got the days off and excited to go

Edited by kcamcmahon on 02/15/2013 21:14:13 MST.

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
los padres NF gene marshall/piedra blanca trail on 02/19/2013 22:36:19 MST Print View

I'm in also.

Edited by jumpbackjack on 02/19/2013 22:36:52 MST.

kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
gene marshall on 02/24/2013 12:31:19 MST Print View

sunday bump

anyone else wanna join in the fun ??

Angus A.
(mangus7175) - F

Locale: http://theshadedtrail.blogspot.com
Re: gene marshall on 03/07/2013 14:27:52 MST Print View

Interested...I've only been to Willett. This might be a good idea for me to get familiar with the trail.

Would it be possible to get more details on the daily mileages, etc.?

Thanks!

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
los padres NF gene marshall/piedra blanca trail on 03/07/2013 18:54:46 MST Print View

Not sure yet if I can make this trip; will have to check in again as the date approaches. It's actually at a good time in my training routine (for an upcoming race in May) that I may get a friend or two together and just run the entire length as a day run and plan to run into you guys at some point on the trail to say hi.

Anyway, to answer questions about the trail, it's about 18 miles from end to end.

Figure on day 1 being about 5 miles to Beartrap Camp. Some gentle climbs on the way there but pretty mellow overall. Camp near Beartrap Creek.

Day 2 to 3 mile camp is probably 6 miles; steady uphill for the first three or so miles climbing up Beartrap Creek and then you reach the saddle as you approach Haddock Camp and things sorta' level out. From Haddock Camp onward you'll be hiking along Pidera Blanca Creek; probably not much water in the creek until you get closer to 3 Mile camp.

Pine Mountain Lodge camp is another 2 miles or so past and has a small but reliable spring nearby. Some minor ups and downs along the way.

From Pine Mountain Lodge to the Piedras Blancas TH is about 5 miles or so, mostly downhill or flat. Lots of water available as you get closer to Twin Forks Camp.

For elevation, figure you start at Camp Sheideck at around 3800', top out just around 6200' and then finish at 3200'.

Lots of cool rock formations to explore all along the entire trail including some interesting archaeological sites if you know where to look.

Here's a link to the trail map on Gmap4: http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?ll=34.66199,-119.281031&t=t4&z=14&hillshade=18&coord=latlng&directions=off&label=off&layers=off&streetview=on

Edited by NickB on 03/07/2013 18:56:06 MST.

kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
gene marshall on 03/07/2013 18:57:36 MST Print View

hi magnus

looks like we will probably hike about 6-7 miles a day

im thinking if we can make it to beartrap camp by early afternoon we can decide if we want to keep going from there but tenativly the plan was to hike to beartrap on day one then head to three mile or possibly pine mountain lodge camp on day 2
about 6-8 miles depending on where we end up then hike the rest of the way out on day three i too have never done this trail i have only been as far as oak flat on the sespe river trail but never been to willet

i think this will be a good hike to check out the northern ish side of the los padres we will see i have heard the terrain out there varies quite a bit so we will just have to see how everyone feels when we arrive in camp and decide if we want to continue hiking or start fresh in the morning either way it will be a great time

shoot me a pm if you need more details or have any questions should be a great trip

kevin

kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
gene marshall on 03/07/2013 19:05:49 MST Print View

thanks for the info nick

i was going to pm you but haven t had time to get to it yet

sounds like water is availible at most camps so thats good news

ill check in with you as the trip gets closer and see if you are up for it

kevin

Angus A.
(mangus7175) - F

Locale: http://theshadedtrail.blogspot.com
Re: gene marshall on 03/07/2013 19:42:26 MST Print View

Thanks Nick/Kevin for the info. I was just trying to figure out mileages for my water consumption plan. This trip is right up my alley. Ill keep an eye on this thread if anything changes but i should be able to make it.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: los padres NF gene marshall/piedra blanca trail on 03/07/2013 19:49:36 MST Print View

I won't know for sure until we get a bit closer but I think I'll try and get out there for one night of this, likely Saturday, then turn back. It would be good to see some of you again.

kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
gene marshall on 03/07/2013 20:00:27 MST Print View

hey craig

yea definatly come on out it will be good to see you again

and if you decide to bring that goofball sidekick of yours (adan lopez)

well i guess that would be fine too he he just kidding adan if you happen to read this

anyway if you can swing it head on out all are welcome to join the fun

kevin

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: los padres NF gene marshall/piedra blanca trail on 03/07/2013 20:05:56 MST Print View

I have no idea if I will be able to make it or not, but If I can I would love to join you guys. I haven't been to the southern district of los padres yet. I have a friend who I would ask to come along as well.

What kind of temperatures could you expect at night? Probably really warm?

Anthony Weston
(anthonyweston) - MLife

Locale: Southern CA
backpack on 03/07/2013 20:30:59 MST Print View

Sounds great, I'd like to stretch my legs and get out

kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
gene marshall on 03/07/2013 20:58:26 MST Print View

looks like the trip is shaping up to be a good one

as to the weather its too far out to tell but im guessing that time of year will be warm days and pleasant nights will have to check the forecast as we get closer to the date

all are welcome bpl ers and friends as well as newcommers so come on out for a quick overnighter or hike the whole trail with us and enjoy some great central cal scenery


kevin

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
RE gene marshall on 03/07/2013 23:16:58 MST Print View

Kevin forgot to mention that there will need to be car shuttles from one trail head to the other, so we will need to figure out the car statous.

Anthony,

I hope you make it out, would really like to meet you after seeing so many of your post.

@ Craig/Adan you know you wana go!, as for everybody else, it will be good to see old friends and meet some new ones, this shouild be a great trip.

Jack

Anthony Weston
(anthonyweston) - MLife

Locale: Southern CA
trip on 03/10/2013 11:26:24 MDT Print View

thanks for the welcome, let's talk as this gets closer.

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Los Padres on 03/28/2013 09:18:08 MDT Print View

Yes! I had a good time last time we did this. I hope I can go. Thanks Kevin and Mangus for the heads up! Wisner probably wasnt even going to mention it until the night before when he would say something like "hey, how about instead of going to bed right now, you come to my house and we run 56 miles to a BPL meetup in Los Padres?".

kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
getting closer on 03/29/2013 08:29:21 MDT Print View

4 weeks out

looking foward to getting out there with others from the ca bpl family

all are welcome first timers or repeat offenders lol come on out and have a great weekend hiking in the los padres just don t camp to close to jack if you want any sleep at night (ask me how i know lol )

kevin

Anthony Weston
(anthonyweston) - MLife

Locale: Southern CA
Los Padres on 03/30/2013 08:37:05 MDT Print View

I'm out, I re-injured myself.
Enjoy your trek.
Anthony

Angus A.
(mangus7175) - F

Locale: http://theshadedtrail.blogspot.com
Re: getting closer on 03/30/2013 11:30:29 MDT Print View

Still keeping an eye on this but due to recent events, I may not be able to join you guys. Wife got into a car wreck and all backpacking expenses are put on hold :(

kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
los padres on 04/12/2013 20:20:44 MDT Print View

weekend bump

two weeks away guys if you are interrested shout out should be good weather and

lots of fun espically if you sleep close to jacks tarp :)

kevin

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Los Padres on 04/12/2013 20:36:26 MDT Print View

I still have this on my radar and plan on coming out for Saturday night and leaving Sunday morning, likely with my son. I still have to check back with Adan and see if he's coming too.

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
Los Padres on 04/12/2013 21:56:32 MDT Print View

Graig,

If you guys make it out I'll bring some really, really nice cupcakes from our local bakery, just a little temptation for ya! What flavor do you like? or should I ask, are you allergic to any thing? Maybe I should just suprise you with one of their many flavors, like Lemon with White Chocolate which was featured in the Oprah magazine, this thing melts in your mouth. I may have to bring some for everybody now, LOL. I can, just need to know how many are coming and who wants one.

Jack

Edited by jumpbackjack on 04/12/2013 21:58:53 MDT.

kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
cupcakes on 04/13/2013 07:38:29 MDT Print View

i dont need any temptation jack i just need you to bring three cupcakes just for me

i need one for each day of the trip in all different flavors i will be able to hike 15 miles a day with the sugar rush from those things but they sure are yummy

kevin

Erik Dietz
(erikdtz) - M

Locale: Los Angeles
Hi on 04/13/2013 13:50:20 MDT Print View

If this is still going on and I can escape from work, I'll be there for Saturday and Sunday. I was just up in the Sespe Wilderness two weekends ago and it was beautiful. Warm and pretty windy. Where do you guys plan on meeting Saturday morning?

Erik

kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
gene marshall on 04/14/2013 21:58:07 MDT Print View

hi erik

trip is still on so come on out i have to work out some details but the plan will be to meet at the gene marshall piedra blanca trail head at camp shiedeck saturday
morning im going to try to shoot for 9-30 to 10 ish am once i have a tenative final head count of everyone attending i will post up the meeting time and directions for anyone needing them



kevin

kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
getting closer on 04/18/2013 08:08:49 MDT Print View

little over a week left

im going to go pick up adventure passes this weekend so if anyone needs any please post up and i can pick them up for you these are required in the lp national forrest

however i do not know how heavily they are enforced anyway better to have them just in case

should be a good trip

kevin

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
getting closer on 04/18/2013 08:38:07 MDT Print View

Kevin,
can we get a head count.

kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
head count on 04/20/2013 19:24:37 MDT Print View

7 days left guys and im trying to get a tentative head count

please chime in if you are even remotely interrested in going on this trip

we are currently looking at a plan b option if this trip has no interrest

so far the trip is a go but if we decide to go with plan b i will make that decision and announcement later this week

let me know yea or naa if you think you will make it out

thanks guys

kevin

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: head count on 04/20/2013 19:36:52 MDT Print View

I'll be there with my son. Not sure what time I'll hit the trail so I'll just hike in solo and plan on meeting you guys at Bear camp.

Adan can't make it.
I might be bringing another friend and his son, but he hasn't committed (I think it's unlikely).

If you guys have a plan B and want to do something else, go for it, don't worry about me. I'll likely head up the Sespe or backpack somewhere else with my son either way.

kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
los padres on 04/20/2013 20:24:07 MDT Print View

not trying to abort the trip

just wanted to see if anyone was still on board for it

i am bringing my 8 yr old son with me so that will work out good

trip is still a go as of this point

kevin

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: los padres on 04/20/2013 21:18:40 MDT Print View

I have to bail on this.

Hikin' Jim
(hikin_jim)

Locale: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Re: Re: los padres on 04/21/2013 08:19:25 MDT Print View

I'm tied up that weekend, but that looks like a super trip in an area that I'd like to hit. I hope you'll post a TR.

HJ
Adventures in Stoving

Matthew mcgurk
(phatpacker) - F

Locale: Central coast California
suggestions on 04/21/2013 22:29:29 MDT Print View

Highly suggest just camping at heartbreak seems to me like a better camp.then pine moutain lodge. Although you may want to check out condor trail page on Facebook to check current water conditions

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: los padres on 04/25/2013 17:40:44 MDT Print View

Who all is going on this?

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
Los Padres trip on 04/25/2013 18:52:21 MDT Print View

Looks like I'm out. My weekend is looking like it will be filled with domestic duties and a training run or two closer to home instead. Bummer. Hope you guys have fun if you still go.

Lets work on planning a fun loop out this way for next winter. Jan/Feb in Los Padres is my favorite time out there. Plenty of water, cool temps, no snakes or ticks, few people... life is good...

kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
los padres on 04/25/2013 22:14:17 MDT Print View

so far

the head count will be at 5 if craig and his son are still planning on heading out
there

have not heard from erik d yet as to if he will be in for saturday night

the plan will be to meet at the trail head at camp shiedeck around 9-30-10 am saturday morning and hike to beartrap camp for saturday night

if you are going to be later than 10 am which is fine we may just meet you at beartrap (about 5 miles in from trailhead

to get to trailhead take hwy 33 to lockwood walley road and turn left if heading south right if heading north follow lockwood valley road easterly for aproximatly 3.5 miles to the sign for camp sheideck and make a right follow the shgort road to the trailhead

hope everyone is still planning to attend should be a nice time out there might be a tad warm but it is what it is

see ya saturday

kevin

kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
los padres on 04/26/2013 20:40:21 MDT Print View

i am saddened to say that the trip has fallen apart at the last minute

due to a number of different circumstances i will have to postpone this hike until a later date

maybe a late fall early winter trip might work better we will see

kevin

dave e
(hipass) - F

Locale: Los Angeles
x on 05/01/2013 19:03:59 MDT Print View

i might just go goof off at reyes peak this weekend after taking a dunk in the pond in malibu!