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Ventana wilderness II (winter 2013)

  • Feb 23, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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This is a second chance going to Ventana this winter, for those who could not make it or want to repeat (I am perfectly OK going to the same place multiple times). Same idea: suggest the time that YOU can make and the route desired, for one night or two, we'll work it out from there. I will be busy the next weekend of Jan 26-27, beyond that - open schedule so far. Description of the place and possible options is here:

http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Boomer-Backpackers/events/98513562/

New information: the trail to the monastery / hot springs from Willow Creek camp ("Tony Trail") has a dangerous wash-out, unsafe to pass. That means, the loop hike is not possible, we can only take Horse Pasture trail up to the springs and back. There is an unmapped camp available near this trail, which can effectively merge options 2 and 3 together.

 

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  • Alex

    This time, we made it to Hot Springs by Horse Pasture trail, about 2 hours of solid hike each way. It was turning to spring, and the ticks were out. There IS a Zen monastery on the springs; they turn in into a commercial recreational facility and welcome visitors May through October. Two wet hikers, emerging from the wild creek, caused a bit of surprise, but the monks were friendly and charming.

    Weather was nice, about just right for this place. Good hike and long evenings around campfire made this a star trip.

    February 26, 2013

  • katie k.

    Thanks Alex,for the adbenturous weekend---Katie

    February 25, 2013

  • katie k.

    I've got directions to Arroyo Seco from the site-should I meet you there or is there any point in carpooling? If I left at 6 AM Saturday,I should be able to get there near 10 AM. Does that sound OK? My truck's phone # is [masked]-best way to reach me that day.

    February 14, 2013

    • katie k.

      Sounds good!

      February 15, 2013

    • katie k.

      Can you call me tomorrow when I'm driving down,or e-mail me an exact address where to meet?

      February 22, 2013

  • Alex

    Let's shoot for Sat-Mon, Feb 23-25. Camp Sat at Willow Creek near Horse Pasture trail, then try to day-hike all the way up to the hot springs and back to the camp on Sun, hiking out Mon morning. The springs are supposed to be inside the Zen monastery property, never been there; the monks are said to be welcoming and interesting interlocutors, but may be on hiatus this time of the year.

    February 12, 2013

  • katie k.

    Also, I work every other weekend-any 2nd weekend after the 23rd could work for me (3/9,3/23.........)Thanks

    January 22, 2013

    • Alex

      I can take Mon 25 off, no problem: Sat-Mon sounds good. But, you live where? - oh, my! - it will take you about 3 hours only to get to my place: I am in South San Jose, at 101 near 85. Sure, I can drive from here further South - it is a mere 1:45 to Arroyo Seco, Ventana is literally my backyard. Or... I contemplate another trip soon, to explore a hidden trail from a hilltop down to Cherry Creek below Cherry Lake (IS there a trail???... this could turn out a rough cross-country). This is off hwy 120, about 3:30 drive time from my place. A BART station in Dublin (580) looks a good point of intersection. Does this sound any closer?

      February 11, 2013

    • katie k.

      yes,the distance is what prompted my comment about preferring 2 nights.I'm new to the area & interested in seeing new trails-but really,I'd prefer something closer but I'm eager for a trip & willing to drive. I have to look at a map to know where your 2nd suggestion is but I'm up for either one

      February 11, 2013

  • frank

    Hi I just joined. I did the Tony Trail over Thanksgiving 2012 and had no problems. There is one short area where a rope has been rigged up coming down toward Tassajara but other than that fine. I just checked the VWA Website and there hasn't been any report since Thanksgiving

    February 9, 2013

    • Alex

      We took the trail from the bottom - not too far, there were a few bush pile-ups and a minor washout, all seem fresh. No tracks beyond that point. Further up, we faced another washout, wider and steeper, which looked unsafe to scramble. There might me other surprises further up. This trail needs some good work with axe and shovel.

      February 10, 2013

  • katie k.

    Two! This is near Monterey? It seems like a long drive for just 1 night. It would be easier to get the time off work for a 1 nighter though- I could do either.

    January 22, 2013

  • katie k.

    How about the weekend of Feb 23/24?

    January 22, 2013

    • Alex

      Note taken. One night or two?

      January 22, 2013

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