******Please review the entire trip description before you RSVP. This is a waitlisted event and limited to individuals I know to be strong hikers/backpackers with demonstrated skill******
In October 2012, Alex and I made it to "The Saddle" in a day hike on our way to The Window (La Ventana) but ran out of daylight and were forced to turned around. Two months later, Marc and I made it to The Window on a backpack but not to Kandlbinder- we ran out of daylight. This time we're going to Kandlbinder first then to The Window. This is a three day/ two night backpack with both nights in Happy Fork Camp (Jackson Creek).
Photos of 2012 backpack to La Ventana. There is also a trip report penned by Marc Eldridge you can find here.
Our Route: Little Sur to Jackson Creek to "The Saddle". From here we drop into the drainage below La Ventana where we will hike/climb to Kandlbinder's summit. After Kandlbinder we drop below the ridge and cut across to The Window.
What to Expect: The hike through Jackson Creek is off-trail and difficult. I've done it twice, each time vowing never again. The route is characterized by down trees and branches, lots of branches, making passage slow and painful. The climb out of Jackson Creek is steep and the soil tends to be soft slowing progress, forcing fatigue. There are intermittent yet prolong encounters with brush and other entanglements plus some poison oak. We will try to take the route of least resistance and hike along the creek as much as possible before climbing so expect to be wet a good portion of the hike.
The route to Kandlbinder is also difficult, perhaps more so than the hike to The Window. Kandlbinder's peak at 4653ft is 393ft higher than La Ventana and the way to get there is a ~1200ft scree scramble up the north facing slope.
Water is available in the Little Sur River and Jackson Creek. There is also a spring below La Ventana but it is not known to me if that is perennial.
Our hike into Jackson Creek includes multiple river crossings, again, prepare for wet socks, wet shoes.
1. You must be a strong hiker and seasoned backpacker
2. I must know you AND have a strong, reassuring understanding of your skill-set.
This is open to a small group, people I know who are strong hikers, strong and seasoned backpackers.
This is a group event. We go in together, we come out together. No one will be allowed to explore separate from the group.
Photos: (Above) View of La Ventana from "The Saddle", December 2012; (Below) Me in a branch-jam in Jackson Creek, December, 2012, by Marc Eldridge
HOW TO RSVP
Please RSVP to the waitlist.
WHERE TO MEET
We meet at Rio Rd. in Carmel to carpool to the trailhead at Pico Blanco Boys Scout Camp which is a short drive down from Bottcher’s Gap. Access is by permit only at $8/day for each vehicle. Carpool logistics and vehicle permits will be arrange in advance of the event.
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