Announcing a new Meetup for The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group!What
: Ventana Series: Rattlesnake Creek to Ventana Ridge (~18 Miles, ~5,100 Feet)When
: Saturday, November 13, 2010 7:00 AMPrice
: $1.00 per personWhere
: Los Padres Reservoir
Nason Road Latitude: 36.38753, Longitude: -121.667835.
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Come join me for an exploratory hike along the historic Rattlesnake Creek Trail in the northern flanks of the Ventana Wilderness. Beginning at the Los Padres Dam in Cachagua, we'll hike up to Blue Rock Ridge along a portion of the lower Big Pines Trail until we split off onto the Danish Creek Trail on our ways towards Rattlesnake Creek. We'll follow along Rattlesnake Creek for a ways before we begin the significant ascent towards the Ventana Ridge and the Little Pines camp area. It is along this historic route that trains of pack animals were used for taking supplies/provisions to the lookout tower atop the Ventana Double Cone (in the days before the Skinner Ridge Trail from Bottcher's Gap had existed).
Once past Little Pines we'll continue along the Ventana Ridge on our ways towards Pat Spring before rejoining the upper Big Pines Trail for the hike back down Blue Rock Ridge towards the Los Padres Dam and the parking lot for a total of 18 miles with roughly 5,100 feet of cumulative elevation gain.
Location: Los Padres Dam @ Cachagua
Start Time: 7 a.m.
Hike Duration: 9 to 12 hours
Pace: Moderate (2 to 3 mph)
Total Distance: ~18 miles
Total Elevation Gain: ~5,100 feet
Difficulty: Extremely CHALLENGING for Distance & Elevation Gain
Click thumbnail for full topographic map of our route:
NOTE: THIS WILL BE AN EXTREMELY STRENUOUS HIKE. TRAIL CONDITIONS ALONG OUR ROUTE ARE EXPECTED TO UNPREDICTABLE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE FROM RECENT TRAIL CONDITION REPORTS. FOR SAFETY PURPOSES YOU NEED TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR WHAT ESSENTIALLY AMOUNTS TO WILDERNESS HIKING OVER POTENTIALLY STEEP TRAILS WITH UNPREDICTABLE TERRAIN AND POSSIBLY LOOSE AND/OR NON-EXISTENT TREAD. FURTHERMORE, WE MAY ENCOUNTER AREAS OF HEAVY BRUSH ENCROACHMENT SO EXTRA CAUTION IS ADVISED TO AVOID CONTACT WITH RATTLESNAKES, TICKS, AND POISON OAK.
WHAT TO BRING:
Sturdy hiking shoes, layered clothing, wind & rain gear, lunch, hat, gloves, 5-6 liters of water, long pants and long sleeve shirt (for poison oak protection). Bring your trekking polls if desired. Important:
There is a water source at Pat Spring so you will have an opportunity to refill your water along our route if necessary. However I recommend a full 5-6 liter quantity on hand at the beginning of the hike to ensure for adequate supply. WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Very fit, disciplined hikers who can handle an 18 mile hike over steep/rough terrain. This hike is for hikers who enjoy the adventures of ALL-DAY exploration across vastly remote areas of unspoiled back country wilderness.HOW TO ATTEND:
You must have appropriate hiking experience to qualify for attendance. NO EXCEPTIONS! Members who do NOT have appropriate hiking experience should consider attending another event. NOTE:
The event organizer reserves the right to withhold a member's eligibility for attendance if it is deemed the member does NOT have sufficient prior hiking experience to adequately fulfill the skill requirements for this event.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THIS HIKE:
Hike will commence at approximately 10 minutes after the posted start time. Hike will average speed between 2 to 3 mph. Trail conditions in the Ventana can be unpredictable and present opportunities to bushwhack through overgrown brush and negotiate unstable terrain. It is recommended that you wear solid hiking boots with good tread for added confidence and stability. In addition, it is likely there will be opportunities to encounter POISON OAK. It would be unwise to attend this hike without: long pants (or pants with removable legs), hat, gloves, long sleeve shirt due to poison oak & all the other bushes we may have to pass through. Trekking poles are also recommended.
Since we'll be hiking through areas of vastly remote wilderness along trails of uncertain condition, I absolutely MUST insist on the rule that we STAY TOGETHER! I realize that many of you hike at varying speeds as per your current skills, conditioning, and comfort level. However I will make a concerted effort to stop the group and allow time for everyone to regroup before moving on. This means that faster hikers towards the head of the group will have to stop and wait for the others to rejoin and rest up. I know that many of you prefer to keep hiking to stay warm HOWEVER you will need to layer up and exercise some patience in waiting until the rest of the group is ready to go.
Please be aware that we expect you to take responsibility for your safety while we are out on the trails. This means being prepared with adequate hiking gear and making sure the difficulty level of the event IS NOT beyond the limits of your health & conditioning. We understand that your "Yes" RSVP to this event means you accept this. For more information regarding safety, please refer to the Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group "About" section for more details.
RSVP to this Meetup:http://www.meetup.com/The-Monterey-Bay-Area-Hiking-Group/calendar/15334554/