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Lost Valley overnight - total of 22 miles and 5,500 feet climbing

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ok people time to start doing some backpack trips with the group. I've been eyeing the lost Valley for a while now and the beginning of May will be a perfect time to go. Bugs won't be too bad and the wildflowers will be out. There is plenty of water and the weather won't be too hot.

I'm going down to Santa Lucia Memorial Campground Friday evening to spend the night. I will have room for two more people. Jango, my trusty companion, is coming with and I have room for more dogs in the back. Website for Memorial Park is here (!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gDfxMDT8MwRydLA1cj72BTJw8jAwgAykeaxcN4jhYG_h4eYX5hPgYwefy6w0H24dcPNgEHcDTQ9_PIz03VL8iNMMgycVQEAHcGOlk!/dl3/d3/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS9ZQnZ3LzZfME80MEkxVkFCOTBFMktTNUJIMjAwMDAwMDA!/?ss=110507&ttype=recarea&recid=10911&actid=29&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&position=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&navid=110130000000000&pnavid=110000000000000&cid=FSE_003705&pname=Campgrounds+%28Monterey%29+-+Memorial+Park+Campground)

We'll leave Saturday morning and head up the Arroyo Seco trail and then a long traverse of the ridge along the NRCT and finally down the Lost Valley Connector Trail to Lost Valley Camp. First day has 3,137 feet climbing over 13 miles and 3,491 feet descending. First day's route here. (

Next morning we start heading back to Memorial Campground via the Lost Valley Trail. We have a little over 3 miles of Indians Road to get back to our cars at Memorial Campground. This dirt road section is mainly downhill. Second day is 2,390 feet of climbing over 8.6 miles and 2,055 of descending. The route is here (

Trail reports for Arroyo Seco trail is here (

Trail reports for Lost Valley Connector trail is here (

Trail reports for Lost Valley trail is here (

Trail reports for Coast Ridge trail is here (

I'm limiting this to 8 people. Wait list only. People that I know are strong hikers will be given priority. You need to have all your own gear and be prepared for all conditions. There will be plenty of opportunities for water but you should bring a filter.

RAIN will reschedule.


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