This 9 mile, 2500 ft gain hike will enter the Soberanes wildfire burn area, stopping short of the still-closed National Forest, to view after effects of the fire. Not the usual on-trail hike - much of it will be along a dozer-cleared firebreak which had been a trail. Expect to get a bit sooty. The fire has cleared much of the poison oak and there is no downfall to worry about, but we will do some light lopping on the non-dozer trail section to clear some remaining branches.
NOTE: This hike does NOT go into Soberanes State Park (which is still closed) but into a firebreak created to contain the Soberanes wildfire - specifically from Los Padres Dam onto the Big Pines Trail. (It is a more difficult hike than the usual Soberanes State Park loop hike.) This hike does nothing illegal.
Our route shown in red, burn area in magenta
For experienced hikers only. I will select a group from those interested, largely being people I know are capable.
For photos from my exploratory hike, see
In addition to the usual hiking clothing, a pair of gloves is recommended.
RAIN will reschedule.
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