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Soberanes Firebreak Hike

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

http://www.ventanawild.org/forums/ventana-wilderness-trail/213?p=10361#p10361

In addition to the usual hiking clothing, a pair of gloves is recommended.

RAIN will reschedule.

RESPONSIBILITY:

Please be aware that we expect you to take responsibility for your safety while we are out on the trails. Joining hikes with the Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group is entirely voluntary and participants assume the full risks associated with the activities. It is each hiker's responsibility to ensure that he/she is in sufficient fitness and health to participate in the hiking activity, and to bring appropriate water, food, clothing, first aid, and navigation equipment for the conditions. The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group and the individual hike organizers make no representation or warranties about the quality, safety, or supervision of these activities. By making a "Yes" RSVP to this event you acknowledge and agree to the foregoing as well as the terms set forth under the "HERE" tab on the Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group home page.



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  • Edith S

    I was very disappointed to get an email saying that I'm not experienced enough for a hike like this. Why not ask (me, fellow hikers or other hike leaders) about my experience instead of assuming? And I'm even more disappointed that Jack allowed new people to attend this hike ☹️️

    4 days ago

    • jack g.

      Seven other people from that hike did successfully send me a private message via the meetup messaging system

      4 days ago

    • Maria

      Just a note: The privacy disclaimer on outgoing emails to members is a default setting. However, you can email someone directly via the Meet-Up messaging system. The easiest way to do this is to go to the member profile and choose “message”. If this option is not blocked (members can choose not to be messaged), you can contact others without knowing their personal emails.

      4 days ago

  • Craig

    I'd like to do this hike again in the Spring to see how the area recovered. Maybe during wild flower season?

    5 days ago

    • jack g.

      Hopefully you could lead your own meetup hike.

      4 days ago

  • Robin D.

    Jack, thanks for organizing this hike and for your patience in dealing with such a large group. Like you, I normally don't like hiking with 25 other people but in these special circumstances, it was well worth it. A great day with beautiful weather.

    5 days ago

  • Terrie

    Remarkable. Even breathing in the bitter smell of the burn was surprisingly non-offensive. Jack's sharing of his knowledge of what transpired and what is likely to come as a result of the Soberanes fire was valuable and enlightening. Love and respect for the Los Padres, Ventana and the Santa Lucia walked with us along the fire break, and I was again reminded why a 300+ mile roundtrip is insignificant next to the sustenance this outing provided. Jack, your efforts are deeply appreciated - thank-you.

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Esteban

    Awesome hike! Thanks Jack.

    5 days ago

  • Monica J.

    This was my first Meetup with the hiking group and I absolutely loved it. Jack, thank you for your willingness to coordinate and lead the hike. I appreciate all the work you put into this hike and your explanation of the area made it that much more enjoyable. Thanks to everyone for making me feel welcome to a group that has obviously enjoyed many previous hiking experiences together. I'll certainly be joining you for another hike in the future.

    6 days ago

  • JT H.

    Why waiting list??😳

    November 22

    • jack g.

      To answer your question, two reasons for establishing a waiting list are (1) the hike leader does not enjoy hiking with a large group, and/or (2) there are certain people the hike leader does not want to hike with. Personally I find hiking with such a large group a strain and not particularly enjoyable, but the benefit of exposing many people to the realities of the Soberanes burn overrode that. If I were to lead another hike, it would be much smaller and I now know some whom I definitely would include and some I would definitely not include. Given all the bother and strain of leading a hike, particularly for the more difficult or unusual hikes, I want to make it as personally enjoyable as possible.

      6 days ago

  • Pam K.

    Great day! Great Hike! Wonderful companionship! Interesting to watch nature recover from the burn. Thanks for arranging and leading Jack.

    6 days ago

  • JT H.

    Jack....thanks so much for the awesome views and info of the area..definitely a do again!!!

    6 days ago

  • karyn h.

    Jack, thank you so much. This day was fabulous in so many ways.

    December 3

  • Lincoln

    Thanks Jack and everyone for a absolutely wonderful day!

    December 3

  • Liz P.

    It was a wonderful day with everyone! The weather was perfect. Jack, thank you for hosting the event and leading the way! :)

    December 3

  • Jamelle

    What a beautiful day! Weather was fabulous, beautiful vistas, interesting to see the burn areas, and a great group to hike with! Thanks, Jack!

    December 3

  • Maria

    Good to get out. The burn seemed not as bad as originally feared so there may be hope for the forest interior. Really enjoyed seeing everyone. It's been so long :-)

    1 · December 3

  • Terri

    Not feeling quite right. Enjoy the hike!

    December 2

  • Rich H.

    Ack! 4:00 pm commitment in Monterey. Durn!

    December 2

  • Monica J.

    Awesome. I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. Thank you!!

    December 2

  • Monica J.

    I would love to go and I am on the wait list. Since the wait list is long it looks unlikely that I will get to go this time around. Curious, where will you actually start the hike? Thanks!

    December 2

  • Lisa C.

    Are dogs allowed?

    December 2

    • jack g.

      No. The soil is sooty and burned tree trunks and shrubbery are sooty - very likely a dog would rub against them and get sooty and then rub against others, causing problems.

      December 2

  • Todd P.

    Regrettably, I have to cancel. The updated timing is later than I can do. Hope someone can go.

    December 2

  • Anita

    Is anybody coming from Santa Cruz-Aptos area interested in carpooling? Please let me know.

    December 2

  • Catherine H.

    Regrettably, I have to cancel due to an injury. My physical therapist said no hiking for at least a week. Bummer

    December 1

  • Maria

    Will be at Laureles Grade for carpooling.

    December 1

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jack, I am sorry but I won't be able to attend this hike. I have a funeral to go to back in the Midwest. I was so looking forward to this hike. Kim

    December 1

  • Craig

    The link to "Meet at 9AM at Laureles Grade Park and Ride (north end of Laureles Grade Road) " goes to http://www.ventanawild.org. Should it show the meet location (map)?

    November 28

    • jack g.

      Somehow the software linked that sentence to the photo above it. Don't know how to correct that, so I just deleted it - the "Location" shown at the top links to a map so that should be sufficient. Thanks for letting me know.

      November 28

    • Craig

      Yes, that link works. Thank you.

      November 28

  • jack g.

    Usually I want to hike with a small group for it to be personally enjoyable, but I do want others to experience the burned area and firebreaks so will bring a larger group, capping it at 30. If you do not plan to attend please remove your name from the list and I will add someone from the wait list. More info coming later in the week.

    November 27

  • JB L.

    Jack: I SOOOO WISH I COULD BE UP NORTH FOR THIS ONE!! But Southern commitments call... Have a great adventure, and see you on the trail another time.

    November 22

  • Evin O.

    Jack, sorry can't make the hike...love your spirit to do this.

    November 22

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