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Lost Valley Trail BACKPACK Brushing Trip

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Join us on a Labor Day Weekend BACKPACKING TRIP from MARBLE PEAK to work on the Lost Valley Trail. This is a 3 day/2 night backpack from the North Coast Ridge Road. Hike distance is 4.5 miles.

UPDATE: AS OF AUGUST 9TH, FIRE RESTRICTIONS MEAN COLD CAMPING ONLY. NO STOVES ARE ALLOWED IN THE BACKCOUNTRY. PLEASE USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR FOOD CHOICES! For example, if you drink coffee, consider a breakfast shake with instant coffee. Consider dishes that require no cooking such as instant oatmeal soaked in water.


• CAMP at Pelon Camp on the Lost Valley Trail

• WORK on the Lost Valley Trail. Our goal is to get as far as we can beyond Pelon Camp and we expect to be doing some very challenging brushing on this trip. Many, many thanks to the crews whose efforts got us this far. The transformation from a dense thicket of ceanothus covered by fallen trees to an actual trail you can hike on is pretty impressive.

This will be a good introduction to backpacking and trailwork. Plus an excellent opportunity to see this remote area, and learn all about trailwork. The trail starts at Marble Peak. Hike 2 miles to the Lost Valley Trail. Then hike 2.5 miles to Pelon Camp. The work starts just beyond the camp. The hike in is almost all downhill. The hike out is almost all uphill. On the way in we will be able to enjoy the excellent work done on the last trips, when we cleared the trail to Upper Higgins and Pelon Camps.

We will continue our previous work on the Lost Valley Trail. Expect lots of brush to be clogging the trail since this trail has been impassible for years. There is work for all abilities. There will be lots of brushing with loppers and hand saws and plenty of tread work on this trip. In the section beyond Pelon Camp the brush is extremely thick, so bring your positive attitude and your crawling in the dirt outfits, to clear some dense thickets of ceanothus and dead branches.

MEET: Big Sur Multi Agency Facility 8 a.m. Saturday
IMPORTANT: Meetup directions are not very good. Use this link in Google maps for Big Sur Station:'51.5%22N+121%C2%B046'54.1%22W/@36.2476502,-121.7904408,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x808d8506e3af8723:0x333dbcc5384ed096!2s47555+CA-1,+Big+Sur,+CA+93920!3b1!8m2!3d36.2373802!4d-121.7704212!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d36.2476513!4d-121.7816865

This is on the east (inland) side of Highway One, about a half mile south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. For those coming from the north, after you pass Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, you cross the Big Sur River on an inconspicuous bridge. Then there is a left turn lane; use this left turn lane to turn in to the Multi Agency Facility at Big Sur Station.

LEADER APPROVAL REQUIRED due to the access issues; contact leader for acceptance on this trip and meeting details.


Betsy MacGowan for reservations/details, [masked] or [masked]

Headnet for bugs just in case mosquitoes are still around
Sturdy work clothes with long sleeved shirts and long pants; sturdy footwear
All food for 3 days/2 nights
Water bottles and a daypack
All backpacking gear to be self-sufficient: backpack, tent, sleeping bag, clothing, stove
Tecnu lotion for poison oak protection if you need it. There is some poison oak on this trail
Your favorite work gloves, safety glasses, hardhat, loppers and/or saw if you have them, otherwise tools and hardhats will be provided

POTLUCK appetizer or dinner item. For new people, this means we will have an optional potluck shared appetizers on one or both nights.