Memorial Day Backpacking or Car Camp - Saw Trip Big Sur Trail

Ventana Wilderness Alliance Meetup
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Memorial Day weekend three night backpacking trail work SAW TRIP. OPTIONAL two night trip - hike in Saturday morning. OPTIONAL two night car camp at Cold Spring Camp. All participants must leave at the same time on Monday. A group of us will hike in to Rainbow Camp Friday. A second group will meet Saturday morning. The second group has an option to "car camp" at Cold Spring Camp, a half mile from the cars. If you have not made arrangements to hike down to Rainbow Camp, the Saturday group will camp at Cold Spring. The focus of the Rainbow Group will be sawing fallen trees. But there will be plenty of brushing also. The focus of the Cold Spring Group will be brushing within 1+ miles from the camp. Both great options!

This is an opportunity to see remote areas of the South Fork of the Big Sur River. Much of this area burned in the Soberanes Fire in 2016, but some beautiful unspoiled areas remain. We hope to see wildflowers at the high elevations.

MEET: Friday morning 8 AM at Big Sur Station. Don't be late!
Optional Saturday morning 8 AM at Big Sur Station. Don't be late!


Hike 5.5 miles from the trailhead to Rainbow Camp. We will clear any fallen trees on the way to Rainbow Camp. Then work to clear trees on the South Fork Trail. Then work on the Big Sur Trail where additional large trees are blocking the trail.

Car Camp option at Cold Spring Camp: HIKE .5 miles from the parking location to Cold Spring Camp. This is a spacious, open area at the start of the Big Sur Trail. There is water, a view all the way to the ocean, and space to have a campfire.

WHAT TO BRING: In addition to bringing essential items of personal gear and food for the duration of the trip, please also include:

• Work gloves, sturdy work clothes, protective eyewear, and sturdy shoes or boots
• Day pack able to carry 3 liters of water
• Extra food and snacks for the trail
• Tecnu lotion for poison oak if you need it
• Your favorite loppers and handsaw if you have them, otherwise these tools will be provided
• Hard hat if you have one
• Safety instruction will be provided
• Don’t forget to bring a special contribution to the famous, festive and fabulous VWA hors d’oeurves POTLUCK. This is the first night of any trip but often spills over to other nights.

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In the event rain is forecast, the trip will be re-scheduled.

FOR QUESTIONS: Contact trail crew leaders Betsy MacGowan and Maria using Meetup messaging.

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