Los Padres Forest Volunteer Wilderness Ranger (VWR) Litehiker Group: Nick, Nathan, and Paul.
The McKinley Road water tank and stock trough.
View from my back seat position.
Walking ahead of the FJ to clear rocks off the road.
McKinley Springs Campground.
McKinley Springs water trough.
The Toyota FJ poses on McKinley Saddle.
On the trail to San Rafael Mountain, the peak in the distance.
Hiking this section of the Mission Pine Trail is a similar experience to being in the High Sierras.
Nathan points to a bear's claw marks on this tree.
The Zaca Fire (2007) burned a number of pines in this section. As the roots weaken, these trees (AKA blowdowns) are blown over by high winds and continue to fall across the trail.
My new Bigboy 2000 hand saw came in handy to cut this 8" blowdown and 8 others on this trip.
Mission Pine Camp. Photo Courtesy of Nathan Eady.
We recycled the old table and built two benches around the fire pit.
One of the nicest sections of the Mission Pine Trail.
Clearing downed trees from the trail.
Tool collection at Mission Pine Springs Camp.
Hiking above the fog covered valleys.
Prickly Phox flowers lined the Mission Pine Trail.
Upper Manzana Canyon. Can you see those switchbacks going up to Alcove Falls?
A nice section of the McKinley Fire Road.
Golden yarrow flowers and a view of Hurricane Deck and Sierra Madre range.