Group photo at Nira Trailhead: 12 volunteers, pack goats, and two dogs
The Lost Valley Trail follows an old dozer road that was built in the 30s as a way to drive to Cuyama Valley. The project was stopped when the forest became a wilderness.
Using crosscut saw to cut up the first downed tree on the trail.
Completed tree removal.
Clearing another downed tree on way to Twin Oaks Camp.
Unpacking gear at Twin Oaks Camp.
Watching the sunset from rock formation above Twin Oaks Camp.
Trail section above Twin Oaks Camp.
Where's the trail?
Another overgrown trail section above Twin Oaks just before the first canyon.
This tree has been a big obstacle for many hikers travelling up to the deck. The BEFORE photo....
Sawing up this big obstacle.
... and the AFTER photo. Smooth hiking now.
Many sections of the trail are mostly grass and dead deerweed plants with very little chamise or ceanothus shrubs.
Mickey and Matt working on another downed tree.
One of numerous slides on this trail.
Rock slide before Vulture Springs.
A trickle of water at Vulture Springs.
A brushed tunnel through the old growth chaparral that did not burn during the Zaca Fire.
Looking back to the Lost Valley Trail as it winds in and out of the canyons.
This rock formation reminds me of a beehive skep, so I dubbed it "Beehive Rock".
View of Twin Oaks Camp from high on the trail.
Another trail section with nice tread and encroaching ceanothus. In a couple of years this will be impassable from chaparral growth.
Old sign at the saddle before Bird Rock. Unknown author.
Approaching the big dead pine and the vista point.
The big dead pine at the vista point.
Vista view from the saddle looking towards Western Hurricane Deck and Sulphur Spring Canyon.
These sandstone pebbles are interesting geological formations.
Sandstone pebbles and view towards the Deck.
Western Hurricane Deck.
The goats like the trail now.
Goats travelling back to camp at end of the day.
Twin Oaks Campsite.
The goats took a siesta after putting in a hard days work.
Mike Smith and his pack goats.
New Trail register at Nira Trailhead.