Entering the Wilderness once again... Ahhh
Poisin Oak is in its Fall colors
Lost Valley Trail Junction
10 miles to go to get to the Hurricane Deck, then to White Ledge and South Fork
A good part of the Lost Valley Trail
There were so many ticks here I could see them on the grass
First view of the Hurricane Deck in the distance
Sun is just starting to hit the peaks
Trail takes a right here becuase the hill side and swept away the trail
Burned Yucca bush donut
Below this rock formation that I will see for much of the trail as it climbs out of the Lost Valley
Getting a bit closer to this formation. If I had time I would explore it.. too many miles to go...
Hurricane Deck...Nice ridge to hike on
Camp where the trail takes a hard hairpin turn and starts heading up the contours
Gaining elevation above the Lost Valley
Trail is in disrepair here..
This is an old road cut that needs some cleaning
Lost Valley Trail grassy trail.
I was amazed to find this spring in the middle of the hill side on the Lost Valley. Drank directly from this without filtering or treatment (N34 46.810 W119 53.599)
Another fine view of the Deck
YES this is the trail...Need my pruners
And this sign says what?
Found these weird rock pellets towards the top of the Lost Valley Trail just before it meet the Hurricane Deck Trail
They were all over the place...
Here are more of these littel round balls being "birthed from their mother rock slab"
This colorful plant is growing right out of this rock atop a large rock formation
An there it is sitting in its perch
Campsite on the Lost Valley Trail (N34 46.474 W119 53.394)
The trail has now opened up... but the bush wacking will not end
Finally on the Hurricane Deck Trail. Not it say 12 miles to Nira.. the sign at Nira said 10 miles to here.... Hmmm..
My hiking partner poses for a shot..I could shake this guy no matter how fast I hiked..
I was low on water thinking that here at White Ledge Camp there would be water... NO WATER.. another hot 2 miles to South Fork
If I were to travel back to my starting point it would be another 12 miles. I will save that for another day..
After a snack of soup at South Fork I headed east and passed this camp site just a few hundred yards from South Fork.
Another Camp site
Good trail on the way down the Sisquoc River
Another place to explore in the future. Interesting formation way in the distance
This is the waterfall that drops out of Fall Canyon I will tackle the next day
Hanging out at Mansfield Camp
Home for the night. Not a soul around.
View from my kitchen
View from the Living Room
View from the Bedroom
Headin up the Fall Canyon trail looking back on the Sisquoc. The trail I am on appears to have been recently worked. I was encouraged that this would be the same for the rest of the trail to the ridge. NOT the case... the bush wacking will reach epic proportions before I get to the top.
Nice job CCC in cutting the switch backs
Looking east up the Sisquoc
Sunrise in the canyon
Making good time on this section of trail.
Fall Trail where the trail is actually not too bad...that would change
You can see the remnants of the trail in the right center of the picture. Not much of a trail leading to this
To get to the sign was a battle. I should have taken pictures of the Thorny non-existent trail but I was fighting just getting through it.. maybe next time... maybe not..
Heading to Cachuma Saddle... only 15 miles... Actually felt more like 17..
You go and try to hike Fall Canyon and tell me what you think of it....
Mission Pine Spring Camp.. Actually the spring is just a trickle here but if you go down hill for a quater mile there is a pristine spring you can drink from..
Top of San Rafael Peak, Hurricane Deck on the far right..
I will be running on the road in the distance in a few hours..
View from San Rafael Peak looking back to where I was yesterday below the Deck
Running down from the top of San Rafael Peak
The dirt road awaits.. not much trail left on this hike.. Time to start picking up the pace
DECISIONS... Nira 11 miles on the trail, or 15 plus to Cachuma Saddle with the last 5 miles being road.. 2 hours of daylight left..... based on my last experience of serios bush wacking on Big Cone Spruce Trail I opted for the Road thinking that I could make better time in the dark on the road or even catch a ride from Cachuma Saddle to Nira Camp
Manzana Creek from up high on the road.
The last of the long and winding road to Cachuma Saddle
These feet are done for the day... I did manage to get a ride for the last 2 miles of the 5 I had to run on the road.. Always meet interesting people out in the middle of the wilderness..
Not one blister
The sweat on this shirt tells all..Long live TNDY
Gopher Snake Jerky
Treated to a fine sunset on the drive out
You see the entire route here except Fall Canyon Trail is NOT on the map. It lies between Mansfield Camp and Mission Pine Basin
The ups and the downs