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The Vicente Flat Trail is one of the medium usage trails within the Ventana Wilderness (Los Padres National Forest - Monterey Ranger District). It is also one of the Focus Trails on the District. Over the past several years, a large number of trees, ranging from a few inches to more than four feet in diameter have fallen on the trail, causing damage to the trail, hazard to hikers, and utterly blocking pack stock from all but a couple miles near the coast. In addition, on that lower section, substantial sections of the trail have been pushed as much as 20 feet below the original alignment, mostly through growth of vegetation pushing the tread downhill.
On Monday, May 16, Mike Heard and I (Robert Parks), surveyed the trail from the Cone Peak Road down to Highway 1. We collected data which is tabulated in the Survey Document linked below. GPS info is available in Garmin (.gdb) and MapTech (.txf/.mxf) formats by request. While our main goal was to document the logs down on the trail, we did also note other issues such as brush, slumped tread and storm damage. Some minor brushing and clearing of small logs (<6") was accomplished on this trip. Robert Parks' personal commentary
(Update - 6/12/05) The first logging trip was the weekend of June 11 and 12, 2005. Base camp was Espinosa Camp, ~3 miles in from the coast. All logs between the coast and Espinosa Camp were removed, and substantial work between Espinosa Camp and Vicente Flat Camp was accomplished.
(Update - 6/27/05) The second logging trip was the weekend of June 25 through 27, 2005. Base camp was Vicente Flat Camp, ~5 miles in from the coast. All logs between Espinosa Camp and Vicente Flat Camp were removed, and substantial work above Vicente Flat Camp was accomplished.
The survey is a Rich Text Format (.rtf). It can be viewed on a large monitor, or printed out in landscape orientation on legal size paper. Note that this is the survey as of June 27, 2005. Original Survey is here
Each log (obstacle) may contain several boles or other work. Approximately 40 obstacles are encountered on the trail (that require sawing/removal) with a total of about 1050 diameter-inches of cutting. In the course of the survey trip, two obstacles were cleared, and a total of approximately 60 diameter-inches of cutting was accomplished with pruning saws.
Images (large thumbnails(~20K) and larger linked images(~150K))
If full resolution images are needed, note the exact image header (ex: "01-050516-104402") and contact me directly.
Maps with track and waypoints (click on images for medium size maps)
Large Image - 785 x 1327 (223K)
Section 4 (164K)
Section 3 (145K)
Section 2 (171K)
Section 1 (120K)
Back to Vicente Flat Trail Logging Project PageVicente Flat Trail Survey / Robert Parks / firstname.lastname@example.org / revised June '05