Western Start (not end) of the Mission Pine Trail
Greetings Everyone – Hello,
It’s finally October! The nights are getting cooler, the days shorter, fall is setting in, the creeks are flowing a bit better and it is officially time to ride/walk/run/skip/worm the trails! The LPFA is setting up a busy fall schedule of trail maintenance projects, forest-related events, camp cleanups and trail surveys. We’d love to have you come along as your schedule permits. Excuse the shameless self promotion:
MISSION PINE SPRING W.V.
In addition to the regularly scheduled weekend/day trail projects, we try to lead three larger week-long volunteer projects each year that we call Working Vacations
. Generally we schedule one in the fall and then two each spring. This year our fall project will be along the Mission Pine Trail based at beautiful Mission Pine Spring Camp (MPS)
. The project kicks off on Friday 10/20 as the pack stock move in to help support the trail work. The volunteer crews arrive Saturday 10/21 and we’ll be spending the next week at MPS working the trail out towards Mission Pine Basin and back up towards San Rafael Mtn. Most of the work will be lopping back manzanita and ceonothus that has been encroaching on the trail but there will also be some crosscut saw work and tread restoration as well. While the project lasts parts of 10 days (10/20 – 10/29), there are options for shorter hitches if your work/life schedule won’t allow a week in the woods. We’re able to drive in 8 miles to McKinley Saddle and from there it’s a quick 4 miles to MPS Camp. If you can break away for 3+ days to help the trails, we’ll do our best to get you rides in & out and feed you while you’re in camp. Backcountry chef extraordinaire Rich Scholl has signed on to be the camp cook once again – YES! If interested or to sign up please email us at: INFO@LPForest.org
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Gear Gurus Rik & Paul, photo Sue Green
LPFA USED CAMPING GEAR SALE
Yeah – baby! This Sunday 10/8 is the 3rd Annual Used Camping Gear Sale
at Tucker’s Grove Site #2 in Goleta. Our hero Rik, whose forest resume is too long to list here, is the master of ceremonies for the event and is also an Ambassador for Gossamer Gear
. Rik spends literally hundreds of hours each year compiling, cleaning and arranging gear for this sale. It’s great that this sale helps the LPFA Trail Care program but more than anything else Rik does this to share his stoke of the trails with anyone interested in getting off the pavement. It’s amazing how much great stuff is available. We’ve got over 40 backpacks, a dozen tents, hiking poles, cook sets, stoves, clothes, camp gadgets and gizmos – we even have a tent space heater! While most of our gear is lightweight or UL, we’ve got car-camping covered as well. Come on out this Sunday and check it for yourself. And in case you want to clean out your garage a little, there is still time to donate your used gear as well. You can bring it to the sale on Sunday (arrive early please) or shoot us an email and we’ll arrange a pickup today or tomorrow (INFO@LPForest.org
). Thanks to EVERYONE who has already graciously donated their used gear – so cool! We’ll see you Sunday and if you don’t know Rik, Paul, Valerie, John, Ron, Jasonn and all the other volunteers who will be helping, introduce yourself and say hello. They can help with just about any questions you’ll have as well…..
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Beer, Karma & Trails – DRAUGHTSMEN ALEWORKS
LPFA KARMA BEER
Goleta based brewery Draughtsmen Aleworks
has dedicated October to the LPFA and will be contributing $1 for each Karma Tap beer they sell from October 1 through Halloween. BE SURE TO ORDER THE KARMA BEER!
We’ll be putting all the money raised towards the restoration of the Santa Cruz Trail, which was totaled in the 2016 Rey Fire. Bring a friend, bring your office, bring an army and help us bring Santa Cruz back one beer at a time
PLUS Draughtsmen is allowing us to host an event on Wednesday 10/18 at the brewery. After bouncing ideas around about what sort of event we should host, we decided to throw a TRIVIA PARTY. Put it on your calendar:
WEDNESDAY 10/18 – 6pm
Los Padres Themed Trivia Night at Draughtsmen Aleworks
We’ll be following the typical trivia night format used at breweries around the world but the questions will be Los Padres themed and each round of questions will be hosted by a different LP character. We’ll share those names soon, but you’ll love it, something for everyone and again it all goes to help the Santa Cruz Trail.
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Pfeiffer Canyon (Gulch) Bridge w/ Mt. Manuel Trail, Mid-September, photo Kyle Evans
BIG SUR MOVIN & SHAKIN
Most of the Big Sur Coast and the northern Los Padres would just assume forget about 2016 and most of 2017. Between the Soberanes Fire (July – Sept, 2016) and the 2016-17 torrential winter rains (causing slides and bridge failures) access to Big Sur and the forest has been disrupted (to put it nicely). We can’t go into the full extent of the disruption here (see the coffee table book that I am sure someone is working on) but giant steps have been made to restore access. Here’s a quick rundown and update……
• PFEIFFER BRIDGE:
After 8 months of being closed, Pfeiffer Bridge is scheduled to reopen a week from today on Friday October 13. While CalTrans may want to wait a day due to superstition, their efforts to rebuild the bridge in a quick 8 months needs to be applauded. Once opened this will restore access along Hwy 1 from Monterey down to the Mud Creek Slide, which is 10 miles north of Ragged Point.
• MUD CREEK SLIDE: Speaking of, the Mud Creek Slide remains closed between Salmon Creek Trailhead and the closure north of the slide. CalTrans is estimating that the slide will be cleared and Hwy 1 reopened sometime in summer 2018.
• Coming from SLO, you can only get as far as Salmon Creek. Once Pfeiffer Bridge is reopened you cannot connect Hwy 1 out to SLO. The main exit along Hwy 1 will be along Nacimiento-Fergusson Road which connects Kirk Creek with Fort Hunter Liggett. Nacimiento Rd is a windy 1.75 lane road that crosses over the Los Padres. We expect the road will be quite busy between next week and when Mud Creek reopens. In addition to the coffee table book, some entrepreneur might want to set up a lemonade stand.
• PFEIFFER BEACH: So many Pfeiffers…. Did you know that the Los Padres Forest touches the sand at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur? It’s been closed for most of the past year due to the bridge failure and winter storms but is scheduled to reopen shortly after the bridge is opened a week from today.
• SOBERANES CLOSURE: The Soberanes Fire closure remains in effect but there are whispers that the closure will be reduced in the coming weeks. We’ll see what that entails and share it with you as soon as it is released.
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Los Padres Harvest Full Moon