Madulce Peak & Trail
Hi Everyone – Happy Thursday,
Even though we’re in the dog days of summer, there is no shortage of activity across the Los Padres. We’ve got a jam-packed email focusing on many of the events and incidents within the LP; lets get to it! If there is anything missing or you’d like included in future emails, please let us know……..
MADULCE TRAIL PROJECT
The LPFA is leading a trail project along the Madulce Trail in the Dick Smith Wilderness on the weekend of August 12-14. We’ll be driving in to Alamar Saddle and setting up basecamp at Alamar Camp. It will be a car-camping trip with a short drive up to the Madulce Trail to work both Friday afternoon and Saturday. The work will be mainly logging and tread work along the top 2 miles of the Madulce Trail. The work site is around 6,000ft, on the north side of Madulce Peak and mostly shaded by pine trees. It should be a good location for working even in hotter temperatures. Mike Smith is the project lead and we’re hoping for 15-20 volunteers. Food and tools will be provided by the LPFA. It’s going to be a great time and a nice opportunity to get into the backcountry to help any NDD
issues you might be suffering from. If you are interested in joining please email INFO@LPForest.org
or check Facebook
for more details. Hope to see you there………
Soberanes Fire – August 4, MappingSupport.com
Quick update on Soberanes in the Monterey Ranger District. The fire continues to grow and is primarily burning south into the Los Padres and Ventana Wilderness. The fire has currently burned 51,000 acres and is 27% contained. The FS just issued a new closure order, see attached PDF map for details. The cause of the fire was revealed yesterday as being an illegal campfire in Garrapata State Park. Twitter
remains the best source for up-to-the-second information and Inciweb
is the place for official information related to the fire. There is some good news and bad news that also surfaced this week. Good news is that there is a large-scale weather change in the forecast that will bring higher humidity and cooler temperatures to the area starting this weekend. That will help. The bad news is that fire personnel have been mentioning
that Soberanes has the potential to burn over 170,000 acres before it’s all said and done. The steep terrain and inaccessible country that we all love about the Ventana is making constructing fire lines virtually impossible. Everything to the immediate south of the current fire perimeter is within wilderness, which means that very few man-made structures are at risk. Mix in the cost and safety concerns associated with fighting fire in the difficult to access portions of the Ventana and it appears that the current strategy might be to construct fire lines around much of the Ventana and let the backcountry burn inside those fire lines. This is the same approach that was used in the 2007 Zaca Fire. If you look at the image above, red indicates the current fire perimeter and the blue lines are the projected fire lines. We’ll keep you posted as the fire progresses and lets all be sure to thank the fire and support crews and wish them the best of luck as they continue to get the upper hand on Soberanes.
• Reyes Peak (aka Pine Mtn) Road
has reopened in the Ventura Backcountry. Along with the road reopening both Pine Mtn and Reyes Peak Campgrounds have also been reopened. Note: Reyes Peak Trail towards Haddock remains closed as does the Piedra Blanca Trail between Upper Reyes and Pine Mtn Lodge. These closures were a result of last months Pine Fire.
• The Los Padres National Forest is hiring within the Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program. Interested candidates can apply at www.USAJobs.gov starting 8/11 – 8/25. Additional information available here.
SLO based VWR’s Bill and Sandy Obermeyer, Debbie and Ron York & Ashley and Joe Dillard
worked the access road for Rinconada Trailhead making it drivable for equestrian trailers once again. A+!
A few upcoming dates, events, projects, presentations or things you might want to know.
If you have any forest-related events to add to this list, let us know and we’re more than happy to pimp your event!
August 7: West Fork Cold Spring Trail Maintenance, SBMTV, Santa Barbara Frontcountry
August 11: Santa Ynez Valley Historic Museum, Chumash Trails
August 12-14: LPFA Madulce Trail Sawyer Project
August 13: A-Zone South Hunting Season Starts
September 8: Santa Ynez Valley Historic Museum, Walking El Camino Real
September 11: Island View Trail Race
September 14: LPFA Backpacking Fundamentals Class
September 20: LPFA Trail Talk Series, History of Los Padres Lookouts by Craig Carey
September 24: National Public Lands Day Trail Project, Lion Canyon Trail, Ojai
October 13: Santa Ynez Valley Historic Museum, Rangers of the San Rafael Wilderness
October 16: D-13 Hunting Season Starts
October 22: LPFA Used Gear Sale
October 29: LPFA First Aid & CPR Training