The Lost Valley / Coast Ridge Loop

DATE: Apr 12, 2019
END DATE: Apr 15, 2019

Trip/Event Location: Big Sur CA

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Phoenix, AZ United States

Meeting Time: 8:30 AM

Max # People: 8

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: Yes, but only to cover shared expenses, and I too am paying

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Region: California/Hawaii

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Few places in the world match Big Sur for scenic grandeur. Visitors flock here to relax under its redwoods, gaze at its spectacular coastline, or seek out the spiritual aura that has long lured writers and artists.

Climbing steeply into the Ventana Wilderness from Highway 1, we’ll traverse some of Big Sur’s secretive redwood canyons and high ridges, enjoying wildflowers, waterfalls, shady riverside camps and awesome coast views.

The wilderness has been badly burned in recent wildfires, but there’s a silver lining to the devastation: rioting wildflowers and trails clear of brush.

This will be a strenuous backpack, covering nearly 35 miles over three nights and four days at a purposeful pace over very rugged terrain, so this trip is suitable only for experienced backpackers in very good condition. We’ll cheerfully face the possibility of bushwhacking, ticks, rattlesnakes fresh from hibernation, and occasional poison oak. Because of the strenuous nature of this trip, the leader reserves the right to qualify participants. This is a consciously low-impact outing, so carpool participation is encouraged and participants are urged to contribute to their vehicle’s shared mileage and gas costs.

This trip is strictly dependent upon a favorable weather forecast. A National Weather Service forecast of rain within 72 hours of our start will cancel or re-route this trip at the discretion of the leader, as will fewer than three confirmed signups as of 8:00pm, Wednesday, April 10. This trip will be by individual commissary, and we’re not planning any shared meals, so please plan to provide your own supply of food.

We’ll meet up at the Orange Line Park and Ride (15330 W Erwin Street at Langdon) at 8:30am (SHARP!) on the morning of Friday, April 12 in preparation for our long (4.5-hour) drive to the trailhead.

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CJDGO Posted Apr 10, 2019 at 10:56 AM

Okay -- given Mike's and Carlos' comments, let's stick with the Park and Ride for our meetup. It's free and spacious.

lahike Posted Apr 9, 2019 at 9:47 PM

I think it's better to leave the cars at the park and ride vs Mike's place....

mbros4162 Posted Apr 9, 2019 at 9:18 PM

I live at 11220 Moorpark street North Hollywood. Parking by my apartment may be tricky. If so, head to 11299 Rye Street and grab any parking spot you see in route. Double check parking signs to make sure there are no restrictions during the backpack.

CJDGO Posted Apr 9, 2019 at 2:51 PM

Hey mates -- please note the slightly later meetup time: a luxuriously late 8:30am. Two reasons for that...1) I'm coming from Palm Springs the night before, and 2) our drive up the coast isn't quite as long as I originally feared. I can drive a total of five -- which is cozy in a CR-V, but I've done it many times before. I currently have us meeting up at the Park and Ride, but could make that Mike's place instead, if you're all okay with that (and someone can email me his address?)

erranthkr Posted Apr 9, 2019 at 1:57 PM

Hi CJ - Do you have room for a 4th in your carpool? I can meet you at Mike's.

CJDGO Posted Apr 9, 2019 at 1:38 PM

What the...? The legendary erranthkr is joining us?! Awesome! Will be really good to see you again, Alan.

CJDGO Posted Apr 8, 2019 at 4:38 PM

Our first day of hiking takes us through "Lost Valley" -- a portion of the wilderness that was historically overgrown but has recently been nicely cleaned up by trail volunteers (details at There may be several water crossings up to knee high, so consider bringing a change of footwear if you want dry feet at the end of the day.

lahike Posted Apr 7, 2019 at 10:35 AM

Hi Juan, Lets carpool and meet at Mikes's house.

CJDGO Posted Apr 1, 2019 at 8:03 PM

Please pack an extra hydration bladder or other collapsible water container to hold 3-4 liters, as we may be making a "dry camp" one night on the coast ridge.

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