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Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State
by Author varies by trail (Wilderness Press)
© 2008 Author varies by trail/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.
I hiked this trail staring at Los Padres Dam and made my way up the Carmel River for just an over nighter. If you choose this option be warned the way up gains more elevation than you might think lots of ups and downs along the ridges along the river. That being said its an amazing place I felt like I was in a jungle with the super thick under growth. The river was beautiful and even in spring was not flowing enough to make any river crossing dangerous. The only real downside was the insane amount of poison oak at this time of year. I have never seen so much poison oak in my life. It litterally lined the trail for the 5 miles I climbed up the river. The ensuing rash was still worth it though.
This trail was nice, a few places there was brush covering the trail that we had to walk through. Also at Los Padres Dam there is not too much shade and it may be hot.
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