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Big Cone Spruce Trail - Los Padres National Forest
Trail Distance 3.20 Miles

The Big Cone Spruce Trail is a short 3.20 connector mile trail in the San Rafael Wilderness in Santa Barbara County. The trail starts from Cachuma Mountain Road at 34.71368, -119.85865 and connects with the Manzana Trail (30W13) just passed Manzana Narrows Camp.

 

 

Trail Details

  • Trail #: 28W04
  • Wilderness Area: San Rafael
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Trail-head Latitude: 34.71368
  • Trail-head Longitude: -119.85865
  • Water Sources: CACHUMA MTN. 8N08.2
  • Trail Condition: Kind of Good - Little to no bushwacking and easily followable
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  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Camping
    • Creek
    • Panoramic Views
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Wilderness Camping



Trail Stats

  • Total Elevation Gain: + 240 feet.
  • Total Elevation Loss: - 2431 feet.
  • Overall Average Slope Gain: + 7 %.
  • Overall Average Slope Loss: - 16 %.
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Trail Camps

Big Cone Spruce Camp - (3800 feet)

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Survey Photos:


  • Mike - 03-29-2014

  • Mike - 03-29-2014

  • Mike - 03-29-2014

  • Steve Cypher - 01-03-2016

  • Steve Cypher - 01-03-2016

  • Curt Cragg - 11-22-2016

  • Curt Cragg - 11-22-2016

  • Curt Cragg - 11-22-2016

  • Curt Cragg - 11-22-2016

Submitted Trail Reports

Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 03-07-2017 - by Jim Blakley
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 03-07-2017
Surveyor Name:Jim Blakley
Trail description:The trail along the creek is in reasonably good shape. Relatively easy to follow, but with brush beginning to encroach from sides. There are a couple of easily bypassed fallen trees. A short, perhaps quarter mile section on the downstream side of the big bend is quite brushy, with a number of fallen branches and trees. Above that, the trail is in quite good shape (thanks LPFA crew!). The climb up to the road is clear. The creek is flowing the entire way to the camp and the spring at the camp is flowing well.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Heavy brush and fallen trees for a short distance near the big bend, otherwise a few fallen a, aviodable trees and encroaching brush
Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 11-22-2016 - by Curt Cragg
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 11-22-2016
Surveyor Name:Curt Cragg
Trail description:The Los Padres Forest Association Volunteer Wilderness Rangers spent two days clearing trees and some brush off of the Big Cone Spruce Trail.  Both the upper and lower camps were also cleaned up.  This trail is now passable from the Manzana Junction to the camps and up to McKinley Road.  There is still some brush clearing that needs to be done but all of the large fallen trees have been cleared as of 11/20/16.

There was flowing water in the creek above the upper camp and just below the lower camp.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Large Oak cleared from blocking trail

40-50 smaller trees cut and cleared


Working with a crosscut saw

Big Cone Trail Crew...Thanks Guys!
Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 04-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 04-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:"big cone spruce was indeed quite overgrown"
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 01-03-2016 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 01-03-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Trail description:Trail is currently tough to hike because of constantly over, under & through blown down trees. Most could be removed by a guy with a Silky saw and lots of time, but there are a few larger logs and one big tangle of an old oak just below camp. The steep trail up the hill is still in pretty good shape.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Numerous blown down trees
Images:

Lots of smaller trees across trail.

One large oak across trail.
Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 11-12-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 11-12-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:
FROM A RECENT HIKING PARTY WHO WENT FROM MANZANA NARROWS TO BIG CONE SPRUCE CAMP:

The trail up to Big Cone Spruce needed trail maintenance.  We cleared the blowdowns we could, but there are still a few on that stretch.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 06-19-2015 - by Paul E
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 06-19-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul E
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Lower trail is overgrown in places. Unavoidable poison oak. Fallen trees.
Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 04-19-2015 - by Shriner
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 04-19-2015
Surveyor Name:Shriner
Trail description:Trail seemed obvious but needed some brushing. Turned around after having enough of the tick fest. Incomplete report
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Ticks and brush are await.
Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 04-19-2015 - by Shriner
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 04-19-2015
Surveyor Name:Shriner
Trail description:Trail seemed obvious but needed some brushing. Turned around after having enough of the tick fest. Incomplete report
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Ticks and brush are await.
Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 05-25-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 05-25-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:- The trail to Big Cone Spruce from the Manzana Trail is seldom used and needed attention
- We removed much deadfall and opened 3 areas that totally blocked the trail
- There remains 3 trees 6" to 8" across the BCS trail, but it is hikable now to the campsite from Manzana Trail
- Poison Oak is thick along the BCS trail.....some brushing still needed.

Water:
- The 1st mile up the trail to BCS has no water but water is flowing there after.
- The camp at BCS is still a good warm weather destination. The upper campsite is preferable......no ants.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Big Cone Spruce Trail Survey - 03-29-2014 - by Mike
Link: Big Cone Spruce Trail
Date: 03-29-2014
Surveyor Name:Mike
Trail description:This trail branches off the Manzana Trail about .5 mile past Manzana Narrows campground and follows the Manzana Creek though chapparal and a few spruce groves to Big Cone Spruce campground. The trail was not difficult to hike or follow to that point. There were a few creek crossings and some overgrowth but nothing that caused any problems. The campground has a picnic table and firepit and is very well shaded. It does not appear to be used very often - no sign of recent use and lots of firewood laying around. According to the map, the trail continues up to McKinley spring and the ridge, but we only went as far as the campground since we weren't up for a really steep climb.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
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