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Sellers Potrero Trail - Los Padres National Forest
Trail Distance 5.43 Miles

The Sellers Potrero Trail is a 5.43 mile trail in the Garcia Wilderness in San Luis Obispo County . The trail connects the Avenales Ranch Road and the Caldwell Trout Creek Trail (15E06). Halfway down the trail is Balm of Gilead Camp.
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Trail Details

  • Trail #: 16E05
  • Wilderness Area: Garcia
  • County: San Luis Obispo County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Trail-head Latitude: 35.26139
  • Trail-head Longitude: -120.28977
  • Water Sources: No Water Available
  • Trail Condition: Bad - Trail may require some bushwhacking and/or searching for markers due to potential sub standard trail conditions
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  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Day Hiking
    • Horseback Riding
    • Panoramic Views
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Wilderness Camping

Trail Stats

  • Total Elevation Gain: + 1715 feet.
  • Total Elevation Loss: - 1456 feet.
  • Overall Average Slope Gain: + 12 %.
  • Overall Average Slope Loss: - 11 %.
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Trail Camps

Balm of Gilead 2000 feet

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Submitted Trail Reports

Sellers Potrero Trail Survey - 10-19-2016 - by Mike Splain
Link: Sellers Potrero Trail
Date: 10-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Mike Splain
Trail description:

Since the (apparently) older route that ascends the nose of the ridge below Sellers Potrero isn't given mention here, I'll start with that description & then move on to the Sellers Potrero Trail proper.

Section- Wilderness boundary to Sellers Potrero Trail- This route, apparently an abandoned jeep road, alternates between open &very brushy, but is never very hard to follow. A few downed trees complicate progress, but the tread is always easily discernible.

Section- Sellers Potrero Trail from Wilderness boundary to junction of (historic?) trail described above- Trails is generally in excellent condition, with some encroaching vegetation & a bit of deadfall. Minimal restoration needed, but all could likely be accomplished with loppers & a small hand saw.

Section- aforementioned junction to Balm of Gilead Camp- Trail is generally in good condition, but 3 downed oaks force detours. As I recall, all are large enough to necessitate crosscut saws for removal. Some brushing would be helpful here & there as well. Once in the canyon, poison oak abounds; Balm of Gilead Camp was basically bone dry, save for a tiny puddle of standing water (& this was just after a heavy rain). Campfire ring needs hazard reduction to clear vegetation & dry grass, camp toilet is completely defunct & somewhat dangerous as the platform looks rotted & could collapse under weight, recommend filling it in, decommissioning, burning wood & packing out the seat/hardware.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work

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Last Updated: Monday, February 29, 2016

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