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White Elephant Trail

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Diane
Guru at the summit


Joined: 13 Mar 2005
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Location: Santa Barbara, CA

White Elephant Trail
Post Posted: March Sat 26, 2005 6:36 pm
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Post your update here or from Bryan's Interactive Backcountry Map.boots
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george
I live on the trails


Joined: 26 Mar 2006
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Location: santa barbara


Post Posted: April Fri 13, 2007 7:24 pm
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We hiked one hot January day a few years ago. It was in pretty good shape- only a little bit brushy- with a surprising number of ticks. The ridgetop mine was interesting and there were fine views.
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thornslegacy2001
Day Hiker


Joined: 04 May 2008
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Location: Santa Maria

White Elephant Trail Update:
Post Posted: July Sun 06, 2008 10:23 am
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I don't believe I am an idiot or anything similar, but I for one lost this trail. It started off fine near Wagon Flat camp, and we began the hike excited, to be on such an easy trail. But less than a mile into it, the whole trail just disappeared! *poof!* gone! It is overgrown, by my best guess, or we lost it. But I'm betting overgrown.

I don't want that mine to be lost to civilization for ever, would someone more experienced be willing to check it out?

That'd be cool.

-Nick Skaggs
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Bryan
I live on the trails


Joined: 27 Mar 2006
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Post Posted: February Mon 16, 2009 9:40 am
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The trail takes a hard left turn up about 1/4 mile into the hike. It seems that the trail would continue straight up the creek and there is a "trail" continuing straight, but the real trail goes hard to the left up the canyon wall. I was out there early January 2009 and marked the fork with flags. Once on the correct trail and out of the creek, there is very little chance of getting lost. This trail is slightly overgrown but mostly by small sage bushes. Its a tough climb up to the mine, actually one of the harder pushes for such a short hike. Once at the mine there are multiple caves and holes to check out. BE CAREFUL, a misstep here or there and you're falling a long way from help. I saw more ticks on this trail than anywhere else EVER. No water once away from the creek, don't let the short distance fool you - its a tough hike.
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