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Santa Barbara Canyon Trail

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Cowboy Clark
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Joined: 15 Apr 2009
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Post Posted: May Tue 15, 2012 9:12 am
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6 horsemen and 12 head of stock went from Willow TH to Madulce in early May up this beautiful trail. The first half of it was fairly clear - a couple of downed trees, but easy enough to get around. But the farther upstream we went, it got very brushy and full of thorns in some spots. Heartbreak Hill has one section that has erosion problems, but someone has cut a way around it. Once you crest the top, the trail is nice and easy into Madulce. Lots of water the whole way and a ton at the old cabin site.
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dlliteras
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Joined: 28 Mar 2013
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Post Posted: December Sun 01, 2013 6:52 pm
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Did an overnight to Madulce Camp 11/30-12/1. The trail was in decent shape. A little brushy on the top half and a decent amount of dead-fall throughout, but very hike-able. I brought a small folding hand saw along and logged out a a few downed trees, but plenty of work remains, and some of it will require crosscuts and axes. Water was rather scarce. There was some good running water on trail about 2.5 miles in, but not much else. At camp there was very little water, I only found one small hole with standing water somewhere behind the corral.

Unfortunately there's a a bit of a trash problem building up. I regret having to say it, but if you're planning to hike this trail please leave some space in your pack to carry a few pieces out.

Thanks.
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