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Puerto Suelo-Don Victor Trail

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Diane
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Joined: 13 Mar 2005
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Puerto Suelo-Don Victor Trail
Post Posted: March Sat 26, 2005 6:26 pm
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Post your update here or from Bryan's Interactive Backcountry Map.
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Duane
I live on the trails


Joined: 18 Oct 2004
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Location: Los Angeles, CA


Post Posted: March Tue 20, 2007 1:27 pm
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Helped Ray Ford's group clear out the first third of a mile or so from an intersection (the one a half mile from Madulce) to the point where the trail disappears down into a canyon. I think they were planning on doing some more work in the area, but I'm not 100% sure.
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Diane
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Post Posted: November Thu 12, 2009 7:37 pm
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Went on a work trip with Bryan to clear the Don Victor trail. We headed in from the road from Potrero Seco. The trail is indistinct at the south end. There is orange tape to show you the way. Once you get going, the trail appears and is very clear up to a junction with two canyons. We added ducks and tape to try to make it clear you head up the left canyon.

After this the trail follows the creek. Sometimes the trail is easy to find above the creek and sometimes the trail is not visible and it's easier to walk in the creek. We added orange tape and cut the brush to make it easier to find the trail.

We were only able to get about 4 miles up the canyon before we ran out of daylight. Hopefully we can work the upper portion of this trail. Some people working on the Condor Trail are hoping the Don Victor trail can serve as one of the connectors.
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CJDGO
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Dry trail, and very hard to find
Post Posted: March Mon 23, 2015 8:56 pm
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The Don Victor Fire Trail from Potrero Seco to Mono Creek is brushy and dry but distinct and easy to follow, with surprisingly impressive views. The road fades as it crashes through tangled willows along Mono Creek en route to Don Victor Valley, but we managed to stay on it most of the time. Hiking on only the second day of spring, my party struggled badly to find water anywhere in the valley. Mono Creek is already bone dry, and we found no trace of the spring shown on Bryan Conant's map. Only after scouting off-trail up Pine Canyon about 1/2 mile in a futile attempt to reach Jackson Five did we encounter a rusty seep a couple inches deep and a few feet long that we managed to painstakingly decant and filter.

Don Victor Camp itself is easy enough to find, about 200 feet due west of the extant iron "Don Victor Fire Road" sign -- but it is dry and dusty and cramped by a large fallen snag. We made better camp on the meadow about 150 yards south, just below a seldom-used fire ring on a small hill. We saw the iron sign pointing out the Don Victor Trail to Madulce but saw no trace of its tread.

We saw no ash in any of the fire rings, nor any footprints besides those of deer anywhere en route, so we were probably the first party in Don Victor Valley in several weeks or possibly even months. This is challenging, demanding, dangerous country; bring lots of water.
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