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Judell Trail

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Diane
Guru at the summit


Joined: 13 Mar 2005
Posts: 836
Location: Santa Barbara, CA

Judell Trail
Post Posted: March Sat 26, 2005 6:13 pm
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Post your update here or from Bryan's Interactive Backcountry Map.
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Bryan
I live on the trails


Joined: 27 Mar 2006
Posts: 233
Location: Goleta

SB Potrero to Heath Camp
Post Posted: March Tue 28, 2006 7:00 pm
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Some brush along the middle section, may want to wear long pants. Very few ticks. Cleared a section where a pine tree dropped a large widow-maker branch across the trail. If you haven't hiked this trail you are missing out. Great views, never a person in sight, and the trail covers so much of the beauty that makes the San Raf so special.boots
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BSA Troop 42
Backpacker


Joined: 11 Apr 2005
Posts: 38
Location: Buellton, California


Post Posted: June Thu 01, 2006 3:56 am
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We worked on this trail on 27 May 2006 as part of a trail maintenance activity. A great trail is getting more opened up; near flowing water much of the way to Heath Camp. The Sisquoc River is crossable on rocks between Heath Camp and Rattlesnake Canyon. A big Thank You to Volunteer Wilderness Ranger Mike Smith, his support team, and the loveable backpacking goats for keeping the Upper Sisquoc trails open! See pictures of Diane’s trip on this trail one year ago: http://www.santabarbarahikes.com/community/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=174.hills
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goletasteve
Day Hiker


Joined: 28 Mar 2007
Posts: 8
Location: Goleta/Orcutt

SB Petrero to Nyra Shuttle
Post Posted: April Thu 19, 2007 7:22 pm
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Hiked the Judell trail March 21 (Spring Equinox) on the first day of shuttle trip from SB Canyon to Nyra. The trail is in overall good shape. Suprising, since I didn't think this trail gets that much use. A few ticks and some poison oak, which BTW hadn't bloomed yet. (I guess because of the cold freeze we had?) Unfortunately I didn't figure out the oak was in its winter stick form until day two on the sisquoc. The five miles up from the gate on Sierra Madre just to get to the trail head will definitely warm your legs up!
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mstiles
Backpacker


Joined: 12 May 2009
Posts: 37
Location: Los Osos


Post Posted: July Wed 08, 2009 7:15 am
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I hiked up Judell in October of '08 as part of a Montgomery Potrero/Sisquoc River/Judell expedition for Los Padres Forestwatch, GPSing tamarisk along the river.

The bottom portion was burned badly and extremely hard to follow because of gullies and washouts. Once a mile or so up, the trail is completely undamaged from the fire and very wide and shady.

Mike
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Coyote Dave
Thru Hiker


Joined: 21 Mar 2008
Posts: 56
Location: Santa Barbara


Post Posted: June Thu 03, 2010 10:21 am
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I hiked up Judell Trail from Heath Camp over Memorial Day Weekend (2010) and was impressed by its gradual ascent. The tread was in good shape and the route was flagged pretty well.
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darshar
Day Hiker


Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Location: Pismo Beach

Judell 2010
Post Posted: February Mon 14, 2011 11:11 am
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I just found this site, so this posting is alittle out of date perhaps, but hiked down Judell May 2010, and it would all good, gradual. Trail was a tad hard to see because it is obscured by tall grass, but just let the trail find me, and walked down. Got a few ticks on the socks, so keep checking.
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goletasteve
Day Hiker


Joined: 28 Mar 2007
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Location: Goleta/Orcutt


Post Posted: April Sun 03, 2011 5:08 pm
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Hiked down Judell trail on march 30th, and then back up again on April 2nd. Trail is in mostly great shape. On the way down the creek was running high and difficult to cross without getting wet. On the way up no problem. There's a tree covering the trail on one of the steeper sections -- only way through was on hands and knees under it. Picked a few ticks off on the way down, and walked right past a good sized rattler a few inches off the trail back up.
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Cowboy Clark
Day Hiker


Joined: 15 Apr 2009
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Post Posted: May Tue 31, 2011 7:08 am
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Rode horseback down the Judell in early May with several friends. The trail was in beautiful shape and had obviously been worked on in the past month - I saw fresh cuts in several places. Much thanks to whomever did that - we had ridden from Bluff Camp that day and were too tired to clear trail!!
By the way, we camped at Heath for a couple of days and it has really recovered from the fire - plenty of grass is growing and the trees look good!
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