2016 Bear Trap Trip Report

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Forest: Los Padres
Ranger Unit: Mount Pinos
Wilderness Area: Sespe Wilderness
Trip Date: November 5 & 6 2016
Start TH & End TH: Glenn Marshall Piedra Blanca

Trip Stats:
6 Volunteers attended
80 Volunteer Hours Donated
¼ mile of Trail brushed
¼ mile of trail repaired
Trees Cut 1
Removed slough from 1000 feet of trail

On Saturday 11/5/2016 six Wilderness Corps Volunteers hiked 5.4 miles into Bear Trap Camp. We repaired sections of trail along the way there. There is water at upper Reyes Camp and Bear Trap Camp. The Map indicates that the fire burned up to Bear Trap Camp and that is not what we found. We so no sign of the burn at Bear Trap Camp. The carbonite Trail closure is still in place and it looks like the public is respecting the closure.

On Sunday four Wilderness Corps Volunteers cleared a section of trail from the trailhead to the Wilderness Boundary. Needless to say, everyone had a great time. The potluck dinner was amazingly delicious.

Next Steps: Take 3 day scouting trip into Haddock, and hike the section between Haddock and Bear Trap. I have reached out to USFS Volunteer Mark Subbotin about putting a trip together that will include multiple volunteer groups and the goal would be to repair the trail between Haddock and Bear Trap. We have a scouting trip going into Bear Trap Number two via Haddock on November 19 & 20, 2016.


Todd Brockman is one of the founders of Wilderness Corps. He came up with the idea while on Trail Crew in the Los Padres National Forest. He has been backpacking just about all his life. Todd Brockman was a Trail Crew Leader for the Ventnana Wilderness Alliance and was a Volunteer Wilderness Steward in the Los Padres National Forest for 2 years. Todd then volunteered as Weekend Wilderness Ranger for the 2013 season in the Sierra National Forrest. Todd’s is involved with many organizations that promote Wilderness Stewardship from Washington D.C. to the local level. Todd is an IT Professional however, Todd says the best job ever would be to part of the solitude of the Wilderness.

Quick Links

California Fire/Stove Permit Caltopo.com for trip planning inciweb to check if there are wildfires in your destination area

Wilderness Permits

Wilderness Permits are required to overnight in the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, Kaiser Wilderness, John Muir Wilderness and Ansel Adams. Please get a permit. Bear cans are required in the Sierra National Forest.