3.20.13 – 2 miles below dough flat to cow spring

Hey guys. Long time.

This was my first longer-ish since fully committing to my awful no carbohydrate diet. How would my body do? Answer: Surprisingly well.

Victor and I headed 12 miles up the potholey Goodenough Road above the town of Fillmore until we reached a locked gate. This gate was 2 miles short of Dough Flat and is usually not locked, but…well it was locked. No worries… we’re young enough and able. We hoofed it up to Dough, then up the trail behind the bathroom. A mile down, we passed a primitive campsite on our right (Squaw Flat) and trudged on another couple of miles to a junction that ended up being our high point (3800′ or so). We turned left and took the narrower trail that was easy enough to navigate but a little bit overgrown. A little over a mile past the junction, we reached our turnaround point, Cow Spring. Cow Spring was basically another primitive campsite with a small mud puddle beside it.

This hike was somewhat long, a little over 12 miles, but never had a very steep incline. It was absolutely what the doctor ordered for both of us. There was basically no water along the whole way but the temps were low enough that neither Victor or me were parched. Overall I’d absolutely recommend this hike for anyone up for a relatively mild and fun dayhike or overnighter. You can even take this trail all the way down to meet up with Willet and Piedra Blanca.


Time: 5:42:00

Conditions: 62, slight breeze, partly cloudy.

Distance: 12.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 1840′

Calories Burned: 2,045

Calories taken in: 200 (1 Protein Bar)

Water consumed: 2 liters

Getting there: Take Goodenough Road north from Fillmore until it ends at the gate. Beware the road is loaded with potholes and probably isn’t advisable in the rain. When you park, you’ll be in Los Padres…so don’t forget to put your Adventure Pass up in your car.

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