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Gato Trail, California

This trail is gone without a trace, and is only visible on topographic maps dating from before the 1970s.  Even on high-resolution aerial photography, you can find no evidence that there was ever a trail here, except in the lowest portion, which is on private land, completely and irretrievably closed to entry.  The chaparral in this vicinity is old, hard, and impenetrable to anything larger than a rabbit.  I hiked the lower portion last in 1974, and it was overgrown then; I had to trespass to get there.  Says David

(?)The trail actually no longer exists.(?) Says Bruce

The total elevation difference for this great outdoors trail is 3,037 feet which is higher than average. The time needed for this hike is roughly 5.5 hours, but of course some people walk a bit slower and some a bit faster. This is a one trailhead great outdoors trail, so you'll be backpacking it in and back out. With its 6.6 miles of walking distance it's an average length backcountry trail. This is a long hiking trail, so make sure you bring plenty of supplies. At parts of the year this vicinity sees very little rain, so do check for current fire restrictions before you go if you plan to bring a stove or make a camp fire. This backcountry trail goes through some very different elevations, so keep in mind that you may need to dress differently at different elevations.

Total in and out hiking length = 6.6 miles

Total climbing distance = 2.6 miles

Difficulty : Difficult

Casual Hiking Pace: 5.5 hours

Fast Hiking Pace: 3.5 hours

Total elevation difference: 3037 feet
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