I've planned a short trip to the Ventana Wilderness in about a month for a little creek meandering and mountain scrambling. I ran into a man while in Jackson Camp a couple months ago and he told me about a route up the creek to La Ventana ("The Window") and since then I have been wanting to try it myself. I have already read (and re-read) the various trip reports on this route, but I was wondering if anyone who has tried it has any advice, especially concerned with water availability up Ventana Creek and the difficult(?) yet vaguely described waterfall section of the hike.
*Also, I am planning to be there for a few nights, not because the climb is very long but because I like sitting in the redwoods. I will be carrying a 25-30 pound pack and I am concerned that I won't be able to negotiate some of the obstacles with such a load.