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Rocky Creek Trail

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Wilderness Freeway: Heavily used and well maintained.
Clear: No obstacles and tread well defined.
Passable: Some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident.
Difficult: Brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread.
Impassable: Completely overgrown or tread obliterated.

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Re: Rocky Creek Trail

Post by Greg Mensik on Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:43 pm

Date Hiked: February 11, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

In reading the most recent review (Dec. 2014) many of the same conditions continue to exist, but there has been improvement. As stated, the first half of the trail is in good shape and ususally it is just a matter of how much the brush has encroached on the trail, or how recently it has been trimmed back. There are a couple of slide areas, one in particular, which pose a threat, but appear to have been worked on recently and are stable for the moment (though rains have occured since then.)

The interior half on into the "camp" is a bit more of a challenge, mostly due to vegetation growth and down trees, though it was obvious that someone had been in and working on improving it, as good sized down trees had been cut up and removed, vegetation trimmed, etc. There is one creek crossing in particular (I believe the 5th as you are going in, or next to last before you start along the creek and then up the hill) that is in bad shape.... it takes a certain amount of negotiation and in my opinion needs to be cleared and re-established in order to be easily navigable. Poison oak continues to be an issue to those sensitive to such plants, but we trimmed/clipped what we could, along with some of the manzanita and chamise along the hill portion of the trail before dropping back into the canyon near "camp". The campsite is not much, with only a ring of rocks and fire grate present, as the table disappeared in the fire (2008) and has not been replaced. Further, the campsite is in an "unfriendly" location considering shade during the middle of the day, comfort (place to sit, set out things for a meal, etc.)

On the way back out we met Dario, a Volunteer Wilderness Ranger, loaded with tools and headed back in to do more work. Was great to meet him, had a nice visit... and it is wonderful to see such a program in place and qualified people willing to do such work, especially considering what USFS budget and personnel challenges exist these days.

Now, to pursue improvement to the location of the campsite (original site was all but wiped out and location severely altered after the Marble Cone fire of 1977) location and facilities..... we shall see!

Re: Rocky Creek Trail

Post by Terry Spitz on Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:00 am

Date Hiked: December 29, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

The first half of this 2.5 mile trail is in very good condition. There are a couple of small washouts which may become more troublesome as the winter rains continue. The second half, starting just before the trail first crosses Rocky Creek, is passable but more difficult. The trail is hard to see in a few spots. There are several medium to small size trees across the trail in three places. With some effort, you can go over or around these obstacles. Rocky Creek has a good flow, but the six crossings are easy.

Re: Rocky Creek Trail

Post by RSIBryce on Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:12 pm

Date Hiked: March 4, 2013
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

From Arroyo Seco Campground

This trail is passable, some brush in sections and poison oak but easy enough to follow, well flagged. Doesn't appear to get much use for a trail that is so close to a major campground. We saw no one else while hiking.

Re: Rocky Creek Trail

Post by jack_glendening on Wed Sep 15, 2010 7:31 pm

Date Hiked: February 1, 2010
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Trail overgrown and difficult to follow in spots - helps to have prior knowledge of the trail. Creek crossings can be difficult with high water.

Jack Glendening

Trail Conditions History 2007

Post by Site Administrator on Tue May 26, 2009 11:50 am

Date Hiked: February 17, 2007
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Conditions reported by: Josh and Emily
Survey date: 17-FEBRUARY-2007

Trail is mostly in good shape with the exception of a pretty significant washout about a mile in. The trail has washed out for about 15 feet with a steep cliff on one side. Pretty sketchy if you have a pack on. Ticks were out in force. Not much encroaching brush but there were lots of bare vines that may have been poison oak and may be a problem as spring comes on.
Conditions reported by: Edward Peterlin
Survey date: 13-JANUARY-2007
General: CLEAR

The trail is quite well maintained and intact. After the ridge section the trail becomes leaf covered, so you must keep an eye out for the creek crossings (about 4-5 in all). The creek is running with nice cool water. Although cold, the creek is not frozen. The campsite at the top is in great condition with fire ring, iron cooking grill, and picnic table. At points where the trail becomes nondescript there are some apparent makeshift campsites, but there is a sign at the official campsite that appears to be relatively new. A couple of stray cans were the only trash, packed those out. Very fun little overnight esp. if you get to Arroyo Seco a bit later than you expect. Fair number of quail around if that's your thing.

Rocky Creek Trail

Post by Site Administrator on Tue May 26, 2009 11:49 am

* USFS Trail # 4E04
* Parking: Arroyo Seco Campground
* Watershed: Rocky Creek
* Junctions: None
* Connects: Arroyo Seco Car Campground with Rocky Creek Camp
* Camps: Rocky Creek Camp