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Re: Horse Pasture Trail

Postby Chad H on Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:10 pm

Date Hiked: February 18, 2012
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Nice trail. There was some deadfalls, snags and encroaching brush. None of it was insurmountable. Generally easy to follow trail. We cleared small dead branches and such on our way from Marble Creek to Tassajara Rd.
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Re: Horse Pasture Trail

Postby trolleypup on Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:14 am

Date Hiked: December 19, 2011
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

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General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Section - Tassajara Road to West Fork Horse Pasture Creek: Passable

Tread generally in good condition, some brush ingrowth, several step over/duck under trees. Horse Pasture Creek is flowing.

Section - West Fork Horse Pasture Creek to Cutoff: Passable

Tread varies from very good to very poor, brush and log issues are minor. East Fork HP Creek is flowing.

Section - Cutoff to Tassajara Creek: Difficult

Tread varies from surprisingly good to badly deteriorated, several logs are down across the trail (step over mostly), sections in mature brush suffer from low clearance with crushed and fallen brush. Trail is fairly easily followable. Water is plentiful, both in the stream the trail follows and in several other draws. I did not cross Tassajara Creek, water levels are still very low, but icy water and no water shoes kept me from checking the last few yards to the Marble Peak Trail.
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Re: Horse Pasture Trail

Postby jack_glendening on Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:49 pm

Date Hiked: June 13, 2011
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

For section from Tassajara Road to Cutoff: trail is in best condition I've ever seen, someone has been working on tread, brush, etc., so I upgraded it one level from the previous report.
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Re: Horse Pasture Trail

Postby trolleypup on Wed May 25, 2011 11:46 am

Date Hiked: May 24, 2011
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

From Tassajara Road to the Cutoff Trail ONLY.

From the road to Horse Pasture Creek, tread is good, brush is mostly clear, poison oak is present but not obtrusive. A couple logs can either be stepped over or easily ducked under.

From the creek to the Cutoff, the tread is intermittently sliding off the hillsides due to vegetation growth, also some slumping and tread diversions. Brush is generally decent except for a couple sections where it is closing in or pushing the trail outward. Poison oak is present and intermittently obtrusive. One overhead log can be ducked under. Cutoff junction is clear and well marked.

Currently there is water at Horse Pasture Creek and the creek just NW of the Cutoff junction (which also crosses the Cutoff Trail below the upper switchback).
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Re: Horse Pasture Trail

Postby Betsy M on Tue May 03, 2011 11:07 pm

As noted in previous reports, the Horsepasture Trail is in decent shape. The section from the Marble Peak Trail to the top of the ridge, which is the first 2.2 miles, starting from the Marble Peak Trail, is thick with poison oak in many places, though you could probably avoid touching it if you really tried. Tassajara Creek was about 2 feet deep at the crossing, but the current wasn't too strong, so it was easy to take off boots and walk across barefoot. There is water in the small creeks, which are criss-crossed by the trail on the way up the ridge. The sandstone is beautiful, with lots of inclusions. The trail passes very close to the sandstone beds in a couple of spots at the lower end of the trail.
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Some areas did not burn (completely) in the 2008 fire, including oak woodlands and chaparral.
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There are lots of wildflowers, especially hummingbird sage, just starting to bloom.
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Climbing the ridge, the route passes through some poison oak-festooned brush arbors, where thirty year-old vegetation is slowly collapsing on the trail. In many places the trail slumps down, making walking difficult, and a few spots have been completely re-routed after landslides (watch for flagging at a couple of unexpected turns). However, there is not much difficulty finding the route. It is puzzling that the USGS topo map route is completely different from the actual trail, as noted by Jack Glendenning. If this trail was re-routed, it must have been quite some time ago.
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Re: Horse Pasture Trail

Postby trolleypup on Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:11 am

Date Hiked: April 25, 2011
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Note: reporting unverified reports from multiple hikers from this trail.

From the Tassajara Road to the Cutoff Trail, the trail is in decent condition, with fairly minor brush and tread issues.

From the Cutoff to Arroyo Seco, reports are of intermittent poor tread, a sketchy slide area, and brush issues. Possibly difficult for backpackers.
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Re: Horse Pasture Trail

Postby jack_glendening on Thu Dec 02, 2010 5:49 pm

Date Hiked: December 1, 2010
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

I am happy to report that the Horse Pasture Trail is currently in very good shape for its entire length! Someone has worked on what had been the problematic southern half, clearing brush and widening the trail. My thanks to whomever did that work! (I later wished I had left a thank you note on the Pulaski which was stashed there, apparently for later use.) Both the northern and southern halves are now largely brushfree. There is occasional flagging in the brushier areas of the southern half, e.g. where it winds along a the side of a creek - that is not so much needed now but may prove very useful after the spring vegetation growth. Taking a backpack along the route would not be a problem, though the tread does get a bit narrow in spots.

A GPSed track has now replaced the USFS track on my on-line Ventana Trailmap http://www.ventanahiking.net/ventana_trailmap.html- the two differed most on the southern half, by up to 0.14 mile, with the current trail taking a more direct, less contour-following, route.

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Re: Horse Pasture Trail

Postby Betsy M on Sat Oct 02, 2010 7:16 pm

Date Hiked: September 17, 2010
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Section described: Tassajara Road to the Tassajara Cut-off Trail approximately 2.1 miles from the road.

This section is brushy in spots near the cut-off trail, but this part of the trail is easily followed. Many people make a loop from Tassajara Road to the Cut-off Trail, following it one mile down to Tassajara Creek, then up the creek, and back up Tassajara Road to the trailhead. This entire loop is about five miles and is in good condition.
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As noted in a previous post, there are great views from the upper sections of the trail.
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Day hikers descending the first ridge, into the Horse Pasture.
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Re: Horse Pasture Trail

Postby Guest on Sun May 16, 2010 5:44 pm

Date Hiked: May 14, 2010
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

I hiked the trail from Marble Peak Trail to Tassajara Road. Almost all of this trail burned in 2008, removing the high brush and overhangs, and also killing most of the trees. The fire also wiped out the poison oak. It is just starting to come back, but isn't much of a problem this year. Next year will be different. Every little stream in the area is flowing much better than usual for this time of year.

After the first mile the trail is choked with post-fire vegetation, green and sticky, which makes every step a lot more work than a clear trail would require. The tread is not hard to follow, but you have to pay attention. There are many places where you can easily go wrong. The last 1.5 miles of the trail between the inholding and Tassajara Road have had some serious trail work, and is very easy going.
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Re: Horse Pasture Trail

Postby sugg on Tue Apr 27, 2010 7:46 pm

Date Hiked: April 17, 2010
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

This was a very green trail. I moved on this trail from Marble Peak Trail on up to Tassajara Rd., past Tassajara Cutoff Trail. After 20yards on this trail I was wading across Willow Creek - about 3' deep. The trail requires trail radar to be on low to medium settings. There are a few flags and cairns to help with direction. You can kind of get a feel for the trail with its slight indentations into the ground. Most of the trail is covered with small bushes/grass, but the trail is detectable. It's there, underneath all the bushes. At a few of the drainage crossings the trail does its best to vanish, but just keep in mind that these trails don't usually do anything radical - they usually maintain their same grade and direction. Cross the drainage, get 5-10yards up a grade, look, and you will see evidence of the trail if it seems like it just vanished. I would say wear long arms and legs on this trail. If you get poison oak, take whatever precautions you have used in the past - it seemed like there were a lot of green poison oak bushes. There are some crouch down low spots "brush tunnels". There is water drainages you could probably filter from if needed. This was a fun trail if you don't mind little bushes. There are some awesome views back there of the really steep terrain around the Tassajara Road stretch. Here are some pictures taken in sequential order....http://www.flickr.com/photos/38029403@N ... 807826817/
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