May 4, 2016General Condition:
Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)
A short report because a more complete trail clearing report is at http://www.ventanawild.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=1582#1582
The entire South Fork Trail (which for many years has been impassible) is now mostly clear, thanks to work spearheaded by Betsy MacGowan, VWA volunteers, and 2 ACE crew hitches. Much clearing, sawing, and brushing was needed to accomplish this feat. With Big Sur Trail now clear from Cold Spring Camp to the north end of the trail and the Marble Peak Trail clear from the south end of the trail to Arroyo Seco, now is a good time to experience the long lost South Fork Trail for yourself (or perhaps come autumn, when flies are fewer).
All crossings are marked. The one "passable to difficult" section, where some watchfulness is needed to follow the trail, lies between the two river crossings north of South Fork Camp - there tread is difficult to establish in an often swampy area with downfall, so the primary trail indication is flagging.