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Re: Marble Peak Trail

by borisaronshtam » Mon Jun 03, 2024 11:32 pm

Date Hiked: June 1, 2024
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

We hiked from Tassajara Zen Monastery (Tony Trail) to Arroyo Secco (Marble peak Trail). Tony trail is overgrown, but still OK.

Marble Peak Trail is totally overgrown and we had to push ourselves hard through dense brush and poison oak. We had to consult Gaia GPS to make sure we are on the trail. Gaia was showing the trail correctly, but Willow Creek and the relation to the trail is not shown correctly. Surprisingly, we have not encounter ticks.

Re: Marble Peak Trail

by kovarpa » Tue May 28, 2024 10:17 pm

Date Hiked: May 26, 2024
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked as part of a Boronda-Cold Springs-Rainbow Camp-South Fork-Marble Peak-North Coast Ridge Road-down Boronda loop.
Marble Peak Trail from Strawberry Camp to approx. Tan Oak Camp has long sections with poison oak in the trail and hanging into the trail making passage unpleasant. I beat what I could out of the way but still ended up with exposure.
A little ways after Tan Oak the trail improves significantly with evidence of recent work. The trail on the ridge towards Indian Valley is visually stunning and in a great shape.
Also a lot of ticks.

Re: Marble Peak Trail

by stevebo » Tue May 21, 2024 5:33 am

VWA_Ranger wrote: Thu Jan 19, 2023 7:27 pm Just a note, if coming from Arroyo Seco Side the Horsebridge has been washed out. We do not know if it will be replaced. We hope so.
Is there any update on if/when there will be a bridge from Arroyo Seco to the Marble Peak Trail? I won't be in the area until 2025, but I figured I'd ask anyway.

Re: Marble Peak Trail

by Guest » Sun Apr 21, 2024 8:06 pm

Date Hiked: April 15, 2024
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Lost Valley Trail Junction to Coast Ridge Road: clear! Trail is in great shape.

Re: Marble Peak Trail

by sfrake » Sun Mar 17, 2024 9:06 pm

Date Hiked: March 16, 2024
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

My son and I hiked the Big Sur/S. Fork/Marble Peak/Coast Ridge loop on 3/16 via the Boronda Trail. I’m writing updates on the trails we used except for Boronda (freeway and motor inn with 20 or so tents from Timber Top on down) and Coast Ridge Rd. (driveable). The common theme is that the trails, particularly S. Fork, have lots of trees down, but on the positive side there is almost no brush to push through. I’ve never done a Ventana hike before with basically no chaparral to deal with. Many thanks to all the hard work done last year by Betsy et al.

The Marble Peak Trail between the S. Fork Trail and Coast Ridge Rd.: The section along Zigzag Creek was a bit of a mess, with 2-3 fallen trees and one in particular that was the worst of the day. A big oak tree fell, taking down a bay tree or two with it. Following the trail was impossible, and the creek didn’t look passable either. We took a leap of faith and climbed the steep slope above the fallen oak, not knowing if there’d be an easy way down, but through blind luck it worked. From there pretty much all the way to Marble Peak the trail was clear, with much evidence of the hard work of the trail crews last year. The only issue is (mostly on the way up to the Tan Oak/Higgins divide) some side slopes have eroded away, taking the trail with them, but those areas aren’t so steep that you can’t carefully walk past them. The trail from that divide down to Higgins Creek and back up to Marble Creek is essentially a wilderness freeway. So, I’d say DIFFICULT for the ½ mile between S. Fork and Tan Oak Camp and CLEAR between Tan Oak Camp and Marble Peak.

Re: Marble Peak Trail

by Betsy M » Tue Dec 19, 2023 9:18 pm

Date Hiked: December 16, 2023
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The VWA trail crew volunteers have worked on this trail several times since the last report. We will schedule more trips to fine tune the brushy sections, but the most recent trip was successful at clearing the large swaths of ceanothus from Tan Oak Canyon. Previous trips addressed tread coming down from Marble Peak.

We found pools of water in Tan Oak Creek at two places: right where the trail first starts following the creek, and where it briefly comes close to the creek. But there was not flowing water until the location quite close to Tan Oak Camp. Once you are at Tan Oak Camp, you can also get water from Zig Zag Creek, at the crossing just upstream of the Camp.

A big thank you to the volunteers who contributed to this effort.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail - Lost Valley Jct to Tan Oak Camp

by Betsy M » Fri Jul 07, 2023 9:37 pm

Date Hiked: July 5, 2023
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Hiked down from Marble Peak to Tan Oak Camp. Hate to say this but the section of the trail along Tan Oak Creek has only gotten worse in the last few months. Don't think you could get lost here, but there is a lot of pushing through ceanothus. Some of it 10 feet tall. And leaning into the trail. So it snags your pack and anything sticking out of your pack.

The descent from Marble Peak is still in good shape. It has a lot of poison oak and rough tread, but nothing too bad. Climbing out of the Higgins Creek drainage towards Tan Oak Creek, the trail is good for about half the climb, then it too starts to get brushy.

Once you get to Tan Oak Camp, the trail is clear to the junction with the South Fork Trail in Strawberry Valley.

A couple of photos in the Tan Oak Creek section. One is a typical section before brushing. One shows after brushing.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

by Betsy M » Wed May 31, 2023 9:55 pm

Date Hiked: May 29, 2023
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Marble Peak to Strawberry Valley: Clear

With the exception of a few brushy spots coming up from Indian Valley, and a few more brushy spots heading down into the Tan Oak Creek drainage, the trail is clear all the way to the turn in Strawberry Valley.

Beyond that turn, where the trail contours above ZigZag Creek, the trail is brushy and overgrown.

Within the Willow Fire (2021) burn scar starting at the top of the hill above Willow Creek, extending to Tassajara Creek Camp, the trail is difficult. Above Willow Springs Camp brush, fallen trees, and dry ravel in the tread make hiking difficult. Between Willow Springs Camp ant Tassajara Creek Camp, where the trail crossed Willow Creek 17n times, the high water in January scoured the canyon and in many places you cannot find any tread. You could still walk down the drainage, but this section is challenging.

From Tassajara Creek Camp to the Horsebridge the trail was clear with minor slides.

The Horsebridge washed out in January, 2023 and the only way to cross the Arroy Seco River is to wait for the water level to drop and try wading (swimming? rafting?) across.

Re: Marble Peak Trail

by VWA_Ranger » Thu Jan 19, 2023 7:27 pm

Date Hiked: January 19, 2023
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Just a note, if coming from Arroyo Seco Side the Horsebridge has been washed out. We do not know if it will be replaced. We hope so.
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Horsebridge is gone after the floods
Horsebridge is gone after the floods

Re: Marble Peak Trail

by karst » Wed Nov 30, 2022 9:01 pm

Date Hiked: November 26, 2022
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Date Hiked: Nov 26, 2022
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

We hiked the Marble Peak Trail from the intersection with the South Fork Trail to Marble Peak. The trail is overgrown in parts, which slows down progress, but we never lost the trail. The last half mile or so before reaching Marble Peak is clear.

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