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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: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

Post by Betsy M on Tue May 25, 2021 1:13 pm

Date Hiked: May 24, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Thanks to Brian Robinson for helping clear all the trees from the Tony Trail, pulling up many yerba santa, lotus, and other plants growing in the tread or growing over the tread. And especially carrying all the rocks to construct a rock wall at the slip out halfway up on the Tassajara side of the trail. The charred roots mentioned in a previous report are still there for you to hold on to as you pass this treacherous spot. Use them!
Tony Trail slip out looking downhill.jpg
Tony Trail slip out repair.jpg
Tony Trail slip out looking uptrail.jpg

There are a few sections on the Willow Creek side where the tread is slumping. And one section right at Willow Creek where the tread has collapsed. You can get by, with a little difficulty.
The informal camp where the trail comes out at the Marble Peak Trail is camp-able but there is a grove of poison oak literally every where in the camp outside a clearing at the fire ring and two tent sites. Willow Springs Camp, just 10 minutes up Marble Peak Trail, is much more spacious.
The Tony Trail crossing at Willow Creek involves climbing 4 feet down a large boulder, where someone has thoughtfully placed a couple of rocks that you can stand on when you climb up and down. There has been enough foot traffic that the start of the trail is clear. The sign at the Marble Peak Trail is hanging by some faded flagging.

There were lots of orange biting flies and mosquitoes especially in the afternoon and evening.

Re: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

Post by tofurkey on Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:26 pm

Date Hiked: June 7, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Trail in OK shape but towards willow creek/marble peak trail it completely disappears for a couple small sections. Using intuition its not that hard to find. A few fallen trees block the trail farther up, but they are manageable. There is small slip off about halfway up the willow creek side of the climb.

Re: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

Post by zenko on Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:17 pm

Date Hiked: April 3, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked from Willow Creek up and over to Tassajara, home at last.

In trail up the Willow Creek drainage remains pretty clear. There's some encroaching poison oak near the soggy bottom, lots of little sprigs of grass in the path sporting tick babies. Near the top of the ridge there's some deadfall. The little use trails folks have made down slope of the main trail are getting soft, becoming progressively useless. Still, not too difficult to manage.

Up and over on the Tassajara side, there are maybe 4 minor deadfall spots up top (2008 charred bay branches) and one major deadfall near the bottom (still living half-charred oak.) All are passable without too much struggle. Of note is a that one slip off around in the middle of the Tassajara side, which has finally slipped for real. There's about a foot gap between the two sides, with a 60-or-so foot drop off into a dusty gully. Luckily there's a charred root handle right next to the gap, which can help you jump the distance. Once it gets worse, the trail may need to be relocated on the slope.

Re: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

Post by aaronmcd on Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:36 pm

Date Hiked: June 15, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

If you count climbing that ridiculously long, steep, sunny hill, nearly impassable. The guy at Tassajara warned me though.

But really, the trail itself was in fine shape, and I don't recall much brush. Perhaps some brushing with brush on the descent to Marble Peak Trail.

Re: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

Post by Nic Stover on Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:57 pm

Date Hiked: June 4, 2019
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked from Willow Creek. It was a little tricky to get onto the actual trail as the brush was really overgrown and the trail appeared to head down the creek but once on the trail it was good going. The top down to the Hot Springs was quad busting but was really clear and clean. Best trail I had seen in 3 days.

Willow Springs campground is gorgeous. Buggy like no ones business but old growth and really nice and quiet.

Re: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

Post by Betsy M on Thu May 02, 2019 3:45 pm

Date Hiked: April 14, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The Tony Trail is in good shape on the Willow Creek side, and in fantastic shape on the Tassajara side. When you come down to the bottom of the trail on the Tassajara side, turn right, then left to cross Tassajara Creek. Specifically - when you get to the sign shown in this photo (in the background, on the right side of the trail - the sign points left to the Overlook Trail and right to the Tony Trail), turn left to follow the flagging to the crossing.
Tass sign at bottom .jpg

VWA trail crew volunteers worked on the entire trail this spring.
tony work.jpg

Re: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

Post by David Hirsch on Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:04 pm

Date Hiked: October 29, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Tassajara side is clear with one step-over log. Willow Creek side has some brushiness in the middle and 6 step-over logs.

Re: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

Post by Jim Ringland on Sun May 13, 2018 5:42 pm

Date Hiked: May 10, 2018
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

I did this from Willow Creek north to Tassajara Hot Springs. Maybe the right rating is Passable from Willow Creek to the top then Clear on the descent to Tassajara, but problems are small enough that Clear really does capture the general feel of the whole.

The Willow Creek crossing is fairly easy: climb down a 3-4’ bank (with rock to step on half way) then back up something similar on the other side. There's no brush or deadfall to deal with, which I’ve seen here in the past. No overly lush riparian growth to bash through.

Once on the big climb away from Willow Creek, it is clear this has seen a lot of work, presumably by the folks at Tassajara Hot Springs. Brush has been trimmed back and, where necessary, the trailbed has been cut into the hillside and leveled. There is one short section in the middle of the ascent from Willow Creek, about 1/4 mile and 200 vertical feet (out of a 1-1/2 mile, 1200 foot ascent), where it gets just a bit brushy. Nothing is hard, but one does have to push the shrubbery away at times and maybe do a step-over or two. Then it clears again. On the way down the other side, there’s one recent deadfall to maneuver. But that’s about it for issues.

Last time I was through here, there was cliffside section on the way down that was precipitous enough that there was a rope along the trail. That’s been worked: no rope and nothing that really felt risky.

Re: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

Post by pantilat on Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:50 am

Date Hiked: December 27, 2017
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

From Tassajara Zen Center to the Divide: Clear. The climb up from Tassjara Zen Center to the divide is in great shape with a lot of work and attention to detail evident from recent brush clippings to reworked tread, particularly in some steep spots where the tread is narrow. Thank you. There is an awesome view of the Tassajara canyon from the divide.

From the Divide down to the Marble Peak Trail: Passable. The descent from the divide down to the Willow Creek Canyon/Marble Peak Trail has some sloping tread and a little more encroaching brush, but never interlocking and most of the downed trees have been recently taken out so we were able to make good time on the descent. The trail is a little faint on the final switchback down to Willow Creek due to riparian growth.

Re: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

Post by hydrologic on Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:12 pm

Date Hiked: November 26, 2017
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

We hiked the Tony from Zen Center to Marble Peak. The entire trial is 3.3 miles with 1,500 foot of climbing. The first 2~ miles the trail was in perfect shape. Defined and level tread. No encroaching brush and no fallen trees. Once you reach he summit the entire 1.5 mile decent is horrendous. Slumped tread, heavily encroaching brush and dozens of downed tress you had to weave through. This trail needs major work!

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