Marble Peak Trail

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Betsy M
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

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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

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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

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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.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

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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
karst

Re: Marble Peak Trail

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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.
Robert Parks

Re: Marble Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: June 26, 2022
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Horse Bridge to Tassajara Creek Camp - The trail is clear and in good condition; poison oak is present as usual

Tassajara Creek Camp to the junction of the Tony Trail - Trail is clear and is mostly good condition. In a few areas (near creek crossings) vegetation may obscure the tread briefly (growth is post trail restoration).

"Tony Camp" - the unofficial camp at the junction of the Tony Trail - is clear and has about 6 bedsites plus one fire ring.

Tony Trail junction to Willow Spring Camp - Trail is clear and followable. Tread is in fair condition, in some areas still requiring work to clear dry ravel which covered the tread following the 2021 Willow Fire.

Willow Springs Camp - is huge and spacious with one fire ring and a grill. The camp toilet is in good condition. Hundreds of face flies seem to make this Camp their home, and they come out en masse to welcome visitors.

Above Willow Springs Camp - The trail becomes brushy, with various obstacles, mostly burned brush and deadfall. The trail was not scouted beyond 1/2 mile west of camp, but hikers report it is challenging.

Water is flowing well in Tassajara Creek, and in Willow Creek all the way from Tassasjara Creek Camp to Willow Springs Camp. Willow Creek and some of side creeks have abundant green algae growth.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: May 17, 2022
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

ED: FYI the GPS track used was Gaia, which is inaccurate there

From Horse Bridge to a little past Willow Spring Camp. The trail is freshly cleared to near Willow Spring Camp, but gets a bit overgrown close to the camp. It is always clearly visible. Immediately past the camp, we lost the trail after it crossed the creek, but eventually found it. A non-intuitive sharp-left turn after the creek crossing plus a downed tree hid it.
Beyond that, for about a quarter mile, the trail is brushy but mostly discernible, although it looks like a deer trail. However, the trail then disappeared.
We looked around for quite a while, following the map and GPS, but never found the trail again. We had planned to continue to the South Fork trail, but after reading the recent account of the fellow getting rescued on the Miller Canyon Trail, we decided to turn around. Also, this section was colored yellow and we were looking ahead to two or three miles of orange and if we completely lost the trail during the yellow part we didn't want to experience orange.
So we had a nice hike, and Willow Spring Camp is the bomb, and we also had plenty of time to spend swimming at Horse Bridge, which is as nice as it was the last time I was there 50 years ago. Nicer, even, since you can't drive there and it's not full of people.
Robert Parks

Re: Marble Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: May 1, 2022
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Section: Indians Arroyo Seco Rd to junction with Tony Trail

Trail is clear, deadfall and brush cleared, in the burned area, tread has been restored. Poison oak is present but not overreaching.

Section: Tony Trail to Willow Spring Camp

Trail is difficult, brush and deadfalls are present, tread is partly damaged by debris flows.
Poison oak is springing back from the fire.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: March 13, 2022
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

From the Junction with South Fork Trail to Marble Peak/North Coast Ridge Road: Passable

The section along Tan Oak Creek is filling in with brush (bay tree, ceanothus, tanoak). This stretch is notorious for fast growing brush. Conditions improve once the trail leaves the riparian corridor and traverses higher up the hillside but even there chamise and sticky ceanothus are starting to take over. There's a few fallen snags over the trail.

From the Tan Oak-Higgins Divide down to Indian Valley is mostly clear except for some collapsing chaparral and a little bit of brush encroachment. At present the creeklets in Indian Valley have flowing water.

From Indian Valley up to Marble Peak starts out mostly clear but deteriorates on the switchbacks below Marble Peak where aggressive post-fire regrowth has re-claimed the trail in some spots. There's lots of poison oak embedded in the regrowth as well as a few down snags over the trail.
dwilly415

Re: Marble Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: April 30, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Trip conditions, description and photographs described here: https://david-w-yocom.medium.com/trip-r ... 8b7f8f3243
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