Marble Peak Trail

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VWA_Ranger
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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
Horsebridge is gone after the floods
karst

Re: Marble Peak Trail

Post by karst »

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

Post by Robert Parks »

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

Post by scottmiller »

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

Post by Robert Parks »

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

Post by pantilat »

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

Post by dwilly415 »

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
Kyle F

Re: Marble Peak Trail

Post by Kyle F »

Date Hiked: April 17, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

I hiked the section of Marble Peak Trail from Strawberry Valley to the North Coast Ridge road again on April 17th. After taking the South Fork, I maintain my rating as passable. There was never a moment I thought I might be off the trail, or was unsure about my path. Even better, on this return visit I think I spotted the use trail to Marble Peak. Keep your eyes peeled as you get closer to the top. There are some brushy sections and downfall but it is absolutely passable, with a good pace to boot. The brushiest sections never lasted long and the tread was always quite evident, especially compared to sections of the South Fork Trail which I had taken earlier in the day. My sunglassses are still out in this section somewhere.
Kyle F

Re: Marble Peak Trail

Post by Kyle F »

Date Hiked: April 10, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Made the trek out to Marble Peak over the weekend. Up to Willow Springs the trail is immaculate - often traveled from what I could tell. The toilet at Willow Springs is filling up but a wonderful spot to kick off the day. I'm so regular out there.

Continuing on, the trail was periodically overgrown with occasional downfall and the sun was intense when I was on the hill sides. You cannot comfortably camp at Camp Creek, but water was flowing. I found a tick on me here. Shovel Handel Creek has a spot for one tent, and a use trail that went off into the woods but the brush was over my head and I was not particularly excited about that so I continued on. In and out of the hills, over and over. There is a section before the intersection with Strawberry Valley/Camp that was basically "gone" - it was very short, maybe 10 feet. I was able to see the trail across the ravine so don't worry, just keep working your way to the drainage and you will find the trail.

The intersection of Higgens Creek is just an amazing spot. In the afternoon you may find yourself without shade but there are so many tent sites and I doubt that areas see much tent traffic. At this point there was a large pine tree blocking the Marble Peak trail, I took a use trail to a campsite (I think) for about 500' before realizing I was headed the wrong direction. Eventually I was snaking my way up the back of Marble Peak.

I did not see any point to leave this "wagon road" that was snaking up the backside of Marble Peak, so I just stayed on it until the ridge. It spits you out on the south side of the mountain, not the north side. There is a sign here marking the Marble Peak Trail, so it seemed right. Wonderful views up by the road, I was delighted.

Returning over the same route, I camped a little past the intersection with Strawberry Valley, after Tan Oak. Sunday I pushed it really hard to make good time to the car, I was blessed with overcast skies. Lots of hikers in the first few miles up to Willow Springs, I imagine this area sees a lot of foot traffic. At Horse Bridge some guy's dog was yakking in the river, nice.

This place is amazing, I'm new to backpacking in California but I have been to many wilderness areas, Ventana is wild and untamed which provides for a magical feeling when you are really out there. Thank you all for the effort in maintaining these trails, it was because of you I was able to have this awesome weekend. There were plenty of spots I was unsure of, but would see a semi-recent cut branch or the occasional ribbon that would give me the confidence to continue on.
MHaynes

Re: Marble Peak Trail

Post by MHaynes »

Date Hiked: April 4, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Out and back trip to Indian Valley. The trail was mostly clear through Tassajara Camp, then slightly overgrown but easy to follow through Willow springs. There was recent dead-fall roughly 9 miles in, and the trail had slid out in some places. The tread was less defined near the South Fork Trail junction, but generally easy to follow. Things were mostly clear from Tan Oak Creek to Indian Camp.
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