Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

Robert Parks

Re: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

Post by Robert Parks »

Date Hiked: June 26, 2022
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and/or well maintained)

Tassajara to Marble Peak Trail - The entire trail is in great condition. Post fire trail restoration on the Willow Creek side has been completed. The trail in the burned area is in better condition than before the fire in recent years.

Attachments show the top switchback heading up from Willow Creek, and trail crew volunteers clearing a slide just beyond that switchback. Which ended up filling in the trail down below, seen on the right side. So then they had to clear the lower leg of the switchback.
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Betsy M
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Re: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

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Date Hiked: May 22, 2022
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

The Tony Trail is a Wilderness Freeway EXCEPT for about a half mile on the Willow Creek side of the trail. This remaining half mile is in Passable condition.

Robert Parks has continued work on the section that burned in 2021 in the Willow Fire. Coming down from the saddle at the top of the trail, work is about 2/3 complete.

The brushy section includes the upper switchbacks and one washed-out gully. These sections should be considered Passable. Work will continue to clear these sections of encroaching brush, and to repair tread. The tread on the switchbacks was mostly okay until we did a pass to pull out and grub out the sticky fire-follower plants including yerba santa, whispering bells, and San Luis blazing star. Even in its messy state, the tread is not difficult to find and follow throughout this final section.
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Tony Trail from the top looking in to the Willow Creek drainage.jpg
Robert Parks

Re: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

Post by Robert Parks »

Date Hiked: May 1, 2022
General Condition: Impassable (completely overgrown or tread obliterated)

Section: Marble Peak Trail to ridge saddle:

From the Marble Peak Trail to 1/2 mile from the summit, the tread is entirely filled in by erosion material and debris flows. Unsafe to hike on. Burned brush also blocks the trail corridor.

The last 1/2 mile to the summit has been cleared by trail crews and is Clear.

Section: ridge saddle to Tassajara:

Trail is Clear in good condition.
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Betsy M
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Re: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

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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!
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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.
tofurkey

Re: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

Post by tofurkey »

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.
zenko

Re: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

Post by zenko »

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.
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Re: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

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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.
Nic Stover

Re: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

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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.
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Betsy M
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Re: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

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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.
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David Hirsch

Re: Tony Trail (Hot Springs Trail)

Post by David Hirsch »

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.
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