Marble Peak Trail

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Re: Marble Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: April 1, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Commenting on the last observation of this trail and Adobe Camp. We hiked Marble Peak Trail earlier this Spring, and agree that Adobe Camp (this is the one just past the junction with Horse Pasture Trail) is a poison oak, face-fly zone of unpleasantness. There's a couple of campsites not too far along the trail towards the junction with the Tony Trail which are much more enjoyable and accommodating. I would avoid Adobe Camp.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: April 29, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Marble Peak Trail was clear and easy from horse bridge to Willow Springs.

There is a fire ring/campsite at the intersection of Tony Trail and Marble Peak which is not Willow Springs campgrounds.

Adobe Campground is infested with poison oak and we got stung when we took our pants off to take a swim.

The fee to park at Arroyo Seco is $10/day, not $5.
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RSIBryce
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: April 12, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Section: Strawberry Valley to Willow Spring camp

Nice trail meandering along the mountainside through the chaparral toward Arroyo Seco. Some brush but mainly a good and easily enough traveled trail. The little brush that does stick out over the trail was laden with ticks. About halfway to Willow Spring camp some nice trail work begins and the tread becomes clear. Don't count on camping at Camp Creek, the camp is gone after high flows and deadfall in the creek corridor there, now grown over with bramble and poison oak. Beautiful walk down into Willow Spring, a rather large and pleasant camp amidst some giant oaks. However, mosquitos have begun to hatch in the stagnant water that hangs in the area. Some deadfall does exist, recent in the gusty winds that have been blowing through. Not too much of a hinderance though.


Section: Willow Spring Camp to Arroyo Seco-Indians Road

Another beautiful stretch of Ventana trail, looking out over the Willow Creek and Tassajara Creek. Lots of creek crossings, but easy enough right now, no boot taking off required just some short rock to rock jumps and some log crossings. Poison oak was thick in some areas, the trail is clear in most sections. Nice hiking. The Arroyo Seco/Indians road from the Marble Peak trailhead we saw lots of mountain bikers and fellow hikers en route back to our car at the Gorge parking lot. Gorgeous day to be swimming in the Arroyo and enjoying the sun.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: April 12, 2013
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Section: Strawberry Valley to Tan Oak camp

Flagged, good tread, not too brushy, some deadfall, short walk to Tan Oak camp from Strawberry. Decent Camp, beautiful area. Water was flowing.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: March 20, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

This is a very clear trail. A couple river crossings before you get to willow campsite. Otherwise it's all good!
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: February 18, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The Marble Peak Trail is clear from Horsebridge to Camp Creek. It is a pleasure to hike. Beyond that, it is brushy, but there are no major obstacles until past Tan Oak. About a half mile past Tan Oak Camp, the trail vanishes. Completely gone. There are blackberries, ceanothus, and fallen trees. The trail could be anywhere in there. It is not like you have to climb over or crawl under, and then you find the trail on the other side. It is rather, there is no sign of where the trail is, so you don't even know which direction you should be crawling. Do not expect to be able to get west of Tan Oak Camp without a large amount of thrashing and blindly exploring. Unless of course you have a GPS track, then you would still be thrashing, but not blindly. When we hiked in February, all the creek crossings were easy and we did not need to change to water shoes or get wet.
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Betsy M
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: December 16, 2012
General Condition: Clear

A VWA Trail Crew worked on the section between Willow Springs Camp and Tassajara Creek Camp,
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removing two large tree blowdowns and many smaller trees from across the trail. The trail still has blackberry vines and poison oak in spots. Even after the large amount of rain that created logjams in the creek, Willow Creek had subsided almost to pre-rain levels and the creek crossings were easy. The section from the trailhead at Horsebridge to Tassajara Creek Camp is Clear, and verges on Wilderness Freeway conditions.
The mist was rising in the canyon Sunday morning.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: November 25, 2012
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked the section from Strawberry Camp to the Tony trail junction, and conditions were pretty much as per the 4-May report. Brush was thick in spots, a couple of blowdowns. Water in all the creeks. Willow Springs was shady and chilly, par for the course this time of year.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: November 10, 2012
General Condition: Impassable (completely overgrown or tread obliterated)

Section: Tan Oak Camp to Half Mile West: Impassable

Several VWA hikers started at the Coast Ridge,
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hiked down the Marble Peak Trial to the junction with the Lost Valley Trail, and continued towards Strawberry Valley. We encountered impenetrable brush about a half mile before Tan Oak Camp. Well, maybe if you had more time, you could penetrate the brush. But it was pretty clear that no one had been hiking over that particular section of tread in a while. If you plan to travel between Tan Oak Camp and Indian Valley on the Marble Peak Trail, expect to do some crawling in the half mile section west of Tan Oak.

The section of trail between there and the top of the ridge overlooking Lost Valley was Passable. Really not bad. We stopped to enjoy the views at the top.
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The section from that ridge down to the Lost Valley Trail junction was Difficult, with brush growing into the trail and sloping tread. We tried to clear up a couple of confusing spots either by adding flagging or by removing enough brush at a switchback that you would be less likely to miss the turn.

The section from the Coast Ridge to the Lost Valley Trail was clear, although the brush is starting to encroach.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: May 4, 2012
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Section: Strawberry Valley to the Tony Trail junction

My report is reasonably consistent with previous ones. Lots of this section would rate a "Clear" rather than a "Passable", but a short section near Shovel Handle Creek and a longer section near Camp Creek were slower and required some caution. In both, there were spots with considerable brush incursion. Around Camp Creek, the trail is perched on a rather steep hillside. There was a some slumping and even when not, I needed to be cautious with my footing. The trail opened a bit then as it rose to the Zigzag Creek / Willow Creek divide. There was one more seriously brushy section near the top of descent into the Willow Creek canyon, then wilderness-freeway-quality trail down. Once in the canyon, I had to do a little dancing around PO and other soft growth, but there was nothing especially problematic.

Camps: The maps show a Camp Creek Camp. I didn't see anything that looked like a camp there. An obvious flat spot candidate was littered with downed trees. Willow Springs Camp, an open flat under trees next to Willow Creek, is huge and lovely. There's a nice, if smaller, makeshift camp at the Tony Trail junction.
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