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ALERT: Due to a January 26-28 storm, Highway 1 is closed from Big Creek Vista Point in the south to just north of Lime Creek Bridge in the north. Long-term, there is a significant washout of the Highway 1 at Rat Creek (just north of Big Creek Reserve and just south of Esalen Institute). Expect this closure to be in place until summer 2021. Nacimiento-Fergusson Road (which connects Highway 1 at Kirk Creek with Fort Hunter Liggett on the eastern side of the Coast Ridge) is also significantly damaged and may not be open for quite some time.  

Effective January 22, 2021 U.S. Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest has re-opened most unburned areas of the Monterey Ranger District. In and around the northern Ventana Wilderness, most lands north of and including the Marble Peak Trail are open. Wilderness camps in the backcountry can be accessed from the Arroyo Seco Recreation Area near Greenfield (off 101) or via Tassajara Road deep in the Carmel Valley. 

The Pine Ridge Trail from Big Sur Station to Redwood Camp remains closed. 

Lands south of Willow Creek Road, including most of the Silver Peak Wilderness, are also open.

Most secondary roads (including Del Venturi/Milpitas, Nacimiento-Fergusson, Plaskett Ridge, Willow Creek/Los Burros, & South Coast Ridge roads) remain gated and closed. 

This map depicts the closure boundary. Not sure if a particular road, trail, or camp is open? Call the Monterey Ranger District at 831-385-5434. Please enjoy your public lands responsibly. When in place, abide by NO CAMPFIRE restrictions. Pack out everything you pack in (including toilet paper). Leave this special place better than you found it. Leave No Trace ethics are more important than ever with visitors concentrated in fewer places to go.  

State Parks 

The following are open for day use:  Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Garrapata State Park - Soberanes Canyon Trail, Andrew Molera State Park, Point Sur State Historic Park (tours only), and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (go online or call to find out if the park's campgrounds are open)  

The following remain closed: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, John Little State Natural Reserve, Limekiln State Park  

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO (additional US Forest Service information for the Monterey Ranger District): Please note that the information above is oftentimes more up-to-date than the US Forest Service site. Call 831-385-5434 with questions. 

 

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Marble Peak Trail

Re: Marble Peak Trail

Postby VWA_Ranger on Sun Feb 14, 2021 3:42 pm

Date Hiked: February 12, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Forest/Trail Status: PARTIALLY OPEN, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is partially open per Forest Order 05-07-51-21-02
Current Fire Restrictions: Campfires and Stoves are permitted in the backcountry with a valid Campfire/Stove Permit.

Description:

The Monterey Ranger District Forest has partially reopened, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare opening other parts of the closed forest and are continuing their regular patrols. Today volunteer Rangers patrolled the Marble Peak Trail from Arroyo Seco up the first four miles to Tassajara Camp. The Rangers did minor spot brushing and tread maintenance. Cleaned camps and put out a campfire that was still smoldering.

Trail conditions are as follows:


Arroyo Seco Trailhead to Tassajara Camp - Clear with no obstacles, There is one large tree down in the camp.


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DISCLAIMER: This report is for informational purposes only. Trail conditions may change at any time. The Ventana Wilderness Alliance assumes no liability for the use of this information.
The Los Padres National Forest Website can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/
To learn more about the Volunteer VWA/USFS Ranger and Trail Crew Programs visit https://www.ventanawild.org/stewardship.
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Sample of slides along Arroyo Seco Road.
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Campfire not quite out. Coals still warm.
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Tree down in Tassajara Camp.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

Postby VWA_Ranger on Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:35 pm

Date Hiked: November 16, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Forest/Trail Status: CLOSED, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is closed per Forest Order 05-07-51-20-22
Current Fire Restrictions: No Campfires, No Stoves in backcountry. Cold Camping Only.

Description:

With the Monterey Ranger District Forest still closed, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare for its reopening. Today volunteer Rangers and Ranger Trainees patrolled from Arroyo Seco Campground to Tassajara Camp. They cleaned two camps at Arroyo Seco, one at Adobe Camp and two at Tassajara Camp. They did spot brushing and minor trail work on their journey as well.

Trail conditions are as follows:


Horse Bridge to Tassajara Camp - Clear with minor encroaching brush

Note: Arroyo Seco Campground and the road to Horse Bridge remains closed at this time.

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DISCLAIMER: This report is for informational purposes only. Trail conditions may change at any time. The Ventana Wilderness Alliance assumes no liability for the use of this information.
The Los Padres National Forest Website can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/
To learn more about the Volunteer VWA/USFS Ranger and Trail Crew Programs visit https://www.ventanawild.org/stewardship.
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A clean camp and rebuilt camp fire ring.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

Postby Nblakely on Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:44 am

Date Hiked: June 10, 2020
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Hiked from arroyo seco to willow spring camp. The trail from arroyo seco to tassajara creek camp is awesome. Well defined tread, and all poison oak is avoidable. From tassajara camp to willow spring the oak gets thicker and in some parts is virtually unavoidable. This is why I rated it difficult. I wish I had brought my loppers to clear some of it, but I didn’t expect it to be so bad. If you are going to do this trail, cover your legs at least to minimize oak exposure. And the biting flies are out in full force, especially near the water. The trail just Needs a little clearing and it’d be excellent. But the tread was evident all the way to willow spring camp.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

Postby coyote on Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:09 pm

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

Started at Arroyo Seco and hike marble peak to just before Shovel Handle Camp. The first bit of the trail up to Tassara Creek Camp is pretty clear. After that, you're in for LOTS of poison oak. It starts at your ankles and knees as you get past Tassajara camp, and by the time you get to Willow Spring Camp it's up to your head in some spots... Definitely recommend long pants/long sleeve shirt, and soap to clean up with. Willow Creek is still flowing strong as of today. I cleared a couple of tricky spots along the trail up to that point. I also cleared some some dense Manzanita and Cypress bushes after Willow Creek. From 36.20469, -121.57132 to 36.20576, -121.56639 is totally clear.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

Postby zenko on Tue May 26, 2020 2:12 pm

Date Hiked: May 20, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Came over from Tassajara on the Tony Trail, hiking west to the Lost Valley trailhead. Tread apparent throughout the hike. In the Willow Creek watershed there's a heavy load of poison oak, almost unavoidable. Heading up, things clear up. A few deadfalls from Willow Creek to Strawberry Valley, but all manageable. Some encroaching oak and plenty of water at Shovel Handle and Camp Creek. Tan Oak Creek was full, too, and beautiful. Really nice trail work to Indian Valley.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

Postby Matt G on Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:18 pm

Date Hiked: April 3, 2020
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Hiked Marble peak between north coast ridge road and Indian valley camp. Trail is in extraordinary condition, total freeway with minimal poison oak and no deadfalls. Poison oak will likely be worse in a few months as certain sections have encroaching oak with tiny buds that will bloom and be worse, but currently the trail is amazing. thanks to the volunteers for this excellent work.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

Postby zenko on Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:10 pm

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

Hiked from South Fork Trailhead to Tony Trailhead. Had not difficulty finding the tread throughout the hike. There were just a few minor deadfalls and some bushiness to dodge. From Willow Creek camp on, the trail was clear and free. Plenty of water this time of year, and I remember even getting some from Shovel Handle in September. Poison oak encroaching, especially around Willow Creek camp and up the riparian corridor.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

Postby georged on Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:08 pm

Date Hiked: February 8, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

From Zig Zag Camp-Marble Peak. Well defined tread almost all the way. A small number of downfalls but manageable. This summit feels great. Recommend the excursion to Upper Higgins for the waterfall which this time of year is deep enough for a dip if you are hot enough from your hike.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

Postby rt1 on Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:26 am

Date Hiked: February 3, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Section: Horsebridge to saddle between Willow Creek and Camp Creek

With the exception of a few step-over logs, the trail is generally clear. There is some knee-high poison oak in places that can be mostly avoided if you are careful. Due to the lack of recent rain, the stream crossings between Tassajara Creek and Willow Spring are very manageable; if you have waterproof boots, your feet should stay dry. There is a metal toilet at Willow Spring Camp but it's in easy view of the campsite and the trail.
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Re: Marble Peak Trail

Postby ponderouswanderers on Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:22 am

Date Hiked: December 14, 2019
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Arroyo Seco through Horse Bridge to Willow and Tassajara Creek confluence was a breeze. One or two deadfalls but easy enough to climb over. Once we started up Willow Creek it was slower going as the trail makes many creek crossings and since the Thanksgiving rains there was a nice flow going. There were some very mushy spots past Willow Spring and we looked forward to getting some elevation out of the Creek.

Past Willow Spring, trail conditions deteriorated with a significant deadfall taking down a large clump of manzanita blocking the view of the trail. We crashed over it a bit and then used garden clippers to clear some of the smaller stuff so you can see through the blockage and locate the trail to make a move.

Once up and in the more dry vegetation heading towards Camp Creek the trail was being closed in on by brush and shrubs. Multiple times we had to dip our heads and plow through to continue. Tread remains but the overgrowth is rampant. There most perilous spots were steep angled slopes with the loose rock and dirt that were significantly eroded by the rains, leaving less than 6" of tread. These spots may have larger landslides and wash out if we have more rains like the past few weeks.

We descended into Strawberry Valley to make camp for the night. There was quite a bit of prickers and poison oak who still had there leaves but it was manageable.

The valley was beautiful and an amazing spot to stay for the night. Plenty of water during the entire hike. Small scat sightings, no bugs, some beautiful birds and squirrels. Great hike and the conditions were fine for us looking for an adventure!
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