Did a short hike here up to Twin Forks campsite from the Piedra Blanca Trailhead. Nice to see good water flow here. Both the Sespe River and Piedra Blanca Creek have a good amount of water in them.
In order to reach the Gene Marshall Trail from Piedra Blanca Trailhead you need to cross the Sespe River 3 times. First cross you can leave the shoes on without soaking them. Second crossing is a bit deeper, third crossing is just above knee height.
The Twin Forks camp was a bit tricky to find. There is a sign off the main trail indicating that the camp is to the right. If you walk to the right though you don't see the camp right away. You have to actually cross the stream again to reach the camp site. Camp was nice, had 2 fire pits and a decent amount of shade. This site is hammock friendly.
While we were down near the Sespe we saw quite a few fresh bear tracks, so they are definitely in the area.

Beautiful wilderness, lots of birds. Be aware that there are five pretty serious river crossings - I went just after a storm, and the fords were chest deep at times. Probably best to attempt the hike in the spring, when there's less water. trail can be quite exposed in places.

Great views if it's clear. For half of the trail there will be no shade if sunny and there is a steady incline the whole way. I went when it was overcast and hiked through the clouds and ended up with a view of blue skies above and clouds below. Plan to go again on a clear day or night. Trail is in great shape.

Fun little hot spring nook. Lots of plant life surrounding Willet Spring. Make sure to hang a left about a half mile after you see the sign reading that Willet is a mile away. Went over Christmas 2016 and had plenty of water options between a couple rivers and ponds. Weather ranged from a day of rain and a day of small snow flurry to 70*F. Happy travels!

don't underestimate the temperature drop when staying overnight because gets mighty cold especially in windy areas. be sure to bring enough water and to fill up when you can some spots offer water but bring some to be safe because it's quite a wall between sources depending on season.

backpacking
3 months ago

Nice shakeout hike. Super bowl weekend. Back in time Sunday for the game! Tons of water

This was my first venture on this trail. I was looking for a good trail run to do some hill sprints... this was perfect! Inclines the whole way up, breathtaking beauty all around, and the view about 2.5 miles up was amazing! Looking forward to doing this one again and seeing a lot more of the trail.

Easy to follow trail except in a few places. Bring plenty of water, I found none until willlet. There is a spigot near the sheds in willet but the feed hose coming down from the spring box up the mountain disconnects from the water pressure.

Went in at night, some difficult places to follow the trail the further you go. Some puddles from recent rain, but very little in Sespe River. Able to find water flowing from spring both at Willetts and Sespe camps.