Marble Peak Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews
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Marble Peak Trail is a 12.7 mile point-to-point trail located near Big Sur, California that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4189 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

hiking

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backpacking
1 month ago

The trail was serviced just around Christmas/New Years of ‘17/‘18 as per the campground host. The facilities from Arroyo Seco Campground are awesome and in great shape, as well as the fire road leading down towards the Marble Peak Trail. It is a heavily forested and stunningly beautiful hike that is in great condition leading up to Willow Springs camp. After Willow, a good portion of the Ventana Mountain range is recovering from the Soberanes Fire of 2016. The trail, although quite strenuous, is still maintained in somewhat decent shape, but a lot of the vegetation that is thriving due to the fires are taking up a good portion of the trail at times and you must beware of ticks as you pass through the thick brush and avoid tree branches. Dust off each time you pass through a thick portion.
As you approach Strawberry Camp the trail begins to become a bit difficult, mainly due to lack of a trail and thorned Chapperal also begins to be a problem. The Black Cone trail junction is pretty difficult to impassable but if you’re up for it, I hear you get the bang for you buck with sights. I camped in Strawberry Valley and had a hell of a time, I’d recommend it to everyone.

camping
Sunday, February 22, 2015

An awesome trail! From Arroyo Seco Gorge parking to the spacious Willow Springs camp is about 6.5 miles. Roughly 15 very easy river crossings (5-8ft wide creek, really). A bit muddy in a few spots. Beautiful narrow canyon with steep sides, mostly uphill the whole way but not crazy steep. Very scenic and quiet. Several camp options for trekking further and a few along the way if you want a closer destination. If you go further, fill up water at Willow Springs, I went exploring a couple miles past and it goes up over a pass far from the river.