Marble Peak Trail [CLOSED] is a 12.1 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Big Sur, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 12.1 miles Elevation Gain: 4,163 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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hiking
11 months ago

Hiked end of May 2019. I’m so impressed by other reviewers here and their hiking gumption. This hike was beautiful but intensely overgrown with poison oak and ticks. We were pulling them out of our pockets and picking them off every 30 minutes even with deet treated gear. We were so glad we had technu too. At points it was up to our faces for the first few miles after the horse bridge. There were several stream crossings, several that required wading. Maybe the oak, ticks, and water levels have subsided since then. Worth it? I guess... it was a mental challenge that made us really appreciate clear trails no matter how challenging, and mother natures stunning beauty and thorns.

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over grown
Fri Jun 14 2019

Hiked beginning of June. Be aware of the massive amounts of ticks and mosquitos you'll encounter. I recommend wearing long sleeve shirt and long pants as a deterrent inspects and the poison oak that is overgrown on the trail. Watch out for rattle snakes, I saw a couple hanging out in the campsite areas. Make sure to have a reliable map with you. The 1st half of the trail is well traveled and easy to follow. The 2nd half is overgrown and easy to loose the trail. I used Google Maps offline with success. Overall I had a great time. There's beautiful scenery, flowers, and plenty of water for this hike. Would recommend to a friend. I parked at Arroyo Seco campground for $10 and hiked the 2.5 miles to the trail head. I don't see any other way of doing it

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Fri Jun 07 2019

15 miles from the parking lot. Mosquitoes and poison oak. Totally worth it. All you need is 2L water and a filter to get through the hike.

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Sat May 11 2019

Ticks, poison oak and mosquitos. An overall great adventure up to Marble Peak. Make sure to hike up to the actual top of it to get the legit 360 view of everything including the ocean (there isn’t really a worn trail to the peak).

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Sat May 11 2019

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Sun Apr 28 2019

Hiked this trail in Mid April 2019. I would rate this trail as strenuous for the amount of creeks to cross, thick brush and bugs. Be prepared to check constantly for ticks. Bring waterproof boots or trail sandals for creek crossings as a few of them are risky to jump rock to rock as they are slippery. Tons of mosquitos throughout the day. Thick brush at times as well with poison oak throughout trail. With all of that, it is a fun hike with beautiful starts at night and nice views of mountains. The trail head is about 2.5 miles from gorge parking at arroyo secco campground. Campground has quarter operated showers for your return. There are a couple better camp sites along the trail than the others. Favorite one is at the intersection of willow creek and tessejara creek about 2.5 miles in. There are also a nice ones where the intersection of south fork trail (about .1 miles past that intersection). When camp states primitive it is literally primitive (very small). All other sites have fire pit and log benches.

backpacking
Fri Dec 28 2018

Didn't go all the way back to Marble Peak. Mainly just wanted to check out the river and stayed at Willow Creek Camp, which was quiet and well kept. The trail itself was pretty rough, but fun if you enjoy creek crossings. Past the horse bridge right out of Arroyo Seco, the trail climbs and then drops to the creek and becomes less maintained and marked. Manageable, but an adventure for sure.

backpacking
Sun Jan 14 2018

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
Sun Feb 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.

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Sun Jun 23 2019

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Sun Apr 07 2019