Marble Rim via Sky High Lakes Basin Backpacking

Fort Jones, California

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Designated a primitive area in 1931 and established as one of California’s first wilderness areas in 1953, Marble Mountain Wilderness protects nearly a quarter million acres of pristine California. You might think that the deep lakes, striking mountains, lush forest, abundant wildlife, and isolation would attract droves of backpackers. But they don’t. You will ascend impressive cliffs of the Marble Mountains via serene Sky High Lakes Basin, a moderate overnight trip that could be done as a long, strenuous dayhike. This is (deservedly) the most popular hike in the wilderness, but crowds will be light relative to other alpine regions of the state. Fishing is possible in the Sky High lakes.
Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State

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Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State

by Author varies by trail (Wilderness Press)

Designated a primitive area in 1931 and established as one of California’s first wilderness areas in 1953, Marble Mountain Wilderness protects nearly a quarter million acres of pristine California. You might think that the deep lakes, striking mountains, lush forest, abundant wildlife, and isolation would attract droves of backpackers. But they don’t. You will ascend impressive cliffs of the Marble Mountains via serene Sky High Lakes Basin, a moderate overnight trip that could be done as a long, strenuous dayhike. This is (deservedly) the most popular hike in the wilderness, but crowds will be light relative to other alpine regions of the state. Fishing is possible in the Sky High lakes.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Fort Jones
Distance: 17
Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Season: Summer
Local Contacts: Sky High Lakes Basin - permit required
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min. Marble Mountain, U.S. Forest Service Marble Mountain Wilderness Map, Marble Mountain Wilderness Topographic Map by Wilderness Press
Driving Directions: Directions to Marble Rim via Sky High Lakes Basin (Backpacking)

Recent Trail Reviews

9/4/2009
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The best the High Sierra has to offer! The weather was spectacular, and it was not crowded (the higher up you went the less populated). You can day hike to the Palisade Glacier (the oldest glacier in California), but be warned that the last 1/2 mile is bouldering next to a scary dropoff. There were still columbine and lupine blooming too!


8/28/2006
1

My son inlaw Nick George,and I had a great trip,you see it all in one beautiful package,wildlife,alpine lakes,14,000FT.peaks. We took the semi loop trip that will take you out by way of Black Lake,a good choice.To top off this trip,we had great fishing for Brook trout as well.PS Thankyou for the great maps and service.Tim Banks


6/26/2005
1

We saw it all during a quick overnighter- incredible alpine lakes framed by granite spires, waterfalls, wildlife, a few fourteen'ers and even a glacier. Be prepared- we had snow in late June.



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