Marble Falls Trail

Sequoia National Park, California
Elevation Gain2,710ft
Trailhead Elevation3,595ft
Elevation Min/Max2196/3595ft
Elevation Start/End3595/3595ft

Marble Falls Trail

Marble Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Sequoia National Park. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 3,595 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,710 feet.
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A wonderful trail ... but be aware that the trailhead is nearly 13 miles south of the Giant Forest Museum on one of the country's twistiest roads. In the early afternoon, the temperature was 95 degrees on the trail (although much of it is shaded in the a.m.) and 65 degrees at the falls. The falls are spectacular and, in the latter part of the hike, so are the views of the Kaweah River. At this time of year, wildflowers in whites, reds, pinks, lavenders, oranges, blues and yellows. On our Sunday hike, we encountered only five people in four hours of hiking (not including a small contingent who were at the falls).

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"A year-round hiking opportunity, Marble Falls is especially delightful in spring, when the Marble Fork Kaweah River tumbles down marble-filled Deep Canyon in full regalia and the High Sierra is still cloaked in winter’s mantle. The waterfalls are not the only delights this trail offers in springtime; patches of verdant meadow grass and an assortment of vibrant wildflowers provide an added bonus. Leave the road behind and start climbing moderately via switchbacks across a hillside dotted with typical foothill woodland trees and brilliant wildflowers in spring. Be on the alert for poison oak, which is prevalent along the initial stretch of trail. Hiking in the foothills zone does pose a trio of concerns uncommon in the high country, namely ticks, poison oak, and rattlesnakes, although they should be more than manageable with the proper precautions." Read more
Laurel Scheidt
"This hike traverses the steep eastern wall of Deep Canyon, high above the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River, to the dramatic spectacle of Marble Falls. This excursion begins by following the chained-off portion of the dirt road north, passing a side trail leading Creek Falls down to a river gauging station. Cross a wooden bridge spanning a flume operated by the Southern California Edison power company. The route follows the flume before arriving at the signed Marble Falls Trail, on which you make a right (southeast) turn. Common madia, Chinese houses, pretty faces, brodiaei, and pink globe lilies skirt the path, along with many other wildflowers in the spring. The path rises up a few steep switchbacks, then turns north and passes through a shady woodland of cottonwoods, redbuds, and dogwoods, before reaching the first unnamed creek at .6 mile. Soon the route enters an open, sunny slope amidst chamise, yucca, and yerba santa." Read more
"The Marble Falls Trail offers a year-round opportunity to enjoy the foothills and is particularly fine in spring when the Marble Fork Kaweah River courses and cascades through aptly named Deep Canyon, and swelling meltwater drops through a series of dramatic waterfalls surrounded by glistening marble slabs and boulders. Slopes covered with verdant grasses and an assortment of colorful wildflowers add touches of beauty in the spring as well. Hiking in the foothills poses some concerns uncommon in the high country— rattlesnakes, ticks, and poison oak." Read more

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Sequoia National Park
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