Marble Fork Trail to Marble Falls is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sequoia National Park, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until November.
A great spring time hike through a deep canyon in the Foothills. This hike offers an abundant and diverse plant life as you switchback through shady, woodland chaparral. Oaks, cottonwoods, redbuds and dogwoods are skirted with a variety of flowers in the spring like brodiaea, madia, lilies and Chinese houses. The trail ends at "Marble Falls" cascading over polished marble.
Marble Falls in winter is amazing. The river is still running but is pretty small so instead of an amazing large waterfall you get to waslk on and explore the actual marble bed of the falls. you have to scramble for 5 minutes over some boulders at the end of the trail. Just continue upwards andc you will be rewarded. The marble looks like snow. If you go post pics as I didn't have my phone with me Look for the "turkey leg" formation
I wouldn't classify this hike as an "easy" hike, but more of a "moderate" hike. I'm not saying it's Mt Whitney hard, but it's not Big Tree Trail easy either. The terrain varies from smooth path to smaller rocks to larger rocks to tree roots to leaves covering the path. It's narrow as well, maybe 2 feet wide most of the way up. And once you get within a mile from the falls, the mosquitoes get pretty persistent and annoying. Avoid bug spray as I swear it attracted more of them, just keep moving. It didn't help that we started this hike in the early afternoon either as the temperatures rose over 90 degrees. It felt more like a jungle hike (heat and greenery views), the closer we got to the falls. But once you actually get to the falls, it's worth it. There was nobody there at all and this was Labor Day weekend, though we did see a couple groups going up to the falls on our way down. Saw a couple fish swimming in one of the small pools. It would be a great place to backpack and spend the night. It's more of a forgotten hike, since everyone keeps driving along the Generals Highway to more popular spots and misses it. Day hikers should park across the Generals Highway from Potwisha Camp ground, look for a sign that says Dump Station and park there. There are bathroom facilities there.
Great hike. You're pretty much going up most of the way in so its a little more difficult. The way back is cake. Takes about 2.5 hrs if your at a decent pace. The end is beautiful with nice waterfalls and nice places to lookout as you're hiking in.
Falls were spectacular. Undergrowth encroaches on the trail a lot. Still enjoyable hike.
Hiked it at the end of May. Not only was the waterfall going full blast, most of the trail was lined with wild flowers. For us, the climb wasn't that bad.
If you use the app, the GPS directions will take you about four miles too far, and tell you have arrived when you are in the middle of the road. The written directions above work much better.
Wonderful in the middle of May
First I will start by saying that the end product of this hike (a roaring waterfall in the Spring) was well worth the hike.
That being said, be aware that this is a 3.5 mile hike in, almost completely up hill all the way in, and of course completely down hill all the way out.
Also, this a skinny trail on the edge of a hill. Not good for kids. I took 3 twelve year-old boys w me and was constantly worried that they were going to slip and fall off the side of the mountain, which at many points of the trail would have been deadly.
With the exception of the scarily narrow trail, this is a fabulous hike. Lots of beautiful flowers in Spring time, not too long, a good work out, and only 1 hour from my home town of Visalia! We are truly blessed to have easy access to such marvelous nature that the Marble Falls trail has to offer!
Love this trail. The falls are beautiful! The trail itself is pretty steep and we went in March this time so there wasn't much to see on our way up(I would recommend going in April/May, it's a bit warmer but so much prettier)but it's totally worth it in the end. The trail gets pretty rocky and more level the closer you get to The Falls and there are lots of boulders to sit on so you can take in the view. The Potwisha campsites are 10 minutes from the trail and the Marble Fork Kaweha River is right next to the campsites. It's so beautiful out there and I would definitely recommend this trail to anyone!
Nice morning hike with moderate incline and sun. I imagine this would be extremely hot in the summer months,
Great hike! Beautiful views and the waterfall is amazing! Not too difficult and just the right duration for a day hike. Definitely will be back :)
Great trail, well maintained, good views of the foothills throughout.
Great out and back trail to hike in the winter, though keep an eye out for poison oak. Ok for hiking in the summer, but watch out for rattlesnakes. There's also some really good hiking just across the main road.
Trail is available year round. Personally hiked it yesterday and it was December 6th. 95% is going up, not too stressful though. Destination is 100% rewarding. Waterfall is strong and gorgeous!