Marble Falls Trail

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Marble Falls Trail is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November.

Distance: 7.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,627 feet Route Type: Out & Back

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

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bugs
8 days ago

Great hike. Would’ve loved to spend more time at the falls but the bugs were awful - surrounded by a swarm that would fly straight into your mouth if you stopped moving.

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rocky
30 days ago

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no shade
1 month ago

I thought this trail was overrated. First half very exposed, not much scenery throughout. Lots of bugs. Topokah Falls was much more scenic

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bugs
1 month ago

Worth the trek up to the falls. Definitely need bug spray, snorted and swallowed a few. But overall great hike! Bring swimsuits if you'd like to take a dip.

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rocky
1 month ago

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over grown
1 month ago

Loved this hike, falls were beautiful even though they are slowing down. Definitely should have brought more bug protection, the gnats were ridiculous going up- coming down not so much for some reason.. some parts of the trail were a little overgrown but nothing crazy. I would recommend bringing a swim suit if your going during the hot months!

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bugs
2 months ago

First timer. Got a little off the trail and ran out of daylight but what a great soul cleanse! Trail is a bit hard to follow and prepare for a little rock climbing.

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2 months ago

Loved this hike. it ended up being 5.1 miles there and back. it was 100* in the valley and 77* on the trail. even though it was a 797 elevation loss and then gain, it was very easy. i would love to go back and camp.

recorded Marble Falls Trail

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bugs
2 months ago

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bugs
2 months ago

Beautiful falls but lots of bugs! We started at 6am to avoid heat but still had tons of tiny gnats flying into our ears, mouth and nose. Bring a swimsuit there’s a nice swimming hole!

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bugs
2 months ago

Phone read 7.29m in 1:58:25 with 1860ft of gain. Not much shade until the last mile. It was 90°+ with tons of bugs in the afternoon so that’s always fun. Falls are definitely worth the trip. In order to get to the water some minor scrambling has to be done.

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2 months ago

Amazing!

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rocky
3 months ago

Beautiful waterfalls definitely worth the hike. It’s a pretty steep hike with lots of rocks. Bring a face net as there were a lot of bugs. Early morning are the best with lots of shade.

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3 months ago

Must go early in am to avoid the heat in summer, hottest part of the park at lower elevations. Very few people and 50% shade on trail of hiking in the morning. Steep up and down, great swimming at the waterfall. Worth the hike up, bring lunch and hang out at the falls.

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3 months ago

Walked all the way up to the waterfall! Amazing hike with a bonus at the end - waterfalls! Best to go in the morning to avoid the heat.

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rocky
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Great morning trail. I’m a slow climber, started around 9am and got to the falls around 11. In the summer, most of the trail is on the back/shady side of the mountain in the morning. In the afternoon there’s a lot more sun and it’s pretty hot. There are some great view points of the falls along the trail, but the trail will take you all the way to them, where you can relax on the limestone and hang out near them for a while.

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3 months ago

The falls were amazing. If you go this time of year (July) start early! We started at 9:30 and the trek back got pretty hot. I saw one baby rattle snake on the trail. Stay on the trail.. there’s a ton of poison oak throughout

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bugs
3 months ago

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rocky
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3 months ago

Started the to hike at 2:30 pm and that was a terrible idea. The waterfall was gorgeous and worth the strenuous hike. It was a really hot afternoon going uphill and little shades. I recommend to do this hike early in the morning so that by the time you get to the waterfall there will be no shadow casting on the waterfall. We also saw 2 rattle snakes by the fall. Be very careful and watchful around nooks and cracks for snakes around the fall.

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3 months ago

This trail was awesome! A friend and I are fairly new to hiking & this trail is very doable if you are in decent shape! We left early in the morning since we hiked in early July, this way we avoided the heat and it was totally worth it! Make sure to bring a good amount of water & some snacks. We were able to finish the hike in about 5 hours, 2 hours each was & 1 hour in the middle to rest, eat a snack and enjoy the water falls! The trail is clearly marked which is nice & I would love to do this train again!

recorded Recording - Jul 14, 12:08 PM

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bugs
3 months ago

Beautiful trail, definitely worth the work. I started about 8am and it was already warm and got warmer as the day went on, but it wasn't unbearable. There was a lot of shade on the trail. SO MANY BUGS! Felt like I was being swarmed every time I got into a cool shady spot even though I started with Picaridin and stopped to put on Deet. If there were water crossing before they're almost dried up now. No more need for waterproof boots.

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4 months ago

This trail was great! Get there early in the morning to beat the heat. The end of the hike is beautiful and a great place to sit and enjoy a snack/lunch. Our party sprayed up with bug spray, and didn’t have too much trouble with mosquitos or ticks. It is tick season though and we definitely saw some hanging about on the plants near the trail!

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