Marble Fork Trail to Marble Falls

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Marble Fork Trail to Marble Falls is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Red Fir, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1656 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

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nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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. Dogs are allowed but be aware that there are foxtails.

hiking
20 minutes ago

Fun hike, the waterfalls and marble at the top made it very worth the hike. Would have had really good views if the air was more clear.

4 days ago

Did this trail in October. Still hard mosquitos, and was warm. Worth the hike.

5 days ago

Beautiful falls at the end really made the hike worth it

hiking
12 days ago

A great walk in the woods with incredible scenery. Not sure I would quite rate this hard but there are some narrow ledges with fairly big drops. Go slow and watch your step as you should do with any elevated hike. Highly recommended!

21 days ago

Beautiful hike. I was surprised at the amount of water in the river for this time of year. This hike is rated as hard but I wouldn't say it was too difficult. The elevation gain is gradual. Lots of beautiful views of the mountains and rock outcroppings. The waterfall is a cascading style with smooth marble rocks.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike to the falls! Mostly uphill on the way there! Take plenty of water! Had a picnic at the falls which made the way back fast and easy! Fuel the body :)

hiking
1 month ago

A great day hike. The waterfalls are nice and worth the time. And the stupid little flies never leave you alone.

This was a great trail. just enough challenge and great views. stupid little flies will drive you nuts.

2 months ago

Great hike. Lot's of bugs!

2 months ago

Was very hot; bring LOTS of water. Watch out for poison oak.

2 months ago

The fall is beautiful. Nice trail with enough shades. Only ran into 3 other hikers. Agree with recommending no dogs due to foxtails.
Flies are pretty bad last third of the trail. Seemed a bit longer than 7miles but would rate it moderate (not difficult). Definitely a trail I would recommend.

hiking
3 months ago

The marble rock falls is the best feature of this hike. In september it is dry and brown. Very little green and the bugs were very bad. A lot of foxtales so I don't recommend dogs. It is rated hard due to its very narrow jagged rock trail and a lot of brush. Hard on knees and feet so wear good shoes.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail... took it mid August it was hot and dry but getting to the end of it was worth it. The way back was easier totally recommend to intermediate just to push a little harder and take 2 or 3 (5 minute) breaks will help! We had water bottles and camelbacks

4 months ago

I loved the hike; it was painful. If you are not in shape, like me, I would not recommend.

hiking
5 months ago

Completed this hike on July 13th, 2017. I would rate it as moderate, it wasn't very steep at all. VERY hot depending on when you go, a couple small creeks throughout the hike just big enough to get your sweat rag wet saved us. The trail is narrow and next to a steep drop off for most of the hike so I wouldn't recommend for small kids. Beautiful waterfall at the end with safe areas to get your feet wet, though the water is literally freezing cold so we didn't get all the way in.

5 months ago

Completed this hike in April and enjoyed it thoroughly. There was a low hanging fog hovering over the falls which was very cool. No crowds.

The parking sucks and I got bit by a tick despite dousing myself in bug spray. Other than that, loved this hike. I have no idea why it's listed as hard. It's not that long, it's not that high, and it's not that steep.

hiking
5 months ago

For being my first trail, it certainly was difficult but was such a beautiful view! Underestimated it for sure, take plenty of water! Like 6 water bottles. The earlier the better, that way you have more time to enjoy the water fall

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice trail, some washout in a few spots but totally tolerable. Somewhat busy (midday Sunday) I saw 4-5 groups had turned around and 3-4 more on their way up as I descended. Got pretty chilly at the top near the falls.

6 months ago

Hiked this today. Beware: Ticks and Foxtails. Had to go directly to the Vet for foxtail in dogs ear and picked ticks off both of us even after taking precautions. Other than that it was a great trail and the river was raging.

hiking
7 months ago

Love this trail. 7.8 mile total. 2,800 elevation gain. Not kids friendly. Pretty tough , single trail over the drop off. Last 200 ft you have to scramble over rocks . View of the falls are amazing. It was foggy , misty and raining on May 17,2017 . Saw a few hikers on trail otherwise pretty isolated. Watch out for poison oaks and ticks. We had no problem but there are abundant around the trail. Rainforest like area , tones of wild flowers all around the trail. Some creeks running across the trail. Really beautiful.

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