Marble Fork Trail to Marble Falls

MODERATE 148 reviews
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Marble Fork Trail to Marble Falls is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Red Fir, 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
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1702 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

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.

hiking
15 days ago

absolutely beautiful in the spring, with flowers and vegetation. Can hear the water rushing during whole walk up, and the destination waterfall is iinteresting with the white rock.

More moderate than hard. approx 1500 ft elevation gain is spread over 3.5 miles (from the gate) Some rocks/rocky steps but mostly easy on the feet. Trail clearly marked. No crossings. A few spots of some exposure, but only near very end.

This is probably horrific in summer.

18 days ago

I disagree that this is considered a "hard" trail. I bet it would be pretty brutal in the dead heat of the summer but overall it was a piece of cake on 3/29/2018. I'm not in the best shape right now, but completed this one w/ 4 buddies after I was hiking in Yosemite the day before. So go for it. If you can handle the inclines on the first half of the trail, you'll be fine.

hiking
23 days ago

Great trail to hike. It was my first ever trail 3 years ago and I have done it over 4 more times since then. The views are amazing and end destination is well worth the hike. Careful though I have seen snakes on two of my hikes. One of which was a Rattle Snake.

1 month ago

Definitely would rank this as a moderate hike, the inclined parts are very steady and nothing too steep, making for an excellent day hike! The falls at the end are even more beautiful than the pictures, highly recommended!

1 month ago

Awesome hike during the winter!! light snow almost the whole time made for great pictures!! cold but worth it tread carefully with muddy trails and slippery rocks. Waterfall was amazing! huge reward at the end :)

1 month ago

Interesting hike , not sure why it says that you can bring dogs, you cannot. It is inside a National Park and it’s even signed not allowing dogs. That didn’t appear to stop the people we saw with dogs .
More importantly there is a new Brewery in Three Rivers that is the bomb! Great place to stop afterwards and get a drink and some food .

hiking
1 month ago

Good Hike. For a 1500 ft elevation gain , this trail had a gentle grade than most other comparable trails with similar elevation gains.

The trail is mostly shaded - about 75% and the falls at the end of the trail is delightful. Tons of water and very pretty. Lots of small and large cascades and falls - be prepared to spend some time here .

There are a lot of thorny plants along the way , so be mindful. Worth the effort on a winter day .

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail and cool temps helped make it very enjoyable. I would not recommend for the casual hiker. Trail is very narrow at times and rocky. Trek poles were very helpful. Falls were beautiful. Lots of great views along the way.

2 months ago

Love it!

2 months ago

Trekking poles would be very good to bring on this trail a watch out for those pointy plants along the narrow steep path. Hard, but reward awaits at the end.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was recommended to me by a friend, he said it was pretty easy and roughly 5 miles round trip... That was a lie, it actually comes out to be 7.4 miles (3.7 eachway) but it was a beautiful trail and I would definitely do it again!

2 months ago

awesome trail!
nice swimming hole at the end.

3 months ago

A good winter hike. Too hot in the summer. Lower part has alot of brush, but gets good towards the top. Nice hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike for December. Loved the water falls! Cold as.

3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike! My favorite hike ever! I've done at least a dozen times and I still enjoy it. During the spring, the snow melt makes for an amazing waterfall. The hike features break taking views of the river from start to finish. The trail is very narrow with a steep drop off, therefore I wouldn't suggest bringing dogs or young children. Any one who visits Sequoia should do this hike!

hiking
4 months 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 months ago

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

4 months ago

Beautiful falls at the end really made the hike worth it

hiking
4 months 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!

4 months 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.

5 months 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
5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

Great hike. Lot's of bugs!

6 months ago

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

6 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
7 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
7 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

8 months ago

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

hiking
9 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.

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