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Marble Falls

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Trail

6.9 mile 11.0 kilometer out and back
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,549' 472 m
Descent: -1,549' -472 m
High: 3,575' 1,090 m
Low: 2,162' 659 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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Trail shared by Al Morales

This trail ends at a beautiful cascading waterfall.

Al Morales

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

If you go beyond the base of Marble Falls, use caution. Water and slippery rocks are beautiful but dangerous.

Overview

One of the most dramatic trails in the foothills, this route ends at Marble Falls. It provides views of some of the most rugged terrain in Sequoia National Park.

This trail climbs 3.9 miles (6km) through chaparral to a lovely cascade. Park near site #14 at Potwisha Campground. Follow the dirt road across the concrete ditch. The trail starts along the steep bank to the right.

Description

Marble Falls trailhead is located up a small service road near camp Potwisha Campground Site #14.

Start on a service road for about 1/4 mile and make a right onto Marble Falls Trail, which is well marked. Immediately the trail is a singletrack climb. Expect several switchbacks during the ascent, which provide some nice respite.

You'll come across several shaded areas that offer a variety of plant life such as oaks, cottonwoods, redbuds, and dogwoods. There are normally several small creek crossings, but during the 2015 drought the stream crossings are non-existent. Be careful, as there are lots of rocks and overgrown vegetation on the trail.

In its most simple form, this route is an out-and-back for about 3.5 miles one way (7 miles overall). Expect an elevation gain of 1470 feet to the falls. Once you arrived at the falls be careful as the rocks can be slippery.

Flora & Fauna

Oaks, cottonwoods, redbuds, and dogwoods.

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Jun 4, 2019
Ellie Pritts
Apr 7, 2019
Wesley Neill
Apr 7, 2019
Marc Nardoni
Mar 17, 2019
Michael Y
Nov 23, 2018
Jesse Vanderhoff
Great conditions. Marble falls was flowing plenty. 7.1mi
Nov 1, 2018
Amanda D
Beautiful, cool in the early morning for the ascent but warm and exposed to the sun for the descent. Great for solitude.
Oct 5, 2018
N C

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