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Marble Falls

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 4.4 (22) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This trail ends at a beautiful cascading waterfall.


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6.9

Miles

11.0

KM

Out and Back

3,575' 1,090 m

High

2,162' 659 m

Low

1,549' 472 m

Up

1,549' 472 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

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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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Al Morales

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 22 votes

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Another view...
Jun 23, 2015 near Three R…, CA
We are here...
Jun 23, 2015 near Three R…, CA
Singletrack on the edge.
Jun 23, 2015 near Three R…, CA
Watch out for the rocks
Jun 23, 2015 near Three R…, CA
The start of some shade.
Jun 23, 2015 near Three R…, CA
The final descent to the falls.
Jun 23, 2015 near Three R…, CA

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Jul 16, 2021
Jacob Hill
Very fun, very close to Potwisha
Nov 21, 2020
Lori Lackey
had to park at the campground so got a little more meager in 7.6mi
Aug 8, 2020
David Hitchcock
Nice hike to the falls in late Summer. Water levels were not high, but it was a pretty hike.
Feb 8, 2020
Daniel Reyes
Surprisingly warm for the time of year. 6.9mi — 4h 00m
Jun 4, 2019
Ellie Pritts
Apr 7, 2019
Wesley Neill
Apr 7, 2019
Marc Nardoni
Mar 17, 2019
Michael Y