Marble Falls

Sequoia National Park

Southern Sierra, California

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  • The trail starts in a corner of the Potwisha Campground in the foothills of Sequoia National Park.- Marble Falls
  • The Kaweah River Valley. Views like this are common all the way to Marble Falls.- Marble Falls
  • The trail can be seen toward the center-left of this picture.- Marble Falls
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  • Some waterfalls on the Kaweah River can be seen in the distance in the middle of this picture.- Marble Falls
  • The trail to Marble Falls.- Marble Falls
  • Looking down toward some of the lower sections of Marble Falls. - Marble Falls
  • There is an abundance of massive marble boulders for which the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River and Marble Falls are named.- Marble Falls
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  • The trail ends here, but much of this area is accessible for those who are willing to scramble around the boulders to explore the scenery.- Marble Falls
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  • The largest cascade at Marble Falls.- Marble Falls
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Pros: 
Great views of the Kaweah River Canyon. Beautiful naturally polished marble rocks. Wildflowers in the spring.
Cons: 
No parking at the trailhead. No good views of the river itself from the trail.
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Region:
Southern Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Total Distance: 
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
2,150 ft (655 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
1,200 ft (366 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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While much of Sequoia National Park is almost completely inaccessible to vehicles without chains in the winter, the Marble Falls Trail is a fantastic hike that is typically open year round for hikers who do not wish to traverse the twisty Generals Highway any higher than the lush Potwisha Campground. While there are none of the famous sequoia trees in the low elevations of the Sierra, seeing the polished marble rocks under the clear water of the Kaweah River is a special and secluded reward for those who choose to hike this trail.

This hike is ideal for those who are camping at Potwisha Campground; parking is extremely limited at the trailhead, and for those who are camping, there is no added drive. The trailhead is located between campsites 14 and 15, and it can be very easy to miss. Look for a gravel path that heads into the woods away from the campground. Follow this for a short while, and look on the right for a sign to Marble Falls Trail. If you head up the hill and across an aqueduct, you're on the right path. 

The falls themselves are a gratifying reward after the hike. This is an area worth exploring for those who can manage crossing the river; note that spring snowmelt can make currents a little treacherous. The most impressive tier of Marble Falls is best photographed on the side of the river opposite the trail and a little above the large marble boulders at the end of the trail.

Once you have enjoyed Marble Falls, return the way you came. Unlike most of the trails in Sequoia National Park, Marble Falls is a dead-end trail and does not have any connecting trails. 

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