Hiking to Marble Falls

On Saturday morning we got up early. Since we had hours before checking out at the campsite we decided to sneak in one last hike. The destination was Marble Falls. It was a round trip of 7.4 miles, with an elevation gain of ~1,400 ft. The trail winds through heavily wooded canyons, rising from the canyon floor to high above it. I knew that the falls would be visible after rounding a corner. Every one had potential. Eventually we reached the corner the revealed the scene we were waiting to see.

Marble Falls viewed from the trail.

Marble Falls viewed from the trail.

At this point the falls were still far away. We continued down the trail. The largest falls that make up Marble Falls are not readily accessible by foot, so we had to settle for seeing the upper falls and pools. Upon reaching the falls we discovered that the water level was relatively low, which revealed much of the polished marble in the upper parts of the falls.

The water-polished marble, so white it looks like salt or snow.

The water-polished marble, so white it looks like salt or snow (do you see Terry?).

I walked out to the edge of one of the falls at a narrow point. The view straight down was fun.

Looking straight down one section of Marble Falls.

Looking straight down one section of Marble Falls.

I took a picture with my camera held low, pointing up to the upper pools.

Marble Falls shot from near water level.

Marble Falls shot from near water level.

We got back to our campsite, packed up, and checked out. It was a great 2.5 days in Sequoia National Park. We hiked ~26 miles with more than a mile of elevation gain, saw spectacular scenes, had many conversations, took pictures, and savored life. Good times.

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