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Marble Mountain Wilderness Area
West of I-5 at Yreka, CA

USDA Forest Service
Management Unit:
Klamath National Forest
1312 Fairlane Road
Yreka, CA 96097

  • Fishing
  • No ATV's
  • No Motorcycles
  • No Off Road 4WD
  • Horses
  • Horse Trails
  • Undeveloped Camping Site
  • Wildlife Viewing Area
Marble Mountain Wilderness

The rugged Marble Mountain Wilderness comprises spectacular country and nearly 100 lakes. The Pacific Crest Trail runs through the wilderness (the view from Etna Summit trailhead is a must see). Access to this wilderness is relatively easy and no visitor permit is required.

The Marble Mountain Wilderness can be reached by several roads and trails: Highway 96 between Hamburg and Somes Bar; Highway 3 via the Scott River Road between Scott Bar and Fort Jones; or Highway 3 via the Etna-Somes Bar Road.

Marble Mtn. Wilderness Day Hikes

Lower Little North Fork - Little North Fork Trailhead- There are plenty of good fishing sites along this trail. Sur Cree Falls is a good destination for a short trip. A few campsites are available on the flats along the river and where Specimen Creek, and Uncles Creek come into the Little North Fork.

North Fork - Mulebridge Trailhead By August, the water in the deep pools is warm enough to swim in. Flat areas along the main North Fork of the Salmon and smaller creeks provide fishing access and dispersed camping. There is good potential for early spring, late fall, and winter cross country camping. Elevations range from 2800 feet to 3500 feet over the 9 miles of trail.

Marble Mtn. Wilderness Extended Hikes

Mulebridge Trailhead, Righthand fork - Many miles of fishable stream and many opportunities for solitude and serenity exist in this low use area. Side trips off the main trail lead to a few widely scattered glacial lakes including Shelly, Osprey, and Bug. Campsites are avaliable at Cabin Gulch, Middle Gulch, Grants Meadows, Shelly Meadows or many places along the stream. Connecting loops include trails to Etna Summit on the PCT, Shelly Fork and Kidder Creek Trails and Big Meadows Trail.

Grants Meadow-Upper Abbotts Loop - Abbotts Upper Cabin and Boulder Creek are used fairly heavily but are centrally located for day trips to Abbott, English, Katherine, Ethel, Horse Range, Lake of the Island, Diamond and Wild Lakes. This loop is about 19 miles long with a 4200 foot gain and loss, four miles of up and down and 2 miles of 20 %+ grade including some sections with poor tread.

Little North Fork Trailhead- Devils Canyon Meadows-The worlds largest diameter Incense Cedar and vertical glacial bluffs are the main features of this area. Several campsites are located in the meadow. The trail has an elevation gain of 2,700 feet and a distance of 11 miles.

Timber Hotel - Pools large enough to swim in and abundant fish in the stream allow for relaxing activities at the end of a days hiking. Timber Hotel provides many campsites away from the trail that can be used for overnight or extended stays.

Hamilton Camp - This centrally located camping area provides short hikes to Lost Lake (2 mi.), Clear Lake (2 mi.), Chimney Rock Lake (2 mi.), Steinacher Lake (3 mi.), Pine Lake (3 mi.), Hancock Lake (5 mi.). Clear, Hancock, and Pine lakes have maintained trails, all others are cross country.

Garden Gulch Loop The Chimney Rock area has a number of lakes to visit and the trail traverses a range of forest types from foothill woodlands to subalpine. Numerous vistas of the surrounding areas present themselves along the trail. This stock trail has a rich tradition of use by local ranch families dating from the 1800's. This 22 miles circuit has a maximum elevation of 6600 feet. The lower portion of the Garden Gulch Trail has a 20 % slope and is usually the return leg of the loop.

Pacific Crest Trail - When your car reaches the summit the spectacula

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