Special Places

Marble Mountain Wilderness

Mountain lake with forested hills in the background

-Photo of Cliff Lake copyrighted, used by permission of Deems Burton-
 

The Marble Mountain Wilderness is located in Northern California and can be accessed from the towns of Happy Camp, Fort Jones, and Etna. Information about the wilderness can be found at wilderness.net, a website jointly managed by the University of Montana & the four federal agencies that manage Wilderness.
 

Marble Mountain Wilderness-Permits and Regulations
 

The wilderness.net website lists current regulations for this wilderness.
 

Wilderness Permits are not required for trips into the Marble Mountain Wilderness.  A California Campfire Permit is required and are available at any Forest Service or Cal-Fire office in California.
 

Marble Mountain Wilderness Safety
 

Wilderness, by its very nature, has inherent risks.  Help may be hours or even days away.  You may not be able to rely on a cellphone for communication.  Remember, wilderness safety is YOUR responsibility.
 

A few tips to remember when planning your wilderness trip, as well as some things to keep in mind while on your hike:
 

  • Always leave an itinerary of your hike with family or friends, and stick to it.
  • Before your trip, learn about the hazards you may encounter and take adequate precautions. Select appropriate clothing and equipment. Always hike with a companion. Choose a trail that matches the skill level of your party.
  • Know your own limitations, and the abilities and weaknesses of your hiking companions. Plan your route and rate of travel around the weakest member. Make sure that each member of your party knows what gear the others have packed.
  • Track your location using maps and compass or GPS. If you encounter trouble, do not be afraid to turn back. Wilderness maps are available online at the National Forest Store or at some Klamath National Forest offices.
  • During bad weather like rain, snow, and fog, you may be safer if you stay put rather than attempt to travel.
  • Bring a good first aid kit with adequate supplies for your party size and type. Know basic first aid skills.
  • Know how to identify Poison Oak and stay away from it.
  • If you encounter a rattlesnake, avoid it by traveling at least two body lengths away from it. Never attempt to kill a rattlesnake, as this would increase your danger of being bitten.
  • Filter or treat all water used for drinking.

Marble Mountain Wilderness Trails on the Klamath National Forest
 

There are over 600 miles of trails in the “Marbles” ranging from steep little used paths, to well-maintained routes, like the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT), provide the only access into the wilderness and travel is restricted to foot or horseback only. All means of mechanical transportation are prohibited in wilderness except for wheelchairs needed by mobility impaired persons. The amount of maintenance a trail receives depends on the use patterns, wilderness preservation objectives, available funds and volunteers. On some trails, don't be surprised if you are forced to make some detours around logs and other obstacles throughout the year. Trail signs in wilderness areas are intentionally kept to a minimum to enhance the wilderness experience, so a good topographical map is a must. Wilderness maps are available online at the National Forest Store or at some Klamath National Forest Offices.
 

 Let'er Buck Trailhead
 -Let'er Buck Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Haypress Trail
 
Haypress Trailhead
 -Haypress Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Let’er Buck Trail
 -Bridge Creek Trail
 -McCash Loop Trail
 -Secret Lake Trail
 -Ukonom/Cuddihy Lakes Trail
 
Stanshaw Meadow Trailhead
 -Stanshaw Meadow Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Ten Bear Trail
 -McCash Loop Trail
 -Haypress Trail
 
Ten Bear Trailhead
 -Ten Bear Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Stanshaw Trail
 
Johnson’s Hunting Ground Trailhead
 -Johnson’s Hunting Ground Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Tickner Creek Trail
 -Ukonom/Cuddihy Lakes Trail
 
Norcross Trailhead
 -Elk Creek Trail
 -Lower Bear Lake Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Granite Creek Trail
 -Rainy Valley Creek Trail
 -Marble Mountain Gap Trail
 -Pigeon Roost Trail
 
Bear Lake Trailhead
 -Bear Lake Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Pacific Crest Trail
 
Cold Springs/Huckleberry Mtn.Trailhead
 -Pacific Crest Trail (Big Ridge Trail)
Intersecting Trails
 -Tyler Meadows Trail
 -Bear Lake Trail
 
Tyler Meadows Trailhead
 -Tyler Meadows Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Kelsey Creek Trail
 -Pacific Crest Trail
 -Bear Lake Trail
 
Kelsey Trailhead
 -Kelsey Creek Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Pacific Crest Trail
 -Paradise Lake Trail
 
Paradise Lake Trailhead
 -Paradise Lake Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Pacific Crest Trail
 -Kelsey Creek Trail
 
Box Camp Trailhead
 -Box Camp Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Pacific Crest Trail
 
Lover’s Camp Trailhead
 -Canyon Creek Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Red Rock Trail
 -Deep/Wright Lakes Trail
 -Pacific Crest Trail
 -Little Elk Lake Trail
 -Sky High Lake Trail
 -Cold Springs Camp Trail
 
Boulder Creek Trailhead
 -Boulder Creek Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Deep/Wright Lakes Trail
 -Red Rock Trail
 
Big Meadows Trailhead
 -Big Meadows Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Calf/Long High Lake Trail
 -Wrights Lake Trail
 
Shackleford Trailhead
 -Shackleford Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Cliff/Campbell Lake Trails
 -Calf/Long High Lake Trail
 -Pacific Crest Trail
 
Mill Creek Ponds Trailhead
 -Mill Creek Ponds Trail
 
Etna Mill Creek Trailhead
 -Etna Mill Creek Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Pacific Crest Trail
 
Etna Summit Trailhead
 -Pacific Crest Trail
 
Mulebridge Trailhead
 -North Fork Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Right Hand Fork Trail
 -Bug Gulch Trail
 -Lake of the Island Trail
 -Abbot Lake Trail
 -Horse Range Trail
 
Little North Fork Trailhead
 -Little North Fork Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Garden Gulch Trail
 -Devil’s Canyon Trail
 -English Peak Trail
 -Pine Lake Trail
 -Wild Lake Trail
 -Ethel Lake Trail
 
Garden Gulch Trailhead
 -Garden Gulch Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Portuguese Peak Trail
 -Little North Fork Trail
 
Portuguese Peak Trailhead
 -Portuguese Peak Trail
 -Bug Gulch Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Garden Gulch Trail
 
Wooley Creek Trailhead
 -Wooley Creek Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Bridge Creek Trail
 -Big Meadows Trail

Other Wilderness Areas on the Klamath National Forest.