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 has been recognized for its wild values for generations. This area was originally designated as a Primitive area in 1931 and is one of the original Wilderness Areas designated by the 1964 Wilderness Act. 

Craggy peaks, deep canyons cloaked in conifer forests, abundant meadows, Wild and Scenic River segments, and 89 lakes highlight this 225,000-acre area. Many of the peaks exceed 6,000 feet in elevation, with Boulder Peak the highest at 8,299 feet. There are also fascinating geological features, including Marble Mountain, a stark, red-and-gray marbled peak. Much of the Wilderness is forested, and there are diverse conifer species:  low and mid-elevation species include Douglas fir, sugar pine, and white fir; higher elevation species include Shasta fir, whitebark pine, foxtail pine, and mountain hemlock. You will find alpine meadows and bare rock in the highest elevations. Most of the lakes are gems set in glacial cirques. Black bear, black-tailed deer, and many other species of wildlife are plentiful.

Numerous trailheads and an extensive trail network provide excellent access to the Wilderness, including the Pacific Crest Trail which crosses the crest of the Marble Mountains for 32 miles from south to north.

Marble Mountain Wilderness-Permits and Regulations

Wilderness Permits are not required for trips into the Marble Mountain Wilderness.

A California Campfire Permit is required if you use either a stove or a fire and is available at any Forest Service or Cal-Fire office in California, as well as online.

Travel in wilderness is restricted to on foot, on horseback, on skis or showshoes, or in paddle rafts/kayaks. All means of mechanized transport are prohibited in wilderness except for wheelchairs needed by mobility impaired persons.

Wilderness regulations are listed here.

Marble Mountain Wilderness Trails on the Klamath National Forest

There are over 600 miles of trails in the “Marbles” ranging from well-maintained routes like the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) to steep little-used paths. Trail signs in wilderness areas are intentionally kept to a minimum to enhance the wilderness experience, so a good topographical map is a must.

Forest Service maintenance of the trail system depends on several factors: more developed trails are maintained more often; whether the trail leads to a popular destination; whether a trail is in are area recently burned by wildfire; whether there is available funds for trail crews; and the efforts of partners and volunteers. On some trails, especially early in the season, you may be forced to make detours around fallen trees and other obstacles. 

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 Lake/Campbell Lake Trails
    • Calf Lake/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

Learn about other Wilderness Areas on the Klamath National Forest.





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