Marble Valley (Marble Mtn. Wilderness) 20-Apr-2015

Marble Mountain Wilderness California

It had been a largely snowless winter, with few, if any, trails closed by snow. We had been doing a lot of hiking locally but got to wondering what conditions would be like in Northern California, after a week of no precipitation (much less snow) and temperatures rising into the 80ºFs. So we decided to do our first hike in the Marble Mountain Wilderness from the Lovers Camp Trailhead to see for ourselves. The Marble Mountain Wilderness is the second (going from north to south) of four wilderness areas (Red Buttes, Marble Mountain, Russian, Trinity Alps) that are west of Interstate-5 in Northern California. It’s east side is readily accessible from Interstate-5 and Highway 3 through Fort Jones.

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