Backpacking in the Marble Mountain Wilderness

Marble Mountain Wilderness, California

The Marble Mountain Wilderness is located in the Klamath National Forest in northern California.

KDickinson - Marble Mountain WildernessThis group met up for a three day backpacking trip on Labor Day weekend.  We chose the Marble Mountain Wilderness because it’s roughly halfway between Reno/Tahoe and Portland, Oregon, a 5 or 6 hour drive for everyone.

Marble Mountain Wilderness Shana taking a break - Marble Mountain Wilderness

KDickinson - Marble Mountain WildernessWe took the Sky High Lakes trail, hooked up with the Pacific Crest Trail and looped back through Red Rock Valley, a leisurely 14+ miles.  We also added a side trip to Marble Mountain, a 5 mile out and back.

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Marble Mountain wilderness, California

My Backpack, Marble Mountain Wilderness

KDickinson - Marble Mountain WildernessLooking back to Upper Sky High Lake and Frying Pan Lake.

KDickinson - Marble Mountain WildernessBackpacks off and fanny packs on for the side hike to Marble Mountain.

KDickinson - Marble Mountain WildernessHazy skies from the raging forest fires in northern California.

KDickinson - Marble Mountain WildernessKDickinson - Marble Mountain WildernessOur campsite the second night, about three miles from the trailhead.

There is something so appealing about the simplicity of carrying everything you need on your back.  Hiking in this unexpectedly beautiful wilderness with no one around but some of my closest friends was energizing.  In fact, going back to the work routine after just a few days off felt more like I had been on vacation for a week.  Almost.

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