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