This is an excellent time of year to embark on a foothills hike in Sequoia National Park. And there are several from which to choose.
An outing to Marble Falls (in photo) would be a worthy choice. The route begins at the north end of Potwisha Campground, climbing nearly 1,500 feet in just over 3 miles.
The trail starts along the Kaweah River’s Marble Fork, then quickly ascends high above the canyon before meeting up with the river once again at Marble Falls.
Hikers will travel through oak and manzanita chaparral on open sunny slopes and stands of sycamore, bay laurel, and California nutmeg in the shadier swales.
Since the river is at its lowest point of the season, the Marble Falls area is currently a series of trickling waterfalls and tranquil pools lined by sun-drenched marble and granite boulders.