Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
Steep... Really Steep!!
Marble Canyon just continues to give great outings. This Side Canyon off of Marble Canyon North is another standout hike!
Different than the other area cuts, this one could nearly be classified as a Hike... but not quite. There is some very low level scrambling, but for the most part, you walk. You walk up. You walk up, steeply!
From the mouth of the canyon you climb at a rate close to 2,000' per mile! Fortunately, that slanted walk only lasts a bit over one half mile, terminating at a cliff/waterfall formation, ending the lower portion of the canyon.
You will enjoy climbing this slanted bedrock slab, stopping to take in the ever changing views.
Once to the Falls, you have a variety of options: Head up towards the tree growing to your right... it hides a cleft that makes for an easy ascent of the Falls.
Once on top of the Falls you can follow the broader, slightly overgrown, upper canyon to connect with the "A" Trail at 7138'. At that point, if you are parked at the Firestation, you will have logged close to 3.3 miles. Might as well round out your day by hitting Ortega Peak!
Or, from the top of the Falls, head north- across and down to connect with N3, Ridge Canyon, for a fun and easier descent back around to Marble Canyon North.
Or, from the top of the Falls, head north- across and up to connect with the "A" Trail at the top of N1, Grotto Canyon.
Or, climb back down off the Falls and enjoy the walk back the way you came...
However you decide to conclude your day, this canyon ascent makes sure you'll enjoy a great day out.
Note: N4, Slab Canyon, is accessed by hiking up Marble Canyon North, passing Marble Bluff and the first side canyon to your left, Marble Canyon North Spur (N2)... proceeding on to the next major cut to your left. You will be 1.8 miles from your car back at the Firestation/City Park.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.