Bon Tempe Cataract Falls Loop Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fairfax, CA that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
From the Bon Tempe/Alpine Lakes parking lot head up the hill and across the levee on the right. Keep right at the split and continue on the Kent Trail alongside Alpine lake. Stay to the right and continue on the Helen Markt Trail which will intersect with the Cataract Trail at the top of the falls. you can go down the Cataract a quarter mile or so to see the falls and then come back up to the top. Continue south on the Cataract trail. There will be a number of stairs to get to the intersection of the High Marsh Trail. Take a left on the High Marsh Trail and keep to the left at all of the intersections until you reach the Stocking Trail. Make a right on the Stocking Trail and follow it until it dead ends onto the Rocky Ridge Fire Road. make a left and follow Rocky Ridge all the way back down to the levee where you head back to the parking lot.
Cataract Falls is one of the prettiest hikes in the area. An out and back is good for most people and take your camera in the spring when the sun is bright and there is plenty of water in the system... 5 stars for Cataract up and back.....
Great trail with great views and the falls are awesome when the water is running. Probably not suitable for little kids as the hills are a bit strenuous. Not sure about dogs, we didn't have any in our group so we didn't have reason to ask.