High Marsh Loop Trail is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Stinson Beach, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Gorgeous hike through woods, meadows, chapparal with sounds of Cataract Creek and Falls. Take Cataract Trail to the High Marsh Trail To the Mickey O'Brian trail. Return Via Cataract
great wild flowers out this time of year!
My wife and two dogs were able to complete this hike in about 3 hours at a comfortable pace on a nice July day. We parked at Rock Springs parking lot and there was plenty of room. For those taking the dog, this trail allows for Fido to come along but many in the area do not. The creeks and falls were all dried up so I recommend that it around late spring.
Our route: Cataract Trail to Laurel Dell. Continue past Laurel Dell to the fork. If you go left on Cataract it will lead you to Alpine Lake, head right to get onto High Marsh Trail. After the initial climb you'll head downhill for a fair amount of time after about half way the climb begins and continues for the remainder of the hike. We continued on High Marsh and then went up Cross Country until we reached Kent Trail. Hung a right and walked for ten minutes until we reached Potrero Meadows Picnic Area(a nice place for lunch) Continued on Kent until we were on the fire road, went left and took a right at the Benstein Trail. This led us pack to the Cataract trailhead.
Great hike to do with kids -- gorgeous views, meadows, streams and diversity of landscape. Highly recommended, especially in early spring when there is more water in Cataract Creek and Falls. Bring a picnic and plenty of water.