Alpine Lake via Helen Market Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fairfax, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length4.2 miElevation gain1,099 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestLakeViewsWildflowers
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Hethur Dunning-Kruger
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G CA.stillO
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Monica Reimold
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Gorgeous trail after the rain! I started from Cataract trailhead and went clockwise, but decided to turn back just before Potrero Meadows due to phone battery. Still an awesome 11 miles and solid workout with all the ups and downs. Would advise poles if you have bad knees.

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Lisa Liu
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A little slippery with the recent rains. But always an enjoyable uphill hike

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Conor Duffy
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Tiffany Pho
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IRENKA Dominguez-Pareto
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Michael Clark
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Combined Cataract Falls with the southern shoreline of Alpine Lake.

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Michelle Ahern
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This trail is very busy for the first mile - but the families and groups didn't seem to pass beyond Cataract Falls (about 1 mile in). We completed this hike on July 4th, so maybe that had something to do with the crowds. Once you switch to the Helen Markt trail it's much quieter. A meandering hike through a valley/woods and eventually arriving at a lake. No swimming in the water reservoir!

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Sarah Foster
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Scott K
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The first half of the hike was very difficult, with a continuous climb from the base until you turn off the cataract trail. Even with the low water level, the falls were still very nice

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Barb Todd
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Beautiful waterfalls and lake (watershed) at the end. Seemed up hill both ways.

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Brian Shire
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Hannah Morris
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Masood Sattari
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Mel Mogensen
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Steve Sidhu
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Jennifer Tracy
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Alexandra Dorris
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Guy Oron
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Rachel Gonzales-Vernon
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Chinita L
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Dan Girellini
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Mikey Reuvekamp
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Anh Tran
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Leah Alcaraz
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Diana Frey
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Kai Ding
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Morgan Pelligrino
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Maricela Hernandez
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