Carson Falls and Pine Mountain Trail

MODERATE 44 reviews
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Carson Falls and Pine Mountain Trail is a 5.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fairfax, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1532 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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1 month ago

Was on our way to Cataract Falls, but found this instead at the road closure. It was absolutely beautiful especially after new rainfall.

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3 months ago

My family and I found this wonderful trail in April of 2016 when we couldn't get to Cataract Falls due to a rock slide closing the road. But we were happy we found this gem. And the fact that it was raining when we hiked it made the falls just that much more amazing. The views were amazing and it was decently challenging. Be on the lookout for the poison oak! There was quite a bit. And as an added bonus: Salamanders!

3 months ago

Great work out! A lot of waterfalls. Took advantage after the rain.

3 months ago

3 months ago

So beautiful! Great variety of up and downhills. The weather was beautiful during February and not too hot! It had just rained a lot and the waterfall was full and gorgeous

3 months ago

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4 months ago

Great hike - as Erika stated - road closed at golf course however that was ok bc far less people (as in one) for the first few hours - the views up Pine Mountain road were amazing - falls were nice but as you can see from the pictures you cant get that close - do yourself a favor, go down the little carson trail for a few minutes, really pretty - little muddy at Old sled road at the bottom, if I had to do it over again I would have done an out and back. Happy trails

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4 months ago

The road to the trail head was closed to cars at the golf course, leading to a pleasant 1.3 mile walk along the Fairfax-Bolinas road to the Azalea Hill Trail Head. We enjoyed the exercise and views on the way up to Pine Hill on the Pine Hill Fire Rd, and the beauty of Carson Falls after the big rains. On the way home we took the 1 mile Old Sled Rd back to the Bolinas-Fairfax road. The Old Sled Road included some rough terrain, but was free from people and lead us through a variety of environments and along a rushing stream. It also allowed us to create a loop out of the hike. The Old Sled Rd trail head is on the Bolinas Fairfax Rd, around 2.5 miles from the golf course where we parked. Since the road was closed (maybe this is the case on the weekends?) it was a nice walk on the road back to the car. This is a great hike for a sunny winter day!

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5 months ago

we extended and took the fire road to nail trail before meeting up with little carson falls. portions of this hike are amazing - liberty trail and nail peak were both beautiful, interspersed with some fire road hiking. Also a quick hike along bolinas faifax road is required to link up the reservoir trail and liberty. The waterfall is gorgeous right now.