Carson Falls and Pine Mountain Trail

MODERATE 70 reviews
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Carson Falls and Pine Mountain Trail is a 6.3 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1335 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

1 month ago

Great trail. Lightly trafficked this past Sunday. Fairly easy terrain. Lots of ticks. Found at least 12 of them on my pup. It’s tick season, not much I can do about it.

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2 months ago

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5 months ago

Be aware that the trail is closed at Carson Falls - a posted sign says trail closed due to hazardous conditions. This hike is in a beautiful area but the trail map needs to be edited and updated for accuracy. I deleted my recording due to trail map errors and will record an alternate route next time.

hiking
10 months ago

A nice travel with good vantage points and a the chance to see some wildlife.

hiking
11 months ago

Make sure to put on sunscreen as there are no shades for the first 1.2 miles. Just like what another reviewer mentioned, Liberty trail was not clearly marked and looked like it hasn't been used often lately. I had to check my GPS to make sure we're still on the right trail. Lots of bugs along the trail: make sure to spray bug repellant. I would go back here in spring when it will be cooler and more water at the falls.

hiking
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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

Sunday, February 12, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

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!

Monday, November 28, 2016

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.

hiking
Friday, June 03, 2016

Beautiful views of the North Bay and lovely wildflowers; but be careful -- the trails aren't well marked (esp. the Liberty Trail -- which seems like hardly anyone ever goes on)!

Also, note: Even though it says that the road is closed, hikers and bikers can still go on the trails (just not cars).

hiking
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Breath taking views, wild flowers and fresh air. Waterfall was minimal but still nice hike.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Yes wild flowers were good this time of year 5/28/16

hiking
Monday, February 29, 2016

It is a challenge with the steep hills and stairs but well worth it!!!

hiking
Sunday, February 21, 2016

Amazingly beautiful! Big waterfall with many levels. A tough hike but worth it indeed. Will go again!

hiking
Sunday, December 29, 2013

Did this trail a while back. As mentioned the trail is a fire road for the first 1-2 miles. There are some views but the best option is to come in late April / Early may when the falls are still "falling" and the wildflowers are out.

mountain biking
Friday, November 30, 2012

This is great mountain biking riding and some might considerate demanding. The first climb up to the Pine Mtn. junction is very technical. The Repack downhill is a blast.

hiking
Wednesday, February 09, 2011

One of the nicest falls in the area. I like to take Old Sled Trail rather than the Pine Mountain fire road. Do this aftee a rain and you will be richly rewarded.

hiking
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

the hike to this waterfall is a fire road, not much to look at most of the way, there is a nice little stretch through the trees. the falls are nice, not stroller accessible.

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