Cataract Falls from Rock Spring Trailhead is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stinson Beach, California that features a lake 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.
dogs on leash
Enjoy the beautiful Catact Falls as it drains into the Alpine Lake, Manzinta groves, redwoods, and chaparral biomes offer a plethora of natural habits to relax and enjoy the soothing sighgts and sounds of nauture.
Loved this hike came here with my boyfriend and we felt like we stepped into a different realm it was so beautiful
fun terrain for humans and dogs both. relatively quiet trail except the part from the parking lot to the falls. not a lot of interesting wildflowers. mostly shaded the whole way. a few very short steep parts. the full loop is a bit longer than I would have liked.
The cataract falls trail is amazing. We went all the way to the end of the cataract falls trail instead of turning onto the Helen market trail like this AllTrails map tells you to do. The way back up to the Helen market trail intersection was way too steep. The rest of the loop is steep and not too scenic. You're not allowed to swim in the lake. By adding the portion of cataract falls, our total hike was 8.5 miles.
We started at Rock Springs parking lot and followed the Cataract Trail all the way to the end for 3.5 miles. We then climbed back onto Cataract Trail and turned left onto Helen Market Trail for 2 miles. This took us to the Alpine Lake. From Alpine Lake we took the Kent Trail all the way back to the parking lot for a total of 9.2 miles with 2,260 elevation gain. This was a wonderful hike. We saw many powerful waterfalls and beautiful Alpine Lake as well as many wild flowers and lush green hills.