Cataract Falls Trail

MODERATE 225 reviews

Cataract Falls Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately 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
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1282 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

waterfall

scramble

1 day ago

The drive gets interesting on the weekend with a large biking community on the road. Once you arrive, it's Instant beauty and gratification. Non stop water symphony, beautiful balance of greens + rocks + mountain. One of the best hikes in the bay!

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10 days ago

11 days ago

Beautiful place !!

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18 days ago

Loved this hike!! Kids loved it too!! Found several Geocaches.... also came home with a tick, make sure to check yourself and animals!

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hiking
28 days ago

Hiked 5/27-2017

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Would like to echo another review in that this is a beautiful hike with gorgeous falls; however, the hike up is strenuous, even for those who hike often. This is definitely on the upper end of moderate in difficulty.

Go as early as possible as the trails are narrow and become crowded as the day goes on.

Bring a light breakfast, find a rock, and watch the falls as you enjoy the peace.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked from the Rock Springs parking lot all the way down to Alpine Lake. The first third of the way is gently sloped downward. The last two thirds become more steeply sloped down with the most challenging part just before the lake. Coming back up was strenuous and required many breaks. We stopped for a snack and to dip our feet in a pool at one of several waterfalls along the trail. We saw lots of dogs and enjoying a lot of shade and wildflowers on the hike!

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

A beautiful trail in the woods. This trail is a nice mix of dirt path, bridges, and stairs. Expect to hike up hill 90% of the way either there or back (depending where you're coming from). My girl friend and I did one way in about an hour. There is also a nice picnic area where you can stop and have lunch as well. Beautiful area and an equally beautiful trail.