Cataract Falls Trail Loop

MODERATE 52 reviews

Cataract Falls Trail Loop is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop 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
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2362 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

scramble

See Marin County's most scenic waterfalls. Cataract Creek Trail offers a perfect excuse to play hooky from work or spend a vacation day in the woods. The creek's waterfalls provide a spectacular anchor for a 7-mile loop through the scenic lands of the Mount Tamalpais Watershed. The loop includes scenic vistas stretching to the Pacific Ocean, narrow single-track into the wooded hillsides into forests of young redwood and Douglas fir. Marin County has over 500 miles of trails; these are among the best.

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Be prepared for a good workout if you plan on hiking the entire loop. Bring plenty of water, a little snack, good shoes and good times.

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The Stairs were no joke!! Started and parked at Rock Spring parking lot-Ridgecrest Blvd(top of mountain) down to Cataract Falls and Alpine Lake (bottom). Fitbit shows about 8 miles round trip (down,then up).

There were about 3 Small waterfalls.

Overall beautiful, Challenging, and Shaded hike

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beautiful old growth forest, very dog friendly

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This hike is rated moderate but is far from it, this is a difficult hike; but well worth it. Extremely beautiful.

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