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Cataract Falls Trail Loop

MODERATE 43 reviews

Cataract Falls Trail Loop is a 7.7 mile loop trail located near Fairfax, California that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. 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

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. You could just hike a mile and a quarter to the top of the Cataract Creek Trail and return, but I figure if you're going to drive this deep into the Marin County backcountry, you may as well get a few hours of hiking in. 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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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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This hike was stunning. The waterfalls are worth the climb back up. I started from the Rock Springs parking lot and the ventured down cataract trail. I definitely plan on coming back

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