High Water Trail to Cascade Falls

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High Water Trail to Cascade Falls is a 1.5 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.

1.5 miles
160 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



This is a short and easy hike to a waterfall. It is a good place for a family to go with the kids. The waterfall is best after rain during the winter and early spring. Parking can be tricky though so try and get there early or go mid-week.

3 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes I have been on! It’s so quite and peaceful. I would 10/10 recommend going on this hike. However the is characterized as easy and I feel like that depends on the trail you pick, but some of the trail a moderate.

4 months ago

This was really nice for getting back into the swing of hiking. midweek, saw about 7 people. the falls are still strong and worth seeing as of today. good for contemplation. liked the little moments of opening up. hiked up a bit past the falls, too which was nice for a climb and peek above the trees.

4 months ago

Came in mid-March and it was a great hike. Damp all around and the river and falls were in full force.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

save yourself the time & don't do this trail as there is no water seen running through here. extreme disappointment & I'll consider giving this an updated review if I decide to check this place out during a different season.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Not enough water this time of the year. A very short and easy one. The waterfall doesn't have much water. Won't do it again. However the neighborhood is a very relaxing and pretty one definitely envy people who live here.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Question ; we want to hike this Saturday 3/18 is there a spot to meet friends and hike from there ? So we don't have problems with parking ?

Sunday, March 05, 2017

No notice on the map board, but the trail is closed about halfway to the waterfall due to storm damage. Very disappointing but playing along the river was nice. Got some great pics.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

my favorite trail to take my kids

Sunday, February 12, 2017

gorgeous! definitely a go-to after a hard rain. but it gets very muddy!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Great easy walk with our Labradoodle in between rains.... Rushing creek, waterfalls, bridges. Families with young children, friends, solo hikers passed by but not crowded.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Great with young kids!! Beautiful during rainy season but also nice to let kids run around by creek close to the beginning

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Beautiful short hike. End of small residential street. Just visited after rain. Falls were pumping.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Family friendly trail.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Great to bring the dogs! Beautiful

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Went in late August. There was no water so we got to climb all the way to the top which was nice. Great hikes for kids.

There are two inclines (if you can call them that) which don't even get your heat pumping.

But it is a nice relaxing walk.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Great views but a bit more challenging for kids than expected.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nice little hike, but no water this time of year! Wait and go during winter or early spring :)

Sunday, June 19, 2016


Thursday, May 05, 2016

Wonderful hike!

Friday, April 01, 2016

Pretty awesome; took the kids and everyone had a blast!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Loved this hike. Very easy. Took mom, kids and dog, falls are so full and beautiful right now. We even had as picnic by the creek

Monday, January 04, 2016

Easy hike...be sure to take a right off the bridge or you'll miss the falls. Good family hike if you have young children.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

This trail was great! Wanted to get out on a casual walk with the family and dogs on Christmas and this trail hit the spot! Luckily it had been raining for the past few days and the waterfall was raging. Parking was a little troublesome but well worth it.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

It's a QUICK 30 minute hike but was nice. It has a good resting place at the falls and is pretty cool. Completely covered trail with lots of rocks instead of water. Still nice for what I was wanting. Make sure to eat in Fairfax before it after.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Directions: Off 101 in San Rafael take exit (don't quote me) 450B
Sir Francis Drake Blvd, bear R/ heading West for about 6mi till your in Fairfax. Turn L/ on Pacheco, quick R/ on Broadway, then L/ on Bolinas Dr., Bear R/ to Cascade Dr and follow that to the end of the st. you'll come to a gate and trails ahead.
I followed a path pass the falls which brought me to an awesome overlook to the valley and continued more which turned into a game trail. I got spotted by a large coyote so turned around and headed back. Great Beer and Ice Cream in town as well.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

I've been on this trail twice. For better directions to a suitable parking spot, try: Cascade Canyon Open Space Preserve, Fairfax, CA 94930. This trail is great, there's a lower walk to the falls, which is nice and cool- well shaded. There's also a more intermediate assent to the summit, less crowded, and makes for an excellent weekend journey.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Had a hard time finding the entrance using another app. Glad this app has good directions to the trailhead. Some parking off the roadway, but not too much.

Good hike - We'd do it again. Creek bed appears dry when you first hike in, then water appears and before you know it, you are at the waterfall. Beautiful. We brought a picnic lunch and had a great time. Partially shaded, so not too hot. Good for beginners - Some incline at times. Saw joggers and mountain bikers on the trail. Stay to the left side and follow the creek and you'll get there.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Falls are flowing heavily. Great time to view the creek

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Beautful falls after a rain. The trail is very easy but the trailhead at the end of Cascade has very limited parking. We sometimes bike up to here from town.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

this is a nice waterfall, it does get muddy in the rainy season, the trail is rather easy with one spot that is real narrow. this trail is not stroller accessible. nice though.

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