Morses Gulch Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stinson Beach, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Uncrowded hike to a 50 ft. waterfall Morse's Gulch Falls is a hidden beauty. Get away from the crowds on all the popular hiking trails of the Mt. Tam area. This waterfall is just a couple miles north of Stinson Beach, and is not too difficult to reach, yet you'll likely have it all to yourself. As you walk up the trail, you will find it is overgrown in places, with plenty of stinging nettles. The trail is not too difficult to follow, however, and leads to a great overlook of the 50 ft. waterfall in about a half-mile from the highway. You can scramble down a steep bank to get to the base of the falls for a different perspective. This waterfall is best seen in the winter or early spring months.
This was an enjoyable hike. The trailhead is hard to find. It begins in the cut out with the telephone call box. There is a tree fallen over a cable but it isn't visible from the road. Once you get about 25yards past the cable, the gravel trail is pretty apparent. The last portion of the trail does get very narrow with a steep drop off but there are cables for you to hold on to. We really enjoyed ourselves and we didn't see another person our entire hike.
Trail head is overgrown so pull your vehicle into the next turnout about 50 yards north of the trailhead. You'll see a fallen mossy tree and metal cables it fell on. That's the new trail head. Head west and you'll run into the creek and trail. Trail is semi overgrown and the last hike up to the falls is sketchy but doable carrying two small dogs lol. Extremely beautiful hike.
So it's obviously been a while since someone reviewed this little hike, something I neglected to notice when rallying my friends to do it with me before heading down to the beach. I'm ALL FOR adventure and following a not so beaten path but in the three years since it was last reviewed there isn't really even a path to follow. Like others said the directions are extremely accurate and the "trailhead" is really just a divot in the shrubbery along the road. The trail is "blocked off" by a thick metal wire but we continued on anyways. There were tons of fallen trees, foliage, vines and cobwebs pleading with us to turn back but we really wanted to see what there was to see! It was supposed to be a very short hike anyways... There is no upkeep on the trail and YOU WILL encounter poison oak in a BIG WAY. It's everywhere and I mean everywhere. The creek itself is lovely and the trees are always gorgeous until you're trying to thrash through the brush only to find you've thrashed your way into stinging nettles. THAT WAS THE WORST. But we sucked it up and kept clambering. Only to feel like we had gone a long ways following a deer path and found no waterfall, not even a trickle. Disappointing to say the least especially since there are SO MANY other fantastic hikes in the area. Don't waste your time with this little guy!
The directions on this site were dead on !! one thing to add to them is there is a call box right at the entrance to the trail and is easily seen from hwy. 1. As mentioned before the trail isnt very well maintained but just follow the stream if you cant find the trail and you will find the waterfall with no problem. The trail takes you under and litterally thru a split tree which I thought was pretty cool. This was definately worth the trip, and the views on the drive there were incredible as well.