Hike Date: January 28, 2012
Distance: ~ 4 miles
Trail(s): Cataract Falls Trail, others (?)
Where’s it at? Mount Tamalpais from Fairfax, CA


I met a friend and her friend in Fairfax this January to be treated to a new hike in Marin: The Cataract Falls Trail. I hadn’t really done any research into the hike prior to going and will admit I was expecting a run of the mill (can I say that? I do love them) waterfall as found in the SF Bay Area. Boy was I in for a pleasant surprise. This is by far the best waterfall hike I’ve taken. To me it felt like Berry Creek Falls times 50. The entire trail from the reservoir up to Laurel Dell was one big waterfall, and the excellent and fun trail meandered next to it the whole way to Laurel Dell.

In various areas there are fenced overlooks begging for photography and a stop to view the scenery, and that we did. The trail is very beautiful, you feel like you’re in a rainforest with big redwoods, ferns, moss and all the other usual California coastal forest flora and fauna that you’d expect. Even without a waterfall the trail’s scenery itself could hold it’s own.

From Laurel Dell, which has restrooms and water available, we took another trail up to Ridgecrest Blvd where we crossed the road, climbed a hill, and plopped down to a gorgeous view westward overlooking the Pacific Ocean around Bolinas. The day was one of the most clear you’ll find with zero fog. We could see the Farallon islands and southern tip of Pt. Reyes. You could probably whale watch here… It was a very relaxing place to relax in the sun and all three of us laid down for a quiet rest.

We took the same path back to the car and made our way to my first ever ‘raw’ dinner experience at a restaurant in fairfax. I had a veggie-burger (which had a name that I can’t remember), which was actually really good.

This is my new favorite waterfall hike and I highly recommend that everyone else who can, does try it out. You will not be disappointed at all.

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