This is an absolutely gorgeous hike in Marin County. The trail goes along the creek through a forest of Redwoods. The waterfalls are impressive when the creek is flowing well. Cataract Falls consists of nearly a mile-long series of about 7 separate cascades along Cataract Creek. They are approximately 30 ft. to 60 ft. high. There are plenty of opportunities to stop to look at the waterfalls and take pictures.
THIS HIKE IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS.
This event is being co-organized with Professional Latinos Having Fun (En espanol).
Start Time: 10:00 AM
Distance: 5.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,139 feet
Elevation: 2,005 feet
Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult due to elevation gain
Pace: 1.5 – 2 mph
Duration: Approximately 6.5 hours
Meeting Place: Rock Springs Parking Lot
Parking: Free- Rock Springs Parking Lot
Please meet at Rock Springs parking lot located at the junction of Ridgecrest Blvd. and Pan Toll Road. This is an out and back hike on Creek Trail. This hike is not for beginners. It has a difficult climb on wooden and stone steps. The trail climbs to about 1100 feet in 0.5 mile, then continues to a high point of about 1400 feet in another 0.8 mile. Some sections, mostly sets of steps, are very steep, and both trails and stairs can be slippery when wet.
Bring plenty of water and snacks.
After the hike we will go to Breakers Café in Stinson Beach for a late lunch/early dinner.
3465 Highway 1 Stinson Beach, CA 94970
Hiking Essentials: water, snacks, lip balm, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect/tick repellent, layered clothing, hat, hiking shoes/boots, and map.
From US 101 in Marin County, exit Mill Valley/Stinson Beach. Drive on Shoreline Highway to the junction with Almonte, about 1 mile (a bit less if you've exited southbound). Turn left and drive about 2.5 miles to the junction with Panoramic Highway. Turn right onto Panoramic and drive about 1 mile to the junction with Muir Woods Road; continue straight (right lane) to stay on Panoramic. Drive about 4 miles to the junction with Pantoll Road, then turn right onto Pantoll and drive 1.5 miles to the junction of East and West Ridgecrest.