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Mt. Tam. Cataract Falls Hike- 5.3 miles, 1,139ft elevation gain

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 event is being co-organized with Professional Latinos Having Fun (En espanol).

Hike Description

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,Mt+Tamalpais...

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.

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  • Maria Clara M.

    libby, I am leaving from San francisco. respond to my e-mail. I am in the mission area

    February 23, 2013

  • Rey

    You go bb! Envy is the word.

    February 17, 2013

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