Every winter, Cataract Falls transforms into a long stretch of fast-charging flows, churning and tumbling with such spectacular force that it's hard not to let out a huge 'whoo-hoo' when you see them. The roar of the falls fills Cataract Canyon, an ideal place to hike, especially when it's raining.
It's a steep climb during a few parts, but altogether worth it. Take pauses to rest at any of the individual falls, or continue up past the falls to the beautiful Laurel Dell meadows.
"If you’re coming up to Mt. Tamalpais from the south, be sure and stock up on picnic goods at popular market, Venice Gourmet, in downtown Sausalito along the waterfront."
"Bring some food and picnic gear, there are some great spots to stop and take in the natural surroundings! "
Cataract Falls actually consists of a half-dozen separate cascades along Cataract Creek. They are all in the neighborhood of 30 to 60 ft., and are all quite different and quite impressive when the creek is flowing. While it's best to see these waterfalls after a good rain, the hike presents an absolutely gorgeous trek along the creek through a forest of Redwoods any time of year.
Marin boasts one of the most popular waterfall paths around, Cataract Falls. A moderate 2.6-mile walk, the trailhead starts just off Bolinas Road at Alpine Lake at 680 feet, but quickly climbs another 500 in under half a mile. You’ll travel along a flowing creek with just the redwoods — and a mile-long series of seven waterfalls — for company.