Cascade Falls

San Rafael, California

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This slender waterfall tumbles down Cascade Creek in one of Marin County’s tucked-away open space preserves. Marin County has been dealt a generous hand when it comes to seasonal waterfalls, and many of these are neighborhood treasures. Such is the case with Cascade Falls in Fairfax: It happens to be the waterfall in my childhood neighborhood. A quick trip down to the end of the Cascades and into what was then called Elliott’s property, then a splash through the sometimes vigorous fords of San Anselmo Creek to the base of Repack (a famous downhill mountain bike run), then what was essentially a bushwhack through fern and poison oak to the cascade itself … a trail I’ve traveled many times, both on foot and on a fat-tire bike.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

This slender waterfall tumbles down Cascade Creek in one of Marin County’s tucked-away open space preserves. Marin County has been dealt a generous hand when it comes to seasonal waterfalls, and many of these are neighborhood treasures. Such is the case with Cascade Falls in Fairfax: It happens to be the waterfall in my childhood neighborhood.

A quick trip down to the end of the Cascades and into what was then called Elliott’s property, then a splash through the sometimes vigorous fords of San Anselmo Creek to the base of Repack (a famous downhill mountain bike run), then what was essentially a bushwhack through fern and poison oak to the cascade itself … a trail I’ve traveled many times, both on foot and on a fat-tire bike.

© 2015 Tracy Salcedo-Chourré/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: San Rafael
Distance: 1.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Marin County Open Space; (415) 507-2816; www.marincountyparks.org
Local Maps: USGS San Rafael CA; Cascade Canyon Open Space map available online
Driving Directions: Directions to Cascade Falls

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