Carson Falls

Corte Madera, California

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A hike to this seasonal waterfall features superlative views. The waterfall also flows through the breeding ground of the rare foothill yellow-legged frog, which may be seen clinging to the rocks in the pool at the base. It’s amazing how two waterfalls in the same watershed, located just a few miles from each other, can have such different settings. Carson Falls, facing west, is surrounded by grassland, semiarid as the season creeps into summer and drying to a trickle by August. Meanwhile, the canyon holding Cataract Falls, facing north, stays moist and green year-round, even as the cataracts dry out. Which is better?
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

A hike to this seasonal waterfall features superlative views. The waterfall also flows through the breeding ground of the rare foothill yellow-legged frog, which may be seen clinging to the rocks in the pool at the base.

It’s amazing how two waterfalls in the same watershed, located just a few miles from each other, can have such different settings. Carson Falls, facing west, is surrounded by grassland, semiarid as the season creeps into summer and drying to a trickle by August. Meanwhile, the canyon holding Cataract Falls, facing north, stays moist and green year-round, even as the cataracts dry out. Which is better?

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Corte Madera
Distance: 3.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4-5 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Marin Municipal Water District, 220 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925; (415) 945-1180 (ranger) or (415) 945-1400 (customer service); marinwater.org
Local Maps: USGS Bolinas CA; Marin Municipal Water District/Mount Tamalpais Watershed trail map available online at marinwater.org/ DocumentCenter/View/160 (black and white) or www.marinwater.org/DocumentCenter/View/159 (color)
Driving Directions: Directions to Carson Falls

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