Stairstep Falls

Lagunitas, California

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Swathed in dense riparian foliage, Stairstep Falls descends past a small viewing area to feed Devil’s Gulch and Lagunitas Creek. Stairstep Falls is tucked away in an overgrown crevice in a fabulous state park. Reaching the hidden falls involves a steady, easy climb broken by long, gentle traverses. The falls are on a side stream feeding Devil’s Gulch, which flows peacefully to its confluence with Lagunitas Creek, an environmental success story in that, after many years, it finally welcomes coho salmon back to spawn in winter. The Stairstep Falls Trail is one of the easiest and most pleasant in Samuel P. Taylor State Park, which also hosts stands of redwoods, a scenic and popular campground, and a trail system that includes the paved Cross Marin Trail.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

Swathed in dense riparian foliage, Stairstep Falls descends past a small viewing area to feed Devil’s Gulch and Lagunitas Creek. Stairstep Falls is tucked away in an overgrown crevice in a fabulous state park. Reaching the hidden falls involves a steady, easy climb broken by long, gentle traverses.

The falls are on a side stream feeding Devil’s Gulch, which flows peacefully to its confluence with Lagunitas Creek, an environmental success story in that, after many years, it finally welcomes coho salmon back to spawn in winter.
The Stairstep Falls Trail is one of the easiest and most pleasant in Samuel P. Taylor State Park, which also hosts stands of redwoods, a scenic and popular campground, and a trail system that includes the paved Cross Marin Trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lagunitas
Distance: 2.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3-5 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Samuel P. Taylor State Park, 8889 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. (main entrance), Lagunitas, CA 94938; (415) 488-9897; www.parks.ca.gov
Local Maps: USGS San Geronimo CA; state park map available online and at the park’s main entrance
Driving Directions: Directions to Stairstep Falls

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