Matt Davis - Coastal - Cataract Trails

Mill Valley, California

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Here is a magnificent hike through dense forest, past flowering hillsides, then along a refreshing creek. Spectacular views. May be overgrown in summer.

Matt Davis - Coastal - Cataract Trails Professional Review and Guide

"Here is a magnificent hike through dense forest, past flowering hillsides, then along a refreshing creek. Spectacular views. May be overgrown in summer."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mill Valley
Distance: 6.6
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Best on a clear day in March or April.
Trailhead Elevation: 1,500 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Mount Tamalpais State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Matt Davis - Coastal - Cataract Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

2/7/2010
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Beautiful trail! This was a 4 mile hike for us. We started at Muir Woods and hiked the main trail through the giant redwoods and then uphill for about 2 miles. After you reach the top, you will walk downhill gradually with a breathtaking view of the Pacific and San Francisco. There are several different ways you could go once you reach the top, but we connected with the Dipsea trail and took that back down to where we parked. Next time, I think we'll take the Dipsea down to the ocean instead. Highly recommended!


2/16/2009
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We have done this hike many times. It's a superb, relatively easy hike that takes you through a variety of micro climates and scenery. I recommend taking the Cataract trail just after a rainstorm when the falls are running freely. The Coastal section is eerily beautiful when the summer fog is in. On clear days you can see 26 miles to the Farrallon islands and north to Point Reyes. Even on hot sunny days there are sections of trail in heavy shade so it stays comfortable. Last week when we were on Mount Tam other hikers reported a mountain lion near junction of Coastal and Matt Davis so be aware!



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May 2018