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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?
Hiking Marin: 141 Great Hikes in Marin County
by Don & Kay Martin (Marin Press LLC)
Both of these out-and-back hikes offer great views. The first hike visits the tallest waterfall in Marin, the second hike explores the ridges. Many bicycles on weekends.
I enjoyed the trail; however, the fire road leading up to Oak Hill Trail Road was rocky. More than usual for a fireroad. The surprise was turning off of Oat Hill to the falls - nice and shaded with lots of trees and ferns. The falls were not spectacular, but it was summer time. Would like to go back in the spring.
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