Carson Falls Trail

Mount Tamalpais Watershed, California

Elevation Gain308ft
Trailhead Elevation1,296ft
Elevation Min/Max1053/1296ft
Elevation Start/End1296/1296ft

Carson Falls Trail

Carson Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Marin County, California. It is within Mount Tamalpais Watershed. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 1,296 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 308 feet. The trail ends near the Little Carson Falls waterfall. This trail connects with the following: Little Carson Trail and Oat Hill Fire Road.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
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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?" Read more
Hiking Marin: 141 Great Hikes in Marin County (Marin Press LLC)
Don & Kay Martin
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"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." Read more

Carson Falls Trail Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Mount Tamalpais Watershed
Nearby City
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
Marin Municipal Water District, 220 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925; (415) 945-1180 (ranger) or (415) 945-1400 (customer service);
Local Contacts
USGS Bolinas CA; Marin Municipal Water District/Mount Tamalpais Watershed trail map available online at DocumentCenter/View/160 (black and white) or (color)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018