A recent break from the heavy rain California experienced this winter had me itching for another adventure at Mount Tamalpais. Although the storms have been an annoyance and even life altering for some, they have definitely given Mother Nature a fresh start allowing for even more lush playgrounds to be explored. Cataract Falls had been on my hiking bucket list for some time and my daytrip there with some girlfriends did not disappoint.
Closed roads seemed to be a common occurrence on our way up Mount Tamalpais. Because of this, we decided to start our hike at Rock Spring, a large parking lot where Ridgecrest Boulevard and Pan Toll Road intersect (see map at bottom for specific location). Upon arrival follow the trail signs for Cataract Falls. They are clearly marked and easy to follow, but remember to pay attention. We almost went in a circle on the way back due to our consuming conversation and lack of attention to the trail. This path is mostly flat, but descends sharply when approaching the falls and then continues to descend leading to a lake that we were unable to reach due to time constraints and lack of sunlight. The trail is mostly shaded so be sure to dress warmly. Waterproof gear is also a plus because many areas of the trail were fairly damp. Layers served us well as our return was steep and trying leaving us a bit out of breath and definitely warmed up.