Cataract Falls from Rock Spring Trail

#3 of 32 trails in Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Cataract Falls from Rock Spring Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stinson Beach, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.5 miles 2171 feet Loop
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Enjoy the beautiful Catact Falls as it drains into the Alpine Lake, Manzinta groves, redwoods, and chaparral biomes offer a plethora of natural habits to relax and enjoy the soothing sighgts and sounds of nauture.

Maria J Gonzalez Bernardo
22 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Once you're done with the lakes the Kent trail can be a bit hard (into the woods and uphill), but if you're lucky and it's a beautiful day it's really enjoyable!

Sugar Yang
3 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

It was great & fun.. loves all the water falls & little water falls.. On top of that.. great work out too.. The stairs & hills got me good lol

erk dy
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

No mountain biking available, moderator please take off this tag it almost ruined my day. Luckily there was another trail near by to mountain bike on. Heard its a great trail for hiking though.

Kandice Johnson
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Tough in th whining but well worth the hike. My advice would be to start at the bottom and go up to the top instead of starting at the top and coming down. There are many many stairs you have to climb.

Gregory Pless
4 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

When the water is running this is one of the best trails in Marin. Be sure to take the upper ridge road on the way there to see some of the best views of the pacific and San Francisco.

Tim Stark
4 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Jessica Benson
9 months ago

11 Completed4 Reviews

I really loved this hike. We started from Alpine Lake and made our way upwards toward Mount Tamalpais. There's a lot of different routes to take so I don't think this trail could ever get boring.

Kevin Neuwirth
2 years ago

8 Completed7 Reviews

Love this trail! It's one of the few in the park that allow you to bring your dogs. The first mile through the woods is amazing, especially on foggy mornings! Tons of options and different routes to explore once you hit the meadows! Always a great hike!