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Cataract Falls, Fairfax

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  • Beautiful hike for experienced hikers (with knees of steel). This trail has a lot of wet and slippery stairs. Search and rescue is here a lot so locals are very aware of the challenges but tourists... 
    Beautiful hike for experienced hikers (with knees of steel). This trail has a lot of wet and slippery stairs. Search and rescue is here a lot so locals are very aware of the challenges but tourists...  more »
  • This trail is usually not crowded because it is far enough away from San Francisco. This is a good workout, because there are plenty of stairs. Starts off relatively steep. With rain now returning to....  more
    This trail is usually not crowded because it is far enough away from San Francisco. This is a good workout, because there are plenty of stairs. Starts off relatively steep. With rain now returning to....  more »
  • We went on the short hike (3.3 miles round trip) to the picnic grounds at the top of the trailhead. We passed a several small waterfalls and swimming holes. Being that this was August, the stream and....  more
    We went on the short hike (3.3 miles round trip) to the picnic grounds at the top of the trailhead. We passed a several small waterfalls and swimming holes. Being that this was August, the stream and....  more »
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  • Wonderful hike! Getting there can be little too much for some people with so many twists and turns on a narrow road(depending which road you take). Also parking is very limited. Trail is well maintained and is fairly an easy hike to the falls, but it can be challenging going uphill as the trail continues. We just did a short hike up to the falls! It was simply relaxing being in the nature.
  • We did the Cataract Falls trail. It was great. Though some websites says it's a 2.8 miles hike it ended up 7miles for us. Going down to the falls was of course easy because of all the stairs. But climbing up was a bit hard for us as there were a lot of stairs. Falls were a bit timid still the view was good.
  • This was a beautiful hike but be aware it's a lot of upward hiking. Yes there are stairs throughout the trail but they aren't normal stairs they're makeshift wood planks and rock stairs that can be over knee high. There is a lot of lifting your body upwards to the point of climbing depending on your height. The rest stop is a small pool waterfall area which takes an hour to get to. To reach the falls you have to hike over another hour further. Be mindful when hiking back it's a lot of climbing down all those tall rocks. A first aid kit is recommended. I had one on me and used it to aid someone who fell. It's a lovely serene hike but it will test your leg strength and your heart rate and breathing so please be aware and plan accordingly.
  • Beautiful hike. Lots of friendly hikers. Started at the Lake side. Quite the climb Haven’t hiked since a knee surgery. Got it done though. I felt very accomplished.
  • Parking will be hard if you park by the dam/lake..take a drive a bit further for trails at the top. But if you do get the chance or space to park after the dam. You’ll find some portable outhouses near the lake/fall trails. To bad when we went it was a bit dry, small cataract falls but the hikes were great!!! Expect stairs and you’ll get a good feel of nature breeze, at least when I went. 👌 best to come visit these falls a little after a rain, I’d advise to check on the forecast.

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