Cataract Trail

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April 4th 2009
Published: April 5th 2009
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Mount Tam Summit and LakeMount Tam Summit and LakeMount Tam Summit and Lake

The fire lookout building is on top of the mountain there at the top right, and the water in the foreground is from a dam. I took this photo by hiking up away from the road (Bolinas) for about 5 minutes.
The Cataract Trail is located just a few miles North and West of the summit of Mount Tamalpais. You can clearly see the summit of Mount Tam along the drive to the Cataract trailhead, but along the trail itself there are too many trees to be able to see it.

The trail is pretty steep in parts, but is a good workout, and you can continue hiking for at least another mile after you reach the Laurel Dell at the top of Cataract. You might even be able to hike all the way to the top of Mount Tam from Cataract, but that would be a several hour hike if it is in fact possible.

I highly recommend this hike, especially if you are in need of some exercise.

Additional photos below
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Same LakeSame Lake
Same Lake

Same lake as in the previous photo.
Dam, looking SouthDam, looking South
Dam, looking South

Along Bolinas road, just another mile or so to the Cataract trailhead.
Retained WaterRetained Water
Retained Water

View from the dam.
Narrow RoadNarrow Road
Narrow Road

The last couple of miles along Bolinas look like this. Lots of greenery, lots of trees and shade, road constantly turning hard right or left, and narrow.
Looking North at DamLooking North at Dam
Looking North at Dam

Beautiful day.
Lots of up to do ...Lots of up to do ...
Lots of up to do ...

Lots of green along the route as well.
First WaterfallFirst Waterfall
First Waterfall

There would be lots more of this along the trail.
Green Grassy RocksGreen Grassy Rocks
Green Grassy Rocks

These were all along the creek. Must be the creek gets some good runoff going during the rainy winter months.
Trail high above the creekTrail high above the creek
Trail high above the creek

Deeper section of the creek where some water can pool.
Wide section of creekWide section of creek
Wide section of creek

Cool open area right here.
Looking upstreamLooking upstream
Looking upstream

On my way back down at this point.
Looking downstreamLooking downstream
Looking downstream

Still pretty high up on the trail though.
Muir Woods-esqueMuir Woods-esque
Muir Woods-esque

With all of that greenery and accumulated water.
Steep StairsSteep Stairs
Steep Stairs

Lots of small sections like this on this trail.

One last look up river from the trailhead. The dam itself is just around the corner on the left.

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