When? : Year round, preferred
at winter when the waterfalls will be at their peak flow.
Due note 1: This is
probably the most famous, beautiful, and unfortunately crowded hike in the park.
To avoid the crowd, try to come early in morning or late afternoon, or during
weekdays, or in a “bad” rainy weather where many others prefer to stay at home
(you will get the bonus of nice waterfalls).
Due note 2: Highly recommend
doing this hike at winter right after rainstorm when the waterfalls are at
their peak, at summer you may see a water flowing or it will be completely dry.
My thoughts: Highly recommended
hike although it can be crowded. I visit here only one time during summer where
the water flow was not impressive. Must visit here again during or after rainstorm.
Unless you are
doing a much longer hike (as I did one, look at the map) this is out and back trail,
the length of the trail, one direction, is 3 miles (total hike of 6 miles).
Many do not
hike the entire trail but rather hiking to the waterfalls and then going back. The
hike to the waterfall section from the lower trailhead is much sorter, you hike
the steep ravine up at first and descend back to your starting point.
No matter what your
hiking direction is, when hiking the lower 1-mile-deep ravine trail section there
are many steps ascends sometimes with sets of stairs or switchbacks, but the
trail is in good condition.
There are 2 Trailhead
point at each end of the trail:
Rd Trailhead: this is
lower starting point, located at remote road that is leading to Alpine Lake Dam.
is the upper trailhead, located on the road leading to the Mt Tamalpais. If you
will start from this point than it is around 2.3 mile hike down to the last waterfall
and from there you will need to climb up the same way the same way you went