By far our favorite place to hike around San Francisco, the Marin Watershed has more than 100 miles of trails to explore.
There is different way to access the Marin County Watershed, but I would recommend either of these 2 accesses :
- The cataract Trail head : Accessible via FairFax, about 1 hour from San Francisco
- The rock Picnic Area : about 50 minutes of driving from San Francisco.
I encourage you to download and print the trails Map from the Marin Municipal Water district for a full description of the area.
The Cataract Trail is the most famous trail in the park. It’s a succession of creeks and waterfalls and with lots of surrounding trees and shade, it is the perfect hike for a hot or foggy day.
The two following hikes focus on this trail :
From Rock Spring Picnic area : The Cataract trail to Alpine Lake (5 miles Round trip)
From Cataract Trailhead : 7 miles round trip and similar to the previous trail, but it’s a loop : take Cataract Trail, then a left on the High Marsh trail, another left on Kent trail, left on the Helen Mark Trail and back to the trail head..