Cataract Trail


Visitors explore the Cataract Trail

Located on Mount Tamalpais' wild northern slope, this hike starts on Cataract Trail, passes the Laurel Dell picnic area, then veers on to the High Marsh Trail and on to peaceful Potrero Meadows via the Kent Trail. The loop finishes with the Benstein Trail. With varied terrain, terrific views, places to picnic, and spectacular waterfalls, this hike is a gem.

When funding is available, the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative (One Tam) plans to stabilze eroded tail segment in this area to reduce the amount of sediment entering the creek and make other enhancements to improve water quality, visitor experience, and wildlife habitats.

Elevation Profile


2.70 miles round-trip