Category:Signature Trail Corridor
Cataract Trail Restoration
Cataract Falls is one of the premiere destinations for Bay Area hikers. Visitors reach the falls via the 1.6-mile Cataract Trail, which closely mirrors its namesake creek as it descends through forested and fern covered slopes, and past deep pools and cascading waterfalls.
The trail is incredibly popular during the wet season—seeing up to 400 visitors per hour when the falls are at their peak. Unfortunately, the wet season is when the muddy, steep trail is also the least safe and most prone to erosion. Over the years, the Marin Municipal Water District has worked to improve visitor safety and protect the stream from sedimentation, but additional improvements are still necessary to reduce the impacts of such heavy trail use.
Improving the Trail Corridor
This project will include enhancements throughout the trail corridor to help improve water quality, visitor experience, educational opportunities and wildlife habitats. These include improving the trailhead at Rock Springs, reintroducing foothill yellow-legged frogs (Rana boylii), protecting sensitive creek resources, restoring the historic log bridge, constructing natural stone treads and stairs at heavily used trail junctions, and installing new composting toilets, interpretive signage, and viewing areas.