San Francisco: Carson Falls Loop

4.5 miles and 2,500 feet of elevation change yield views of Marin County's tallest waterfall.
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4.5 miles and 2,500 feet of elevation change yield views of Marin County's tallest waterfall.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.4

Waypoints

CFL001

Location: 37.9637794494629, -122.625038146973

Cross road to gated fire road, follow to gated Pine Mountain Rd.

CFL002

Location: 37.9736480712891, -122.638137817383

L @ Oat Hill

CFL003

Location: 37.9708518981934, -122.639984130859

W on Oat Hill Rd.

CFL004

Location: 37.9665336608887, -122.640121459961

Straight @ junction with Old Sled and Old Spool Trails

CFL005

Location: 37.9623870849609, -122.639579772949

Detour: L @ Liberty Point to views of Alpine and Kent Lakes

CFL006

Location: 37.9608001708984, -122.643035888672

Bear R @ trail leading over knob of hill; head N down steep trail

CFL007

Location: 37.961669921875, -122.644248962402

Dense grove of California bay trees

CFL008

Location: 37.9667778015137, -122.649543762207

R @ 3-way; cross creek on wood plank

CFL009

Location: 37.9667663574219, -122.648918151855

Cross creek via fallen redwood, go E along L side of creek

CFL010

Location: 37.9694137573242, -122.644645690918

Carson Falls; R @ 3-way, traverse rocks under buckeyes to view falls

CFL011

Location: 37.9698791503906, -122.644065856934

L @ 3-way to Oat Hill (back to trailhead); R for best falls overlook