Cascade Canyon is a beautiful place to go any time of year. In winter, waterfalls cascade down its narrow walls and lush mosses carpet it’s trees. In spring, the San Anselmo creek meanders along its banks and wildflowers dot the landscape. In summer, broad oaks provide cool shade and in fall, big leaf maple leaves turn bright yellow.
The hike to Cascade Falls is relatively level with only two short uphill sections. It is a great hike for families because it is relatively short and there is plenty to see and do along the way.
In winter the waterfall is very powerful and wide, in spring there is a steady flow and in summer it is nonexsistent. My favorite time of year to hike in Cascade Canyon is spring, when the wildflowers are out and the waterfall is still flowing.
Besides the trail runs the San Anselmo creek which was once home to coho salmon. Steel head trout still spawn here, but are a very rare sight.
Getting There: From 101 North, take exit 450B toward San Anselmo, merge onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd., continue on Sir Francis Drake for approximately 5 miles, turn left onto Bank St., take another left onto Broadway Blvd., take the 1st right onto Bolinas Rd., continue on Bolinas past the 7-11, then take a right onto Cascade Dr., continue to the end of Cascade Dr. (approximately 3 miles).