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Bay Area Waterfall Hikes

Top waterfall hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 22.854 miles
Duration: Unknown
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Overview :  Rainy season darkens San Francisco Bay Area skies for about three months of the year, but nature lovers have one consolation:... more »

  • Cataract Creek Trail (3 miles, moderate) in Marin County north of San Francisco
  • Berry Creek Falls (12 miles, strenuous) in Big Basin Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains west of San Jose
  • Uvas Canyon County Park (2 miles, easy) in Santa Clara County south of San Jose. Best time to go: after several days of rain in February or March.
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Tips:  Footing near waterfalls is treacherous -- use extreme caution and avoid the areas where water flows over a large drop-off. Slips can... more »

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Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California, United States
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 10.2 miles
Duration: Full day
Long hike through old-growth redwoods to shimmering waterfalls is a Bay Area favorite.
Bolinas, California, United States
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 7.7 miles
Duration: Half day
See Marin County's most scenic waterfalls. 7-mile moderate hike
Morgan Hill, California, United States
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
The best easy hike south of California's Silicon Valley.