Cataract Falls – Marin County, CA

Wonderful. Is it not?

Earlier this week, I was invited to check out Cataract Falls located at Mt. Tamalpais inside Marin Water Municipal District. It was a wonderful looking hike with gorgeous waterfalls. Lots of color and lots of water! It appeared to be very a popular trail; particularly for a weekday. With winter break in place, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.

I’ve always been concerned about hiking alone; it’s not a smart idea.  Who would call in for help if I were to fall and become unconscious?  Hiking in groups of three is preferred, but it’s not always practical.  Hiking alone offers simplicity,  time to collect my thoughts, travel at my pace.  Coordination is  so much easier alone.  Friends may certainly enhance the experience.  Observing what nature has to offer with a fellow hiker(s) can be a bonus.

There are exceptions.  Hikers who have little or no regard for their own safety drive me insane.  Not only does it irritate me, it keeps my mind racing wondering what I could use as a stretcher or set up a splint.  It’ll be awhile before I hike with mystery folks again.  Giddy girl did just fine, however.

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2 Comments on “Cataract Falls – Marin County, CA”

  1. daren
    December 24, 2009 at 1:03 pm #

    i was going to go wilderness backpacking last week but no one to go with. really tempted to though. went to work instead.

  2. March 22, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    The Cataract Falls Trail is certainly one of the best hikes I’ve made recently. I agree with you on hiking alone vs. hiking in a group. There are a lot of social and safety reasons to prefer going with a group. On those rare occasions when I travel alone I’m much more cautious about where I go, what I do and how I do it.

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