Carson Falls - Route III
8.0 miles     1600 ft
19 Feb 2011
Summary

A gorgeous hike to Carson Falls, best visited in late winter after rains. This route also explores fire roads to the south west of Carson Falls, making it longer.

Location: Mount Tamalpais Watershed

Elevation Profile
Trailhead

Location: (Azalea Hill Parking Lot) along Bolinas Fairfax Road, Fairfax, CA 94930 . No street address. Parking area is visible in Google Maps if you zoom in sufficiently.

Directions: In Fairfax, go along Bolinas Road going west and drive 2.5 miles. Continue along Bolinas Fairfax Road and drive 1.3 miles to reach a parking lot for Azalea Hill on the left.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: None (last visited: April 2012)

Capacity: About 10 to 15 cars may be parked here.

Latitude: 37.963486     Longitude: -122.624888

Trip Planning

Trail Maps

» Official Trail Map: Good color map showing various trails.

» Official Trail Map: Good B&W map showing various trails.

» Tom Harrison Map: Great map showing not only Mount Tamalpais Watershed but many other parks in its vicinity. One may form long loops by combining trails from multiple parks.

Route

To Carson Falls: From Azalea Hill Trailhead on Bolinas-Fairfax Rd, follow Pine Mountain Road (1.0 miles) → left on Oat Hill Road (0.2 miles) → right on Little Carson Trail (0.6 miles) to reach a fork in the trail. Carson Falls is a series of smaller cascades / waterfalls. The left branch of the fork leads you to the upper section of Carson Falls. The right branch of the fork goes over a bridge and provides access to the lower sections of Carson Falls.

To Azalea Hill Traihead: From Carson Falls, continue down Little Carson Trail (0.6 miles) → left on Kent Pump Rd (1.4 miles) → left on Old Vee Rd (1.2 miles) → left on Oat Hill Rd (1.3 + 0.3 + 0.2 miles) → right on Pine Mountain Rd (1.0 miles).

Notes: Carson Falls Trail is the most beautiful section of the hike, going next to a creek until it meets Kent Pump Rd. See Yelp reviews for Carson Falls.

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