One of my favorite memories from living in San Francisco was hiking the Cataract Trail either during or right after a storm. Cataract Falls can be quite spectacular during those conditions. On my recent trip to San Francisco, it rained the day I was driving up north so I made sure that we visited Cataract Falls the following morning. I hadn’t been there in about eight years so I was in agony every time I saw rain for all these years since daydreaming about hiking the Cataract Trail again.
We got up well before sunrise to make the long drive up from the Peninsula in order to get a parking spot. Though frequented mainly by locals, there is only room up there for a few cars so I was not going to be denied. We drove through the dark, forested road which was compounded by thick fog and were the first to arrive, no surprise there. By the time we left several hours later, all of the available parking was taken.
I’ve been to Cataract Falls in better photographic conditions but it was still a great experience. Samantha remarked that the scenery resembled something you might find in Washington, more than the Bay Area. That is the beauty of Marin County. You don’t have to travel to Oregon or Washington to see this scenery.
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