One of the reasons I love Marin so much is that it’s so easy to access nature and feel miles from the “built” environment just minutes from any neighborhood or commercial district. Cascade Falls in Mill Valley is a perfect example. It’s just past the end of Throckmorton, off of Cascade Drive. There’s a small dirt parking lot next to where Cascade Creek passes under the road. A soft path of fallen packed redwood needles leads along the creek to a footbridge over it. Right now, with all the rain we’ve had, the creek is gushing with lots of mini-falls. Just a bit past the footbridge you can see Cascade Falls. There are a couple of benches where you can sit and enjoy the serenity, with only the sound of the water as your companion. You can also take the trail up above the falls and loop back down.
Bundle up, because the light doesn’t penetrate down much into this redwood forested canyon. I didn’t see any signs saying no dogs, so it looks like it’s dog friendly.
Where: Cascade Park, Cascade Drive, Mill Valley (map)