Address: Madrone Ave and Echo Place, Larkspur, CA Parking: Free street parking available at the address above Hours:Sunrise to sunset Type:Hike (easy) Regulations: Dogs allowed on-leash Best time to visit: After a rainstorm when the falls are in full force
Description: The hike to the falls is a beautiful short hike, on well-maintained trails with many trail options if you wish to extend your hike. The hike itself is nice, pretty flat with several beautiful man-made bridges. You follow the stream and hike through huge redwoods and vibrant green moss covered trees. You will pass a lower mini falls and right before the top of the falls you will climb some steep but short switchbacks. The falls itself is taller then expected and had a decent water flow but wasn't spectacular in April. If you headed back after reaching the falls it would be less than a 3 mile round trip hike. However, we continued our hike to the top of the Dawn Falls Trail, which had a lot of stairs and was a great workout. We then retraced our steps and hiked to the bottom of the Dawn Falls Trail, then to Piedmont Trail and found a staircase that took us down to the street Shady Lane. From there, it was a short walk to our car at Madrone Ave. Overall, we made it into about a 5 mile hike.
Parking Info: Parking is nearly impossible because there are only a few no-tow spots near the trailhead so I recommend parking further down Madrone Ave (before you see the "no outlet" street Echo Place). It's only a short walk to the trailhead and you can avoid the hassle. There is plenty of parking up to this point on the left of the street, but once you go around the curve up to the park the street narrows to the point that you may have to back all the way down if another car comes-and you will most likely not get a spot. I was here before 9am and there was no parking near the trailhead. There are only 5 parking spots, which appear to be shared with residents. I say this because I only passed 2 people on the trails and most of the parked cars appeared to be still fogged up from the night before.