See also my photo album
from this hike.
(Sunday, May 25, 2003 in Fairfax, CA)
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Sarah & I had a little trouble figuring out where this hike was, as my
hiking book said to go to Valley Way, which didn't exist on our maps, plus the
book listed it as a 1.4mi hike, but from what we could tell from our hiking
map, it was 1.2mi each way to Dawn Falls. No matter, we drove to the end of
Madrone St. to see what there was to see. It turned out that Valley Way is a
small private road at the end of Madrone St., which is why it wasn't on our
map. We found a (scarce!) parking spot on the very narrow road and hit the
trail at 4:50.
The trail gently wound its way
along a creek and through a lovely
redwood forest. The creek was intermittent, making us wonder if there was going to be
any water in the falls, assuming that this creek was the one that went over
the falls. There were a handful of folks around, many of them with dogs, who
seemed very happy to be splashing in the stream and running through the
forest. All were well-behaved, and some were friendly, as it should be!
The trail turned into a steep series of switchbacks, making us wonder if we'd
hiked too far, since our map didn't show switchbacks before the falls, but we
continued on and soon came to the "falls," a thin trickle going over a
small'ish 25 foot drop. Not too terribly impressive, but it was worth the
trip just for the pleasant redwood forest hiking! I tried to get to the
bottom of the trickle to take some pictures, but the terrain was too loose and
steep for my Tevas. We hiked back the way we came and soon arrived back at
This hike would probably better be saved for a wetter time of the year, and
would probably be splendid some wet winter morning. With some other trails in
the area, it appears some nice longer loops could be constructed.
||A couple hundred feet.