Dawn Falls lies in the shadow of Mt. Tamalpais, near Larkspur, CA. It’s tucked into a shady and cool canyon, accessible from several neighborhood access points. Fortunately, Dawn Falls requires a bit of a walk from every access point, which cuts down on the number of visitors. (It’s also great terrain for trail running, though rarely flat). On this day, we started with King Mountain, then Ladybug Trail, then Dawn Falls Trail (and back the way we came, continuing around the second half of King Mountain Loop). About 6.2 miles round trip with a mix of hiking and trail running.
As I write this, Spring looks like it has finally taken hold. The seasonal waterfalls of winter and spring will begin to dry up quickly. We went just a couple days after a rain, so the falls and creeks were still going. Dawn falls has several small, cascading falls, and one larger 20-30 foot drop.
Daisy Trail Dog just loves hiking in cool canyons. When the weather is cool, she gets extra playful.
The trail meanders through several groves of coastal redwoods, tucked into the canyon. Because of it’s small size, Dawn Falls is not the destination in itself. It’s the journey up and down through the canyon and the redwood groves that makes this sweet.
Much of Marin County was logged of it’s old growth redwoods in the last century. The hillsides here are no exception and are second growth forest. If you look closely, here and there you can see the remains of massive stumps. Below, H and Daisy Tree Dog peek over the remains of an old growth redwood. Although it’s scale is hidden in the photo, the stump is at least 10 feet across.
Over the last nine years, we’ve accumulated thousands of pics of Daisy. We’re not obsessive dog photographers, but Daisy always looks good and is patient when we pull out the camera. She also gives perspective to some of the landscapes we visit together.
My ruggedized point and shoot digital camera struggled with the low lighting in the canyon. Without a tripod to hold the camera steady, I took lots of blurry pics. There is always a conflict between my desire to travel light and fast, and hauling a better camera setup around. Also I’m a monkey and need a waterproof, shockproof camera to protect against the inevitable mud, sweat, water, and bouncing. Such is life. Most of our adventures are about the journey, not the destination.