The Carson Falls Trail is a stunning 3.7-mile round-trip trail near Fairfax, California that can be completed in under three hours if you don't make many stops. Bring Rex along to hike with you, but be sure to keep them on their leash throughout the hike. You'll see park rangers around the trail enforcing this on-leash rule, and you could be subject to a fine if you're caught without your dog on a leash.
The first section of the trail isn't particularly remarkable, but it's still an enjoyable stroll. Most of your climb and hard work will take place during the beginning of the hike. There isn't much shade for the first while, so be prepared for lots of sunshine and heat. If it hasn't rained in a while, many sections of the trail can be quite dusty. If you do visit after it rains, the waterfalls are more likely to be flowing, but it also means the path can get muddy. Hikers recommend visiting this trail in the winter or spring so you and Fido can marvel at the full flow of the waterfalls. Be sure to wear proper footwear to help you on the trails.
After the first section of the trail, you'll come to an area with more tree cover and pleasant shade. The mix of sun and shade throughout the trail is one of the qualities hikers love so much about this trail. You'll also begin to see pools and waterfalls before long. Swimming in the pools is forbidden, as these are protected habitats where endangered frog species live.
There are no bathrooms along the trail, and some visitors note there aren't too many private stops along the trail. Keep this in mind before your hike, and don't forget to pack lots of doggie bags for your pup.
This beautiful California hike is a lovely way to get some exercise with your four-legged companion!