For a pawesome hike through lush forests and by bubbling creeks, check out the Cascade Canyon Falls Open Space Trail. This moderately traveled pathway won't disappoint in any season. Come in late winter or spring to get the maximum impact of the falls crashing into the basin 15 feet below. Wildflowers abound during the spring season, and you can find mushrooms and ferns in fall and winter out here. The area even offers a shady spot to come in the dog days of summer. Be prepared; there are no restrooms in the open space.
To get to the path, head to the end of Cascade Drive. Walk through the gate and follow the fire road to the trailhead. You'll need to cross over San Anselmo Creek to continue on the Falls Trail. Hike by the clear, flowing waters with your pooch and look for Coho and Steelhead. Here, you'll enter a mixed evergreen and broadleaf forest. There's a wood bridge crossing at the junction of two creeks. The route heads uphill to the falls area. There are steps and railings where the path becomes steep to make your trek easier. This area also has some viewing platforms where you can pause and take in the scenery.
Your four-footed friend is welcome on this pawtastic trail as long as they're on a lead. There are no water stations here, so plan on bringing refreshments with you. Keep the pathway and surroundings clean by removing your pup's droppings. You'll be sharing the route with other hikers, bikers, and horses, so be courteous and yield when someone wants to pass.
Cascade Canyon Falls Open Space has a short but pawmazing trail that you and Fido can explore together. In just over a mile, you'll see sparkling clear water, colorful wildflowers, and a variety of plants and animals. This pathway is a great place to spend a few hours with your special pal.