Heading to Cataract Falls is a solid choice if you've just been to Muir Woods. It's up north from San Francisco and offers a nice, easy-going hike.
The drive to the falls is pretty scenic, which is an excellent start. You kick off the hike near Alpine Lake, and it's a calm, pretty spot. It sets the tone for a relaxed day.
The trail to Cataract Falls isn't too challenging. It's suitable for anyone who's okay with a bit of uphill walking. The falls are small but friendly. They're an excellent place to chill and enjoy being outside. We didn't go up to the top of the falls. The lower part of the trail was good enough for us. We hung out and enjoyed the view and the sound of the water. It was a terrific way to spend some time.
Cataract Falls is a decent pick if you're already out at Muir Woods and want to add something else to your day. It's not super busy and a good spot to unwind. The lake at the start and the drive there are part of what makes it worth it. It's not the most fantastic hike ever, but it's a good, chill way to spend a few hours.