Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls Trail

MODERATE 341 reviews

Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls Trail is a 8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bolinas, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

8.0 miles 1351 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

beach

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

no dogs

From the Palomarin Trailhead Hike along the beautiful coast to Alamere Falls. Stop along the way and explore the small lakes. When you get to Bolinas take Mesa road to the end, the last 1.5 miles is graded not paved. The trail head is well marked on the right side of the parking lot (Palomarin Trailhead), begin your hike with a peak of the ocean through a grove of trees, as the trail winds to the right and back towards to coast your first full view of the ocean appears, the trail follows the coast with spectacular views of the ocean, Marin coastline and the Farallon islands (on a clear day), continue as the trail leaves the coast and winds though a forest and past Bass lake and Pelican lake (I like to call it ocean lake, as it sits just above the ocean), continue on for about a .5 mile along the coast to a sign marking Alamere Falls .4 miles, the trail is well marked and traveled, as you approach the falls the pounding surf first gets your attention, when you get to the falls which are four tiered, walk just past the top fall, cross over it and down to the other falls, beach access is on the right down a not so stable cliff, but manageable, I would not suggesting going down during high tide as the shale rock is slippery and there are sneaker waves that can take you away. A lot of people relax here and have lunch. The hike back is every bit as scenic. Enjoy!!

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1 day ago

The ocean views are magnificent. And the falls added a fun challenge at the end of the hike. I highly suggest going after there's been some rain.

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2 days ago

Very nice hike. There are no dogs allowed, yet we saw three people with their dogs. The trek down to the beach from the falls is tricky and slick, but worth it. In and out with a stop for lunch, and a stop at the falls, it took us about 4 hours.

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2 days ago

Do be on the watch for the spur trail that takes you down to the falls. Don't just blindly follow the group in front of you. Many people hike the trail without realizing the main trail does not take you directly to the falls. Is a lovely hike!

Amazing views at the end of the trail!!

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3 days ago

Beautiful!!

3 days ago

Beautiful hike. Parking at the trailhead will be challenging if you don't start early.

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13 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes of all time. The views are stunning and the waterfall is dreamy. It's a great day hike to bring friends or family who are visiting California for their first time.

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18 days ago

It was a great hike. I think it is better to arrive early to take full advantage of the real beauty that this trail can offer. If you don't mind too many people or boom boxes, then go aftet midday.

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30 days ago

Beautiful coastal views on a clear day. Farallon Islands were easily visible. Not too strenuous beyond some short scrambling to get to the beach. Some nice spots to sit and enjoy the coastal breeze - if you watch carefully you might spot whales on the horizon. Trail can be busy.

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