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Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls Trail

MODERATE 219 reviews

Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls Trail is a 8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bolinas, CA 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 1371 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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12 days ago

Amazing views, nice terrain, well marked trail

22 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

great walk amazing views

23 days ago

this hike has the worst people on it, because it's not wilderness lovers seeking solitude, it's bored rich kids who want a selfie by the falls. expect to encounter hundreds of pieces of toilet paper, the odor of an outhouse miles into the hike from all the human droppings, expect to see hordes of people on most days, they play music on little boxes for everyone else to "enjoy" and the erosion is really sad. if you do go don't go down the cliffs, continue on the trail and walk down the beach to the falls. pretty soon the park service will have to do something to protect this trail

hiking
27 days ago

I loved the hike. The walk on the beach to the falls was quite and the waves were beautiful. I didn't enjoy the climb up the falls. But once I got up there it wasn't to bad. A little scary though.

29 days ago

This was an amazing trail. Kinda hard to find the waterfalls at first but you'll find them there's rocks in the shape of arrows lol

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1 month ago

This hike is AWESOME! So worth the trek.

hiking
1 month ago

All time favorite.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing trail, great view, refreshing cool water to put your feet in. I would definitely not recommend taking kids down to the lowest falls. it is steep and you need to be able to boost yourself over ledges to get up. other than that expect to bring lots of water and proper trail shoes so you don't develop blisters.

2 months ago

Great trail

hiking
2 months ago

The trail was beautiful and not that difficult to figure out. If you want to go to the waterfalls be sure to use this app or look for an arrow made of rocks. We passed it without even realizing what it was for. It is a beautiful trail. Was worth the almost 3 hr drive to get there.

hiking
2 months ago

GREAT hike, views and camaraderie! If you're not in great shape this hike will definitely kick your butt as it did ours. Stunning views, wildlife friends all around and the fellow hikers on this trip were all really nice. Once you pass the third gorgeous lake on the left the trail will come to a Y, there was a rock made arrow on the ground pointing left which is really shaded and a rather thin trail but this one leads to the falls. I heard the right trail leads straight to beach access but I can't attest to that yet. The trail that takes you down to the falls gets hairy so just take your time, watch your grips and steps and don't be afraid to ask or lend assistance to fellow hikers who may need it. Advice I would give? If you think you brought enough water, bring more! Took us a couple hours to get to the falls, hung out there for about an hour and then a couple hours to hike back. There are restrooms at the very start of the trail but none on the duration so keep that in mind! The parking is pretty packed but it's such a neat trail that honestly there probably isn't a time that the parking lot and back up parking isn't overflowing. Definitely worth it though!

hiking
2 months ago

Easily the best hike around!! Just a heads up though, after you pass the second big lake on the left with the ocean behind it, there will be what appears to be a random trail to the left as the trail turns right and starts a fairly big descent, however it's far too groomed to just be a random one. It's extremely shaded and short in the beginning. That's the path you take to get to the falls. If you hit a 3rd bridge, you've gone too far. I made that mistake haha

hiking
2 months ago

Walked this trail a few days ago, it was really long and decently hard, the waterfall is extremely worth it! I loved it and definitely look forward to walking it again

2 months ago

rock climbing
2 months ago

I love this trail. I have went different months. Mostly shaded and lots of trees. Variety of scenic views, worth going to the waterfall. Get here early, the parking lot fills up about 8am.

There is a portapotty in the begginning and trees during. :)

Where comfortable shoes, it is a long walk and different pavements. Maybe an inclune or 2 but mostly flat.

To the waterfall- You have to climb down a mini cliff. Also, you have to walk through a narrow section full of poison ivoy so where something to coverup with.There are 2 waterfalls. The big on is the ine you have to climb down for. There is a mini beach that we always stop to ear, nap, then head back for the longest 2 hours every!