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1 day ago

Good hike—stunning views of Tomales Bay, Bodega Bay and south to Drakes Bay. Mild incline about a mile into the hike, but easy hiking on the maintained trail. The last half mile on the unmaintained stretch is a narrow, sandy channel through scratchy foliage, so long pants are a plus, but the view is worth the effort. Lots of Tule elk, we also saw a fox and a coyote as well as birds galore. Be aware that the whole hike is exposed, so take water and keep that in mind as regards clothes. Hike this! It’s awesome.

This is a super easy hike and very scenic, but long as everyone says. You will get up close and personal with the elk and the birds at the end. I give it 4 stars because there is no water refill stations in the park at all and bathrooms are scarce. But this hike in particular is great.

Beautiful coastal hike with a very rewarding waterfall at the end. It's an easy hike but still a great workout. I went on a weekday and arrived around 1030A and there were only 2 other cars in the parking lot. I pretty much had the whole trail to myself. There's lots of shades which is a plus on warm days. I didn't pay attention and missed the left to the falls but luckily since I was checking the GPS on the app, I caught it quickly. I noticed there a set of blue colored rocks to mark that left turn. Keep an eye out for that! The tide was kinda high today (10/11) and I was a wimp to walk on the beach but when I saw other people do it, I was game and took off my shoes. It actually wasn't that bad. I really love this hike!

A little more challenging than moderate.

It took us just under four hours to hike this out and back trail. The views were stunning and we saw many elk as well as a wolf. We enjoyed the hike even though it was raining for about half of the way to the point. The cliffs were a beautiful sight and the sun sparkling on the ocean was beautiful.

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15 days ago

One of my top favorite trail, very scenic. Lots of Elks. I love the cliffs at the end of the trail, very relaxing and peaceful. Highly recommended.

Great Trail, Different views along the way, & Lots of shades as well. I recommend going on weekdays morning not much people (literally nobody), took the Coast trail coming from Palomarin Trailhead to Wildcat (wasn’t able to check Alamere falls since its High tide, but certainly coming back), and Ocean Lake loop going back.

Awesome hike. Lots of elk, especially when you make it to the watering hole. That last mile of sandy trail wears you out though. But the cliffs are worth it. Highly recommended.

great trail with lots of shade, views are wonderful. Only downside for me was that it was very crowded, then again guess it's good that lots of people are able to enjoy being outside. Next time we're doing this very early in the morning

Many Elk. Very minimal inclines. Many children and elderly on the trail. Went barefoot the last mile or so in the sand. One of the calmest and most serene 10 milers in my experience

Beautiful views along the way and at the end of the trail. Fairly easy walk along a dirt/ sand path. Unmaintained area was not difficult to navigate w long sleeves and pants. Took us under 5 hours round trip w a stop for lunch.

Beautiful views all around. Easy hike. Lots of wildlife!

My first real hike.. Be prepared for miles of sand hiking on the last leg and on the return!! The views will be well worth it!!

I recommend arriving by 9a otherwise the trail gets crowded. My walk out to the falls I more or less had the trail to myself. The walk back was busy. The trail is lovely. Oddly there’s graffiti wherever there’s a marker but otherwise the views of the ocean are hard to beat. The more wooded parts of the trail are nice too though don’t compare to nearby Mt Tam. There’s a large arrow made of pieces of shale on the Coastal trail to indicate where to turn for the falls. By the time I arrived at the falls there were around 15 other people there. The view is expansive and climbing/ rock scrambling down to the beach to seeing the falls come over the cliff above and drain into the ocean is unique. I took my shoes off and went calf deep into the ocean. There were three sea lions/ seals floating in the water 15 feet from me. Otherwise on the trail I saw a rabbit, banana slug and a bunch of quail.

Fantastic hike that will kick your butt!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Get to the trailhead earlier for parking (8 or 9am), and to see the elk, deer, and rabbits. Went yesterday and it was foggy on our way out, but was burning off on the way back — both ways, it was still gorgeous. Wear layers and bring lots of water. The last stretch to the ocean cliff view is uphill and deep sand trail so your shoes will be filled!

very good hike down to the ocean. The views change all along the hike. The last stretch is bit tricky to walk down to the ocean

You have to park on the side of the road to access this hike since there is no public parking lot. The trailhead is at an equestrian center, but it’s not clear whether the public can park there or not, so I just parked on the street.

There are no redwoods on the first section of trail and the scenery in that section was very dry in early September. Eventually you get to the redwoods which while it’s the most interesting part of the hike, still never offers any expansive views.

There are some fairly steep climbs for short distances, so if you are taking someone new to hiking prepare them to expect that. It’s not the most difficult thing ever, but this trail does have some climbs.

Overall, there weren’t enough views for me to want to hike this more than once.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike again about 2 weeks back.. good trail about 5 Miles round trip. Going up went through the left side from the trail head to the Bollinger Creek Trail a paved trail to the top of the peak.. Took about 1 hr 30mins going up. Great views of Moraga, Orinda, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, and Mount Diablo. On the way back coming down took the Chamise trail a true narrow trail over the ridge. Took about 1 hr 30 mins to get down..nice lil hike

I wholeheartedly enjoyed this hike so much, that i take anyone willing to go with me, just to show them the beautiful views! Its not too difficult of a hike either which makes it even more enjoyable.

I took my nieces and nephew whom range from 11 to 16. I've also seen young kids on the trail, I dont k ow how far they got, but none the less.

Go and do this hike... you're gunna love it!

The hike was great but too short, though it has Beautiful sceneries along the way which is great. Waterfalls are ok. It was much too crowded with children running around and more touristy than I like. Like other reviewer mentioned, many people carried portable speaker and people/children kicking around rocks.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with beautiful coastal ocean views. But best of all is that you get to see Elks! I’m glad I read other reviews here about wearing long pants, good hiking shoes and bringing a jacket for the foggy mornings. Make sure to bring water and snacks because the hike takes about 4hrs round trip.

Pretty easy hike. Very crowded with lots of people who didn't respect the area, lots of litter and people walking with portable speakers.

hiking
1 month ago

awesome hike, get there early and wear warm gear. you will hike through fog most of the hike. but the end well generally be sunny, amazing little watering hole where the elk all hangout. I found driving from San Francisco at 6am made me one of the first people there. but it fills up and gets very busy!

I loved the variety of terrain. You get forest, lakes, streams, waterfalls and the ocean. Some parts are a challenge, but I loved it!

Went in August. The falls themselves were pretty tiny. The weather was spectacular and weird though. Super foggy and overcast but hovering at a balmy 75 - very surreal!

Overall, a super easy flat trail, good for trail running (assuming it’s not too busy), and the falls are a little bonus, but weren’t super amazing.

Was a great hike. Definitely recommend it.

Great hike! Nice, scenic view. I like waterfalls but the hike alone was something I'm more interested in. Could probably trailrun without any big issues but be careful still!

August 2018 // Pretty sweet for a local Bay Area hike. Go early or go late to avoid the crowds. Bring a headlamp if you go late.

TIP: There is no official sign for "Alamere Falls" from the Coast Trail. For the hidden side trail to the falls from the main trail, look for the blue rock arrow on the ground that points to an overgrown unmaintained trail in dense high shrubs. And watch out for poison oak. They are abundant here.

P.S. Bring only what fits into a backpack. You'll need both hands to scramble down the cliffs (and back up again) if you want to see the lower falls from the beach. And wear shoes with good grip. Be safe and have a good time!

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