Explore the most popular wild flowers trails in Point Reyes National Seashore with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Go early!

Mostly flat and good for chatting. Average shape person will only get truly tired from the length of the hike.

The turn-off for the Falls is almost never easy to find. I've done this trail a number of times and have recently missed it and hiked about a mile past only to finally turn around. However, I think I saw some of the best sights on this trail because of my error.

The scramble to the beach is not for the feint of heart. It is by no means too difficult it is just that it takes some vertical dexterity, faith, and willingness to get a bit scraped up. Someone with any mobility issues may not be able to do it.

The area above it also very nice for your lunch so don't feel like you're missing out entirely. The beach area can get a little hairy with the tide so be careful.

This is a heavily trafficked trail so go early or, even better, go early on a weekday. The trail is very well maintained. The falls at the end of the trail are scenic but the trail out is also very enjoyable. Moderate or easy/moderate is an appropriate rating. Worth repeating.

So beautiful and really is a lightly moderate hike for distance and the bit down to the falls. But lots of people, and you have to go early to get parking.

I hiked this trail in May of 2017 with my 7 year old son and family. The terrain is super flat and really could be done in running shoes with grip on the sole. It is not difficult on the legs or anything (for an active person), but can difficult for someone who is not active but still doable!

We actually hiked the entire trail down to the beach, hung a left and kept walking down the beach to the falls. After, we climbed the rocks to the top and took the short cut back. This is not full 8 miles if you take the short cut, tbh. It can be slippery over the smaller water falls but doable.

The falls are spectacular and sitting at the edge overlooking the water is so peaceful. It is super trafficked, however, that was the only downside.

It was a beautiful hike. The hike itself was not bad what was somewhat difficult was climbing down to see the actual waterfall.

Very long hike but absolutely is worth to try. The only thing I would like to point out is after around two hours hiking there is a place you need to go into bushes otherwise you will not find Alamera falls.

Trail was very shaded throughout which was nice. It was moderately busy but my group was able to keep distance between other folks. If you follow the trail to the coast (2 recordings shows this route) it does not go to beach but it is a very pretty cliff view with flat/open spots for lunch.

Great sights along trail to the falls- a few lakes. Pay attention to the turn off to the falls... currently marked with rocks in shape of arrow pointing to trail. Falls are worth the hike to get there.

First hike using this app! The place is easy to get to! Just make sure that you follow the yellow arrow into the small bush opening. That’s how you get to the waterfall. It’s easy to get lost and keep going straight. There are 3 levels to see the waterfall, top, middle and lower. They all take about 10 min each to get down. Watch out for snakes bathing in the sun!

Gorgeous trail with native Bishop Pines throughout. Can get a bit crowded during weekends. Lots of toilet paper/ trash along the trail June 2018.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful hike and - at leas on a Friday afternoon - not very crowded. Saw lots of wildlife - Tule elk, deer, seals, quail, etc. Note that at lower tides you can walk all the way down to the point, though it will add about two miles to the hike (one mile each way); well worth it for the views, the seals, the kelp forests, and the almost perfectly circular boulders shaped by the tides.

Great hike for novice hikers or people who want to get outdoors as the terrain is relatively flat.

Well laid out hike, definitely need to keep an eye out for the Alamere Falls trail. Someone recently put a yellow arrow on the ground to point in the right direction. The rock climbing and terrain make this more moderate in difficulty, otherwise not that steep of a hike. We really enjoyed it!

Waterfall is a pretty neat sight but if you're looking for a quiet hike, this is probably not your place at least on a weekend. Given that it's a heavily traveled trail, I saw quite a bit of trash and tried to pick up as much as I could. More of a stroll through the woods than a hike. I wore my heart rate monitor the whole time and I never got over 130 beats/min. Definitely take the time to check out the little ponds and lakes along the way, there are some neat microenvironments. One of the ponds is completely covered with a moss and almost looks like putting green. Once you get to the waterfall, you'll likely wait a little bit to get a shot of it that's not filled with people, but it is gorgeous and has some cool lichen growing along the sides. The climb down to the beach is totally doable but the rocks are pretty loose to tread carefully. The views were neat from the beach but encountered some pretty drunk kids that kind of ruined the vibe. Overall neat, but not a place I'd go to get away from the hectic life. Also if you do go, help out and pick up some trash.

One of the better beach hikes. We arrived at 7:00am. We had the entire beach to our self's. Completely isolated early morning walk. We only hiked 3.5 miles / 1-1/2hrs but still nice as hiking in the sand is a bit slower. Lots of wildlife, birds, two seals watching us from the water, crabs. Dog friendly. We left around 9:30 and went to breakfast at the Station House Cafe near Point Reyes Station. Great morning!

Beautiful waterfall!

I did a variation of this hike and made it a loop at the end by taking the coastal trail to the glen trail back to the center of bear valley trail. Gorgeous views and some points on the trail were quite picturesque, I recall an opening on the coastal trail towards the glen trail between thick overgrown sections that was beautiful. It had a small tree offering just enough shade for a break but surrounded by perfectly yellow tall dry grass. Recommend pants for these overgrown areas if you take the loop I'm describing. I wore shorts and regret it, no clear poison oak rashes yet but who knows. Enjoy!

Don’t missed the secret entrance to the waterfall!

Scenic hike. Fairly easy without a lot of elevation gain or difficulty. It gets a 4-star simply because it is heavily trafficked. I tend to like more isolated trails. There's a bit of tourists out here doing the hike which clusters it up.

Mt Wittenberg and Sky Camp will give you some nice climbing and amazing vistas. Bear Valley is a nice 4-mile amble back to the visitors center.

Sky Trail is a nice mix of sun and shade. Bear Valley is basically all shade.

Couldn't find a marked trail down to Arch Rock, so I'm wishing I would've accounted for that and built a loop with Kelham in it.

Heads up: plenty of poison oak on sky trail.

Wear pants and long sleeves because you’ll walk through tall grass for an hour. Beautiful trail with wildflowers.

All I can say is WOW! This is hands down the hardest hit as well as the most amazing.
Why is it the hardest?
The terrain.. so wear SUPPORTIVE shoes.. actual hiking shoes seemed to be the shoes of choice!! There is poison Ivy towards the end but As long as your body is covered for that part you should be good
Why is it the most amazing?
So far it is because of the views, you get forest, ocean, lakes, beautiful trees and at the end a beach!! It was an all day hike for us because we laid out on the beach. Pack lots of water, clothes to get wet in if you didn’t want to go in the ocean or the waterfall and food to snack on.

I was sore for about 4 days but it was worth every ache and pain. I want to go back soon!

Loved everything about this trail towards the beach!

Awesome trail with varied ecosystems from shrubs to covered forest to sandy beach. It’s a well maintained dirt path, beginner level up until you get to the cliffs by the ocean at the upper falls which is what makes it intermediate. There’s some scrambling down rocks for about 100 m (that you’ll have to climb back up upon return). If you’re a beginner take your time, have good treaded shoes, and you should be fine! The small offshoot path to the falls near the end is easy to miss and surrounded by head high foliage. Make sure to check a map or ask someone else. We arrived at 10 am on Saturday and still managed to get parking right outside of the parking lot. There were already a lot of people. This is a great hike to take your visiting hiker friends on. The upper and lower falls are fantastic! Watch out for poison oak at the last bit towards the falls. It WILL touch your clothing.

Fun for a quick day hike! Beautiful views for such a short distance!

an easy walk, gorgeous views and fresh air! very busy trail, gotta start early to get some solitude and place by the falls

backpacking
1 month ago

Was difficult as a beginning backpacker but awesome ocean views. Hiked to Wildcat camp. Would be a very nice day hike. Trail was crowded during the mid day with other people going to the falls. Elevation change was tough at times with a pack. Very buggy, got eaten up by bugs on the trail.

I had a blast on this trail, I got there at around 10 and had to park about a quarter mile from the trail head - although heading out I saw that cars were parked over a mile and a half down the road, so I consider myself luck that I had evening plans!

The trail has an excellent mix of covered and exposed hiking, I definitely recommend a hat and sunglasses. It winds over sea-side cliffs, through temperate groves and through underbrush tunnels (my personal favorite part of the hike was winding through the vegetation after the almost hidden turnoff.)

The trail itself is fairly well-maintained although I found a disappointing amount of fruit bar wrappers and even a lunchables container and water bottle (all of which I picked up and toted with me.) Bring a little bag to pick up stray trash and pack out any trash you have with you and everyone can enjoy the trail a little more.

I found it enjoyable that so many people from all over the place were hiking to the beach. I even saw a teenager with a giant flamingo innertube! But I was fairly unbothered by the people, having arrived fairly early I was able to remain in my own bubble of solitary hiking for the majority of the trail.

Perfect weekend morning (early!) hike with lunch at the falls, planning on returning.

Awesome moderate hike. Make sure you go very early so you won’t have to park a mile away. Awesome views along the way. There is a shortcut to the waterfall which can easily be missed if you haven’t gone before. It is a little after 3.75 miles out. The shortcut will look like a small opening through the bush on your left. If you continue start however, you’ll end up at the beach regardless. It’s just another mile or two out to the beach and once you reach the beach, you’ll have to hike another mile back to the waterfall. If you take the shortcut, you’ll have to go down the rocky mountain which could be pretty challenging. Make sure you got grippy shoes and never jump down from one area to another because that’s how I injured my right knee. It’s all better now but at that time, I was afraid I wasn’t going to make it back. :) The hike back is good just tiring because of all the fun you had at the beach drained the energy out of you. Loving couples you see at the beginning holding hands are probably separated now because one doesn’t want to wait for the other. Hahaha. have fun and be safe.

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