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Alamere Falls, Pelican Hill, and Crystal Lake via Greenpicker Glen Wildcat Ridge

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Phillip Burton Wilderness Area

Alamere Falls, Pelican Hill, and Crystal Lake via Greenpicker Glen Wildcat Ridge is a 20.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Olema, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Length 20.3 mi Elevation gain 3,887 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Beach Views No dogs
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Note: As of March 2020, the Crystal Lake trail has apparently been closed for some time, you can take a detour on the coastal trail which will add a mile or so to this hike. Please check with the park page for updates.

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Caitlin Ha
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HikingOver grownScramble

We did the trail clockwise like AllTrails recommends. It took a total of 8.5 hours moving time and we started at 8:30 AM and didn’t get back until 6:45 PM moving at a slower pace. The trail was overgrown in places and had a lot of horse poop throughout. I brought three liters of water and drank all of it. Also ate all the sandwich and snacks I brought. We ate at wildcat campground. There’s a restroom at Glen Camp and Wildcat Camp. Bring your own TP just in case. We did go all the way down to Alamere falls which currently has a rotting seal stinking up the entire area (don’t plan on eating lunch here). But we didn’t do a lot of the other sight and ended up taking a shorter route at the last stretch going 2.7 miles instead of the 4.2 miles to the stables parking lot. In total it was 20.5 miles since we took that detour off the AllTrails path and since the original path was closed we had to make a longer detour around that as well. The forest and ocean views were incredible. It was certainly a challenging hike but a great accomplishment.

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Nathan Tsang
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HikingOver grown

We did a counter-clockwise loop. Some trails were overgrown but we were able to hike thru. Overall it was a fun hike.

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Dominic Morando
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HikingClosedOver grown

I did a clockwise loop and added some bonus miles at arch rock because of the trail closure already mentioned. Pelican lookout (the small out and back at the southern end-not sure if that’s the right name) is also closed. The single track trails greenpicker ect are a bit overgrown and muddy. Highlights included alamere falls, whale and dolphin sightings, lots of wildflowers and an hour lunch on wildcat beach in the sunshine.

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Heidi Roche
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Hiking

This trailer is super well maintained. As stated by previous reviewer, Crystal Lake Trail was in fact closed. Just ended up doing an extra little bit to go around it. Definitely don’t miss the arrowhead of rocks on the ground for alamere falls, that was really pretty. Everything has been weed-whacked down so there wasn’t really tall grass like the previous reviewer said. Overall this trail was absolutely breathtaking and I highly recommend. Would do it again in a heartbeat!!

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Julia Kozitsyna
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HikingBlowdownOver grown
First to Review

Note: the Crystal Lake trail has apparently been closed for some time so I was not able to take it and it required a detour on the coastal trail that probably added another mile or so. All in my Strava registered 22 miles on the dot and slightly less elevation gain than is noted here but I also skipped the second detour (after the falls). I hiked this counterclockwise as suggested by AllTrails. The trail to Glen Camp and Wildcat campground were in great shape, not muddy, very clear and had plenty of shade (although Day was overcast anyway). Only thing is that this version of the trail to wildcat meanders a lot so I had to keep taking phone out to check the direction I needed to take. Saw very few people here other than some backpackers that stayed at the campgrounds overnight. Just before Wildcat you start picking up the Coast Trails and they are quite a bit more exposed. Wasn’t an issue today but on a hot sunny day will be baking. Wildcat has additional water if you start to run low at this point (I brought 3.5L and was fine). Trail mostly in good condition though a bit overgrown / has high grass in a few places. Starts to get a lot busier when I meets up with the coastal trail again closer to the falls. Don’t miss the random little spur to Alamere - it’s makes by a big arrow made of rocks on the trail. The last part was by far the hardest. Most people are walking back from the falls to the parking lot at the end of the coastal trail - very few go up back to the ridge at this point. I look the Lake Ranch Trail (Or something like that) which was pretty overgrown. It was a nice trail but had several trees downed which required diverting through bushes and the grass was up to my waist in many places. Ran into absolutely no one here at all. All in all a good trail with a big mix of scenery and solid elevation profile but would probably double back from the falls and take one of the other trails back up rather than the one I took.

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Adriana Langarica
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Hiking
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Suman Thakuri
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Fernando Ortiz
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Matt Bassett
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Hiking
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Connie Lares
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Hiking
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Heather Mashhoodi
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Brendan McInerney
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Hiking
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Lauren Belfer
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Hiking
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Brian Pelkowski
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Backpacking
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Will stern
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Hiking
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Dan Atler
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Hiking
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Khalid Alrashed
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Dmitriy Rudko
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Hiking
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Hiromi Mcneil
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Hiking
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WūTōR .
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Hiking
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Blake Canfield
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Mountain biking
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