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

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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.

Distance: 20.3 miles Elevation Gain: 3,887 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

beach

views

no dogs

Note: As of May 2019, 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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blowdown
over grown
2 months ago

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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