Alamere Falls via Coast Trail from Palomarin Trailhead

MODERATE 1345 reviews

Alamere Falls via Coast Trail from Palomarin Trailhead is a 8.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bolinas, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from October until December.

DISTANCE
8.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,335 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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beach

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lake

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waterfall

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rocky

no dogs

Alamere Falls is a tidefall waterfall that flows into the ocean in Point Reyes National Seashore, northwest of San Francisco in Marin County. This popular Bay Area coastal hike can be reached via the Coast Trail from the Palomarin Trailhead. The parking area can be accessed at the end of Mesa Road outside of Bolinas. The trail offers great views of the Pacific Ocean - including the Farallon Islands on a clear day - as well as Bass and Pelican lakes. This is a well-marked coastal trail to Alamere Falls. When you get to the falls walk just past the top fall, cross over it and down to the other falls. Beach access is on the right down a manageable but unstable cliff. Do not attempt to go down during high tide as the shale rock is slippery and rogue waves can drag visitors into the surf. Long pants and sleeves are recommended as Poison Oak does grow along the trail. The trail is maintained by the National Park Service so check out one of the visitor centers for additional information. Be careful not to miss the unmarked trail to the falls. It's about 4 miles up. There's a little rock climbing involved at the end.

hiking
scramble
23 hours ago

hiking
4 days ago

Couple hours in, left to Bass Lake and a summer swim.

Fairly easy terrain with little elevation gain. Beautiful views of the coast and Bass lake. Dive in Bass lake on a nice day! Once you make it to the unmarked trail ( on the left side) about 4 miles in you begin your hike down to the beach and Alamere Falls! It’s a little bit of climbing to get down to the waterfall but it’s nothing to hard. Seeing a waterfall on the beach flow into the ocean is a truly special experience.

It’s not one I’d do in summer time. But awesome dogged out views today 4/19

hiking
11 days ago

Pretty busy today...got there around 9am and there was still parking in the lot but when we left cars were parked pretty far down the road! We missed the turn off to the falls at first....so look for the arrow cairn on the path. Lots of people with dogs even though it is clearly marked no pets.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike today. Well worth the effort for the views. All dry trail. Lots of hikers.

hiking
12 days ago

Great views but a bit crowded. Currently the road conditions to get to the trailhead is pretty rough I assume due to all the rain this year. If you have the option to take a vehicle that has some clearance that would be ideal.

nice flat trail some slight inclines but nothing too difficult beautiful views of the ocean from the trail. At the end of trail you have to do some slight climbing on rocks to get back up or u can loop around on the beach to get back on the trail

hiking
muddy
17 days ago

hiking
muddy
19 days ago

Great trail with solid views and no better half way point than a waterfall on a beach. Was muddy after the rain season so boots do you better than running shoes!

hiking
muddy
no shade
rocky
23 days ago

beautiful from start to finish. but a lot of steep hills. not much shade for almost half of the hike.

hiking
rocky
24 days ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

The trail was very muddy and we hiked the entirety in the rain. This is not a difficult hike by any means, except for the end. Just use your hands and take it slow and you will witness an estuarial fantasy. The tide was high and winds strong. Mother Nature will always have her way.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

A bit crowded for my taste, but a beautiful day hike nonetheless.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

I can not stress enough how important it is to wear the correct shoes especially right after the rain. This hike is pretty easy. The terrain changes a lot and if you are going down to the falls it is not maintained. I'm not even sure if this trail should be advertised because every time I have been someone (not in my group) has been injured.

View is good. It’s just the road was too bad. Took us four about 4+ hours to finish 8 miles. Watching those people crossing the fall was fun. The sea is super beautiful. Also couldn’t believe the shortcut was simply marked with some rocks.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

1 month ago

What a great hike.

it's a long hike out and back to the falls. we were under-prepared so it felt worse than it was. wear good shoes/hiking boots! we passed a lot of folks wearing flat shoes that were having to turn around or getting hurt. the hike out wasn't super technical, but long with lots of inclines and declines. the falls are very technical! lots of folks stumbling and falling. use your hands, check your footing, and you'll be rewarded with beautiful views!

hiking
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Be aware that, due to all the recent rain, if you come down the trail from the left side (when looking at the ocean) of the waterfall and want to get to the beach (which you can only access on the right side of the waterfall) crossing the top of the waterfall is not straightforward. It involves jumping from one side to the other (with slick rocks) or finding a shallow part of the rapids to walk through, which is tricky because the water is moving very fast. I'm not sure if there is a trail that leads to the right side of the waterfall to avoid having to do this. Be careful!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautifully diverse trail! Had difficulty finding Alamere falls as it is not listed on any of the trail signs, just the trailhead. I did find a large waterfall near wildcat camp if you walk south along the beach. I’d advise only walking towards this waterfall during low tide. Snakes, frogs, birds, and numerous lakes were along this trail. Amazing

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