Alamere Falls via Coast Trail from Palomarin Trailhead

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Point Reyes National Seashore

Alamere Falls via Coast Trail from Palomarin Trailhead is a 12.2 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 bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length12.2 miElevation gain1,614 ftRoute typeOut & back
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FIRE CLOSURE: As of August 2020, there are closures in this park or area due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/conditions.htm 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 optional unmarked shortcut trail to the falls. It's about 4 miles up. There's a little rock climbing involved at the end. The climb down to the falls is not maintained by the National Park service. It can be very dangerous. Please be cautious and wear the correct clothing and shoes. Many people get hurt and have to be airlifted out because they can not make the hike back out.

Parking is availible at the Palomarin staging area

Forks in the road: 1) Shortly after two miles into the trip is the first fork in the road make sure to stay left. 2) Around 3.6 miles will be the second major fork in the trail splitting three ways. Take the trail straight towards Alamere Falls. Take layers, it can get windy and during colder months when the sun goes down the temperature drops quickly, bring a least two bottles of water and boots are suggested over tennis shoes as it can be rocky and muddy in places. in late winter early spring whales migrate past here, there are bobcats, endangered salamanders and an other wildlife, early Spring is alive with flowers. POISON OAK WARNING; The "unmanned" trail to the falls has poison oak along most of the .5 miles. Any time of year is a good time to take this trip.

Directions from Five Brooks, Highway 1: Park at Five Brooks, which is south of Olema, on Highway 1. Bike or hike 6.7 miles on Stewart Trail to Wildcat Camp.

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kayshee shree
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It’s all in one trail with coast trail ,into the wood trail, beach and waterfall .Not many inclined . I would rate it moderate . It took us 5hr to do the whole loop after taking 30 min break for lunch.

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Yer Lone
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Don’t take the short cut! Keep right & go all the way around! Stay right, go to Wildcat Campgrounds & circle back to a hike on the beach to the beautiful waterfall! The 12+ miles was so worth it, we finished in 4 1/2hrs! (It’s a record for a group of 4 age 20-30) The waterfall at the end, was so worth it!

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carl Y
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Rigel Madraswalla
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Highly trafficked, but AMAZING views along the beach. Do not take the shortcut!! The long way is much prettier and less trafficked. The falls were honestly a little underwhelming and VERY crowded. Scaling back up from the falls to the trail was also quite treacherous, especially given the amount of people coming up/down. Overall a very nice hike, with a crowded end. Recommend to try on a weekday to avoid the crowds.

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Rosario Gutierrez
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HikingMuddy

Honestly easier than expected! Definitely go earlier during the day, we go there at 8am and it was perfect not a lot of people. On our way back there was a lot of people arriving and parking was full. Overall hike and views were worth it Hike was completed Feb21

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Pamela Sherrer
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Holger Lüdorf
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too many people on the weekend. otherwise lovely.

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Ishan Patel
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Decent hike. Most of it is through woods but the beach at the end is worth it. Shortcut is slippery without good shoes or boots.

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Priyanka Aggarwal
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Most amazing hike to the waterfalls. It was kind of fun walking on the beach dodging the waves. And the view was absolutely spectacular. We took the longer way down to the beach and came up the shortcut which was great because we got there best of everything. It’s not a very strenuous hike, just long so get enough water and food. And hiking shoes are a must.

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Jeremy Jones
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Lupe Centeno
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It’s not a very hard trail, but it’s a lot more if you don’t take the short cut. Taking the short cut to the bottom of the falls involves a lil bit of Rick climbing up and down just FYI. Beautiful pair of falls and scenery. If you’re not afraid of a night hike, the sunset and the stars lighting up your path on the way back are AMAZING.

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Breanna Esche
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Much cleaner than it was a few months ago, beautiful overall! The brush has also been tamed on the pathway from the main trail to the waterfall which was great! Very few muddy spots today but very crowded! Don’t come at 1pm...8 am would be better! Ha!

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Shailesh Khadangale
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Usama Zulfiqar
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Wonderful experience. There is some rock climbing if you want to reach the bottom of the falls through the shortcut or if you don’t want to retrace your steps via the beach. Definitely pack lots of water and some snacks.

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Justyn Harriman
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Elvia Salinas
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Hermoso paisaje lo disfrutamos con mi familia

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Allen Chen
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Ayush K
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Jennifer Crespo
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I highly recommend wearing hiking shoes. I didn’t listen to reviews and wore my nikes which almost came off when my foot got stuck in the mud. Really fun trail. I took the shortcut which took me about 1hr 40mins.

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Susan Reed
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Beautiful hike. The trail is a little muddy, not bad with hiking boots. there was hardly anyone here in the morning, but on the way back there were a lot of people and the parking lot was filled up.

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sara Stacy
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Trail was awesome. Recommend if you are up for a good hike. Pack plenty of water, food and expect some rock climbing when you get towards the end. We took the short cut down, which was marked with sticks and stones about 4 miles in on your left. Coming out was a little grueling on the legs and feet towards the end. Make sure you have good shoes.

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Pawan Joshi
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Got to the trailhead at 11:45 am - was very crowded with around 200 cars parked up to a mile out. Hiked ~9 mi with the shortcut route, marked by an arrow of stones. Beautiful hike, absolutely loved it. Great eucalyptus trees and coastal views. Note: 1: Wear proper hiking shoes: Trail has some wet muddy patches, along with a steep cliff descent at the end. Avoid the shortcut if you are not comfortable scrambling on rocks. 2. Reach early (9am) to find parking 3. Wear full sleeves and pants to avoid poison oak

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Mark Ignatiev
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heather witta
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Cayla Anderson
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Crowded but lovely weather and trail conditions

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Vinder Dhillon
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Absolutely beautiful views and worth hiking all the way to the waterfall. We took the longer loop via Wildcat Camp and walked the beach to get to the waterfall, n took the shortcut back. Climbing up the cliff was doable.

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Calvin Bragg
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