Alamere Falls via Coast Trail from Palomarin Trailhead

MODERATE 1,063 reviews

Alamere Falls via Coast Trail from Palomarin Trailhead is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bolinas, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1204 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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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
4 days ago

Amazing! There is some rock climbing in the end but I I managed for a short person.

hiking
5 days ago

Excellent hike with a fantastic group of waterfalls at the end. The scramble down to the beach can be a little intimidating for folks new to hiking but if you take it slow and stay low to the ground you’ll be just fine.

9 days ago

Pretty treacherous hike at the end - on days following heavy rain, be prepared to cross a big stream with knee high water. Water shoes recommended though doable without. You then have to go down a bit of scramble. You'll be rewarded with an amazing waterfall that goes straight to the ocean.

Make sure to use your GPS to find the trailhead 4 miles in, entrance is a bit hidden. Last time somebody had helpfully placed a paper with an arrow pointing to the trailhead but don't expect to be so lucky.

hiking
10 days ago

This was a beautiful and relaxing hike. The fall was beautiful. The hike itself was pretty easy, until you get to the fall. Hiking down and up to get to the beach was hard because it was mainly rock climbing. Don’t forget to follow the arrow because it leads you to the fall.

11 days ago

Don’t forget to follow the arrowhead:p

hiking
12 days ago

AMAZING! Highly Recommended!

18 days ago

Amazing hike. Didn’t care that much for the rock climbing

18 days ago

Hike with an awesome surprise at the end. And yes you can go all the way down to the coast.

hiking
19 days ago

We hiked in from another trail, and met up with everyone hiking this route at the hidden trail entrance where you must turn off to see the Falls. The Falls are amazing!!

Note that the sign to turn off onto the small path is completely gone. When we found it, a few other kind souls placed some rocks in an arrow formation - who know how long that’ll last.

And - Yes - the rock climb down to the beach to see the BIG fall is treacherous for children or those not in decent physical shape. Totally worth it once you’re there! And if you don’t want to climb down, the first two smaller falls are gorgeous as well.

23 days ago

awesome hike!

hiking
24 days ago

Bucket list trail! Beautiful the whole way and challenging/strenuous at places.

hiking
25 days ago

great hike. loved the waterfall. it took 4 hrs in total for me and my partner. one must know a bit of rock climbing.

26 days ago

Great hike! You won’t be disappointed!

hiking
27 days ago

Fun up until the very end. If you want to reach the beach and aren't very experienced with rock climbing, it's going to be quite difficult. I agree it was a moderate hike, but I wasn't expecting to need to scale a cliff to get to the ocean.

nature trips
1 month ago

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."

hiking
1 month ago

4/21/2018. Took the long way there and back for 13.5 total miles. Everything is so green right now, plus tons of wildflowers. This hike is tough to beat.

1 month ago

Loved this trail where fresh water meets salt. Absolutely beautiful! Bucket list ✔

1 month ago

4/8/2018 must go now, flowers in full bloom, water fall is huge after this rain season

1 month ago

Lengthy but calm. Views are so incredibly worth it. Go on a weekday and start before 10am. My favorite hike to date. Will be returning.

1 month ago

Bring a picnic, friend, swim suit for the lake and enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and fun! Best hike so far

1 month ago

Such an amazing hike!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Took the short cut to the falls and the long way back. great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Love it here so much. Just saw a bald eagle fly across my car very close range on the way to this hike from Bolinas, in the lagoon. Loads of poppies are popping right now. Amazing, special place. I also found a whole, giant abalone shell at the beach but threw it back

hiking
1 month ago

take the short cut to the falls. It's well worth it

1 month ago

One of the best hike in the bay and the reward in the end of your hike is spectacular!

1 month ago

Beautiful place to hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Well worth it. The way down to the falls, at the rocky area is a bit intense, as there are alot of loose small rocks and pebbles that can easily cause a slip, but there is a rope that helps. There is other ways to get down to the falls via different hiking route and walking on the beach to the falls. Plenty of shaded areas, if you start at Palomarin, you will get great views of the lake, ocean, and waterfall at the end.

1 month ago

Very fun! But to get to the falls, follow he mysterious rock arrow into bushes on the pathway.

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