Alamere Falls via Coast Trail from Palomarin Trailhead

MODERATE 815 reviews

Alamere Falls via Coast Trail from Palomarin Trailhead is a 8 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
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1217 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

scramble

washed out

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.

7 days ago

Badass. Well worth it.

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike! Beautiful views, steep scramble down to the bottom of the falls. Make sure to follow the rock arrow off the main Coast Trail and watch out for poison oak on the way down.

15 days ago

Amazing views of ocean during hike. The falls are stunning! Able to see some wildlife, pair of bald eagles, bunnies and a fox.

hiking
27 days ago

We followed the rock arrow on a whim and made it to the waterfall without realizing we were on the path. Make sure to keep your eyes out for it!

1 month ago

Although the trail itself can be very dusty if the wind picks up, it is a well-maintained trail. The rocks form of the arrow is very easy to miss!!! We used the 2nd lake as the guide to look out for the "arrow". The falls is very uniquely located on the beach.

1 month ago

Really enjoyed this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful hike. The sign to the waterfall was gone ☹️

2 months ago

Trail très varié à travers la forêt ou longent la mer du haut des falaises pour arriver au final à la chute d'eau dans la mer par un petit chemin sinueux à travers des buissons. Très dépaysant.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Starts off with lots of vegetation then you get to a cliff above the water.

hiking
2 months ago

It's very important not to miss the rock arrow. Next to it will say falls. I was jogging and missed the arrow so I hiked all the way to wildcat camp. Went around the beach walked a mile up and made it to the fall without climbing down steep rocks. Climbing up was easier then coming down. hope this helps.

2 months ago

Forest, cliff, falls, beach, sun ... this had it all! Recommended for a noon hike, you get to watch the sunset at the horizon with the water falls on your side and the ocean in front :)

2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Left at 6:45am and had the waterfall to ourselves! There was a arrow made of stones marking the way off the Coast Trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a beautiful hike. It is a long drive to get to it and is very popular but we decided to start about 5PM. We brought headlamps for the way back and missed most people. Lush trail, great ocean viewpoints, and the falls are fantastic!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail but lots of people. Get there early. If you don’t, they’ll make you park along the road leading in, which could be a couple miles out. Beautiful 4 tiered waterfalls!

hiking
2 months ago

I really loved this trail in college- did it with 3 different groups- all different experience levels! More "hilly" than you would think- and currently requires a but of climbing and jumping to actually get to the falls. Bring more water than you need and please clean up after yourself on the trail and at the falls!

2 months ago

A lot of poison oak and mud on the trail. When you reach the cliffs at the beach it’s beautiful but packed with people. Won’t do this one again.

2 months ago

Tip. Look for the rocks on the ground that is arrow shaped to point you to the trail that is a bit hidden other wise. The trail should be to you left and is only about 18 inches wide. Easy to miss

2 months ago

The trail is great in the evening when all the people have gone. The hike to the falls was really uncomfortable due to how heavily trafficked it was, but the hike back was amazing and really lightly trafficked after about 5pm. As far as the views go though, it was absolutely stunning. I've never been anywhere like it! I suggest not bringing kids if you're going to go all the way down to the bottom of the falls. I saw a few adults struggling to get down, I can't imagine how hard it would be do do with small children. Definitely a unique trail, and I highly recommend it!

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