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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 13.8 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 bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 13.8 mi Elevation gain 1,955 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Beach

Forest

Lake

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Over grown

Rocky

No dogs

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Please note that as of June 2020 Mesa Road may be closed due to construction for major road improvements until July 2020 and access to this trail with motor vehicles is blocked. 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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Avish Jadwani
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Hiking

Point Reyes is amazing place to go from San Francisco. Don't miss tree tunnel, ship wreck point and elephant seals when you visit here. Here's a video to get a glimpse of this beautiful place : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zz-TyuTrn2c

Evelin Rybin
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

It was a great hike. We had to park approx 2.5 miles away from the trailhead because the road was closed. If you are not familiar with the area (like we were) bring a map or take a picture of the map at the trailhead. We ended up getting lost in all of the side trails, however we were able to find the right one and made it to the falls. There is a green arrow that is sparypainted on the trail pointing to the shortcut. We missed it but got lucky and found another small trail that connected with the shortcut trail. Although it turned into a 17 mile hike, it is definitely worth it. Lots of beautiful views along the way (maybe that's why we missed the arrow in the first place). A lot of gradual uphill/downhill walking ending with a cliff requiring scrambling. Be prepared to workout your calves, hamstrings, quads and glutes. Totally worth it though

Jason Meadows
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HikingOver grownScramble

It’s a great hike and worth it to see one of the few tidefalls in North America! The trailhead parking lot was closed due to Covid-19, though we parked roadside and hiked two miles to the trailhead. The shortcut (marked with a green arrow) cuts roughly 3 miles of overgrown path and beach walking off, but requires scrambling down some rocks to the beach. Either route is worthwhile! Be mindful of poison oak, I ran across a patch of it at some point.

Chris Nguyen
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Hiking

We absolutely love this hike. The waterfall is amazing. Hike early to avoid the crowds and the heat. Please practice good trail etiquette. Enjoy!

talita Mo
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Hiking

We took the short cut but the getting down and getting up was probably our challenge. Fortunately, there was a man helping a lot of people go up and down.

Charae Papagayo
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I will admit I underestimated this hike. We did end up parking and walking 2.5 miles just to get to the main entrance. The potatoes are definitely not maintained, as it stunk pretty bad, but what porta potty smells like roses? Keep in mind this is the only restrooms on the trail. Due to Covid-19 I feel the park and trails have been untamed. Again, I can’t blame anyone for not venturing out at times like these. The weather wasn’t too bad, poison oak is definitely dodgeable, and the trails were paved. Weeds have grown quite long and there are many rocks, to where I slipped twice. Bring enough water and snacks with you because it is a very long walk and to be exact took my group and I 7 hours to hike round trip. Umm, please LOOK for the green graffiti marked “hidden” trail. Don’t waste your time going up to the look out spot and to wildcat beach just to get to the falls. Will take you forever to walk! Overall was a great first and last time experience. I’m not in as much pain as i thought I’d be this morning.

Jasmyn Fletcher
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Hiking

Super nice and beautiful trail. We were able to take the shortcut which is marked with green graffiti on the floor which will be on your left hand side. There is poison oak but it’s not as extensive as other reviews have made it seem. Just be aware and covered during more narrow parts. The only major downside is that the parking next to the train head is closed so you have to walk an extra 2.5 miles each way (for a total of 5 miles). With the shortcut and the additional walk from parking it comes to about 13 miles roundtrip. I was stung by something - I recommend pants over shorts

Gemar F
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P Vang
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I was able to do this trail on a whim today. The previous info about the entrance being closed still holds true. I also noticed when I got back to my car there were two rangers blocking off the run off parking area and turning people back. I dont know if it only happens if you get there later (I got there at 8 am and back to my car at 2pm). if someone can confirm that would help. otherwise, it was a beautiful hike. I got there around 10 am and enjoyed the beach and falls all to myself for a good hour.

Shannon Archila
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Hiking

Did this hike a few days ago. Still have to park 2.5 miles from trailhead. It adds a fair amount to an already long hike. Pit toilets at trailhead are open. The poison oak this year is off the charts. Wear long pants/shirts as it virtually impossible to avoid in narrow sections. The turn off to the beach at the end is now marked in green graffiti. You will have to walk crouching through a tunnel of poison oak to make it to the top of the first fall. Well worth it though, it’s a gorgeous place to sit, collect watercress or have a picnic. Trail down to lower falls is doable but treacherous. If you’re not so adventurous, think about accessing beach from the Five Brooks Stables end and walk down the beach to the lower falls.

Valerie Martin
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Hiking

Trails are open. Parking is closed. You can still park just over 2 miles from trail head. There is a gate on the road preventing cars to go through at that point.

Valerie Martin
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Hiking

Is this trail still closed?

Yasmin Karimi
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RockyScramble

Did this hike last year and it remains one of my favorite hikes in the bay area. Take a picnic blanket and some snacks to enjoy the beach at the end of the hike. The shortcut was hard to find (as most other reviewers have mentioned) and we definitely did not see the rock arrows and passed it the first time around. We had to double back and follow along the trail on the app and see where the side trail should be, then we were finally able to see the stone markers and turn onto the shortcut. Lots of poison oak on the sides of the trail--make sure to wear long pants and socks! If you use the shortcut the trail isn't so long (8-9mi) and my friends who aren't intense hikers were able to complete it. Warning: the steep section down to the beach can be nerve racking for those who are afraid of heights. But the falls at the bottom and beach views are completely worth the trip down the cliffs!

Ivan Kha
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Hiking

Is this trail open now ?

Rodolfo Martinez
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Nature trips

Pretty easy hike, but if you are a first timer you should definitely be prepared with some snacks, water and good footwear.

Desiree Robinson
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Hiking

Is this trail still closed?

jdmdfan User
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Hiking

Is it still closed?

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HikingRocky

trail was very easy to hike and it’s beautiful!!!

Vance Taker
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Hiking

Vehicular access to the parking at the Palomarin trailhead is closed, but you can park about 3 miles before the trailhead - at the Commonweal entrance, making your trail 6-mile longer.

Zsohl Ronda Gmpc
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HikingClosed

Only Residents access. I went there today & it’s closed.

Erica Hernandez
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Hiking

Is it still open? Planning to go in two days

Gardo Orante
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Hiking

Is this still open? Pls let me know

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