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Alamere Falls via Coast Trail from Palomarin Trailhead

MODERATE 1595 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 bird watching and is best used from October until December.

Distance: 8.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,335 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

beach

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

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. 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.

hiking
6 hours ago

Excellent hike

hiking
2 days ago

Excellent hike and beautiful views, but lots of people and we almost missed the trail to the waterfalls.

hiking
rocky
3 days ago

It was really nice and shaded! The views were amazing and the end destination was so worth it.

hiking
3 days ago

Mellow and fun trail. Beautiful views at the end and the scrambly parts are super fun but make sure you have some grippy shoes. Was pretty unfortunate how much litter and graffiti was on this trail though... come on people!

hiking
3 days ago

That hike was amazing!! It has everything from a shady hike through what seems like a Forrest, to beach cliff views, multiple waterfalls, a couple lakes, adding at the ocean, and winding trails to get there. We started around noon and it took us 2 hours to get to the waterfall where we set up a little picnic. The left turn you take to get to Alamere Falls is very hidden so follow the map closely... it was 9 miles total and a little over 4 hours to complete. I hiked in Nikes which were okay. Overall it was stunning. Would definitely recommend.

hiking
3 days ago

Was there yesterday with my husband. Beautiful views, gorgeous waterfalls. The weather was awesome for walking. We saw deer, hens and baby coyotes. Unfortunately we couldn't walk on the beach because of high tide. Before you plan your trip, check the tide chart. Overall it was awesome day and awesome trip.

hiking
5 days ago

Wow, I can't believe I waited that long to do this hike! Absolutely stunning day. 100F inland, so we looked for a cooler place. It was still very warm and over 80F at the waterfall, so the stream of water, before plunging down the cliffs, proved refreshing during a little picnic.

hiking
7 days ago

such a nice place

hiking
7 days ago

Had the pleasure to hike this trail over the weekend. It was fun. There were plenty of shaded section and the trail was easy to follow. Fun hike.

hiking
8 days ago

just amazing.

hiking
10 days ago

amazing views , easy to moderate hike.

Be prepared to scale down a narrow crevice to get down to waterfall

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful hike with a nice fog on the way in early in the morning (7:30 AM start on Saturday). The end of the trail is beautiful, with the waterfall down to the beach. Tons of people start the hike around 8:30-9, so get here early and it'll be empty and great! About 3 hours RT, 8.5 miles.

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
11 days ago

This hike has been on my list because of the waterfall. The trail was a pleasent mix of open sun path and dense tree cover, but you don't really get a good view of the coastline for most of the trail, which I found disappointing. The 'secret' entrance to the falls is incredibly overgrown with poison oak for the first hundred feet, so dress appropriately or bring clothes you can put on and then remove. The cliff descent to the falls is dangerous, with shifting dirt and crumbly rocks so be forewarned. The waterfall on the beach was cool though. :-)

hiking
off trail
over grown
14 days ago

Despite the nice weather, the trail is relatively monotonous through forested & coastal area. It’s also very easy to miss the turn to the falls. For such a long hike, I felt like I was seeking more.

hiking
off trail
rocky
15 days ago

One of my favorite trials in the area! Beautiful views of the oceans throughout, walk by 2 amazing lakes, and end up on a beach next to a gorgeous waterfall. The path to the waterfall is pretty hard to find from the main trail because it’s unmarked - remember it’s after the second lake and if you’ve hit a trail marker to Wildcat Camp, you’ve gone too far. When we went, there was an arrow on the ground made out of rocks pointing to the entrance, which looks like a little nook carved out of greenery. Tip: plan to start the trail around 10 am so you’re at the waterfall by 12. This will give you enough time with the low tide to spend a few hours on the beach before trekking back. Note: the trail is VERY dusty towards the end, bring sunglasses to protect your eyes. It also includes some climbing down a narrow rocky path to get all the way down to the beach but it’s definitely doable!

hiking
18 days ago

This is a beautiful trail! It's a nice long hike (around 9 miles out and back) but doesn't gain much in elevation so it doesn't feel too strenuous. I got to the trailhead around 8 and there were only 10 cars or so but it was very busy 4 hours later when I was leaving so I'd recommend getting there early. It was very foggy in the morning so I didn't have much in the way of views on the way out to the falls but the way back was breathtaking. As other folks noted, the turn off for Alamere Falls was hard to see, I got up to the markers for Wildcat Camp before I realized I'd gone too far. There are some rocks on the trail that try to indicate the turn off. Wear long sleeves and pants because there's quite a bit of growth on the trail.

hiking
off trail
scramble
22 days ago

Well maintained trail that is a prefect blend of great views of the Ocean, Bass Lake along the Coast trail in Point Reyes. And some shade. A few rolling hills but nothing serious. Typically quite busy but it’s long enough (9 miles round trip) that it keeps the crowds at reasonable levels allowing for a good outdoor experience even on the weekend. The turnoff to the falls is no longer marked so many people miss it. A little over four miles in there is a pile of rocks on the trail and what looks like a tunnel into the costal brush...that’s the spot. A 1/4 mile side trail through a beautiful tunnel to the falls and a great lunch spot with a rare waterfall into the ocean and great views. Some minor scrambling down to the falls. If you have the right shoes and are in a group you can get to the beach for a great view up to the falls from the beach. Getting back up is where being in a group helps. A beautiful hike and a great day out and about. One of my top three hikes in the entire area...have done it several times and will do it again!

hiking
22 days ago

Got to the trailhead around 0715ish on a Sunday and there was around 10 other cars there. One other group was with us but they hiked ahead, so it was nice being the the only hikers on the trail. Took about 4 hours round trip. We tried to fix up the arrow as much as possible. The hike to beach was a bit sketch as it did get darker the more you hiked in but eventually you will see sunlight again. It was a bit overgrown but very doable. Recommend bug spray as there are a few bugs that did annoy us here and there. I was able to get a bit of cell service with AT&T about a mile into the hike by the cliff where you can overlook the Pacific Ocean. I was able to make a phone call and send a few text messages easily.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful coastal trail !

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful coastal trail. The trail has several heart pumping grades.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Loved this hike. Arrive early for parking. There is no cell reception here, so plan accordingly. The trail was covered in Poison Oak, so beware of that. Check the tide levels before going. The beach can only be accessed during low tide. Overall highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

This place is well worth the hike. at the end its amazing view once u reach the place. just watch out there no sign for alamre falls, but there people put rocks with an arrow sign so won't go pass it. Over all great hike

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