Bear Valley Trail to Wildcat Camp and Alamere Falls

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Bear Valley Trail to Wildcat Camp and Alamere Falls is a 17.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Point Reyes Station, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

17.4 miles
2,949 feet
Out & Back





nature trips

trail running








wild flowers


over grown


no dogs

Hike to the Wildcat Campground from the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Explore the beauty that Point Reyes has to offer. The Palomarin entrance is more popular and thus more crowded, especially on the weekends. Bear Valley side affords more solitude and opportunity for running into wildlife.

28 days ago

Hard but worth it!

1 month ago

Rewarding hike with beautiful coastal vistas and the beauty of Alamere Falls waiting for you at the end. Trails are well maintained and well marked with a nice mix of shade and sun. Make sure to grab a trail map and follow it carefully. We got distracted and missed a turn that added an extra mile and a half and a strenuous climb on the Coast Trail to an already long hike. Beautiful coastal views on that little side trip though. Alamere Falls was enjoyable, if not a little crowded. Felt a bit like Disneyland with the line of tourists taking selfies there. Restrooms and water available at Wildcat Camp. Great hike !

1 month ago

On a Thursday morning not many people after the cutoff at the bike rack. It was easy to navigate down to the beach and the falls if you keep following the signs to the wildcat campground, but hiking back out you can take the wrong trail if not careful .(I did) but well worth the extra few miles than taking the bear valley trail all the way to the ocean.
Definitely too difficult and rough for a stroller lots of ups and down the whole way.

4 months ago

Amazing trek. Challenging to get to the falls and back in one day but well worth the effort. Gorgeous views and standing in Alamere Falls at the halfway mark (if you are doing a day hike) and feeling the cool fresh water and mist is a good break for your hike back. Would love to camp at Wildcat next time and explore other trails in the area.

10 months ago

Saturday, August 26, 2017

My husband and I did this trail 9/23/15 and went down to the falls. Left the visitor center and 9am and returned at the lot at 7pm. Saw a deer on the way. We were the only ones on the trail till we got closer to the camp site. We had a great time except we wore the wrong shoes!

Friday, May 05, 2017

04.30.17 Sunday hike!!! Everyone had the same idea today so we were turned away at Alamere Falls for traffic control, but there's another entrance! Enter at Five Brooks, hike about 6 miles (careful there are horses on this trail. It's a road less traveled -only passed one person on the way and 2 groups on horseback). Recommended on a day when it hasn't been raining. The trail had muddy parts even though we had summer weather all week. You'll get to Wildcat campground which has an entrance to a beach. Hike 2 more miles to the left along the beach and you'll reach the base of Alamere falls! If you're taking this way, we highly recommend you bring snacks/food, water (reserve water for the hike back), travel very light and most importantly- wear hiking shoes. Our legs and bodies ached especially on the incline back, but the hiking shoes proved to be well worth the money. Total time 6 hours. This trail was hard for us. We're fit/healthy, but we don't workout or hike. Not 5 stars because there wasn't much to look at during the hike. Good luck!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Great trail, good workout. Way less populated than Palomarin. I think it's closer to 14.5 miles round trip. Love staying at Wildcat camp.

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The ride was good.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

It was awesome. It an annual pilgrimage for my family. We especially love hiking to Alamere Falls. It is 1 of only 6 tidefalls in North America. California has 2 of the 6 tidefalls. McWay Falls is the other tidefall and it is in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur. It is on my list of things to do.

Make your perfect outing even better by eating at Cafe Reyes in Point Reyes Station. The are closed Monday's and Tuesday. I am not an family just really love eating their wood fired pizza's.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

It was beautiful and fun.. love the waterfall at the end and the little Rock climbing. We had soo much fun that we forgot to start walking early, but glad we didn't cause it so much funner when your hiking back in pitch black closet dark at night with no flash light and only 4 percent of phone battery life left :) Kinda scary but super fun.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I did this this hike with my family a few weeks ago. It's easy and kid friendly. Beautiful views of the ocean.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

We did a there and back hike here varying our routes slightly. The total hike was 17.7 miles and it took us roughly 6 hours to complete. I cannot imagine taking a child on this hike. Hiking back up from the ocean after already hiking 9 miles was super strenuous. That being said, the hike is beautiful and completely worth it.

Friday, July 18, 2014

This is by far one of my favorite hikes in the bat area. It's one I always suggest to people. It's not overly difficult and with a waterfall, the ocean and even a lake not far from the trail how can you go wrong. There are even some caves on the beach at the end of this hike. It's a definite must try.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Took 10 year old son with me. Pretty easy hike, beautiful coastal views, and a waterfall. Expect to see lots of fellow hikers sharing the trail.

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