Coast Trail to Bass Lake

MODERATE 159 reviews

Coast Trail to Bass Lake is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bolinas, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 784 feet Route Type: Out & Back


nature trips


bird watching





no dogs

Hike along the stunningly beautiful Coastal Trail and cool your feet in Bass Lake.

1 month ago

Did this hike today with my girlfriend in the rain. The trail was really cool there were lots of interesting fuzzy trees and the rain wasn't too bad. We didn't do the entire thing due to the weather, we only went out to Alamere falls and back. It was a little too treacherous to get to the bottom of the falls so we didn't try to make it down and unfortunately we couldn't see the falls from the top. We did see tons of wildlife on the trail. The Trail Quails were my favorite they were running around finding food in their little gangs. They were super fat and didn't care if you were 4 feet from them. I would definitely recommend doing this trail when no ones out in the rain. Just make sure you bring rain and wind gear it gets cold and wet on the coast. The trail also seems like it would get washed out after a few hours of rain so try to hit it before then. Lots of big puddles were forming on our way back but totally worth wet feet. Would love to backpack it in better conditions.

Great hike! Even in end of November in a drought year waterfalls were running. Take the short cut to the falls at mile 4. Else you have to time the tides if you want to walk the beach.

Fucking amazing! ❤️

5 months ago

Awesome trail with lots of shade. Lake was a surprisingly warm after coming from Alamere Falls and having tested the unexpectedly cold water if that stream.

5 months ago

fun trail, awesome views, surprised by the beauty of the lake. be careful of poison oak

Fairly easy terrain with little elevation gain. Beautiful views of the coast and Bass lake. Dive in Bass lake on a nice day! Once you make it to the unmarked trail ( on the left side) about 4 miles in you begin your hike down to the beach and Alamere Falls! It’s a little bit of climbing to get down to the waterfall but it’s nothing to hard. Seeing a waterfall on the beach flow into the ocean is a truly special experience.

10 months ago

Excellent hike with great trails and views. Crowded though.

Sat Dec 29 2018

Gorgeous hike! Terrain varies from flat to incline, Ricky to pebble paved. To get to the lake, you have to be adventurous and take the smaller trails, but totally worth it!

Mon Sep 04 2017

Long hike, good coastal views, but the lake at the end is disappointing! Large parts of the hike are in open without shade. CAUTION - if going on a busy weekend, parking can extend to more than a mile from the starting point/trail head. That adds another 2 miles out and back to the 6.5mi hike, make it 8.5 miles!

Mon Aug 14 2017

No even close to lightly trafficked on a weekend! Tons of people, not recommended if you are looking for a more peaceful hike.

Sun Aug 13 2017

Heavily traffic all the way on this trail. Too bad, as it's a nice area that's obviously getting "loved to death" by a steady stream of noisy, boisterous day trippers...

Tue Sep 27 2016

Stopped here on our way to the Alamere Falls (a couple miles farther down the trail). Gorgeous lake, something out of a painting! The parking is very full so you may need to park in overflow (along the road) but even that isn't too bad. There are restrooms right at the beginning of the trail in the parking lot but nothing along the way so keep that in mind. Bring lots of water!

Sun Jul 03 2016

This trail has breath taking views of Stinson beach as well as the mountainside. Lots of colorful flowers along the way up to Bass Lake to look at. Bass Lake is a secluded serene lake at the too of the trail and a nice reward for the hike. Trail is not too difficult and will see a number of hikers along the way. We added an additional 2 miles to the round trip due to how far away we parked. We arrived at 1130 and there were a number of cars already there. Worth the drive and walk however.

Sun May 29 2016

Didn't get to hike, parking was full. Seems not to be so lightly trafficked after all.

Thu May 26 2016

One of the top five hikes in Marin. Be prepared for some switchbacks & bring extra water if it's hot. I used to jump in the lake on a rope swing in my younger days before I knew about brain eating amoebas & what not. Now I just sit by it for a couple minutes & head back down. There are sometimes naturists up there, so don't hang at the lake if you're prude.

Mon May 02 2016


Sun Apr 24 2016

This hike is awesome, it is mostly flat but winds it's way over great scenic views and has cool side trails to places to swim in the lake and see the sea cliffs if you don't mind a little steepness! Not 100% exclusive but definitely not crowded unless you went to the cliff lookouts. Very cool / romantic / great workout

Thu Mar 03 2016

Amazingly beautiful, Best to go with a group of friends and bring lots of water and perhaps some lunch. And bring your camera! Lots of Kodak moments you don't want to miss :)

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