Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls Trail

MODERATE 500 reviews

Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls Trail 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
1351 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

washed out

no dogs

From the Palomarin Trailhead Hike along the beautiful coast to Alamere Falls. Stop along the way and explore the small lakes. When you get to Bolinas take Mesa road to the end - the last 1.5 miles is graded not paved. The trail head is well marked on the right side of the parking lot (Palomarin Trailhead). Begin your hike with a peak of the ocean through a grove of trees. As the trail winds to the right and back towards to coast your first full view of the ocean appears. The trail follows the coast with spectacular views of the ocean, Marin coastline and the Farallon islands (on a clear day). Continue as the trail leaves the coast and winds though a forest and past Bass Lake and Pelican Lake. Continue on for about a .5 mile along the coast to a sign marking Alamere Falls .4 miles. The trail is well marked and traveled. As you approach the falls the pounding surf first gets your attention. When you get to the falls which are four tiered, walk just past the top fall, cross over it and down to the other falls, beach access is on the right down a not so stable cliff, but manageable. It's not suggested to try going down during high tide as the shale rock is slippery and there are waves that can take you away. A lot of people relax here and have lunch. The hike back is every bit as scenic.

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20 hours ago

the trail was way too rocky for my liking. but then again I didn't wear the right shoes. besides that it was awesome. And a challenge.

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22 hours ago

Some good views. Good waterfall at the end. I arrived around 3PM and I found a spot close to the trailhead, but I be prepared to see cars parked on the side of the road a mile away from the parking area. Overcrowded.

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3 days ago

Certainly one of my favorites! Trail is doable, and the waterfall/beach combo at the end is so rewarding. Make sure you get the correct address to the Palomarin Trailhead, and you should be good to go :)

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6 days ago

I'm a novice at best and this trail was perfect, you will feel it the next day

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7 days ago

Our iPhones logged the non-short cut route from the Palomarin Trailhead out the Coast Trail then left to Alamere Falls and back as almost 17 miles (35k+ steps). It was a terrific adventure but not sure how this is logged as a 13 mile hike.

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7 days ago

wonderful hike, still tons of water at the falls. Shortcut was really grown but hiking partner brought some gardening shears so we trimmed up the shortcut path so it's not as overgrown along the trail. we just cut off the big parts of overgrowth protruding into the path to make it safer for others.

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