Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls Trail

MODERATE 759 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

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

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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12 hours ago

I really loved this trail in college- did it with 3 different groups- all different experience levels! More "hilly" than you would think- and currently requires a but of climbing and jumping to actually get to the falls. Bring more water than you need and please clean up after yourself on the trail and at the falls!

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1 day ago

A lot of poison oak and mud on the trail. When you reach the cliffs at the beach it’s beautiful but packed with people. Won’t do this one again.

2 days ago

Tip. Look for the rocks on the ground that is arrow shaped to point you to the trail that is a bit hidden other wise. The trail should be to you left and is only about 18 inches wide. Easy to miss

5 days ago

The trail is great in the evening when all the people have gone. The hike to the falls was really uncomfortable due to how heavily trafficked it was, but the hike back was amazing and really lightly trafficked after about 5pm. As far as the views go though, it was absolutely stunning. I've never been anywhere like it! I suggest not bringing kids if you're going to go all the way down to the bottom of the falls. I saw a few adults struggling to get down, I can't imagine how hard it would be do do with small children. Definitely a unique trail, and I highly recommend it!

6 days ago

Great trail and lots to do! Make sure to bring a towel and swim suit!

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11 days ago

It was a little confusing getting to the trailhead. The drive was longer than expected, but the hike and the falls were worth it!

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