Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls Trail

MODERATE 703 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

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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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This trail is great. It is pretty confusing to find the turn for the falls though. The falls are also more difficult to get to as they require going through some slightly sketchy areas.

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7 days ago

The trail was nice. Not too much erosion. It only gets steep when climbing down to the falls. Make sure you ask around for the directions to the shortcut to the falls. Its a small entrance in some bushes.

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14 days ago

Skipped the shortcut this time and took the whole trail to coast then took the shortcut back. It was about 11 miles doing it this way and it was nice.

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16 days ago

Super fun trail hike, with a great ending. Can't get much better than a waterfall into a beach.

If you want to get parking in the lot go early. But parking on the road isn't really that far of a walk.

The short cut to the falls is definitely worth it as long as it's relatively clear of poison oak. The "climb" down to the beach and back up can be challenging for some.

Overall: fun hike, great scenery, hike + beach + waterfall = awesome!