Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls Trail

MODERATE 606 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

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.

23 hours ago

it's a beautiful hike, it is a bit hard but my 8yr and 6yr old made it to the falls. they really enjoyed the views.

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1 day ago

Absolutely beautiful trail! I went yesterday (Sunday 6/25/17) and dropped a quilted black makeup bag. If anyone finds it on the trail please contact me at erica.m.duran@gmail.com or text me at 2034011002

Thank you and enjoy your hike!!

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1 day ago

Really beautiful day hike with friends.

2 days ago

loved every bit of this hike. the view is amazing

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7 days ago

Perfect set of moderate Trail as it was neither too extensively hard nor too easy. Last Friday we got on the trail at 10:00 AM, few cars parked. A strong mix of breeze and heat wave at 75 degrees finishing at Alamere by 12:00 PM.

Perfect picnic setting with the Falls to your left.

Needless to say, Bring Spray OFF and SPF. We all got poison oak in part of exploring off trail- beware. Wear spandex and thing long sleeve.

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9 days ago

Escaped the valley heat with this scenic trail. Great shade along most of the route with expansive views of the coast and the inner lakes. Cutoff down to the falls is a small rabbit hole opening in the brush that opens up to a well worn path to the beach. Last drop off is steep with loose gravel but if you're experienced it's not a problem. Be careful with the poison oak, it's everywhere, especially along the cutoff trail. Wear long sleeve and pants if possible, otherwise rinse thoroughly at the stream that feeds the falls. Worth doing!

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12 days ago

No sign for the trail to the Falls! Someone had put a rock arrow on the main trail pointing to an overgrown tunnel-looking trail. We bypassed it since we were expecting a sign, and it didn't look like a main trail. . After hiking a half a mile further or so to the ocean loop trail intersection, we realized we must have missed it and turned back (as did several other hikers). Just a note to be on the lookout for the side trail to the Falls. It was well worth it when we made it there!

12 days ago

Beautiful hike but NOT for kids. Easy to miss the trail head to the falls, look for rocks in the shape of an arrow. The climb down to the falls is very steep loose rocks but the view of the beach a lot of the trial is amazing.

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15 days ago

This trail is what made me fall in love with Northern California.