Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls Trail

MODERATE 394 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. Horses are also able to use this trail.

8.0 miles 1351 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

beach

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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. I would not suggesting going down during high tide as the shale rock is slippery and there are sneaker waves that can take you away. A lot of people relax here and have lunch. The hike back is every bit as scenic.

2 hours ago

5 stars for the views! But it is a very popular and crowded hike so plan to get an early head start.

3 days ago

Great hike with beautiful coastal views. I saw quite a few colorful birds and other wildlife. When you drive to the trailhead note that the road turns to dirt and is quite rutted from the rains.

hiking
3 days ago

The waterfall is still going strong from the previous rains. A perfect half day hike.

4 days ago

4 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

This trail is fairly easy until you get to falls. If you want to see the falls then you must go down to the beach. The path to the beach is narrow and steep. Traffic is usually heavy because both going down and going up are using the same path. The last few miles driving to the trailhead is on a bumpy unpaved road. During the weekends you need to get there early, I would say before 9 am, otherwise the parking lot would be full and you ended up park miles away from the trailhead. Walking on the unpaved road is dusty. The water falls on the beach are gorgeous but this trail is too crowded for my liking.

4 days ago

backpacking
5 days ago

Such a beautiful hike! Takes a little under 2 hours to get to the falls. Right now after the rain it's full of life and the water is just gushing!

Love this hike for the end result. The trail is busy and parking fills up, make sure you get there early in the morning, or early afternoon if you don't mind hiking in the sun (wear sunblock, not a lot of trees to cover the path. Wear good hiking shoes!! The tail is fairly easy, until you get to the falls. If you want to go all the way down to the ocean, you have to cross a narrow and steep, one way pass where traffic must alternate (going down to the ocean and those wanting to go back up). After all this rain I imagine the falls are full and gushing into the ocean!!

8 days ago

Hiked this with my 63 year old father, we loved it. Getting down to the shore to see the waterfall was a little difficult for him because his knees are shot, other than that it easy for him.

9 days ago

hiking
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9 days ago

Loved the waterfalls!!

10 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

10 days ago

Great hike with gorgeous scenery along the coast and beautiful waterfalls.

11 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

This hike was more than I could have imagined. Perfectly categorized as moderate. It wasn't crazy hard but not super easy either. The Falls at the end were worth every one the 29,000 steps in the hike. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!