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5 days ago

Nice beginning but for the last mile the trail is not maintained at all :-(

This was a good hike. The reviews about a lot of people is not an exaggeration. However, considering it’s one of the few coastal waterfalls in the country, it was expected. Lots of up hill in both directions. Not much wild life to speak of. We hit the trailhead at approximately 9:30am. It took 3:45 round trip even after spending a little time on the beach and having my hip tighten so the last mile + was slow.

Wow!! Such a beautiful hike! This hike is a very doable hike. It has a gradual incline and brings you to breath taking views. I suggest making a day of it and start early. Enjoy the beach and relax.

Beautiful scenery along the entire trail. Some wild flowers, a cute fox, 2 lakes, cascading waterfalls, the pacific coast, and Alamere falls itself.

Tips: Bring a swimsuit if you plan to stop at Bass Lake for a swim. If the parking lot is full, you might need to park down the dirt road, possibly as far as a mile from the trailhead so factor that into the total hiking distance.

loved this hike. I'm dead today tho

Fun trail but very busy. Bass lake is beautiful as well as the view of the ocean. Weather was perfect!

Did this hike on a Sunday. Stared around 8:00 am. I felt like it was a pleasant hike. Mostly easy/moderate hike. Few ups and downs along the way.

We “almost” missed the waterfall “secret” entrance. It is right after the second lake. As soon as you cross lake #2, keep and eye on your left. We saw a couple who was tired walking on the flat trail which gave us an indication of the secret passage.

When we went down, I was happy to see first waterfall and there was literally no one there. Except 3-5 other people. Then we realized there’s a ocean access which I could not find a way to. After little bit of a exploring, found a pretty rocky route. So many birds and very few people. Not the cleanest place , but we found a nice spot and ate sandwiches we had packed.

On our way back saw lots and lots of people. I am glad we started when we did :-) we finished the whole thing in 4 hours.

Excellent mix of flats and climbs. Just enough of a breeze to keep the family cool. The scramble down to the beach was a nice challenge for all of our kids. Thankfully there was another helpful hiker who guided our littlest one down the path.

This trail is easy to hike on but can be considered moderate intensity due to the length of the hike. Great views of the waterfalls at the end! It can be a little challenging to climb down onto the beach but its worth the views.

Really beautiful, horribly crowded, so go early!

Also, ditch the external speakers with terrible music, bro.

(4 stars for the crowds, otherwise 5 stars)

Finished this earlier today and it was incredible! Good mix of up and down hill sections throughout the hike which made it easier on the legs! We found the shortcut relatively easily, as there was an arrow made of rocks that had faint yellow paint on it. When you reach that point you are almost there!

Go early!

Mostly flat and good for chatting. Average shape person will only get truly tired from the length of the hike.

The turn-off for the Falls is almost never easy to find. I've done this trail a number of times and have recently missed it and hiked about a mile past only to finally turn around. However, I think I saw some of the best sights on this trail because of my error.

The scramble to the beach is not for the feint of heart. It is by no means too difficult it is just that it takes some vertical dexterity, faith, and willingness to get a bit scraped up. Someone with any mobility issues may not be able to do it.

The area above it also very nice for your lunch so don't feel like you're missing out entirely. The beach area can get a little hairy with the tide so be careful.

This is a heavily trafficked trail so go early or, even better, go early on a weekday. The trail is very well maintained. The falls at the end of the trail are scenic but the trail out is also very enjoyable. Moderate or easy/moderate is an appropriate rating. Worth repeating.

So beautiful and really is a lightly moderate hike for distance and the bit down to the falls. But lots of people, and you have to go early to get parking.

I hiked this trail in May of 2017 with my 7 year old son and family. The terrain is super flat and really could be done in running shoes with grip on the sole. It is not difficult on the legs or anything (for an active person), but can difficult for someone who is not active but still doable!

We actually hiked the entire trail down to the beach, hung a left and kept walking down the beach to the falls. After, we climbed the rocks to the top and took the short cut back. This is not full 8 miles if you take the short cut, tbh. It can be slippery over the smaller water falls but doable.

The falls are spectacular and sitting at the edge overlooking the water is so peaceful. It is super trafficked, however, that was the only downside.

It was a beautiful hike. The hike itself was not bad what was somewhat difficult was climbing down to see the actual waterfall.

Very long hike but absolutely is worth to try. The only thing I would like to point out is after around two hours hiking there is a place you need to go into bushes otherwise you will not find Alamera falls.

Great sights along trail to the falls- a few lakes. Pay attention to the turn off to the falls... currently marked with rocks in shape of arrow pointing to trail. Falls are worth the hike to get there.

First hike using this app! The place is easy to get to! Just make sure that you follow the yellow arrow into the small bush opening. That’s how you get to the waterfall. It’s easy to get lost and keep going straight. There are 3 levels to see the waterfall, top, middle and lower. They all take about 10 min each to get down. Watch out for snakes bathing in the sun!

Gorgeous trail with native Bishop Pines throughout. Can get a bit crowded during weekends. Lots of toilet paper/ trash along the trail June 2018.

Well laid out hike, definitely need to keep an eye out for the Alamere Falls trail. Someone recently put a yellow arrow on the ground to point in the right direction. The rock climbing and terrain make this more moderate in difficulty, otherwise not that steep of a hike. We really enjoyed it!

Waterfall is a pretty neat sight but if you're looking for a quiet hike, this is probably not your place at least on a weekend. Given that it's a heavily traveled trail, I saw quite a bit of trash and tried to pick up as much as I could. More of a stroll through the woods than a hike. I wore my heart rate monitor the whole time and I never got over 130 beats/min. Definitely take the time to check out the little ponds and lakes along the way, there are some neat microenvironments. One of the ponds is completely covered with a moss and almost looks like putting green. Once you get to the waterfall, you'll likely wait a little bit to get a shot of it that's not filled with people, but it is gorgeous and has some cool lichen growing along the sides. The climb down to the beach is totally doable but the rocks are pretty loose to tread carefully. The views were neat from the beach but encountered some pretty drunk kids that kind of ruined the vibe. Overall neat, but not a place I'd go to get away from the hectic life. Also if you do go, help out and pick up some trash.

Beautiful waterfall!

Don’t missed the secret entrance to the waterfall!

Scenic hike. Fairly easy without a lot of elevation gain or difficulty. It gets a 4-star simply because it is heavily trafficked. I tend to like more isolated trails. There's a bit of tourists out here doing the hike which clusters it up.

All I can say is WOW! This is hands down the hardest hit as well as the most amazing.
Why is it the hardest?
The terrain.. so wear SUPPORTIVE shoes.. actual hiking shoes seemed to be the shoes of choice!! There is poison Ivy towards the end but As long as your body is covered for that part you should be good
Why is it the most amazing?
So far it is because of the views, you get forest, ocean, lakes, beautiful trees and at the end a beach!! It was an all day hike for us because we laid out on the beach. Pack lots of water, clothes to get wet in if you didn’t want to go in the ocean or the waterfall and food to snack on.

I was sore for about 4 days but it was worth every ache and pain. I want to go back soon!

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