Palomarin Hike to Alamere Falls

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  • One of many wonderful views.- Palomarin Hike to Alamere Falls
  • Eucalyptus forest near the trailhead.- Palomarin Hike to Alamere Falls
  • View of the trail going north.- Palomarin Hike to Alamere Falls
  • One of two bridges along the way.- Palomarin Hike to Alamere Falls
  • Bass Lake.- Palomarin Hike to Alamere Falls
  • Forest between Bass Lake and Pelican Lake.- Palomarin Hike to Alamere Falls
  • Pelican Lake.- Palomarin Hike to Alamere Falls
  • Alamere Falls turn-off.- Palomarin Hike to Alamere Falls
  • Small waterfall above Alamere Falls.- Palomarin Hike to Alamere Falls
  • View from above Alamere Falls, a great spot for lunch.- Palomarin Hike to Alamere Falls
  • Scramble down to the beach.- Palomarin Hike to Alamere Falls
  • Looking north from Alamere Falls.- Palomarin Hike to Alamere Falls
  • Alamere Falls.- Palomarin Hike to Alamere Falls
  • Looking south toward Alamere Falls.- Palomarin Hike to Alamere Falls
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Coastal views. Swimming lake. Waterfalls.
Cons: 
Weekend crowds. Poison oak.
Region:
Marin, CA
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
8.20 mi (13.20 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
250 ft (76 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
600 ft (183 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
No

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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The trip to Alamere Falls offers stunning coastal views of Point Reyes National Seashore and a wonderfully unique waterfall. The landscape is varied with coastal scrub pine and oak forests, and there are several lakes along the way. Alamere Falls pours from a rocky cliff onto a long, wide stretch of beach, and it is the perfect place to enjoy a lunch break or an afternoon stroll in the sand.

The hike begins at the Palomarin Trailhead, about 5 miles north of the town of Bolinas. The coastal trail heads north through a small eucalyptus forest before it opens to reveal expansive coastal views. Next the trail turns inland and heads uphill, entering a forest of tall fir trees and ferns that gradually becomes drier with more oak. Along the way you’ll pass a series of lakes, including Bass Lake and Pelican Lake.

Just after Pelican Lake there is a cutoff for Alamere Falls, which is clearly marked with a sign on the left side of the main trail. From here it’s about a half mile down to the falls on a small trail; note that the trail can be lined with poison oak depending on the season. On the cliff above Alamere Falls there are two smaller falls with pools and large open spaces with excellent views.

Continue slightly north along the cliff to a steep, rocky trail that takes you down to the beach; from here you’ll see Alamere Falls to your left as it cascades over the cliff and onto the beach. The views of the falls and coastline are amazing, and you might want to spend some time taking photos, taking a walk down the beach, or enjoying a dip in the ocean. When you’re done, take the same route back to the parking lot.

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