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Palomarin Hike to Bass Lake

Point Reyes National Seashore

Marin, California

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Palomarin Hike to Bass Lake

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  • A eucalyptus grove marks the junction with the Palomarin Beach trail.- Palomarin Hike to Bass Lake
  • Hikers along the Coast Trail.- Palomarin Hike to Bass Lake
  • The Coast Trail skirts above the ocean on it's way to Bass Lake.- Palomarin Hike to Bass Lake
  • The Coast Trail leaves the bluffs above the ocean and heads inland through a Douglass fir forest.- Palomarin Hike to Bass Lake
  • A common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) spotted along the Coast Trail.- Palomarin Hike to Bass Lake
  • One of a handful of ponds you'll pass before reaching Bass Lake. - Palomarin Hike to Bass Lake
  • The Coast Trail.- Palomarin Hike to Bass Lake
  • Bass Lake.- Palomarin Hike to Bass Lake
  • Bass Lake.- Palomarin Hike to Bass Lake
  • A spur trail with access to Bass Lake.- Palomarin Hike to Bass Lake
  • Looking south along the Coast Trail.- Palomarin Hike to Bass Lake
  • Palomarin Trailhead.- Palomarin Hike to Bass Lake
  • Parking at Palomarin Trailhead.- Palomarin Hike to Bass Lake
  • Looking north along the Coast Trail.- Palomarin Hike to Bass Lake
  • - Palomarin Hike to Bass Lake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Ocean access. Lakes.
Cons: 
Often foggy.
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Region:
Marin, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
320.00 ft (97.54 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.20 mi (8.37 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
260.00 ft (79.25 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The hike from Palomarin to Bass Lake along the Coast Trail is long enough to get your blood flowing, but it won’t take a full day or all your energy to complete. A shorter there-and-back hike than Alamere Falls (by about 3 miles), Bass Lake is a destination unto itself that boasts a picturesque lake as a reward and a tucked away swimming hole for those warm summer and fall Marin days.

Starting at the Palomarin trailhead, follow the Coast Trail through a eucalyptus grove past the trail junction heading to Palomarin Beach (a worthwhile side trip). Continue along the coastal bluffs that stand 300 feet above the ocean, soaking in the Point Reyes National Seashore coastal views before heading inland and gaining a few hundred feet of elevation. Not far off the ocean the coastal shrubs and chaparral give way to a Douglas fir forest surrounding a handful of small ponds. Continue for a few hundred yards past the Lake Ranch Trail junction and the forested waters of Bass Lake will come into view. A spur trail along the north edge of the lake takes you down to a shaded, flat area that provides lake access and is ideal for picnicking.

If you have the time, consider continuing north along the Coast Trail for an additional 1.5 miles to Alamere Falls.

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