Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
1,300.00 ft (396.24 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
8.20 mi (13.20 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Coastal views. Swimming lake. Waterfalls.

Cons

Weekend crowds. Poison oak.

Trailhead Elevation

250.00 ft (76.20 m)

Features

Waterfalls
Big vistas

Typically multi-day

No

Location

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes National Seashore
Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Comments

08/22/2016
It's a lovely hike! Not too far from Wildcat if you're camping there.
08/09/2016
My partner and I did this hike very late in the evening. It was last year and I think we started the hike around 5 or 6pm. There was only one other couple that was at the Falls taking photos.

We let them have their peace and then we decided to climb down. It's all sandstone and brittle (if I remember correctly) so please be careful and use caution if you decide to hike down to the beach.

By the time we left, it was pitch black around 8pm. We were both perplexed because we heard animal noises in the dark and then saw one glowing eye in the middle of the path back to the parking lot.... but fret not! It was only a bird, haha! I really enjoyed this hike and think you will too if you go a little later in the day to catch the sunset.
06/17/2016
There's currently no visible sign for the trail to the falls. Instead, it's marked with two orange ribbons and a pile of rocks. Unknown if the sign was knocked down, removed, or just obscured by the vegetation.
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