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Alamere Falls, Bolinas

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Alamere Falls is a waterfall in Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California. Alamere Falls is a rare "tidefall", a waterfall that flows directly into the ocean. It is one of only two in the area, the other being McWay Falls.Alamere Falls tumble over fragile shale cliffs at Alamere Creek Beach. Upstream of the main Alamere Falls, there are the upper Alamere Falls that consist of 3 separate cascades. These cascades together probably range between 20 and 30 feet in height. All of these waterfalls are fed by the Alamere Creek.Alamere Falls can be reached by following the Coast Trail from the Palomarin Trailhead at the end of Mesa Rd. out of Bolinas, California. After about a mile, the trail will pass two small lakes (Bass Lake and Pelican Lake). Bass Lake can be accessed by a side trail that leads to a rope swing, and hikers will often stop for a swim during summer months. Due to storm damage, the Alamere Falls trail has officially been shut down. However the falls can still be accessed by walking approximately 1 mile south on the beach, from Wildcat Campground.
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  • We hiked to Alamere Falls the last Sunday in June. We got there around 9 am and the parking lot was pretty full. There was a female Ranger showing people where to park. It was just me and my 12 year o...  more »
  • We set up camp at wildcat Camp before venturing less than two miles to Alamere Falls. I was prepared to go under the falls and brought a towel and jacket. It was cold. You can also just hike to and ba...  more »
  • The trail is moderate to easy - if you keep your eyes open you will have a delightful 12 mile round trip experience! Miss it and it goes to just over 13...so not a big deal- Reason to go- one of three...  more »
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  • A nice varied hike - some flat, some inclines, shady areas, open sunny areas, switchbacks and even a wooden bridge or two. The turn off from the main path to the falls was identified by a small pile of rocks in the shape of an arrow... Easy to miss but all part of the fun! The falls are pretty and go right down onto the sand, probably nicer after a heavy rain. We saw a small snake on the path and some seals at the beach. Bring a packed lunch to eat at the top overlooking the beach.
  • It was a gorgeous day, clear sky, very little wind and temperature around 70. The hike is long but easy to moderate. Trails are well traveled. Bring water and snacks and perhaps a pair of long pants if you decide to take a lovely short cut from the beach up the rocky trail, worth it, as it bring you to the pre-falls and an outstanding view. Then, you will enter a short narrow trail filled with poison oak but if you are careful you can dodge it fine. You may save 2 miles by taking that trail that takes you back to Coastal Trail and eventually into the parking lot. Plan about 6 hours if you take a break by the Alamere Falls.
  • A long and sometimes hard hike but totally worth it. Most of the areas are shaded to give you some relief from the sun but there are some areas that are exposed. Our hike was over 10 miles since we got there a little late in the afternoon so parking was getting full. I would recommend getting there early and bring lots of water, snacks and food for a picnic. The views are beautiful and having a picnic on the beach (if you climb down) is peaceful before making your way back. When we went the sign was missing pointing to the falls. Hopefully it's back up. We would have passed it but luckily someone let us know where it was.
  • Awesome trek , make sure you have plenty of water and be ready to climb a rock wall when going to the spot where the falls reaches the ocean. Fun to take a dip in the cold water of the falls about some 100 feet before the sea shore .
  • The trail to get to the waterfall can be tough so please travel light. Once you get to where the water fall is, you'll have to climb down a couple levels so be careful. Once you're in front of the water fall it is absolutely breath taking. It is such a nice place to sit on the beach and unwind after a long hike with the water fall right behind you. I do recommend coming here especially if you're up for an adventure. If you're bringing kids with you make sure you hang on to them because accidents may happen.

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