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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 is the upper Alamere Falls, consisting of three separate cascades. Together, these cascades are approximately 20– 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 Road out of Bolinas, California. After about a mile, the trail passes 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 often stop for a swim during summer months.
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  • This is an beautiful trail and will get to beautiful Alamere Falls at the end. Bring enough water and snack and meal if you like to stay at beach for a while. Be careful the last part as an arrow of r...  more »
  • We hiked in to Alamere Falls. The hike was beautiful, but long. Bring water and snacks! Also layer your clothing and make sure you’re comfortable. The falls weren’t well marked off the path- for us it...  more »
  • This is a moderate trek, it is plain walking except the last part where it is slightly difficult climb up and down to the beach to go near the water fall.  more »
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  • Great place for a hike, however does take some time to get to. There is a dirt/gravel road for the last ~1 mile that leads to a parking lot with a bathroom. Despite its remote location, the parking lot fills up fast on the weekend. The trail to the waterfall is about 4 miles one way, fairly easy with minimal elevation change. The specific trail leading to the fall is somewhat concealed in the trees, so you have to keep your eyes open. Getting down to the falls can take a little climbing. When you get down there, you should also definitely explore the shore to the right of the waterfall (if you are facing the waterfall).
  • Very beautiful and well-maintained trail. Slightly confusing getting to the waterfall proper, but well worth the hike regardless.
  • Quick hike around 8.5 miles roundtrip. This is near San Francisco with great views during the hike. It's good for beginner hikers who wants to experience the hike before they wanna do long ones. Recommended for everyone. Destination of this hike is worth of every step of the hike.
  • Take the shortcut! Despite what the park rangers say, the (unofficial) shortcut isn't so scary. With the shortcut, it's about an 8 mile hike there and back. If you go the long way, it's about 13.5 mikes, with about 1.5 miles on the beach. The entrance to the shortcut isn't marked, but if there are lots of people on the trail, you'll likely find it. Google maps also has it marked, so download the area for offline use, as there is no cell service, but GPS still works.
  • This was a 13 mile hike but totally worth it. The hike consists of the beautiful ocean view and some lakes in between. Best way to see all the falls is to take a shortcut halfway, it's easy to miss the shortcut because there are no signs there. Shortcut is a little bit more strenuous as the trails get narrower and then you have to hike down steep rocks to get to the falls. We took the shortcut because we were looking for a challenge and some adventure. The Fun part is climbing back up the rocks.
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