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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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Reviews
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  • 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 »
  • This is a stunning hike. I believe it is a little over 9 miles round trip and most of the trail is pretty easy with very little incline. Throughout the hike, there was a mixture of walking through tre...  more »
  • Beautiful hike along well maintained trails, highly recommend this for anyone in the area. It gets really busy later in the morning so try to get there by 9 at the latest to avoid the crowd. The actua...  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.
  • 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.
  • The trail to Alamere Falls is a total 8.5 miles out and back. It is not a difficult hike and it's great for hikers young and old. Parts of the trail is exposed to sun, but there are plenty of sections where you will be under tree canopy. So, even on a warmer day, the hike is still enjoyable. To get to the fall, be prepared to make 3' wide leaps/jumps over some running stream/creek that leads to the falls. The stream is shallow enough at multiple spots that you can take off your shoes/socks and walk across - not a big deal. If you want, you can climb down to the beach below to admire Alamere Falls and get a few pictures taken. Just be careful climbing down (and back up) and the combination of rocks and sand can make the climb difficult for some. Last piece of advice, if you plan to hike on a nice weekend, plan to get there by 8:30-9am to have parking at trailhead. Otherwise, you could be parking as far as 3/4 miles away as road-side parking also fills up quickly.
  • This is about 6.2 mi from the Palomarin Trailhead. Make sure to go left at the Rock-formed arrow. This is totally worthwhile. One of the neatest trail payoffs I've experienced. It's a good idea to bring lots of water and snacks. Moderately challenging.
  • The hike is intense. Definitely not beginner friendly. There is a section where you have to walk through a narrow path where poison ivy sticks out everywhere and people have to hike single file. I had to do some climbing down the sketchy rocks to get to the waterfall and had to cross over the top portion of the waterfall. I saw some people crossover barefoot but I didn't want to hurt my feet. BUT THE VIEW AT THE END IS SO WORTH IT. But again, not a beginner hike.