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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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  • Keep in mind this is a 15 mile hike, so figure about 2 hours each way. Don't forget to put extra time in to actually enjoy the falls. I would recommend making this a full day trip starting at 10 a.m. ...  more »
  • i highly recommend this hike. total trip is a lilttle over 8 miles but pretty much the whole hike has scenic view. even the 2 small lake you pass by are nice. the waterfall upper and middle is a nice ...  more »
  • Beautiful 8.4 mile hike. We took Palomarin trail. The hike is not physically taxing; the most challenging (and steep) part is when your by the actual water falls. The trails to the falls is fairly tig...  more »
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  • Gorgeous hike out to the falls. PLEASE take the proper trail around and don't climb up and down the side of the falls. People are destroying the area by doing this and the falls may not survive the continued destruction. It is a beautiful hike going the long way and well worth the extra couple hours.
  • A great hike along the coast. About a 4.2 miles hike from the car to the falls. On the trail, we decided to trust an arrow made of stones in the floor that says "Falls". Be careful with poison oaks, but it lead to the top of the falls. Absolutely breathtaking. Had a nice lunch with the view to the sound of streams, waterfalls, and crashing waves. Can't beat that.
  • Awesome hike and great reward at the end of it! Just make sure to follow the rocks for the shorter route. Definitely don't try climbing down the cliff, take the route to the right once you get down there. I went on a Thursday and it wasn't too busy. I can't imagine weekends being chill though, from everyone else's reviews sounds like it's way too crowded then.
  • This is an all day hike. So bring lots of water and some snacks. When you get to the waterfall it's not just one, but multiple waterfalls that you can't put into one picture. I think about 4 or 5 tiers. The last being the one which falls to the beach itself. Very stunning. It's not a hard hike, it's just a long one. I saw kids doing it. I think it's good for a lot of ages. As long as you keep track of time and bring some supplies.
  • Gorgeous, but overcrowded on weekend afternoons. During these peak times (and maybe in general) avoid the upper access trail. The descent from the bluff is eroded and slippery due to heavy traffic. More importantly, queues form on both ends, causing dwell time in the descent route to exceed 20 minutes. The lower portion in particular is exposed to rock fall from above, making this a tragedy waiting to happen. The access route along the beach via Wildcat Camp is much safer if your visit coincides with low tide.