Alamere Falls, Bolinas
Categories: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
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.Put Alamere Falls into our Bolinas trip builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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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. ... read 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 ... read 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... read more »
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.
Beautiful destination! But if you're looking for a more strenuous hike, this isn't it. The trail getting there was pretty tame until the very last 10 minutes. It was pretty flat and most of it was uncovered. We encountered horse sh*t on the trail several times. We even walked past 5 horses on our way back! We hiked when it was sprinkling so some parts of the trail were damp and a bit slippery. Hiking boots recommended! The last 10 minutes of it was my favorite part. It's not an actual trail to the waterfall. It's a heavily slanted, nearly horizontal climb down rocks and dirt. So fun! Once you get to the beach, you can hang out for a lil' bit, soak in the views before climbing back up the rocks. Note: We got here around 8am and parking was easypeasy near the trailhead. We also only saw maybe 7-8 people on our way up. When we were leaving, we saw maybe 30-35 more people coming up. We left around 11am. And this was on a sprinkling day. I can't imagine how the crowds will be like on a NICE day. This is a one and done for me. The crowds are just too big a turn-off. And, I enjoy hikes as a hike, not necessarily just for the end destination. So, all-in-all, I give it a 3.5.
This is just a great hike. Nothing too complicated or crazy. When we hiked it clocked in just at 10 miles. We would recommend bringing water, sunscreen, and a snack for when you reach the falls. It's nice to sit overlooking the beach while having a bite with friends. The small trek onto the beach can be a little tricky but should be fine as long as you take your time.
Highly overrated if you ask me. The trail to get there is great though. You'll pass plenty of terrains. The falls itself is rather small but amazing to look at nonetheless.
This is a great day hike, very easy but also very good! If you are hiking during spring/summer and the weather is hot enough, make sure you find the swing rope at bass lake, and jump into it!
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