Trek through Northern California and experience the tantalizing views that Alamere Falls has to offer! This moderately challenging, 13.6 mile out-and-back hike is well worth the oceanic scene that awaits. With coastline ocean views surrounding you, Alamere Falls boasts the only waterfall connected to the ocean that you can hike too! This hike also contains a variety of beautiful, natural landscapes. While on your way to the oceanic views, enjoy the mini lakes, wildlife, and different botanical species that you come in contact with. Bird watchers near and far..this is the hike for you! A perfect birding and exploration spot. Truly a one-of-a-kind, hiking-along-the ocean experience!
Beautiful nature and ocean views
Moderately challenging hike
Hiking adventure for two
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Alamere Falls (overview) from Palomarin Trailhead ***14 miles round trip but we did 10 miles (shortcut). ***This is my 2nd time both times with shortcuts. 1st time was 4 yrs ago in July, it hot and dry but more water flowed down the falls. This time, overall it is greener (it's pretty) but less water on the falls. Driving into the trailhead parking lot is a dirt road with many potholes. ***2 bridges and overview on Bass Lake, Point Reyes Seashore. ***Shortcut is not maintained by the National Park service, so it is a dangerous climb down the cliff to the beach to Alamere Falls. I did climb down 1st time but not this time. There were many loose small rocks and I was afraid to slip. Trail is narrow and covered with trees and plants. ***Many poison oaks and pretty wild flowers ***Bathrooms on trailhead (it pit toilet)
It's a good hike with great ocean views during some portions of it. However, I'm used to hikes having a great pay off and this one was very tame. Just a small waterfall that goes down into the beach. There's a shortcut that's VERY easy to miss during like mile 3.5 and it's a little hole in a bush tunnel on the left. Overall, I love hikes but this wasn't anything special to me. Would probably skip this one if anyone invited me to it again lol.
When walking through the trails, you have views of cliffsides, the beaches, all while walking under the canopy of tall trees! Even on a hot day, the shade throughout the trail made it feel cool and pleasant. There was four levels to Alamere Falls, and they were all present with how full the water ran down. My group took the infamous "shortcut," but please be careful as this is not a maintained part of the trial to the beach. If you do go this route, be prepare for a steep climb down to the beach, but once you safely get down, the true beauty of the Fall meeting the sea begins! I would recommend going early, around 7am, on a weekday. There was only two other hikers on the trail when my group and I ventured in.
This was an amazing hike. We got there around noon and many early birds were already heading back! Lucky us, didn’t have to wait too long for the parking which definitely helped us conserve some energy for the long road ahead 😬. It’s not a difficult hike but considering the roundtrip distance (also for a weighty person like me), it could be little strenuous. We did figure out the shortcut that helped us cut off few extra miles and offer the view of upper falls! The famous rope is no longer there, so be extra careful when u go down!The rocks are not that friendly so wear good hiking shoes. It simply was an amazing experience and would definitely do it again and again.
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Rules & Safety
Long pants and sleeves are recommended as Poison Oak grows along the trail.
Do not attempt to go down to the falls area during high tide as the shale rock is slippery and rogue waves can drag visitors into the surf.
Stay on the marked trail to avoid steep drop offs, causing erosion, and potential exposure to poison oak!