Hike to Alamere Falls

8.4 Miles Round Trip - Out-and-Back Trail

Palomarin Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Jake Young

Hike to a beautiful and rare waterfall (tidefall), plummeting 40ft until it reaches the ocean. Enjoy stunning views of the pacific combined with varying terrain through forests, tall brush, and exposed dirt trails. If you hike to falls during the summer, take a swim in Bass Lake on the way back to the trailhead.

The hike to Alamere falls is ~8.4 mile out-and-back. Start at the Palomarin Trailhead located in the parking lot near the restrooms. After about 2 minutes on the trail, you'll see a map on your right that lays out the trail to the falls as well as a few campground (Sky, Wildcat, etc.). Don't be afraid to take a picture of the map if you're worried about getting lost (it never hurts to have a reference). From there, the trail connects with Coast Trail and is pretty straight forward as you head to the falls. For the first couple of miles, the trail is fairly exposed and can get warm on sunny days. The second half of the hike prior to reaching the coast is covered and wooded.

When you reach the coast, the trail becomes very narrow and steep. You'll often notice a little traffic jam as people figure out how to navigate their way down. There are two steep parts, the first takes you just above the main part of the falls, where there are a few smaller waterfalls. Once you've had a chance to check it out, head further down the trail to get to the beach; this is where the main waterfall is located. On this last descent, give the people ahead of you a little space. There's lots of loose gravel and people coming from the opposite direction, which makes the trail a bit crowded. When you get to the beach, you'll realize why you trekked 4+ miles and waited behind a line of people for good reason - it's freaking awesome! Take in the scenery, snap a few photos, and refuel, then it's back on the trail the way you came. If you want to cool off on the way back, stop at Bass Lake and go for a swim!

For a safer, less challenging route (minus the additional distance), you can hike the coastal trail to Wildcat Camp, then head south along the beach to reach Alamere Falls. 

If you're looking to grab a bite after this long trek, head to Mill Valley, specifically Avatars for some Punjabi burritos.

This hike is NOT dog friendly.

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8.4 Miles
Out-and-Back Trail

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Point Reyes Station, California

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Good Time To Go

Waterfalls are flowing at this time! Definitely beautiful seeing the waters run into the ocean. Tide was really strong as well. Started at the Palomarin trail and then cut into the costal trail easily. Costal trail is beautiful with a couple bridges. There is a left you need to take to cut to the waterfalls. There isn't a clear sign for the left so bring a map! Have fun! :)

Michael Kim

almost 3 years ago

Personal Favorite

Pretty easy hike, but be weary of the cold--it can get hella cold with the wind. Alamere Falls is one of the most beautiful spots in the bay when the water's flowing strong.

Day Trip From SF

Quick trip up from SF- easy hike and great payoff at the end. Definitely do the scramble down to the beach

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