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Alamere Falls, Bolinas

#8 of 18 in Nature in Marin County
Must see · Waterfall · Nature / Park
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 known tidefalls in California, the other being McWay Falls.
Alamere Falls tumble over fragile shale cliffs at Alamere Creek Beach. Upstream of the main Alamere Falls is the upper Alamere Falls, consisting of three separate cascades. Together, these cascades are approximately 20–30 feet (6–9 m) 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 Road out of Bolinas, California. After 2.5 mi (4.0 km), the trail passes 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 often stop for a swim during summer months. From the Palomarin Trailhead, the hike is 3.8 mi (6.1 km), one-way, to the top of the falls. To reach the bottom of the falls, the National Park Service advises hikers to continue to Wildcat Campground, descend to the beach and then walk 1.1 mi (1.8 km) south; the one-way distance from Palomarin Trailhead to the base of the falls is 6.6 mi (10.6 km).

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  • As with most places worth seeing of the beaten path these waterfalls are well worth the hike but you need to be in shape. There are tall cliffs to climb and narrow paths. The trail signs say "Trail....  more »
  • As many people have written here there are 2 paths to this spectacular view. We did both ways and to be honest I was scared on the way back using the short cut. It did cut down significant miles from....  more »
  • Awesome hike to Alamere falls. From the parking lot it takes around 1.5 h to reach there. Just the path is great with nice views of the ocean, but once you get there you be prepared to enjoy the beach with the falls right there. You can keep walking through the beach or the trail. I recommend getting there early (before 9 am) for two reasons: one to get parking spots closer to the trailhead and second to avoid the heat on a sunny day (almost no shades on the way).
  • Such a great hike. Just like most things in Point Reyes, it’s breathtaking. The hike isn’t too bad BUT where you need to turn on the main trail to get to the falls is easy to miss. You basically have to go through a tiny brush entrance and keep going. Trust me, you’re going the right way 🤣. Just be cautious climbing down to see the falls. We didn’t go into the beach, which most people do but after the first two climbs we didn’t want to break our legs going down to the beach. Overall, beautiful hike and I’ll for sure go again but I’ll make sure I go earlier to grab a better parking spot 🎉

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