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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 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). This trail leads along the beach, check out the tides before to figure out the exact time for low tide. Usually, the beach to Alamere Falls is unsafe to access at high tide, and hikers are frequently trapped.

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  • This is an extremely popular hike. When we arrived late in the afternoon, the parking lot was full. We were hopeful that we might miss the morning rush by arriving later in the day. It seems that.....  more
    This is an extremely popular hike. When we arrived late in the afternoon, the parking lot was full. We were hopeful that we might miss the morning rush by arriving later in the day. It seems that.....  more »
  • AVOID PALOMARIN TRAIL HEAD IF YOU ARE GOING TO ALAMERE FALLS. First off - this trail head has been ruined by social media and articles in news websites -- if you don't arrive at the parking lot by 9....  more
    AVOID PALOMARIN TRAIL HEAD IF YOU ARE GOING TO ALAMERE FALLS. First off - this trail head has been ruined by social media and articles in news websites -- if you don't arrive at the parking lot by 9....  more »
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  • Amazing spot. Beautiful hike in and out as well. Fantastic coast views and beautiful trails. There are two different paths you can take to get to the falls, one is the long way around the other is a bit of climbing down the coastal rock ledge. Beautiful spot to enjoy for awhile.
  • At the point of this review we had been experiencing several years of drought. Several trails I have been hiking in the bay area are devoid of any water either in the rivers or small ponds. The coast trail out to Alamere Falls is filled with water bodies, lush canopy, open ocean views out to the Pacific, and abundant birds singing their songs. The Alamere Falls was a nice respite for viewing water cascading over several drops before finally ending in the Pacific. A beautiful gem of a destination to hike out to and enjoy some peace far from any roads or urban landscape. There was a nice little rock scramble to view during my trip since the beach trail was overrun by the King's Tide.

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