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Alamere Falls Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

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0.4 mile 0.6 kilometer point to point
78% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -186' -57 m
High: 265' 81 m
Low: 79' 24 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

It's hard to beat a trail to a waterfall that hits the beach!

Megan W

Features Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Mellow grade until the end, down the cliffs to the beach

Description

This is short, less than 1/2 mile trail down to the cliffs where the 50 ft Alamere Falls land on the beach. Most people access this trail from Coast Trail - South. The narrow trail to the top of the falls is somewhat overgrown with scrub (and possibly poison oak) in places. A popular viewpoint and lunch spot is just next to the falls on an open, wide part of the cliff.

The waterfall drops over a bluff and forms two sets of falls which can grow to 25' across after it rains. When the tide comes up, the falls actually hit the ocean water rushing in. To get to the beach and see both parts of the falls takes some scrambling through ruts and over rock benches. Also involved is a somewhat harrowing leap across the stream below the second falls! Rangers do not recommend this direct approach due to the danger to the eroding cliffs (instead, from Wildcat Camp, walk south on the beach to Alamere Falls).

With careful planning, it is possible to travel from the falls back to the Palomarin Trailhead parking area on the beach at low tide, but don't be caught out! Otherwise retrace your steps back to Coast Trail - South.

Flora & Fauna

Douglas iris, and bush lupine abound.

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Atop Alamere Falls
Feb 17, 2015 near Bolinas, CA
Upper Alamere Falls is quite beautiful.
May 26, 2017 near Bolinas, CA
Alamere Falls is a scenic destination.
Aug 20, 2016 near Bolinas, CA
Viewpoint on the bluffs above Alamere Falls
Feb 13, 2015 near Bolinas, CA
Alamere Falls
Feb 13, 2015 near Bolinas, CA
Alamere Falls, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County
May 8, 2017 near Bolinas, CA

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